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Deep roots…wide vision
Dickinson State University (DSU), strategically located near stunning natural areas and in the midst of the booming energy industry, is a training ground for leaders and professionals in more than 75 fields of study in 10 academic areas. DSU’s innovative Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program prepares students for service-learning opportunities through challenging coursework, interactive team-building and research-based projects. 

A premier location, low tuition cost, small class sizes, unique leadership opportunities, and a strong community feel are key qualities of DSU. Established in 1918, this four-year public university has a student body of approximately 1,500 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCAHLC); Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). There are more than 50 student clubs and organizations. DSU also offers 21 degrees and one certificate, with six of the degree programs online and in Bismarck; five faculty members, with support from the DSU main campus in Dickinson and adjunct faculty, provide classes to nontraditional students in the daytime, evening and online in small classroom settings. With the university’s close proximity to the energy industry, nearly 100 percent of graduates find employment upon graduation.

Living in the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks Community

DSU is located on a historic, hilltop campus in the city of Dickinson, which was ranked by livability.com as the No. 1 Best Small Town to live in during 2013. Located near the rugged, rocky Badlands of North Dakota, Dickinson is experiencing a surge in new residents, businesses and amenities and has a population of 30,000 residents.

Dickinson offers a growing array of amenities and recreational opportunities. Natural attractions like the Badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Little Missouri National Grasslands, Patterson Lake and the Killdeer Mountains give students chances to hike, camp, fish and experience the wide-open beauty of western North Dakota. DSU sports teams play at the Biesiot Activities Center (BAC), a 5,500-square-foot state-of-the-art facility with indoor and outdoor playing surfaces. The city maintains more than 20 parks on 1,538 acres that include playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic areas and walking trails. Downtown Dickinson contains many historic buildings, housing small businesses, restaurants and coffee shops. More well-known chain stores are located along Interstate 94. Residents celebrate community events during Roughrider Days Fair and Expo, the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival, and at rodeos and concerts. The city also features commercial airline service through the Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport.

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