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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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Student Health

Wellness is about the whole you: happy, healthy, and able to make the most of your DSU experience. You'll have access to a dedicated Student Health Office, nearby urgent/after-hours and emergency care, and an on-campus fitness center.

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You can take advantage of unlimited visits to the student health nurse for:

  • Minor illnesses and injuries
  • Educational material

Don't forget to bring your student ID. If you have an injury or illness that requires a diagnostic visit, the nurse will refer you to a physician. Students can see a physician for free up to two times per year. Please note that these visits do not include laboratory tests or X-rays. 

Trojan Center, Room 16

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

If you need care when the DSU Student Health Office is closed, you can visit Madison Regional Health System, a full-service medical center about two miles from campus. Contact MRHS directly to make an appointment. Your visit is applied toward your two free visits.

Urgent care is available to students from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your student ID and insurance card anytime you visit Madison Regional Health System.

Explore Madison Regional Health System

We hope you don't need to visit the Emergency Room (ER), but if you do, Madison Regional Health System is less than 10 minutes away. During the fall and spring semesters, we charge these visits as follows:

  • A basic emergency room charge is credited toward any use of the emergency room, providing the care is deemed an emergency by the University or physician
  • A limit of one (1) such visit is allowed per student per academic year
  • You're responsible for all additional charges in excess of the above-stipulated benefits
    • If you have any other form of hospitalization insurance previous to or in conjunction with the above agreement, it is understood that this agreement acts as a supplement in addition to any other types of student hospital coverage
    • We do not provide cash rebates in cases where other coverage plus this agreement would exceed the cost of care

Madison Regional Health System

We do strongly encourage you to carry health insurance. The student health fee we charge every DSU student is not a substitute for insurance.

If you're an international student, you must have health insurance that meets state and federal criteria.

More health info for international students

The Centers for Disease Control offers information and advice about symptom relief for common illnesses like sore throats, ear infections, sinus infections, colds, and bronchitis.

If you’re an incoming freshman, transfer student, or a returning former student born in 1957 or later, you must be vaccinated prior to enrolling at DSU.

This means that you’ll need to show proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine or a rubeola and rubella titer. The South Dakota Board of Regents also strongly encourages you to get a meningitis vaccination.

As a DSU student, you’ll have access to the Madison Community Center, which is located on our campus. Its amenities include:

  • Pool and sauna
  • Running track
  • Fitness equipment
  • Basketball court
  • Racquetball court

Madison Community Center