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.

Majors & Degrees

How to Apply

We aim to make the application process as simple as possible for our military community and would be more than happy to help guide you through it.

When you’re ready, here’s the step-by-step process you’ll follow:

  1. Complete an  online application. It may seem obvious, but completing the online application is the first step in the process you won’t want to forget
  2. Select a  program of study. It’s a requirement to select an academic program in order to receive VA benefits
  3. Submit an official high school transcript. We’ll need official copies from your high school sent directly to the  DSU Admissions Office
  4. Submit official college transcripts, including military coursework, from any accredited institutions you have attended. Your military training will be documented on a Joint Service Transcript, Community College of the Air Force, or National Cryptologic School letter. Providing these will allow ups to consider your military training for additional credit. 
  5. Register for classes. A DSU academic advisor can assist you in planning a class schedule that puts you on a path to success
  6. Once registration has been completed, please complete and submit the Veteran or Dependent Registration form to the DSU Veteran's Affairs Office

Military transfer students

For service members, veterans, or benefits-eligible family members (who have prior college coursework from other accredited institutions or relevant military training or other experiential learning), Dakota State University will evaluate your background and provide a student-specific preliminary program evaluation (evaluated education plan).

This evaluation indicates the number of transfer credits that will be accepted and identifies special course requirements met through this prior coursework/training. This evaluation/plan is provided to you and your advisor for initial placement testing and registration planning purposes.

Contact Us

Veteran's Affairs Office
(605) 256-5742