Dickinson State University


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.

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Information Summary

Ranks 4th in North Dakota and 933rd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 81.2
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $18,832
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 23 / 1038
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 11 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 71% / 60%
Enrollment Total (all students) 1,392


Dickinson State University accepts applications on a rolling basis and all applicants are required to have a high school diploma or a completed GED with ACT test scores. The nursing program, however, has a few special requirements as well as a priority deadline in February, although applications are still accepted afterwards.

Students 21 years old and younger who have yet to complete 60 credit hours are obliged to live on campus.


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Financial Aid

Approximately 80% of the student body receives some form of financial aid. All applicants are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and students necessitating summer aid need to fill out a summer Financial Aid application as well. Students enrolled in six or less academic credits are not eligible for financial aid.

The school offers five types of financial aid, including loans, grants, awards, scholarships and student employment. Additionally, students enrolled in study abroad programs can receive Title IV assistance to help pay for tuition and program costs.

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In addition to the academics and picturesque, outdoor and recreational opportunities, this university offers a large variety of activities, clubs and events to ameliorate student life.

With over 25 special interest groups, including the art club, chess club, cheerleading, global leadership club and the university players, students can always find an extracurricular or fun activity that speaks exactly to their interests. Additionally, the school has two publications as well as a slew of professional groups, religious groups and programming committees for students to join.

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The DSU Blue Hawks, dawning the traditional blue and gray campus colors, compete in a wide range of sports and competitive endeavors that include football, baseball, track and field (both indoor and outdoor), wrestling and men and women’s rodeo. As one of the more successful athletic programs in the Midwest, the Blue Hawks are no stranger to playoffs or championships, regardless of what sport. The Dakota Athletic Conference, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association are the three organizations that the school’s athletic teams are affiliated with. In addition to varsity athletics, the school opened the Ben C. Frank Human Performance Center in 2000, a unique center providing all students with free weights, workout equipment and the Frappier Acceleration Sports Training Program, a patented, proven, one-of-a-kind program helping individuals develop and fine tune their overall speed, flexibility, balance and power. In fact, this school is the first higher education institution in the nation to utilize the Frappier program for their athletes.

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