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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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The Dakota State Trojan mascot General Cyber brings school spirit and great joy wherever he goes. He is the symbol of the purpose and drive of Dakota State, and like the university, he is on a mission for all things cyber.

General Cyber (General "Cy")

General Cyber (General "Cy")

General Cyber is rising to take us into the future, but he also recognizes DSU’s past, identifying with another General in our history, our third president General W.H.H. Beadle.

General Cyber’s birthday of March 5, 1928, also takes us back in our history, to the time when the Trojan mascot for Dakota State was born. In the early days, campus athletic teams had been called the “Warriors” or “Teachers,” but in 1928, student Ray Kellogg ’31 won a contest when he proposed the name “Trojans” for the school mascot.

For more than 90 years, the Trojan mascot has cheered on the DSU athletics teams and rallied for all campus efforts, but after a rebranding campaign in 2019, students were asked to vote on a new rebranded name for the mascot. Out of four options and a number of write-in suggestions, General Cyber (or General Cy for short), won this competition with 225 votes.

The new General Cyber Trojan mascot is all about DSU’s cyber-centric programs, its distinctive and dynamic students, employees, and alumni. Look for him at university and community events in the future, and on DSU’s website and social media.