Founded in 1918, Dickinson State University is located in Dickinson, North Dakota. This four-year public university offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It provides more than 75 academic programs at an affordable price. DSU’s motto is “Small community, big opportunity.” The total student enrollment is 1,350 with 1,321 of them being undergraduates. Almost all students applying to the school meeting the requirements are admitted and 70% of undergraduates attend full-time while 30% are part-time attendees.
Overview of Dickinson State University
DSU President Steve Easton, Class of 1980, says, “The magic of DSU is the close relationship between our students and the faculty and staff. Our low student to faculty ratio establishes this, but it is the faculty’s dedication to student success that makes this more than just a number.”
Seventy-eight percent of DSU students are white. Latino students make up 6% of the student body and black students 4%. Two-thirds of students live in North Dakota, while one-third of students hail from another state. DSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. DSU’s nursing program are accredited by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
|Campus Setting||Town: Remote|
|Student Faculty Ratio||12:1|
Top Rankings For Dickinson State University
#2 Most Affordable in North Dakota
#78 in Most Affordable Computer Science
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||August 15|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
In a recent academic year, in-state tuition was $7,784 and out-of-state tuition was $11,044. On-campus room and board was $7,268. And the average graduate student tuition was $5,826.
Approximately 93% of freshman students who entering postsecondary education for the first time at Dickinson State University received some form of financial aid. Of those, 81% received some type of grant or scholarship aid averaging $5,273. And 46% received federal student loan aid averaging $6,012.
The average net price at DSU for full-time, freshman, undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state, or local governments, or the institution was $10,817 in a recent year. This average net price is what the students are responsible for after all financial aid has been applied. Your final net price may be higher or lower depending on the amount of financial aid you apply and are eligible for.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$5,141|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||93%|
|Room & Board||$7,268|
- Tuition In-State - $7,784
- Tuition Out-of-State - $11,044
- Books and Supplies - $1,260
- Room & Board - $7,268
- Other - $3,612
You may want to pay special attention to certain benchmarks when considering schools. As an example, retention rates show the number of first-time students who came back to the school the following year. Low retention rates can indicate underlying problems at the institution. Graduation rates reveal the percentage of first-time students completing their degrees within six years, considered 150% of the standard program time. The same underlying issues may affect schools with low graduation rates.
DSU’s student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1. There are 70 full-time faculty members and 52 part-time faculty members. The retention rate is also quite high at 68%. The four-year graduation rate is 17%, which is low, but the six-year graduation rate more than doubles to 40%. While both of these seem somewhat low, you may also want to check out transfer rates. Though the school may not graduate all its students, it may still prepare them for success elsewhere.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||83 Total Graduates / 37%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||34 Graduates|
|Finance, General||11 Graduates|
|Business/Commerce, General||5 Graduates|
|Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||27 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other||27 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||24 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||11 Graduates|
|Mathematics Teacher Education||3 Graduates|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||3 Graduates|
|Chemistry Teacher Education||2 Graduates|
|Social Science Teacher Education||2 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||19 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||19 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||16 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||9 Graduates|
|Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician||7 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||25%|
Outcome & Salary
College graduates will earn considerably more than non-college graduates over their careers. Early graduates of Dickinson State University can expect to earn $49,400 annually in their early-careers, with a later mid-career average salary of closer to $76,100.
So, the total average net cost of this education is $43,268. The net cost is what’s left for the student to pay after financial aid has been applied, so this might be different for you, but we’ll use the average for this. With the previously mentioned average incomes, a graduate’s 10-year earnings potential is $607,590, while their 20-year earnings potential is $1,368,590. If you do the math, that makes a DSU graduate’s 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) $564,322 and their 20-year projected ROI around $1,325,322. Now that doesn’t look bad does it?
You can compare that to the national average salary of $37,960 for someone without a college education. Their 10-year projected income is $379,600 and their 20-year projected outcome is $759,200.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$49,400|
|College Grads Average Salary||$60,759|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$76,100|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$607,590|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,368,590|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$43,268|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$564,322|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,325,322|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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