Dickinson State University 1

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291 Campus Drive

Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: (800) 279-4295
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Dickinson State University is a public institution that was founded in 1918. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 132 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dickinson State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,848 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,200 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Dickinson State University's value as a public institution of higher education extends well beyond its classrooms and laboratories. DSU contributes to virtually every facet of life in North Dakota. The state's economic vitality, educated workforce, cultural capital and quality of place all benefit from the driving force of the vigorous and entrepreneurial university DSU has become.

The university's Global Awareness Initiative has engaged DSU students, faculty and administrators in an informed dialogue about globalization and cultural diversity with educators at universities in eight countries, including China, Russia and Ukraine.

Among the many programs and accomplishments that set DSU apart for other colleges and universities are the following:

99% of DSU graduates are employed or continuing their education.
14% of 2009 DSU graduates continued on to graduate school, the highest percentage among all 11 North Dakota University System colleges and universities.
The scores of DSU psychology majors on the most recent major field exam placed the DSU psychology department among the top 10% nationally
The scores of DSU accounting majors on the 2006-2007 major field exam placed the DSU accounting program among the top 15% nationally
97.4% of DSU Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students passed the national licensure exam on their first attempt.
More than 100 DSU students publicly showcase their research projects - in psychology, biology, agriculture, mathematics and dozens of other areas - at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
The Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program attracts more than 100 scholars from across the U.S. and the world in a specialized learning community that challenges high caliber students to become excited about learning and achieving personal goals and prepares leaders for service in the community, the nation and the world
DSU has experienced enrollment growth for 13 consecutive years. Enrollment for fall 2009 was 2,730 students. That number includes 1,697 students from North Dakota and 433 international students from 34 different countries.
Over 50% of DSU's faculty possesses doctorate or terminal degrees with credentials from major universities across the nation. Several faculty members are nationally known authorities in their fields of study.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1918
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Dickinson State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Dickinson State University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.4% 4
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.7 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
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Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Dickinson State University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Dickinson State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Dickinson State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dickinson State University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dickinson State University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dickinson State University, 66.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,846.

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 $5,848 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $8,200 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,582 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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