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Campus & Student Life at Dakota State University

Home to about 2,740 undergraduates in 2020, Dakota State University is a small, public university located in Madison, South Dakota. This is a great opportunity for those who would thrive in a charming, small-town atmosphere. Should you tire of the campus however, Dakota State University offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Dakota State University can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Dakota State University Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Dakota State University Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 5.0% of the student population at Dakota State University. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Dakota State University Disability Services.

Dakota State University for the Military

While not a "service academy", Dakota State University does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information, check out our Dakota State University for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Dakota State University

Dakota State University offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Dakota State University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Dakota State University

Dakota State University has a comparatively small, student body. There were 2,740 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 1,495 (54.6%). Part-time attendance was 1,245 (45.4%).

Full-timePart-timeTotal
1,4951,2452,740

Dakota State University is Ranked #1,809 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Dakota State University is about average in terms of overall diversity. We rank Dakota State University #1809 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Dakota State University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Dakota State University by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Dakota State University Diversity Guide.

Dakota State University Competes in the NIAA

Dakota State University has a total of 233 student athletes, 166 men and 67 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$1,619,141
Total Expenses (all teams)$1,619,141
Net$0

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Dakota State University Athletics

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