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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

Breaking Through

Breaking Through
Breaking Through

Higher Education Evolved

If you're scared to think big, you'll only take tiny steps. DSU isn't afraid to think big. We have a vision: transform South Dakota into a nationally recognized cybertechnology hub. We're breaking barriers and breaking through perceptions about what a South Dakota school can do – one degree at a time. 

We're Leading What's Next

“It's the dawn of a new era for DSU.”

President José-Marie Griffiths

Sioux Falls Success

Trojans are making a major impact – and finding major success – in Sioux Falls. 


Preston Nordling - Class of ’19

7th Grade Math Teacher at Harrisburg Middle School 

"My professors went out of their way to build relationships with students and to provide an authentic experience. These important skills aren't always about grading or classroom management, but also about being engaging, having empathy, and building relationships."

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Jamie Westra - Class of '16

RISE Special Education Teacher at Patrick Henry Middle School 

"DSU prepared me for success after college by helping me gain the steps to continue to move right into my occupation. I had the right people behind me cheering me on to be the best I could be and had me moving up the steps quickly with my current job."

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Alex Garcia – Class of '22

Computer Science Major 

"If you are interested in anything technical – or want an education from a great faculty and staff – you cannot go wrong with DSU. It is close enough to visit home easily, but far enough away for you to be yourself and start crafting the next part of your journey."

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Annabelle Klosterman – Class of ‘22

Cyber Operations Major 

"In just my first year at DSU, I have been able to acquire multiple internship offers. With all the opportunities and resources DSU has to offer, it can give you a significant advantage when competing for jobs."

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Jennifer Reecy – Class of '98

Chief Employee Experience Officer at First National Bank 

"At DSU, each individual had the opportunity to be challenged and grow outside their comfort zone. We genuinely cared for one another. I attribute my continued success to the values and culture reinforced at DSU."

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Mike Halverson – Class of '88

Director of Technology at Premier Bankcard

"This is a special place because of the incredible faculty and unique degree programs. I think the biggest benefits are the skills and knowledge a student will acquire. The relationships and friendships developed at DSU stay with a person a life time."

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Brandon Schmit – Class of '20

Tax Associate at Eide Bailly, LLP

"The biggest benefit of attending DSU was the class sizes and getting to have the personal interactions with professors and really getting to know people on campus. I really enjoyed my time on campus and although I was very busy with classes, work, football, and track and field I had a great relationship with my professors."

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Dustin Groen – Class of '19

Special Education Teacher at Harrisburg School District 

"The biggest benefit about DSU is that you are not just a number. The instructors at DSU care about you not just as a student but as a person. It's a great opportunity whether you're looking for the traditional college experience or, if you're like me, a non-traditional student looking to further your education."

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Fran Shupick – Class of '81

PREMIER Bankcard

"DSU always felt family. It’s small enough that you can be very involved and be able to get life long lessons. Yet it’s large enough to enable you to be very successful after graduation."

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What's New at DSU?

Trojans are always making headlines. Read the latest developments on campus, students success and much more.

Peraton Partners With DSU

A national technology systems leader is partnering with CybHER to support women in computer sciences. With their help, we're offering scholarships to seven students this spring. 

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New CyberHealth

New CyberHealth Strategic Alliance

Sanford Health and DSU have announced a strategic alliance between the two organizations. The goal is to drive cyberhealth innovation and research, creating workforce and economic development opportunities for South Dakota.

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Workforce Dev

Workforce Development Starts at DSU

"This new National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program is a 'win-win' for all involved," says Dr. Wayne Pauli, Professor of Information Systems and Coordinator for the Ph.D. in Cyber Operations program.

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