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Dickinson State University is a public institution situated in Dickinson, North Dakota. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Dickinson draws many to the area.

966 Full-Time Undergraduates
$6,474 Avg In-State Tuition

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Dickinson State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

DSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#162 Best Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards DSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Value Colleges for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training College Factual
#7 Best Value Colleges for Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants College Factual
#76 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Dickinson State University?


Contact details for DSU are given below.

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

Can I Afford DSU?

$6,474 In-State Tuition
52% Take Out Loans
7.3% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time DSU students paid $249 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $319 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $6,474 $8,294
Fees $1,648 $1,648
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,200
On Campus Room and Board $7,486 $7,486
On Campus Other Expenses $3,500 $3,500

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At DSU, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $7,006 a year. That adds up to $28,024 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DSU is 7.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Dickinson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

966 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,381 undergraduate students at DSU, with 966 being full-time and 415 being part-time.


There are also 60 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 966 full-time undergraduates at DSU, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dickinson State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 39
Hispanic or Latino 72
White 751
International Students 36
Other Races/Ethnicities 55

Geographic Diversity

North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Dickinson State University. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 28 countries are represented at DSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, Canada, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Dickinson State University

324 Took All Classes Online
760 Took At Least One Class Online
2.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 760 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at DSU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of DSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dickinson State University was 2.4%. This is the #1,440 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at DSU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Dickinson State University Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s TOTAL
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 28 28
General Health & Wellness 0 0
General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 0 0
TOTAL 28 28


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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