Dakota State University students walking around campus

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

DSU to Frontier Conference

May 21, 2024

Dakota State to join Frontier Conference

Dakota State University Athletics is joining the Frontier Conference effective in the 2025-2026 academic year.

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Student Awards

April 25, 2024

Honored Students

Every year, we are able to celebrate the achievements of our students, those who have worked especially hard to excel and contribute to their own future as well as to the lives and progress of those around them.

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Angela Slattery, a junior Computer Science major from Franksville, Wis., and Tristan Stapert, a senior Cyber Operations major from Tumwater, Wash.

March 7, 2024

Two join ranks of CyberCorps® scholars at DSU

Two Dakota State University students have joined the ranks of CyberCorps® scholars. This Scholarship for Service program allows students to receive financial support as they prepare to start their cybersecurity careers in the government sector.

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College of Education Students

December 18, 2023

BOR approves expanding SD Advantage program

The South Dakota Board of Regents voted this week to expand its South Dakota Advantage program to include students from Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri.

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Student in the esports room.

November 13, 2023

DSU adds graduate certificate in esports coaching

After successfully adding a competitive esports program at Dakota State in the fall of 2019, DSU is expanding it from the athletics arena to the classroom. It is now offering a graduate certificate in Esports Coaching.

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Athletic Director Jeff Dittman cooking at the Wild Game Feed.

November 8, 2023

Trojan Athletic Club's Annual Wild Game Feed Raises Over $31,000

The Trojan Athletics Club is proud to announce that its 8th Annual Wild Game Feed held on Thursday, November 2 was a huge success. The sold-out event at Dakota State University's Dakota Prairie Playhouse raised over $31,000 to support student-athletes at Dakota State University.

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Rendering of a potential indoor practice facility dome.

November 1, 2023

DSU receives lead donation of $7M for indoor practice facility

With a $7M lead donation from Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the University will look at a variety of plan options, but the initial consideration is a seasonal dome facility.

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Emmanuel and Hazel

October 10, 2023

DSU athlete is role model for local cancer survivor

Houston native Emmanuel Drain lost his left eye to retinoblastoma when he was four years old, but he didn’t let that stop him from living life and participating in things he loved, like football.

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DSU students hold up letters to spell out RISE UP.

September 10, 2023

Join DSU for Day of Giving

The Dakota State University Foundation invites the Madison community to RISE UP and help DSU reach the goal of raising $250,000 for Day of Giving on Thursday, Sept. 14. Day of Giving coincides with Dakota State’s homecoming celebration, Trojan Days.

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Pictured are the 2023 Ag Bowl Captains of Johnson Farms, Charlie, Aaron, Kevin, Jordan, and Allan.

August 28, 2023

Johnson Farms named 2023 Ag Bowl Captains

This year’s Ag Bowl Captains are members of Johnson Farms from Madison. These humble farmers are part of the partnership between ag and education that has been part of the region’s past, present, and future.

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Dan Beacom DSU Track

August 14, 2023

DSU Track to be named for alumnus Dan Beacom

The new track at Dakota State University in Madison will be named “The Dan Beacom Track Complex” after alumnus Dan Beacom, who passed away on May 24, 2023.

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DSU student playing esports.

July 24, 2023

DSU adds Intro to Esports course

Dakota State is launching an Introduction to Esports course for the fall semester. The course, open to all students, is online and structured around independent research and lectures, according to Instructor and DSU Esports Coach Andy Roland.

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Braderious Martin  (pictured center wearing a grey short-sleeve hoodie and red hat talks to basketball players.

July 6, 2023

Digital Arts & Design grad finds success as entrepreneur

After graduating from DSU in 2013, Martin spent a brief period overseas playing basketball. But he ultimately returned to Atlanta, where he started his own business, EYA Sports, a multi-million-dollar basketball training program.

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dsu-bsn-nike-partnership

May 31, 2023

DSU Athletics Announces Partnership with BSN SPORTS, NIKE

DSU Athletics Announces Partnership with BSN SPORTS, NIKE

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Conner Tordsen prepares to throw at an outdoor track meet.

May 8, 2023

Tordsen’s final year of accomplishments

Extended eligibility due to COVID allowed Conner Tordsen (B.S. ’22) to return to DSU for the 2023 spring semester as a student-athlete in track & field and earn a third minor in business.

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Conner-Starrett_AirForceCadet

March 13, 2023

Family Ties to Service

DSU student Connor Starrett was one of three area Air Force cadets chosen to attend an Air Force symposium. He is following in his family’s footsteps with a military career, and wants to do all he can to help other people through his service.

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Image of Trojan Field

November 7, 2022

Celebrate the final game at Trojan Field

Over 50 years of athletics on Trojan Field will come to an end with the final home game of the Trojan football season on Saturday, November 12.

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CyberGames-SeasonII

October 20, 2022

DSU fields 4 on U.S. Cyber Team Season II

Three DSU students were chosen for the U.S. Cyber Team Season II, which will compete internationally next summer in the International Cyber Games.

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Dakota State student-athlete Fane Sauvakacolo

September 30, 2022

Inspiring ambition

“It is always an amazing experience to run for my country,” said Dakota State student-athlete Fane Sauvakacolo.

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Kaya Colwill received a $10k scholarship from Gen.G

September 8, 2022

Colwill receives $10k from Gen.G Foundation

DSU freshman esports athlete Kaya Colwill is one of 10 people in the nation awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Gen.G Foundation.

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Carper Sweetcorn and Produce truck

August 23, 2022

Carpers named honorary captains for 2022 Ag Bowl

The Carper family's contributions to agriculture in the region have made them the perfect candidates to be the Honorary Dakota State University Ag Bowl Captains on Thursday, August 25.

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Attendees of the DSU Sutton Bay fundraising event

June 28, 2022

Record-breaking fundraising at DSU Sutton Bay event

In its second year, the DSU Sutton Bay event raised $393,000 in cash donations and pledges. This will be used for athletic scholarships.

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DSU Donor Patrick Maroney

June 1, 2022

Maroney donates millions to Trojans Unite Campaign

Thanks to DSU alumnus Patrick Maroney, $7 million dollars have been donated to the athletics facilities for the Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign: Building Champions. He has donated an additional $1.5 million to scholarships as part of the Academic Success pillar of the campaign.

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Rendering of the new DSU Athletics Events Center

April 26, 2022

DSU Athletics Events Center groundbreaking May 2

The public is invited to Dakota State University Foundation’s groundbreaking for the new Athletics Events Center on Monday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at Trojan Field.

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DSU announces Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign

April 1, 2022

DSU announces Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign

Dakota State is launching the Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign (TUCC) with a fundraising goal of $250 million. Miles and Lisa Beacom, longtime Dakota State University supporters, will chair the campaign.

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This most recent donation from Kern will help fund the multi-phase athletics complex for Dakota State. DSU is currently seeking legislative approval to build Phase I, a new athletics events center.

January 18, 2022

Kern’s $5 million legacy to keep DSU Rising

Local Madison businessman and longtime Trojan Athletics supporter Brian Kern has donated $5 million for the development and completion of a new athletics facility.

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Trojan football players at the historic Boot Hill Bowl game

November 22, 2021

“The Big Play”

It's been 50 years since the historic Boot Hill Bowl game. Darwin Robinson’s 80-yard catch with a little over five minutes left at the Boot Hill Bowl game on Dec. 4, 1971 was a historic comeback 23-20 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State of Alva, OK.

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Dakota State University Esports athlete playing League of Legends

November 17, 2021

DSU Esports program to host Midwest Invitational

Dakota State University Esports is hosting a Midwest Invitational on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21. It will feature collegiate gameplay in VALORANT and League of Legends, with open to the public, pay-to-play fighting games tournaments.

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Linda and Dan Stewart appreciate farm life, through the artwork in their home, and in their lifestyle. Longtime ag producers in Lake County, will be recognized as the 2021 Ag Bowl Captains.

September 13, 2021

Stewart family named 2021 Ag Bowl Captains

Linda and Dan Stewart appreciate farm life, through the artwork in their home, and in their lifestyle. Longtime ag producers in Lake County, the Stewarts will be recognized as the 2021 Ag Bowl Captains at Dakota State on Sept. 18.

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Volleyball and court

September 22, 2020

DSU volleyball postpones games

Dakota State University Athletics is postponing some of its scheduled volleyball games due to COVID-19, after two players tested positive for the virus.

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Esports

July 27, 2020

Professional esports athlete joins DSU program

Nicolas Engle, a professional esports athlete, is bringing his knowledge and experience to Dakota State’s young esports team.

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Sammy Drummond

July 23, 2020

Rocketing into research

Sammy Drummond came to the U.S. from Australia so that he could play baseball while continuing his academic studies. This led him to Dakota State University where he is a senior physical science major.

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May 1, 2020

DSU announces plans to reopen its campus for Fall 2020

Dakota State University plans to resume on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester. This will include face-to-face classes, along with the online courses normally offered at DSU. This decision is made in conjunction with the Board of Regents (BOR) and other regental schools.

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March 24, 2020

2020 Spring semester goes online-only

The South Dakota Board of Regents has determined all South Dakota public universities will transition to spring classes online for the duration of the semester and postpone graduation until further notice, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 16, 2020

DSU moves to online-only for remainder of spring semester

Dakota State University continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone in the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) system. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff throughout the state remain our top priority and we continue to monitor the situation around the clock.

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March 16, 2020

NAIA cancels spring sports schedule

As of March 16, the NAIA has cancelled the spring sports season. The North Star Conference (NSAA), which DSU is a member of, had previously suspended their schedule.

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March 13, 2020

DSU takes action with upcoming events

Dakota State is postponing, moving to online formats, or cancelling all events through April 13. This is a precautionary measure to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure to the university community, current and prospective students, and guests to campus. Updates are available on the coronavirus alert page at DSU.edu regarding specific events.

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March 12, 2020

Dakota State extends spring break to respond to pandemic

Dakota State University is joining the other five universities in the South Dakota Regental System in the decision to extend the 2020 spring break an additional week in response to the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 12, there have been no confirmed cases at Dakota State, in Madison or Lake County.

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February 25, 2020

Simons named Philanthropists of Year at DSU Gala

Darrel and Patti Simon embody servant leadership, said Suzy Collignon-Hodgen, chair of the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. For that reason, they were named the 2019 Philanthropists of the Year for Dakota State University.

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January 24, 2020

Gunderson’s donates to Dakota State athletics

Gift to Trojans Unite will help keep programs competitive

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November 19, 2019

Female gamers hope to inspire future generations

Liz Gwaltney and Morgan Garber grew up playing video and computer games. Today they’re competing as members of Dakota State’s esports program.

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Proposed new athletic complex

August 29, 2019

Trojans Unite campaign kicks off with $10M gift

First PREMIER Bank-PREMIER Bankcard and Beacoms donate to DSU Athletics program

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Esports gaming chairs

June 24, 2019

Esports coach hired at Dakota State

New esports coach at DSU has experience building esports program from scratch

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KAPPA SIGMA IOTA

April 17, 2019

2019 Honors Banquet

Dakota State University held its annual Honors Banquet Monday, April 15, 2019, at Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison, S.D.

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Esports Club offers fall gaming events

October 11, 2018

Esports Club offers fall gaming events

DSU’s Esports Club is taking their gaming to the next level. This fall the relatively new Esports Club became an official Tespa affiliate. Tespa is a network of college clubs focused on gaming culture and esports competitions.

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David Moe

June 9, 2017

DSU hires new women’s basketball coach

Moe hired to be head women's basketball coach, Dittman to serve as full-time athletics director

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April 28, 2017

Lawrence is DSU spring commencement speaker

Master’s candidates to be hooded at separate ceremony

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Day of Service

April 24, 2017

DSU hosts second annual service day

Memorial tree planting for Bob Jackson

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Regental Awards

April 18, 2017

2017 Honors Banquet

Dakota State University held its annual Honors Banquet Tuesday, April 11, at Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison, S.D. See below for the honors recognized during the event.

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Pictured left to right is Guillien, Dittman and Glenda Blom local ESGR volunteer.

December 1, 2015

Jeff Dittman honored with Patriot award

South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, is pleased to announce Jeff Dittman at DSU is honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Army National Guard.

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Wade Pogany

May 4, 2015

Wade Pogany DSU commencement speaker

Dakota State University’s spring commencement is Saturday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.

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Fieldhouse renovation

June 3, 2014

DSU Fieldhouse under renovations this summer

Dakota State University Fieldhouse, site for home basketball and volleyball games, is undergoing renovations this summer.

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