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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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Residency Requirements

College can be a huge financial burden, especially if you’re paying an out-of-state tuition rate. Establishing residency in South Dakota can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars.

In order to establish residency for tuition purposes, a student must live in South Dakota for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first schedule day of classes of the semester. This is according to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Attendance at a college or university controlled by the Board of Regents (BHSU, DSU, NSU, SDSM&T, SDSU and USD) does not count in determining the 12-month period of residence.

SDBOR Residency Policy and Requirements

How do I apply for residency in South Dakota?

To be considered for South Dakota residency status, you can contact our Admissions Office.

Admissions
Email
(605) 256-5139

South Dakota Residency

Residents of South Dakota and their dependents may attend a South Dakota state institution of higher learning and pay a special tuition rate that is lower than the normal non-resident rate.