Dakota State University

Dakota State University

Dakota State University, also known as DSU and was established in 1881 by the Territorial Legislature. It is a public college, and is located in Madison, South Dakota. DSU was initially known as the Dakota Normal School. It became the Dakota State University in the year 1889. The university provides majors and programs in various fields of study. The facility of distance education is also offered. DSU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business & Information Systems
  • College of Education

Dakota State University's athletics department fields a number of men's and women's sports teams. They compete in the Dakota Athletic Conference, which is affiliated by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Nicknamed the Trojans, the teams participate in sports including volleyball, basketball, track, cross country, and baseball.

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Dakota State University
820 N Washington
Madison , SD 57042-1799
General Phone: (605) 256-5111

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Dakota State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Computer Science and Engineering114computer and info science, information technology, computer programming, information science, web design, computer graphics, computer and media applications, system administration, computer security ...
Education and Teaching57instructional media design, special education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Business and Management51business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, marketing
Medical Support and Technology21medical coding, respiratory care tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15exercise science
Medical Administration12medical records admin, medical records tech
Liberal Arts7English language and literature, general studies
Office and Administration4office management
Science2biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences
Science and Laboratory Technician2chemical tech
Mathematics1mathematics and statistics
Design1design and visual communication

Number of programs and degrees for Dakota State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year28
Bachelor's degree19427
Associate's degree446
Master's degree463
Doctor's degree01
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years12

Dakota State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dakota State had a total enrollment of 2,546 students (2,260 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 91%
Part-Time 9%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 22%
20-21 25%
22-24 19%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota83%
North Dakota1%
(International Students)1%

Dakota State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 40 %

Dakota State Room and Board (2007)

Dakota State offers campus housing for 686 of its 2,260 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Madison, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Dakota State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT88%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Dakota State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,816
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,136
Room and board $ 4,680
Room charge $ 2,545
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,135
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,818

Financial Aid:
Dakota State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 346300)

Dakota State Faculty

Dakota State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track106
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2118

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*3$84,979
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*8$69,562

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$79,7714$66,591
Associate professoracademic year24$70,2804$67,223
Assistant professoracademic year14$61,0519$50,537
Instructoracademic year11$42,9507$39,025
All faculty totalacademic year56$63,79024$52,636

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dakota State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Dakota Athletic Conference
Basketball Dakota Athletic Conference
Baseball Dakota Athletic Conference
Track Dakota Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02020

Dakota State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Design and Visual Communications, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
General Studies

Mathematics and Statistics, Other

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Physical Sciences

Science And Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician

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