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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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Interstate Passport

We know that transferring schools can be stressful. That’s why we’re a member of the Interstate Passport Network, a network of colleges and universities providing students with a streamlined way to transfer general education.

Interstate Passport logoIf you want to transfer to DSU from another Interstate Passport Network school, we will treat you as a student who has completed all lower-division general education requirements before your transfer.

It provides a framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes in the following nine areas of knowledge and skill:

  • Foundational skills: oral communication, written communication, quantitative literacy
  • Knowledge of concepts: natural sciences, human cultures, creative expression, human society and the individual
  • Crosscutting skills: critical thinking and teamwork/value systems

Passport Block

Each Network member institution has its own Passport Block—a menu of lower-division general education courses and learning experiences by which a student can earn the Passport. Students who complete Dakota State's Passport Block with a minimum grade of “C” or its equivalent in each course or learning experience will be awarded the Passport by DSU. Those students who later transfer with a Passport to another Network-member institution will have their learning recognized; they will not have to repeat or take additional courses to satisfy lower-division general education requirements in the Passport’s nine areas.

For students the Interstate Passport program offers:

  • An early milestone on the way to a credential
  • Knowledge that lower-division general education learning in the Passport’s nine areas will be recognized upon transfer to a Network member institution
  • A streamlined transfer process and greater likelihood of successful completion
  • The potential for faster time to degree, lower cost, and less debt

For more information about the Interstate Passport, including a list of Network member institutions, see:

View Interstate Passport Details

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