Dickinson State University Overview
Located in Dickinson, North Dakota, Dickinson State University is a public institution. The location of DSU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.
What Is Dickinson State University Known For?
- Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at DSU since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
- The master's degree is the highest award offered at DSU.
- In 2017-2018, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from DSU makes roughly $41,700 a year. This is 2% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
Dickinson State University Rankings
We have ranked DSU as #247 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at DSU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards DSU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Dickinson State University?
Contact details for DSU are given below.
|Address:||291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601-4896|
How Do I Get Into DSU?
You can apply to DSU online at: www.dickinsonstate.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for DSU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into DSU?
Approximately 53% of accepted students are men and 47% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 99%, and the acceptance rate for women is 99%.
Average Test Scores
About 4% of students accepted to DSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 505. Math scores were between 433 and 560.
Can I Afford Dickinson State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At DSU, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,188 a year. That adds up to $24,752 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at DSU is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Dickinson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 29 graduate students at the school.
Of the 922 full-time undergraduates at DSU, 42% are male and 58% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dickinson State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||36|
|Hispanic or Latino||62|
North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Dickinson State University. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 28 countries are represented at DSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, Canada, and Nepal.
Online Learning at Dickinson State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at DSU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 7th most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of DSU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dickinson State University was -0.2%. This is the #2,222 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at DSU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of DSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Agricultural Economics & Business||29%|
|Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||20%|
|Computer & Information Sciences||19%|
|Computer Information Systems||33%|
|Finance & Financial Management||29%|
|General English Literature||33%|
|General Social Sciences||86%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||36%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||36%|
|Visual & Performing Arts||80%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at DSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at DSU.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Agricultural Economics & Business||#20|
|General Social Sciences||#42|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#53|
|Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||#56|
|General English Literature||#58|
|Finance & Financial Management||#74|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#105|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||#106|
|English Language & Literature||#111|
|Human Resource Management||#133|
|Computer Information Systems||#177|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#191|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#210|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||#270|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#402|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Dickinson State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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