Dakota State is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,397 undergraduate students. The Dakota State acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Information Science, Network, Database, and System Administration, and Business. Graduating 36% of students, Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,300.
NAIA Division II
North Star Athletic Association
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Early Decision/Early Action
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.22 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.22 responses
Most Popular Majors
Information Science61 Graduates
Network, Database, and System Administration43 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security28 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching25 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science24 Graduates
Computer Graphics22 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities19 Graduates
Respiratory Care Therapy19 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
Dakota State University Reviews
We would love to see more video of the campus online. Another suggestion, maybe to allow the course catalog with times and dates to be reviewed online. modernizing the website would be helpful to find the right links and steps toward application, registration, financial aide, housing, other opportunities available at the college etc. I think I would have been able to apply for more scholarships if I would have known that most of their in house funding opportunities ended in March. Luckily the coaches through the baseball team have been so helpful to acquaint me with next steps and useful information. The financial aide office and registrar have been very helpful when I have made calls to them. I am looking forward to my new adventures at Dakota State University.
I really like DSU a lot because of its environment. It is a small school yet at the same time the school is the number one computer college in the US. Being in a small school is great because you could easily get the help that you would need quickly. Not only that you can engage and learn easily because your classes are not crowded. Also for being an amazing school, it is pretty cheap to get in the university. DSU is a really safe college to go to since it is a smaller school. The professors and the people who work here are super friendly and helpful.
I loved going to Dakota State University. The course work is challenging and meaningful and the instructors were very knowledgeable in the work that we did and needed to be done. The collaborative atmosphere is apparent throughout the classes and made it easy to work with other students even if it was online. This is one of the reasons I was drawn to go to Dakota State University. The course work helps me in my professional career and I am able to use my Health Information Administration degree everyday to help co-workers make decisions and direct my work. I would definitely recommend Dakota State University to anyone looking for a degree in Health Information.