Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University, also known as DSU, is a four-year, public university located in Dickinson, North Dakota, United States. It was established as Dickinson State College in 1916. DSU is part of the North Dakota University System. It was granted university status in 1987. DSU offers four-year academic degrees in more than 25 areas of study through 10 academic departments.

DSU's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. They participate in a wide variety of sports including baseball, rodeo, golf, softball, and volleyball. The sports teams are nicknamed the Blue Hawks. They compete in the Dakota Athletic Conference. The campus hosts several student clubs and organizations.

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Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson , ND 58601-4896
General Phone: (701) 483-2507

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Dickinson State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management137business, business management, accounting, finance, human resources
Liberal Arts73Spanish language, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, social studies, ...
Education and Teaching66elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, industrial arts teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine53registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Agricultural Science and Management27agriculture, farm management, agricultural supply
Science23biology, chemistry
Therapy and Counseling18psychology
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science
Media7communication studies
Office and Administration6administrative assistant
Medical Administration4environmental health
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1exercise science
Art Studies1art studies, arts management

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree38644
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years11
Associate's degree485

Dickinson State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dickinson State had a total enrollment of 2,670 students (2,064 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 14%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 9%
18-19 11%
20-21 22%
22-24 30%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

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

North Dakota58%
(International Students)13%
South Dakota3%
New Jersey1%

Dickinson State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 24 %

Dickinson State Room and Board (2007)

Dickinson State offers campus housing for 650 of its 2,064 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Dickinson State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,084
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,795
Room and board $ 4,278
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,200

Financial Aid:
Dickinson State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 298900)

Dickinson State Faculty

Dickinson State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1616
Non-tenured and not on tenure track517

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year3$73,4460*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$73,4462*

*: 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 year8$65,7881*
Associate professoracademic year16$58,1215$57,555
Assistant professoracademic year20$51,00720$47,910
Instructoracademic year3$42,47911$27,943
Lectureracademic year0*4$25,416
All faculty totalacademic year47$55,40041$41,881

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

Dickinson 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 Sports3710

Dickinson State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling
Agriculture, General
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Environmental Health

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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