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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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About DSU

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Faculty working in the research lab

Uniting on an upward pace

In 1881, Dakota State University was founded as a school for teacher education, in the Dakota Territory. Though we have since shifted our primary focus of education to the cyber world, Dakota State remains one of the few universities in the nation, who provides students with the technology needed to excel in any career.

Dakota State University is located in the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin, an alliance made up of the Isanti, Ihanktunwan, and Titunwan. Today, these peoples are represented by the nine federally recognized tribes of South Dakota: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

As a united front, our Trojans remain on an upward trajectory into the future. We’re growing at a fast pace, expanding our campus, and immersing ourselves in the most advanced and innovative technologies. We want you to rise with us.

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Research and economic development

Research at Dakota State is rising. Over the last several years, DSU researchers have expanded their initiatives from peer-reviewed publications and high-profile conference presentations, to include new infrastructure, internationally relevant accolades for their work, and an ever-growing community of partners. Dakota State University researchers garner funding from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as some international sources.

Research @ DSU

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Rankings

Ranked among The Best Online Colleges in South Dakota for 2020 by TheBestSchools.orgDakota State University offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs through four colleges.

Our online programs are named one of the best values based on OnlineSchoolscenter.com, and the most affordable by CollegeValuesOnline.comThere are plenty of programs at DSU Online such as Accounting, Business Management, Computer Science, Cyber Operations, Elementary Education, Health Informatics, Information Systems, Marketing, Network and Security Administration, and more. 

Dakota State has also earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School designation by means of affordable tuition, quality degrees, and unique partnerships that help military members succeed.

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Accreditations

Our accreditations demonstrate the quality of programs across our campus. Accreditations impact Dakota State in a variety of ways, including student eligibility for federal assistance or loans, enabling graduates to sit for certification exams, and assuring all our constituencies that DSU meets or exceeds quality standards.

  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

DSU Accreditations

93%

Residence hall occupancy

$59.7

Million dollar operating budget

99%

Placement rate for our graduating class

3,241

Total student headcount

1,773

Total headcount of internet-only students

24

Buildings on almost 62 acres

Where everyone’s welcome


Events

November 5
8:30 AM

Discover DSU Day

November 30
7:00 PM

Nostalgia Jams

December 2
8:30 AM

Discover DSU Day

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News

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Helping our Heroes

Austin Slaughter, DSU’s Veteran Affairs Director, helps student-veterans and their families utilize their education benefits towards a successful career.

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TriBeta to offer community outreach

Dakota State’s TriBeta Biology Honor Society will be providing community outreach on November 7 and 8 in Madison.

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South Dakota Academy of Science meeting hosted by DSU

Dakota State University is hosting the South Dakota Academy of Science annual meeting on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

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