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Dakota State University was founded in 1881 as a school for teacher education in the Dakota Territory. Today, it’s one of the most technologically-advanced campuses in the Midwest. The school specializes in computer management, computer information systems and other related undergraduate and graduate programs. Staying true to its roots, DSU places special emphasis on the preparation of teachers with expertise in the use of computer technology in the teaching and learning process.

DSU is located in Madison, S.D., a bustling community with a friendly, small-town feel in the southeastern section of the state, just an hour from Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city.

DSU is a member of the North Star Athletic Association, a division of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and is represented by 12 sports teams. 

Quick Facts

  • Type of school: 4-year public university
  • Academic programs: Bachelor’s and associate degree programs in business, computer science and information systems, education, math and physical science. Master’s degree programs in educational technology, information systems, information assurance, health informatics, business administration and applied computer science. Doctoral degrees in information systems and cyber security.
  • Fall 2016 enrollment: 3,190 (1,339 on-campus; 1,851 off-campus and distance)
  • % of students receiving financial aid in FY 16: 74%

Estimated Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2017-18 (rates subject to change)*
South Dakota Residents

Tuition and fees $4,180.50
Wireless computing fee $393.00
Housing and food service $3,359.75
Estimated total yearly cost $15,866.50

*Based on double occupancy room with basic meal plan

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