Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Dickinson State University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Dickinson State University was awarded 356 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

DSU landed the #896 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when DSU held the #1,051 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 14 colleges in North Dakota, DSU is ranked at #9.

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Is It Hard to Get Into DSU?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 99%, some consider DSU to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to DSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 532. Math scores were between 470 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dickinson State University  ( 450 to 532 )

SAT Math Scores for Dickinson State University  ( 470 to 550 )
DSU received ACT scores from 74% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Dickinson State University  ( 17 to 22 )

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Dickinson State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Dickinson State University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dickinson State University is 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dickinson State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Dickinson State University is 63%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  63 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at DSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Dickinson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,381 undergraduates at DSU with 966 being full-time and 415 being part-time.

How Much Does Dickinson State University Cost?

The overall average net price of DSU is $10,855. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,402 $7,955 $9,119 $14,008 $14,657

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of DSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At DSU, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $7,006 a year. That adds up to $28,024 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DSU is 7.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do DSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from DSU make about $41,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Dickinson State University make the most money.

Location of Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University is a public institution situated in Dickinson, North Dakota. The location of DSU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for DSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601-4896
Phone: 701-483-2507
Website: www.dickinsonstate.edu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DickinsonU

Dickinson State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 36 majors graduated from Dickinson State University. Of these students, 304 received undergraduate degrees and 5 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 46 $42,086
Accounting 27 $43,128
Nursing 21 $59,948
Human Resource Management 20 $44,356
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $42,682
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 15 $43,575
Finance & Financial Management 14 $44,170
General Agriculture 13 $35,600
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12 $36,042
General Business/Commerce 11 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Dickinson State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at DSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 760 students took at least one online class at Dickinson State University. This is an increase from the 565 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 760 324
2018-2019 565 269
2017-2018 566 313
2016-2017 582 320
2015-2016 608 304

Learn more about online learning at Dickinson State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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