Dakota State University
- 4 Year
- MADISON, SD
Dakota State University Reviews
Rating 3.59 out of 5 280 reviews
I like the professors and Madison is a cute college town but the cafeteria food is not good at all. Also, needs more parking closer to dorms since it gets very cold in South Dakota.
Staff is incredible. From admissions and financial aid to the professors and academic advisors, they all care about your education. Their Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences is top notch and if you're interested in a cybersecurity or software engineering career, this place will prepare you to succeed.
Great school if you are looking for a cybersecurity degree. Tech-focused and funded by the NSA. The college is affordable compared to some.
I like how Dakota State is such a community school. The community support is crazy and all so nice. I also like how the classses aren't so big. This gives you a chance to get to know your professor and classmates. It also gives you the chance to ask for help and get it.
Wonderful people, great college in terms of academics and connections. DSU is extremely cheap compared to a lot of other colleges, and there are many automatically awarded scholarships available based on your ACT scores and high school GPA. The campus is extremely small, and there is currently no Greek life at DSU. However, there are dozens of clubs to join, along with varying athletics. (including esports) The dorms are livable, but most buildings are extremely old. A new dorm for upperclassmen was built in 2021.
Maybe this school is better in-person, but going online for computer science it does not seem very good. I have tried this institution twice, and in between tries I have had to retake a foundations class completely (think CS 150) at a different school and I learned waaaaay more than from my DSU instructor who didn't seem to know what she was doing (also, I had this one algebra instructor whose only interaction with us was to send us the code for MML...seriously, no lectures, no OH, nothing. We were expected to learn from reading a math book and watching Pearson's built in lectures). This has kind of been my all around experience online at DSU. The administration is nice, and some instructors really try, but teaching online is difficult and overall the instruction has been subpar in comparison to other schools I have attended. So, if you are considering this school for online, perhaps take a deep look into your learning style, needs, and location to see if a better option exists.
Great school with a great community. Be prepared for the winter though. If you come from a hot place it will be a shock.
My classes (due to COVID) have integrated technology a lot. Lecture videos are posted online which makes it great for a student with ADD
DSU did very well during the pandemic transitioning to asynchronous classes and keeping COVID numbers low.
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.
Online learning at Dakota State University has been going very well. The only issues I've had have been with the online program itself. My professors seemed very intelligent with the technology and used it in smart and helpful ways. Online classes have been going so good that I am even taking a online class during the summer semester.
I loved my online class. my professor made it very easy to pace myself throughout the semester. The only thing I didn't like was not having enough time to get my assignments complete in the time that was given and having to teach myself most of the course material.
I loved my experience at Dakota State. I met my best friends living on campus and even met more people at gatherings off campus. I just wish there was more to do in the town and when I didn't have class
I like that the professors at Dakota State seem to genuinely care about the subject they are teaching and the students they are teaching it to. If I were to pick one thing to change about Dakota State, it would be changing the cafeteria hours so that it opens at 6 instead of 7:30.
I have only been at DSU since Fall 2019. I live in Higbie which is one of the oldest halls. It doesn't have much in the way of heat and has no A/C. I'd like to see more things for students who aren't able to go home or leave school (because they have no car or home is too far away or both). I have made some amazing friends here and love my teachers. The school is great. The food isn't all that good but I am kind of a picky eater. This is a very safe school and town compared to my hometown and I love it.
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.
I like the smaller campus during the winter as well as for becoming personal with professors and even other students in your major!