Dakota State University

820 N Washington Ave, Madison, SD 57042-1799
Tel: (605)256-5111
Public | 3,110 students
The Legislature established Dakota State University as an institution specializing in programs in computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs as outlined in SDCL § 13-59-2.2. A special emphasis is the preparation of the elementary and secondary teachers with expertise in the use of computer technology and information processing in the teaching and learning process.

School Overview:

Dakota State University
CountyLake County, SD
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
106 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment3,110 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,230 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
1,880 students137 students
 
# Undergraduate Students
2,872 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
238 students129 students
 
% American Indian/Alaskan
-1%
% Asian
2%2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
2%3%
% Black
1%6%
% White
93%84%
% Two or more races
2%2%
 
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$7,212$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$9,077$24,744
 
Percent Admitted89%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)420-550450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)460-560460-573
ACT English (25-75%)18-2319-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2518-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)19-2420-25

School Notes:

  • At DSU we are dedicated to providing students with an “Ecology of Learning” that will guarantee students that their education has prepared them for this new world.
  • The Board implemented SDCL § 13-59-2.2 by authorizing undergraduate and graduate programs that are technology-infused and promote excellence in teaching and learning. These programs support research, scholarly and creative activities and provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. Dakota State University is a member of the South Dakota System of Higher Education.
  • Dakota State University has enjoyed a long and proud history of leadership and service since its founding in 1881 as the first teacher education institution in the Dakota Territory. Learning and Teaching Enhanced by TabletPC Applications. Instructors have redesigned courses to utilize the power of TabletPC and make teaching and learning more dynamic and interactive.
  • For most of its history, DSU has been identified with teacher preparation, first as a normal school and later as a four-year public college. The University has had several different names, among them Madison Normal, Eastern Normal, and General Beadle State College. The name, Dakota State College, was adopted in 1969. On July 1, 1989, Dakota State College became Dakota State University. The University title was conferred on the institution by the South Dakota Legislature in order to better reflect its purpose in the total scheme of the state's higher education system.
  • DSU is governed by the Board of Regents of South Dakota and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission DSU is also a partner of USDSU.
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