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Founded in 1881, Dakota State University. is a Public college. Located in South Dakota, which is a city setting in South Dakota, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,844 full time undergraduate students, and 346 full time graduate students.
The Dakota State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 97 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Dakota State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at DSU are considered Less Selective, with ,15% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 36 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
50% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 22% were in the top quarter, and 7% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Dakota State University.
69 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
72 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.
78 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
6 Students rated Dakota State University
Dakota State University is an overall good school. It is heavily computer inclined which can be a positive or negative. Often, non-computer major programs are not given proper attention by the school. The food varies from day to day. People who are vegetarian or who have special dietary needs will have a hard time eating here. The professors and advisors give adequate time to students, and the classes are overall useful and enjoyable.
I really like the atmosphere of Dakota State University. My classes and professors are really cool, and if I need something I can usually get a hold of them even on the weekends. The social atmosphere is pretty cool to especially for nerds. The college is renowned for its computer programs and one of the first colleges recognized by the NSA for cyber operations program. As such gaming especially computer games and board games all have a really big scene here. Games like Warhammer 40 K, Dungeons & Dragons, and other tabletop or board games of their own night in the cafeteria which usually goes to 1 AM. The sports seems pretty cool as well with eight games having active groups competing in tournaments in the fall of 2016 with others attempting to do the same. We also have our own gaming convention called Nano Con in November.
Dakota State University is a great school. With small class sizes and instructors that do everything they can to help you succeed. At Dakota State you are not on your own, teacher though more relaxed still hold you responsible and will do what they can to motivate students in the right direction. Dakota States offers a lot of room for success if you are a student that has the drive.
I love the small classes here, even the general classes are smaller and it is easier to ask questions. Also with the small classes professors actually get to learn your name. I also like how we have an academic adviser who helps you know what classes to take for your major.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Dakota State University is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would tell myself not to get worked up about meeting new people. I have realized that it isn't as scary as I thought it would be. Also, you do not need to have a lot of friends to be happy. As long as you have a few close friends that give you enough support, you can make it through anything that God throws your way. I would also tell myself to not take too many classes at one time. This can lead to too much stress, not enough sleep, sickness, and grades that don't represent who you really are. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you don't understand something, don't be afraid to go to a tutor, a friend, or a teacher. Asking for help in college is key because unlike high school some teachers don't care to ask if you understand.
DSU is a wonderful, smaller-sized school that is perfect for students who like classes with smaller numbers of students, and who are certain of what field they want to study.
Dakota State University is best known for the technology on campus. Each student is supplied with a Tablet PC. It is necessary that each student have a computer during class, since most of class work is done on a computer. There is a computing services desk on campus for students who have any difficulty with their laptops. Some buildings have fingerprint scanning technology for after hours, along with some rooms having iris scanning technology to gain access.
The best thing about my school is that the teachers are always willing to help. I have never had a teacher that wouldn't make time to help me if I had a question or many questions. They all seem like they enjoy what they do, and that is very encouraging.
The worst thing about my school is the cost of living in the dorms and being required to purchase such large meal plans as a freshman and sophomore. I don't think you should be forced to buy such a big meal plan; it doesn't matter what level of school you have achieved. It shouldn't be required. Living in the dorms many times be noisy, unclean, and distracting to some students. The dorms should be cleaned more often and should have stricter rules about noise.
Some of my classmates are athletes and others are gamers.
Before attending DSU I wish I had really known what I wanted to go into. The school has a lot to offer, but going into it not knowing or having an idea of what I wanted to do was not the smartest thing.
I think a person with a low drive for success shouldn't attend this school. Not only this school, but for all academic facilities.
I don't want to say a specific type of person to come to DSU because we have alot of different types of people here. We have a lot of gamers, a few athletes, and then everything in between. If your looking for a huge party school though, this isn't it. We have parties, but nothing too crazy and out of control. If you don't like small school then this isn't for you. Madison has about 3,000 students. I think it's a perfect size for a college because you don't get "cliques".
This school is technology orientated. Every student gets a tablet computer, it is 100% wired, and all classes use the tablets.
I love the way that the technology helps to keep the teaqchers and the students connected to eachother. There is a real atmosphere for learning.
Technology can be frustrating. Be patient. There will be times when your computer does work, or the professor doesn't know how to work the projector but you will get through it. It makes for a few long days sometimes but overall you will enjoy it!
Somewhat, but there is a lot more to us than that.
The classes are fairly small, and we all get to know each other.
Dorms unlocked, theater, sports, Homecoming is great! No frats or sororities
Bright, computer gurus
Dakota State University is the highest ranked public regional college in the Midwest according to U.S.News & World Report magazine’s annual analysis of “America’s Best Colleges 2011.” This is the 5th consecutive year that Dakota State has achieved the top position. Dakota State is ranked first in the Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest region category.
In South Dakota, DSU has the technology mission to lead with a technology emphasis. Everyone gets tablets.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
93% of students
attending Dakota State University receive some sort of financial aid.
39% were awarded federal grants.
While 78% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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