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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.

Majors & Degrees

How to Apply

We aim to make the transfer process as simple as possible but if, at any point, you find the process confusing or have questions, we'd be more than happy to help walk you through it.

Application Process

Here's what you need to do to apply as an international transfer student:

1. Complete the online application.
  • Pay your application fee of $20.

2. Submit the following pieces of documentation in the application portal (after submitting your application): 

  • Your official proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, WAEC, PTE Academic, or ACT/SAT sub-scores). DSU reserves the right to request an official score report. All Duolingo scores must be sent directly to DSU from the test provider.
  • Your Certificate of Financial Responsibility for Undergraduates (PDF)/Certificate of Financial Responsibility for Graduate studies (PDF) and bank statements (Please note that federal government regulations require potential students to provide evidence that they have the ability to cover expenses for one academic year)
  • A copy of your passport

3. Request official academic transcriptscertificates, and diplomas in English (including secondary and post-secondary) to be sent to DSU.

International Programs Office
Dakota State University
820 N. Washington Avenue
Madison, SD 57042 USA

4. Official SAT/ACT score reports may be required for DSU scholarship eligibility considerations. SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission. 

To avoid any admission delays, please upload all of your documents in the application portal at one time.

Immunization forms for International Students do not need to be submitted until a VISA for DSU is acquired. 

Transcript Evaluation

Once you have applied and been accepted, contact us before you register for classes. Our Registrar's office will prepare a transfer evaluation based on your official transcripts indicating course equivalencies met by your prior work.

You'll also get a list of remaining requirements for your degree program. Transfer coordinators are available at both campuses and for online learners.

  • Madison campus students: (888) 378-9988
  • Distance and Online Learning: (605) 256-5049