Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneC+
- Campus FoodC+
- Student LifeC+
Dakota State is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,448 undergraduate students. The Dakota State acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Information Science, Network, Database, and System Administration, and Computer and Information Systems Security. Graduating 43% of students, Dakota State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,300.
NAIA Division II
North Star Athletic Association
Dakota State University Rankings
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- 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.23 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.23 responses
Most Popular Majors
Information Science79 Graduates
Network, Database, and System Administration41 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security38 Graduates
Computer Graphics33 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities21 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching16 Graduates
Game Design and Interactive Media13 Graduates
Medical Records Administration13 Graduates
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.29 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.34 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
This school is great if you're a technology major who's looking for a degree in a computer related field. It's also okay if you're looking for a major in education. I go to DSU for Digital Arts and Design: Computer Graphics. The arts department isn't really valued in the grand scheme of things. The arts building desperately needs a remodel, the quality of the professors isn't great, and the career opportunities are mainly for the cyber and education majors. We also aren't provided with the materials we need such as an Adobe Suite subscription on our personal laptops that we are forced to rent. Not all of the dorm halls have AC, and they flood sometimes. The food in the dining hall is terrible. I do love the small campus size and the small class sizes, and I'm not intimidated to ask questions. I just wish there were more opportunities for the art majors too.
It is very different going to college during a pandemic. What I was expecting college to be like is very different from what I've experienced. Dakota State University has done a great job trying to make everything seem normal, in unusual circumstances. It is a great place to make friends and get an outstanding education. The professors are very active in your learning and want to see you do your very best.
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.