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Is Dakota State University a Good School for Veterans?

Veterans who have decided to continue their education should research their options to see which schools do a good job supporting those with prior military experience. That's why we've put together this report that gives you the facts about Dakota State University veteran students. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Dakota State University G.I. Bill Information

What You'll Find in Our Veterans Report on Dakota State:

How Does Dakota State Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual's Best Schools for Veterans report is released each year to highlight colleges and universities that do an outstanding job supporting veterans while they are pursuing their education.

Dakota State University was ranked #437 on the 2022 version of this list.The school also ranked #6 in our Best for Vets in South Dakota ranking.

We also release our rankings by degree level so vets can see which schools are the best for the level of degree they want to pursue. Below you'll find how Dakota State did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 136
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 387
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 391
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 322

You may be more interested to see how particular majors at Dakota State ranked compared to those at other schools. The table below shows those majors which received the highest rankings for vets. Click here to see a full list of majors. From here, you can dive down into different types of rankings once you select a major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Information Technology Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Computer & IS Security Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best General Information Science Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Information Science Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Colleges for Veterans 4
Best System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 5
Best System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager Colleges for Veterans 6

How Many Veterans Go to Dakota State?

An increased number of veterans enrolling at a particular school means that college faculty are more adept at accommodating and supporting those with previous military experience.

The VA reports that there are 201 G.I. Bill® students at Dakota State. Since the total enrollment at the school is 3,186, approximately 6.31% of the students at Dakota State are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. To put that into perspective, about three to four percent of college students in the U.S. are veterans according to the Student Veterans of America.

Note, this figure includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). It doesn't include military personnel on active duty who are attending this college through Tuition Assistance. The total military population may be higher.

Federal Veteran Programs at Dakota State

Dakota State University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Dakota State University does have a student veterans group.

Does Dakota State Give Credit for Military Training?

Yes Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
Dakota State may grant college credit to you if you have specific knowledge from your life experiences. Check with the school for more details.

Dakota State might grant college credit to those who have completed specialized military training. Contact the school to find out more about the particulars.

Dakota State Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Implied No Navy ROTC
Dakota State does offer Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the following military branches:

  • Air Force
  • Army

Complaints to the VA About Dakota State

Our data shows that this school has not received any complaints at the VA.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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