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Dakota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1881. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,836, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 20 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dakota State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 98. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,950 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $9,815 (2012-13).
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Dakota State University (DSU) is a public, non-profit institution that was established in 1881 as a "normal school", the first teacher education institution in Dakota Territory. Today, DSU has been designated as South Dakota's information technology university and is a leader in integrating information technology into the academic disciplines of its curriculum. Academic rigor and the infusion of information technology into teaching, research, creative activity and service are at the heart of the University's work. As a result of the University's very focused mission, all academic programs -- even those that appear to be similar to programs elsewhere, such as English or math - are a unique fusion of applied technology and discipline-specific courses. To support its information technology mission, the University has a wired technology infrastructure (1 gigabyte to every desktop) overlayed with a wireless infrastructure that extends to all corners of the University campus, including the arena, the wellness center, and the football/track stadium. The University implemented a wireless mobile computing initiative (WMCI) in 2004, which puts a tablet PC (currently a Fujitsu T731) in the hands of all on-campus students. Each classroom and campus meeting room includes a projection system that instructors, students, or meeting participants can access by logging into the University's wireless network and selecting that room's projector. DSU's sports teams travel on specially equipped buses, so that students retain wireless access to their student accounts (email, web space and course management websites), even when they travel to out-of-town sports events.
In addition to its pervasive, technology-rich infrastructure, Dakota State University prides itself in providing students with an open, friendly, safe, challenging, and collaborative environment. The University encourages all students to participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that enrich their academic experience - discipline-specific and personal interest clubs, sports, faculty-student research, and service learning, to name a few. Its faculty and staff are student-focused and committed to providing a cutting-edge educational experience. The institution is proud of its graduates and their exceptionally high job placement levels.
Dakota State University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) institution. Dakota State University's participation in AQIP accreditation reflects the institution's on-going commitment to organizational learning and institutional improvement. At DSU, the AQIP accreditation process works in tandem and in harmony with the University's other continuous improvement processes, most notably its strategic planning processes, its institutional effectiveness processes, its program review processes and its assessment processes. Its AQIP action projects provide a framework for improvement that focuses on data analysis and achievement of the University's publicly declared goals and objectives.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Dakota State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Dakota State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 91.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||91.6%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||September 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Dakota State University is 17:1, and the school has 50.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dakota State University include: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.2 percent.
Dakota State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,836, with a gender distribution of 46.8 percent male students and 53.2 percent female students. At this school, 35.8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64.2 percent of students live off campus. Dakota State University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
Dakota State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Dakota State University also offers campus safety and security services like lighted pathways/sidewalks and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dakota State University, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dakota State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||88%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Dakota State University, 72.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,532.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$7,950 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$9,815 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$5,235 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data