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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

Clubs and Organizations

Find your people, find your voice

Connect with fellow students, engage in what lights you up, and explore ways to express yourself.


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Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) focuses on fostering entrepreneurship on campus.

We host three institutional organizations that are central to the DSU experience. The Trojan Times (in print and online) is the student voice of the campus community, and the Student Senate represents your interests within the university community.

Campus Recreation

Intramural Sports and gaming are just a few things to do around campus. Check out what activities are in store this school year. The Intramural Sports schedule is full of useful information such as available activities, registration dates, entry, fees, etc.

Academic teams

As an elite competitor on one of DSU's academic teams, you'll build problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills while showcasing your Trojan Pride nationwide.


DSU's campus is home to more than 35 student-run clubs. Celebrate diversity by getting involved with groups like The Alliance (LGBTQ students and allies), the Native American Student Association, or the American Association of University Women (AAUW @ DSU).

Or you can just share your obsessions: gaming, art, photography, anime -- even cricket. There's something for everyone.

Interested in starting a club? Find out how to do so here.


Clubs and organizations

The Anime Club is a group that welcomes all to learn, watch, and play Anime shows, movies, and games. The Anime Club also seeks to promote the knowledge and appreciation of Japanese Animation, Graphic Novel Publications, Games, and the Culture of Japan.

Meetings: Saturday | 6:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. | Alumni Room in the TC Underground

Advisors: Angela Behrends and Joe Ren

Contact Info: Discord

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) Club promotes the utilization of IS at Dakota State and the workforce. AIS Club strives to organize symposiums, workshops, and competitions to provide students an opportunity to understand IS as a career. They also help students build their innovation and problem solving skills by implementing classroom knowledge in real-world situations.

Fridays (bi-weekly) | 11:00 am

Contact: Krutikka Sutrave

Cru is a global Christian organization that is passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. We are all about having alive walks with Christ and authentic community with one another as we advance the gospel to those around us. CRU also has multiple Bible studies on campus that meet during the school year.

Tuesdays | 8:00 p.m. | Trojans Center Underground

Contact Info: Kyle Steffen, (319) 400-9570

The DSU Chess Club provides students with opportunities to play chess, learn about the game, and stay involved with the broader chess community. All are welcome, regardless of skill level.

Every Thursday | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | KML (DSU library basement)

Advisor: Andrew Kramer


CEO is a club that focuses on fostering entrepreneurship on campus, in the community, and in the region. The ideas of our members belong to our members – you own your own intellectual property. If you have an idea that you want to bring to the market, we want to help provide the resources you need to get started.

We have monthly meetings with entrepreneurs, investors, and venture capitalists. We attend entrepreneurial-related events in the region. We work on our projects in our own offices. We connect students with mentors who can help our members achieve their dreams.

Meetings: Virtual and In-Person (TBD)

Location: East Hall

Contact: Email

Computer Club believes that education goes far beyond the classroom at DSU. As a student-led club, we are dedicated to supplementing classroom education by hosting competitions, and tech talks, and shedding light on current industry events. Computer Club members have competed with great success at local, regional, and national competitions. For more information about our club - including how to get involved, meeting times, and special events.

Visit the DSU Computer Club Website

Advisor: Tom Halverson

Contact: dsucc@dsu.edu


The objectives of the CybHER Club are to promote women in the field of cyber sciences, to expand women’s knowledge and computing experience and promote collegiality with other like-minded people in a casual fun environment. Meetings are a great opportunity to share ideas, learn new topics in computing, serve the community through K-12 mentoring and educational events. We aim to help fill the skills gap in the field and promote opportunities to create and expand technical knowledge through various projects, speakers, and events.

Meetings: Third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Location: See CybHER Website

Advisor: Kanthi Narukonda

Contact: Email

The DSU Esports Club is a place where students can play video games with others in the DSU gaming community. We also provide students with the opportunity to compete at a collegiate level against other schools in the country. DSU is a Tespa Chapter as well, meaning that we are officially affiliated with Tespa, a company that works with Blizzard Entertainment to create tournaments that offer scholarships as prizes.

Meetings: Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Beacom 135

Advisor: Scott Graham

Contact Info: Discord, Twitter, Facebook

DSU Live Productions is a student-run event production service for DSU events. We host our own concerts and events as well as providing event production services for other clubs and organizations. If you are interested in any aspect of event production (marketing, audio, lighting, photography, etc.) then DSU Live Productions is here for you! We aim to provide a professional experience to your resume while providing a fun environment to learn.

Meetings: Tuesdays | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

Contacts: Spencer Raap or Ryan Little

Social Links: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

DSU Theatre Club i​s an innovative, collaborative blend of every area and department on campus, which is then, transformed into performance art. Theatre is everywhere, it's for everyone, and it's about everyone. DSU Theatre Club is also a great way to meet new friends, get out of your comfort zone, and it looks great on résumés.

Meetings: Wednesdays | 12:00 p.m. | TC Underground

Advisor: Ann Elder

Contact Info: Facebook

DSU Trojans Cricket Club is formed to provide for participation in cricket by Students from DSU, to improve the cricket abilities of the members and to maintain high degree of sportsmanship.

Meetings: By Appointment | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (M-F) | Karl Mundt Library (lower level) or TC Fireplace area

Advisor: Scott Mckay

Contact Info: Facebook 

The honors English society on campus (but we also accept anyone interested in the English subject!)

Meetings: Second and Fourth Tuesday | 12:15 p.m. | Club Hub

Advisor: Dr. John Nelson

FBLA is a student organization dedicated to bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members have the opportunity to participate at the local, state, and national level. FBLA is open to students of all ages and majors. It is the collegiate level of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization.

Meetings: Every other Tuesday | 12:20 p.m. | TC Regents Room

Advisors: Dan Talley; Yenling Chang

Contact Info: Facebook

One of the biggest clubs on campus, run by gamers, for gamers. Students, faculty, and alumni come to play any type of game you can think of - board games, video games, tabletop RPGS, CCGS, Magic the Gathering, etc. We have 200+ games in our cabinets and have several events, including a Gauntlet Contest, every semester.

Meetings: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. 

Location: Club Hub

Advisor: Jason Jenkins and Mark Spanier

Contact Info: Email, WebsiteDiscord

The Game Design Club is dedicated to the discussion, study, and creation of video and board games. The club has discussions about the principles of video and board games to foster greater learning and understanding amongst members. Game Design Club also hosts Game Jam, an event where everyone is welcome to spend the weekend designing a video game.

Meetings: Tuesdays or Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. |

Location: Beacom 115 (in-person and virtual)

Contact Info: EmailDiscord

The International Club is an all-inclusive organization that welcomes all students—both international and local. The club’s programs and activities are focused around increasing cultural exchange providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the Madison community to better their cultural understanding. As a student-led club, you can help shape and form its future.

Advisor:  Nicole ClaussenHolly Macfarlane

Contact Info: Facebook 

Lights Camera Action Film Club (LCA) goal is to expose students to everything that goes into making a film. From thinking of ideas of the short film, to the shooting of the film, and ending with the editing.

The Native American Student Association (NASA) is a club dedicated to helping facilitate Cultural Awareness of Native American tribes and their peoples to the students of DSU. Members meet to discuss cultural awareness and how best to facilitate that discussion with the wider student body, by hosting events in coordination with the DSU Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, sharing our message on Facebook, and by other appropriate methods.

Meetings: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Virtual and in-person (TBD)

Contact Info: EmailDiscordFacebook

The Newman Club exists to offer spiritual guidance and to develop a sense of community among students. It provides means for Catholic Students to celebrate and learn about their faith, as well as means for non-Catholics to learn about the Catholic religion. The Newman Club helps strengthen faith and friendships in an open environment.

Meetings: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas Parish

Advisor: Father Anthony Urban

Contact Info: EmailFacebook

Our goal is to provide students who interested in the art of photography, with a platform to express their artistic voice. We strive to provide these students with events that will increase their knowledge of photography.

Meetings: Every other Monday | 6:00 p.m. | Oyate Room

Advisor: Thomas Jones

Contact Info: Facebook

The Student Activities Board is committed to providing high-quality experiences and activities for students to attend while at Dakota State University. SAB plans numerous events throughout the school year that range from comedians to hypnotists, bingo to games shows, and so much more.  This group also assists with campus traditions such as New Student Orientation, Trojan Days (homecoming), Family Weekend, and Fire & Ice Week.

Meetings are held on an as needed basis.

Contact: Amanda Parpart

Student Veterans of American provides veterans and dependents from all branches of the Armed Forces the opportunity to network and connect with other like-minded individuals. Our club offers past and present veterans and dependents, a wide range of opportunities to allow them to grow, succeed, and volunteer in and with the local community for professional service and career advancement.

Meetings: Third Thursday of the month | 9:00 p.m. | Veteran Resource Center in TC

Advisor: Austin Slaughter

Teachers of Tomorrow provides opportunities to be involved on campus, in the community, and in classrooms. We focus on bettering future teachers by volunteering, hosting several guest speakers, and providing workshops.

Meetings: Mondays | 1:00 p.m. | once or twice a month in the Kennedy Center

Advisor: Jennifer Nash

Meetings: Every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Madison High School Tennis Courts

Contact Info: Email

Trojan Ambassadors are the face of DSU. They serve as tour guides for prospective students and other visitors to campus during individual visits and group visit events. They serve on student panels for various campus events. They may be asked to staff the welcome desk at the opportunity center or assist in promotion of foundation and Office of Career and Professional Development events and efforts. Trojan Ambassadors will be asked to call prospective students to invite them to events or confirm attendance at events. We also ask them to have a presence on the university social media accounts. Attendance for team meetings, trainings and office hours is mandatory. This is a great resume builder, personal growth opportunity and a chance to represent your university and put your best face forward.

Contact: Rose O'Brien

Trojan Ambassador Application

Provides a safe and inclusive environment for people of all identities and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community.

Meetings: TBD

Location: Virtual and in-person

Advisor: Stacey Berry

Contact Info: Email, Discord, Facebook

World Languages Club serves as a meeting place for people wanting to learn and speak languages. The club will also help people find resources for learning other languages.

Meetings: Every other Friday at 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Virtual and in-person (TBD)

Advisor: Andrew Behrens

Contact Info: EmailDiscord

  • Artificial Intelligence Club

  • Badminton Club

  • Billiards Club

  • Cooking & Gardening Club

  • DSU Crypto and Blockchain Club

  • Fitness Club

  • SoundLabs

  • Trojan Tutors

  • KDSU

Honor societies

Delta Mu Delta (DMD) is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities. The goal is to create a DMD community that fosters the wellbeing of its members and business community through a life-changing membership. Since its establishment in 1979, DSU’s chapter has had over 550 members.

Contact: Dr. Yen-Ling Chang | Dr. Deb Tech

KSI is DSU’s campus-wide honor society.  DSU President E.C. Higbie began KSI in 1923 to recognize academic excellence in students pursuing all majors. To be eligible,  members must attain and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater and must have completed at least 32 credit hours.  

KSI members meet throughout the fall and spring semester. Members are encouraged to attend the Annual Spring Banquet, where they are recognized. Scholarships are also awarded.

The initiation fee is $20.00. After that dues are just $10.00 per year.  Fees are used to fund KSI scholarships. Membership is by invitation only. If you meet the requirements you will receive an invitation by email early in the spring semester. Online and residential students are all welcome!

Contact: Peter Britton

The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society.  Students are invited to join based on their academic standing.  The NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online.  Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.  Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.  Membership provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.

Contact: Amanda Parpart

TriBeta is the National Biological Honor Society, and DSU has an active chapter! This is one of the few chapters of TriBeta in South Dakota.

TriBeta gives students the opportunity to be involved in science outside of the classroom. Students in TriBeta host various science-related events (Science Trivia, Guest Lectures, a Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser) aimed to get students throughout the DSU campus excited about science!


Through TriBeta, students have access to research funding and a venue to present/publish their work. Membership in TriBeta is a valued, nationally recognized credential, which looks excellent on a resume when applying for graduate school or scientific positions.


Meetings: Once a month on Tuesday, 12:15 PM, Science Center Room 101

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sathoff