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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Mission, Vision, & Values

Students walking through campus
The environment of Dakota State University encourages all students to achieve their full potential.


DSU provides learning that integrates technology and innovation to develop graduates ready to contribute to local, national, and global prosperity.


Building upon its distinctive mission, DSU will become:

  • The university of choice for those seeking a student-centered institution that offers innovative programs grounded in teaching, research, technology, scholarship, and service excellence
  • An academic community that serves as an economic engine in local, national, and global markets
  • A campus recognized for its achievements in continuous quality improvement


  • Student success
  • University-wide excellence
  • Distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Academic freedom and integrity
  • Diversity, respect, and inclusion
  • Continuous improvement
  • Community, collaboration, and communication
  • Technology and innovation inside and outside the classroom