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If you want to know more about Dickinson State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Dickinson State University Ranked?

2021 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 18 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, DSU is ranked #1,051 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

DSU also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in North Dakota ranking.

See all of the rankings for Dickinson State University.

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 4% 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 440 and 505. Math scores were between 433 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dickinson State University  ( 440 to 505 )

SAT Math Scores for Dickinson State University  ( 433 to 560 )
DSU received ACT scores from 88% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Dickinson State University  ( 18 to 23 )

Learn more about Dickinson State University admissions.

Dickinson State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At DSU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 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 64%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  64 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 14% for first-time, full-time students at DSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  14 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Dickinson State University.

Average Overall Diversity at DSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,375 undergraduates at DSU with 900 being full-time and 475 being part-time.

DSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

DSU scored 57.02 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  57.02 out of 100
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How Much Does Dickinson State University Cost?

The overall average net price of DSU is $11,697. 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 +
$8,705 $7,253 $10,282 $12,892 $13,657

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At DSU, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,188 a year. That adds up to $24,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DSU is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do DSU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from DSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,700 in their early years. 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

Located in Dickinson, North Dakota, Dickinson State University is a public institution. 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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Location of Dickinson State University

Contact details for DSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601-4896
Phone: 701-483-2507

Dickinson State University Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 52 $37,500
Accounting 31 $40,500
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 27 NA
Nursing 19 NA
Human Resource Management 19 NA
Finance & Financial Management 14 NA
General Agriculture 13 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11 $39,600
Health & Physical Education 10 $36,000

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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 566 students took at least one online class at Dickinson State University. This is a decrease from the 582 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 566 313
2016-2017 582 320
2015-2016 608 304
2014-2015 545 272
2013-2014 556 323

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.


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