Located right in the vicinity of both the North Dakota Badlands and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Dickinson State University (DSU) provides not only numerous educational opportunities, but also a slew of outdoor and recreational activities. As one of 11 North Dakota System colleges and universities, the school offers a wide selection of bachelors and associate degrees for all four-year students, highlighting around 50 major and around 60 minor programs in education, nursing, business and music, to name a few.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the program since 1946, but (DSU) also has additional accreditation for their education and nursing programs.
Besides traditional academics, the university houses the Teddy Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program. Recognized as one of the top honors programs in the nation by the National Collegiate Honors Council, the program attempts to capture the experiences of the 26th president while he inhabited the North Dakota Badlands, experiences that Roosevelt regarded as crucial in his journey to become president.
Freshman accepted into the program receive an annual scholarship and are provided with a selection of special, extra-curricular activities such as personal enhancement retreats, leadership seminars, participation in national conferences and internship opportunities.
DSU also stresses global awareness, adapting a specific initiative in 2000 to promote a diverse, international learning environment as well as to encourage and increase student participation in foreign exchange and study abroad programs. In addition to having a specific multicultural center, the school also advances international awareness by being one of 11 nationwide institutions to be selected to participate in the Global Access Project (GAP), focused on stressing the importance and understanding of international relations and careers in diplomacy.