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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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Giving back to DSU

The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises and manages private funding for DSU. These private funds provide scholarships and other educational opportunities for DSU students.

The vast majority of DSU’s student scholarships are privately funded through donors like yourself. 

Your gift to Dakota State can change the lives of current and future DSU students. 

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Our students are the heart of DSU. That’s why we do everything we can to give them the best college experience possible. But many of our students face financial burdens that keep them from achieving their college dream. With YOUR support and donations, we can turn dreams into reality and give students the gift of a lifetime.

Why does a state university need private support?

As a public university, DSU receives funding from the state to assist with some costs of delivering education. State assistance is critically important, but through it DSU receives very little money for scholarships. As a result, the majority of scholarships are funded privately through donors. And, these private contributions become increasingly important every year.

How does the Foundation serve the university?

The Foundation exists solely for DSU’s benefit. We serve as the channel for private gifts to all areas of the university. Located in the Dale E. Kringen Alumni & Foundation Center, we are governed by a board of trustees. Through annual giving programs, planned gifts, and special-purpose campaigns, the Foundation staff works with DSU to generate private support from alumni and friends.

Every gift to DSU matters. Whether you contribute $25 or $25,000, you can make a difference.

Witness the Impact

Champion Scholarships are the heart of Dakota State’s scholarship program. Each year an increasing number of academically gifted students qualify for a Champion Scholarship by reaching and maintaining high academic standards. Become a Champion Scholarship partner to witness the impact your gift will have on a student’s life.

Ignite Your Passion

Gift planning is your opportunity to make a generous commitment to the future of Dakota State University without depleting your checking or savings accounts.  No matter your age or income, you need a plan to create a secure future for yourself and your loved ones and to support the causes that ignite your passion. You can maximize your giving to DSU through planning and we can show you how.