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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Here's what it takes

We're seeking curious, driven students of every age and background who meet the following requirements:

If you're under 24 and graduated from high school, you'll enter DSU as a freshman. You must fulfill one requirement from each of these two categories.

GPA or test scores

Fulfill one of these three requirements:

  • An ACT composite score of 18 or above or a Total score on the SAT (Math and Evidence-Based Reading) of 950 or above
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Rank in the upper 60 percent of your high school graduating class

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may qualify for admission on probation.

Coursework or equivalent test scores

Complete these courses, or demonstrate equivalent test scores, in all of these categories:

English

  • Four years of English or,
  • ACT English subtest score of 18+ or,
  • AP English score of 3+

Advanced mathematics

  • Three years of advanced mathematics or, 
  • ACT Math subtest score of 20+ or,
  • AP Calculus score of 3+

Laboratory science

  • Three years of laboratory science or,
  • ACT Science Reasoning subtest score of 17+ or,
  • AP Science score of 3+

Social science

  • Three years of social science or,
  • ACT Social Studies/Reading subtest score of 17+ or,
  • AP Social Studies score of 3+

Fine arts

  • One year of fine arts or,
  • AP Fine Arts score of 3+

Computer science

As a DSU applicant, we expect you to have:

  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Experience using the Internet
  • A basic understanding of computer word processing applications, as well as database and spreadsheet programs

You may meet these expectations through high school coursework.

If you meet the admission requirements, but not the course requirements listed above, you can be admitted to an associate degree program. Once you complete the associate program, you may apply for admission into a bachelor's program.

If you did not graduate from high school, you must meet both of the requirements below:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Complete the GED High School Equivalency Certificate with the following minimum scores:
    • Total score of at least a 580
    • A score of at least 145 on each subject

If you were home-schooled or attended a non-accredited high school, submit an official transcript (in a semester format) for review from either an accredited regional authority or home-school provider, in conjunction with state requirements.

You must meet both of these requirements:

  • Meet the minimum course requirements listed above in the "High School Graduate" section
  • Submit an ACT score composite score of 18+ or a subscore on the SAT (Math and Evidence-Based Reading) of 970+

If you’re 24 or older, you should have completed one of the following:

  • Graduated from high school
  • Completed the GED with a minimum combined score of 580 and a score of at least 145 on each subject
  • Met state requirements for the high school equivalency certificate

If you’re looking to get your associate degree from DSU, we need you to meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Get an ACT composite score of 18 or above, or get a subscore on the SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading of 950 or above
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Rank in the upper 60% of your high school graduating class
  • Complete the GED with a minimum combined score of 580 and a score of at least 145 on each subject

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We have answers. Feel free to contact us anytime or give us a call at (888) DSU-9988.

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We know that not all students are the same—and some students may not meet our regular admissions requirements.  That’s why we often allow students to be accepted to DSU on probation.

To be admitted on probation, you’ll need to meet at least ONE of these three requirements:

  • Get an ACT composite score of 16 or above, or get a subscore on the SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading of 880 or above
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Rank in the upper 70% of your high school graduating class

You also may have some limits placed on your registration and will be required to meet regularly with a member of our student development staff over the course of the semester to monitor your progress.

Whether you’re a transfer, undergraduate, graduate, international, or veteran student, we’ll keep you posted on your status and any restrictions on your status at Dakota State.

Questions?

We have answers. Feel free to contact us anytime or give us a call at 1-888-DSU-9988.

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

If you’re not sure if you meet any of the above requirements, or if you just have questions about the admissions process, get in touch!

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