Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Fact Sheet


  • Founded as a teacher’s college in 1881
  • Technology focus added in 1984

Enrollment numbers (FA21)

  • Total headcount – 3,219
  • Total graduate student headcount – 468
  • South Dakota resident students – 1,885
  • Internet-only students (headcount) – 1,775
  • Dual credit (high school students only) – 318

Student body (FA21)

  • From 61 of 66 SD counties, 48 U.S. states, and 52 countries
  • 488 Student-athletes in 13 sports
  • Average ACT score – 23.2
  • Placement in job or graduate school after graduation from DSU 99% (latest graduating class)
  • Residence hall occupancy – 97% (factoring in beds set aside for COVID mitigation)

Enrollment by college (degree-seeking) (FA21)

  • 51.1% enrolled in programs of study in The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences
  • 20.0% in the College of BIS
  • 15.1% in the College of Education
  • 13.9% in the College of A&S

Financial Aid

  • 74% of students receive financial aid with the average financial aid award at $10,160/year (2020 data)


  • 23 bachelor’s degrees in four colleges, 4 Ph.D., 7 M.S. programs
  • Over half of the undergraduate and all graduate programs offered online


  • 161 faculty/adjuncts, graduate assistants
  • 231 FT/PT professional staff
  • 173 student employees


  • $56.6 million operating budget for FY22


  • Entrepreneurial Building and Paulson Cyber Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center officially opened in 2021
  • DSU granted the first patent in 2021 for accessibility device
  • Research expenditures from sponsored grants and contracts $6.6M in FY21

Additional facts

  • Student life – 36+ student clubs, also professional organizations.
  • Athletics -- 13 official sports teams, including esports; intramural sporting options; member of the NAIA and NSAA.
  • Summer education camps – Host hundreds of students of all ages at annual outreach summer GenCyber camps for teachers, co-ed high school students, and middle school girls.
  • The DSU campus – 24 buildings on 62 acres.

Economic impact of Dakota State University

Dakota State University contributes $137.4 million annually to the state's economy through its research, jobs, and local and tax impact, along with the university's students and visitors, according to a recent study.

Economic Impact Infographic