Dickinson State University Online

Dickinson State began in 1918 with 104 students as the Dickinson Normal School. Located on the western edge of the North Dakota Badlands near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, DSU now fosters the Dickinson community with an approximate population of 2,650 students. DSU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 63rd “Best College” in the Midwest region. According to Dickinson State’s website, the University aims to “provide high-quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities and to provide service relevant to the economy, health and quality of life of the citizens of the State of North Dakota.”

Programs Offered

Dickinson State University departments include Agriculture and Technical Studies, Business and Management, Nursing, and Teacher Education. Students may study two-year and certificate programs in Agricultural Sales and Service, Entrepreneurship, Farm and Ranch Management, Human Resource Management, Nursing, Office Administration and University Studies. Dickinson State offers more than 50 four-year programs and eight online programs, including Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of University Studies degrees. Graduate courses are available from the Department of Teacher Education in educational research, technology, educational foundations, curriculum development and design, and cultural diversity.


Dickinson State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since January of 1949. Dickinson State has also maintained program-specific accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music since November 1, 2004, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since January 1, 1954, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission for the baccalaureate and practical nursing programs since March of 1989 and May of 1995, respectively.


Dickinson State University requires a completed application and fee, transcripts from the most recent high school or college attended, ACT or SAT scores, a medical history form, MMR and immunization records, and a completed college preparatory form. Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline. Students applying to the graduate courses in the Department of Teacher Education require a bachelor’s degree and an accepted graduate course application of admission. Applications for graduate course admission are also accepted on a rolling deadline.

Admissions Contact

Dickinson State University
Admissions Office
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota

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