Dakota State University


Enrollment: 1,450.

Student Body: 49% female, 51% male, 22.7% out-of-state, 1% international (13 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 2%, Caucasian 86%, Hispanic 1%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 76% freshmen return for sophomore year.

Faculty: 94 full-time faculty, 69% hold PhDs, 10% are members of minority groups, 33% are women. 1.4% of classes are taught by teaching assistants.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, certificate, masters.

Classes: Most classes have 20-29 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business administration and management; elementary education and teaching; information science/studies.

Special Study Options: Cooperative education program, cross-registration, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: Center of Excellence(CEX), Honors Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships

Career services highlights include: On-campus interviews.


Housing: Coed dorms, men’s dorms, special housing for international students, women’s dorms, apartments for single students. 80% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Smith Zimmerman Museum.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 100% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online. Undergraduates are required to own a computer.


Environment: Rural.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, international student organization.

Organizations: 33 registered organizations, 3 honor societies, 2 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Women: Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, softball, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Tunhiem Classroom Building, Community Center, Trojan Center, Myxers Coffee Shop, The Marketplace. Environmental Initiatives: LEED Silver project in progress; paper recycling; energy conservation measures.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.06. 6.8% in top 10% of high school class, 23.8% in top 25% of high school class, 55.2% in top 50% of high school class. ACT middle 50% range 19-25. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213. Minimum web-based TOEFL 80.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Important factors considered include: Class rank, academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores, level of applicant s interest.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (3 science labs), 3 social studies.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 729 applied, 90% admitted, 53% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable D.

General Admission Information: Application fee $20. Nonfall registration accepted. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual in-state tuition $2,751. Annual out-of-state tuition $4,124. Room and board $4,818. Required fees $4,121. Average book expense $1,000.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, Institutional Scholarship Application Form. Priority financial aid filing date 3/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 4/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid, Agency Assistance (Veteran Benefits/ Department of Labor). Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, alternative commercial loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $5,637. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 31% freshmen, 31% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 43% freshmen, 27% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 61% freshmen, 60% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 14% freshmen, 12% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 84% freshmen, 84% undergrads receive any aid. 92% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $21,189.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, athletics, leadership, minority status, music/drama, state/district residency.

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