Founded in 1911 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and located in St. George, Utah, Dixie State University is a public institution whose motto is “active learning, active life”. The LDS Church stopped its formal support of the college in 1933, and local residents stepped up and maintained the school for two years until Utah’s State Board of Education took over its funding.
Overview of Dixie State University
The name Dixie remains controversial. The area is known as Utah’s Dixie, from which the name is derived. When the Utah State Legislature changed the school’s status from that of college to university in 2013, alumni supported keeping the name, while more than half of the faculty did not. For now, it remains Dixie State University.
The total student enrollment is approximately 11,200, with over 99% of these students being undergraduates. The ratio of female to male student enrollment is 57 to 43%. Although the vast majority of students are undergraduates, DSU offers four master’s degree programs, including a Master of Accountancy. Nearly one-quarter of DSU’s student body are minorities, making it one of the most diverse academic institutions in Utah.
|School Type||primarily associate's, Public|
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||20:1|
Top Rankings For Dixie State University
#47 in Cheapest Colleges
#1 Most Affordable in Utah
#61 in Most Affordable Computer Engineering
#91 in Most Affordable Finance
#8 in Utah MBA Colleges
#83 in Most Affordable Information Technology
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|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Application Deadline||August 15|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The total sticker price per academic year at Dixie State University is about $19,450, so four years at the school costs roughly $100,000. About 92% of students receive some form of financial aid or scholarships; 84% receive aid in the form of grants or scholarships, while 63% receive institutional grants or scholarships from DSU. That brings the average net cost of attendance with aid to $12,801 for a recent academic year; the average net cost is what a student can expect to pay after the entire financial aid package has been applied. Because students whose families have lower incomes receive more aid, they often pay less after aid. The opposite is true for students whose families have higher annual incomes.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$5,468|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||90%|
|Room & Board||$6,974|
- Tuition In-State - $5,496
- Tuition Out-of-State - $15,792
- Books and Supplies - $800
- Room & Board - $6,974
- Other - $6,184
Dixie State’s student-to-faculty ratio is somewhat high at 25 to 1. Its graduation rate is 36%; the retention rate is 57% for full-time students and 40% for part-time students. The school has an open admissions policy, so all applicants meeting admissions criteria receive acceptance. However, that doesn’t mean they will necessarily gain admission into an individual major or field of study.
In addition to full-time, on-campus academics, DSU offers distance learning, evening, weekend classes, and study abroad programs. There are 52 bachelor’s degree majors available and 36 minors, along with 19 associate degrees and 16 certificates.
When considering schools, you should keep an eye on certain metrics. A prime example is the retention rate. This metric involves how many first-time students return to the school the following year. A school with a particularly low retention rate may have systemic academic or other issues. Graduation rates count the number of first-time students obtaining their degrees within 150% of the standard program time. That is usually considered six years. A low graduation rate is often a red flag but may also indicate that a high percentage of students transfer to other institutions in order to earn their degrees. If you’re concerned about any of the statistics of a school you’re considering, you should look for student reviews and other information.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||145 Total Graduates / 18%|
|Marketing/Marketing Management||0 Graduates|
|Finance & Accounting, General||58 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management||87 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||0 Total Graduates / 0%|
|All Social Science Majors||4 Total Graduates / 0.5%|
|Economics, General||- Graduates|
|Political Science and Government||- Graduates|
|All Biological And Biomedical Science Majors||43 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Exercise Physiology||- Graduates|
|Biology/Biological Sciences||41 Graduates|
|Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology||- Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||106 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Radio and Television||3 Graduates|
|Public Relations/Image Management||- Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||63%|
Outcome & Salary
The average early-career salary for Dixie State University graduates is around $43,500 and their mid-career salary is closer to $68,100. If you consider this in comparison to the salaries of those who did not go to college, which make a national average of $38,792 per year, you can see that those with a college degree generally do better as they gain experience in a field.
The return on investment (ROI) for DSU graduates is $540,000 in 10-year salary earnings potential. After 20 years, their ROI averages $1.221 million. For those who did not attend college, their 10-year projected income is 379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$43,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$54,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$68,100|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$540,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,221,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$57,832|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$482,168|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,163,168|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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