Skip to Main Content
Dakota State University
blue checkmark
  • 4 Year
  • MADISON, SD

Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade B
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade C+
  12. Safety
    grade A minus

About

820 N WASHINGTON AVE
MADISON, SD 57042
Athletic Division
NAIA
Athletic Conference
North Star Athletic Association
From Dakota State University

There’s nothing ordinary about Dakota State University. And that’s just the way we like it. Many wouldn’t expect DSU, a small college of the plains of South Dakota, to be a rising national leader in education and cyber. That’s fine. Us Trojans take pride in how different we are. As a united front, our Trojans remain on an upward trajectory into the future. We’re growing at a fast pace, expanding our campus, and immersing ourselves in the most advanced and innovative technologies. We want you to rise with us. Thirty-five programs infused with technology, and a university placement rate of 99%. It’s no wonder students love DSU!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Dakota State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
83%
SAT Range
1010-1190
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Will You Get In?

Find Student Loans

Find Student Loans

YouTube Video

Cost

Net Price
$17,861 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,501 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 17 responses
85%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 26 responses
81%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 26 responses

Majors

Explore Cyber at DSU

academic spotlight

The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences offers training in the latest tech alongside a foundation of critical thinking, problem-solving, & team-building skills that, unlike the latest device or app, will never be obsolete. That’s just one reason why DSU has Center of Academic Excellence designations from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Online

Online Programs Offered
23
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
4
Online Associates Programs
6
Online Bachelor's Programs
13
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    27%
  • Online
    49%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,495 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,245
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
34%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
  • Nerd
    52%
  • Unique
    22%
  • Nerdy
    17%
  • Eclectic
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
66%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 32 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Technology
    92%
  • Innovation
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 13 responses

Dakota State University Reviews

Rating 3.62 out of 5  291 reviews
Selecting a category below will take you to another page
All Categories
Rating 5 out of 5  
Start Your Review of Dakota State University
Rating 5 out of 5  
Rating 2 out of 5  

Add to List