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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

Careers at DSU

Find your calling

At DSU, you will join a dynamic community of passionate educators and support staff who impact our students' lives and the community. Together we are Trojan True, and we are looking for talented individuals to join our team. Questions about a career at DSU? Call (605) 291-5554 or email.

open positions

Employment benefits

Downtown Madison, South Dakota

Explore the Madison Community

Dakota State is in the heart of Madison, South Dakota. It's the seat of Lake County, which is home to a number of scenic lakes, hiking trails, two state parks, and miles of rolling prairie.

Learn about the Madison Community

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Strategic Plan 2027

The ADVANCE strategic plan began in 2022 and will continue to evolve through 2027 and beyond. We will consider our strengths and challenges as we bring stakeholders together to move our University forward. Our strategy focuses on quality, research, engagement, athletics, and student success.

Read the Strategic Plan

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University Fact Sheet

We are pleased to present the newest edition of Dakota State University’s Fact Sheet. The Fact Sheet provides a convenient source of information on the many aspects of DSU. It provides general information about some of our basic data points.

Get the facts


Founded as a Teacher's College


Programs Offered Online


Statewide Economic Impact

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Madison School District

The Madison School District is renowned for its exceptional commitment to providing a quality education, setting the standard for excellence in academic achievement, character development, and inclusive learning environments. With a team of highly qualified educators, state-of-the-art facilities, and a comprehensive curriculum, the district ensures that each student receives a well-rounded education, tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Madison School District

Madison School District Government Report Card

Falls Part in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Experience Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls has become one of the must-see cities in the Midwest, and for good reason.

No matter your hobbies, budget, or travel style, Sioux Falls has a unique experience waiting for you, year-round.

Sioux Falls Visitor Guide

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Madison, small town feel, big-city amenities

Madison’s quality of life is what many believe is their greatest asset. From parks and recreation to a strong education system, and top-notch healthcare, the city’s sign encourages everyone coming into town to, “Discover the Unexpected.”

Watch the Video

Dakota State University Homecoming Day Parade downtown Madison, SD

Events @ DSU

There's always something happening on campus at Dakota State University. From Trojan Days, to concerts, athletic events and more. Get involved at DSU.

DSU Public Calendar

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