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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.

General Information

School Type primarily associate's, Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 35%
Year Founded 1911

Student Enrollment

Total Students9,950


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,269
Female 5,659

Graduate Student

Male 9
Female 13

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Application Fee $35
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations 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
Net Price $14,458
Average Total Aid $5,468
Students Receiving Financial Aid 90%
Room & Board $6,974

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 9,950

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

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%
Aerospace 0 Graduates
Chemical 0 Graduates
Mechanical 0 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 4 Total Graduates / 0.5%
Economics, General - Graduates
Political Science and Government - Graduates
Sociology 4 Graduates
Anthropology - 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
Advertising - 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.

Graduates Salary
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
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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