Dickinson State University began on June 24, 1918, where 104 students attended the first classes at Dickinson Normal School. Today more than 1300 students from 36 states and 23 countries attend classes at DSU, most on the campus of the historic “College on the Hill.”

History 

Enter to Learn – Go Forth to Serve

For 100 years, Dickinson State has provided access to high quality educational preparation for students.  Learn more about the rich history of Dickinson State here.

Yearbook Digitization Project

Funny fashions, timeless memories – yearbooks are a treasure trove of nostalgia. To commemorate our Centennial Celebration, the DSU Heritage Foundation has undertaken the project of digitizing nearly 80 years of Dickinson State yearbooks. Yearbooks will be released each week beginning in July as part of the university's centennial celebration. The published yearbooks and a full release schedule can be viewed at www.dickinsonstate.edu/yearbooks.

2017 Homecoming

The 2017 Homecoming festivities will be held October 8 – 15, on the Dickinson State campus and will serve as the kick-off for the University’s Centennial Celebration. DSU's football team will take on Waldorf College Saturday, October 14, at 1 p.m. A full schedule of events will be available in the near future. Follow @DSUHomecoming on Facebook to keep up on the latest news.

2018 All Class Reunion

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for the Centennial Reunion June 28 – June 30, 2018. Alumni and friends from all years are invited to campus for a weekend of Dickinson State memories held in conjunction with the annual Roughrider Days celebration.

Lodging Information:

The following hotels have a block of hotels reserved for our guests.  Alumni and friends are open to make a reservation at any hotel.  However, we have tried to designate a specific hotel for a decade in case you want a gathering spot close to former teammates. 

1950's, 1960's and 1970's

Ramada – Grand Dakota Lodge & Convention Center
532 15th Street West
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 483-5600
Room Rate:  $69.00
Reservation Block Name: DSU Centennial

1980's

Astoria Hotel & Event Center
363 15th St W
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 456-5000
Room Rate:  $75.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  DSU Centennial Reunion 

1990's

AmericInn Hotel & Suites
229 15th St W
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 225-1400
Room Rate:  $71.21 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  Centennial Celebration #1 (for Summer 2018) or ask for the rate of HAWKS 

2000's

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
1170 Roughrider Boulevard
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 483-7829
Room Rate:  $79.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  Dickinson State University 

2010's

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
240 29th Street West
Dickinson, ND  58601
(866) 215-4064
Room Rate:  $89.00
Reservation Block Name:  Dickinson State University

Other

La Quinta Inns & Suites
552 12th Street West
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 456-2500
Room Rate:  $99.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  DSU Centennial 

My Place Hotel
2431 Third Ave W
Dickinson, ND  58601
(866) 430-2692
Room Rate: $65.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  Dickinson State University 

2018 Homecoming - All-Athletic Reunion

The 2018 Homecoming celebration will take place October 7 – 14, at Dickinson State University. Make plans to join us and connect with fellow alumni for a special reunion recognizing student athletes from all years and athletic teams. The Blue Hawk football team will face Mayville State Saturday, October 13, at 1 p.m.

A full schedule for Homecoming 2018 will published during the summer of 2018.

Lodging Information:

AmericInn Hotel & Suites
229 15th St W
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 225-1400
Room Rate:  $71.21 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  HAWKS 

Astoria
363 15th St W
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 456-5000
Rate:  $75.00/night
Block Name:  DSU Homecoming 2018 

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
1170 Roughrider Boulevard
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 483-7829
Room Rate:  $79.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:   Dickinson State University 

MyPlace Hotel
2431 Third Ave W
Dickinson, ND  58601
(866) 430-2692
Room Rate:  $65.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  Dickinson State University  

Ramada – Grand Dakota Lodge & Convention Center
532 15th Street West
Dickinson, ND  58601
(701) 483-5600
Room Rate:  $69.00 + tax
Reservation Block Name:  DSU Homecoming 2018 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
240 29th Street West
Dickinson, ND  58601
(866) 215-4064
Room Rate:  $89.00
Reservation Block Name:  Dickinson State University

Sponsorship Opportunities

The city of Dickinson was founded in 1881 which makes 136 years of rich tradition as a vital leader in southwest North Dakota. Upon the urging of the residents of the region, Dickinson Normal School was started in 1918. Since then, the city and the university have continued to grow hand-in-hand.

From the 200 individuals who are employed by the University to the 1300 students who are taking classes, the businesses in Dickinson are impacted by our campus. It seems only logical that the city and DSU would jointly promote the Centennial of the University since they have worked together hand in hand over the past 99 years. Contact the DSU Heritage Foundation to learn more about how you can be a sponsor for this exciting time of history!

The following sponsorship levels are available:

  • Historical Sponsor ($3,000)
    • Historic sponsor for the preservation of the DSU History for 2017 & 2018. Donating at this level grants recognition on key printed materials, online, and in social media.
  • Supporting Sponsor ($2,999-2,000)
    • Supporting sponsors will contribute to the overall Centennial Celebration and the different events which will occur throughout the year. A donor at this level will be recognized online and in social media and with 2 tickets to Yuletyme.
  • ($1,999-1,000)
    • Sponsors at this level will be recognized on the DSU Heritage Foundation website and with 2 tickets to a Centennial raffle.
  • ($999 & Below)
    • Sponsors at this level be recognized online and in social media promotions.
  • Other sponsorship opportunities include: 
    • Promote the DSU Centennial at your place of business (display memorabilia, posters, etc.)
    • Offer an alumni discount at your business
    • Personalize a “DSU Centennial” menu item or service 
    • Get creative – let us know what you’re up to!

Volunteer Opportunities

DSU will have a booth at a number of upcoming events over the next year. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming event for an hour or two we would love to have you join us! Volunteers will receive a Centennial t-shirt. To view upcoming volunteer needs you can create an account at www.volunteermatch.org and view current volunteer opportunities at DSU and in the community. New opportunities will continue to be added. You can also email dsu.communications@dickinsonstate.edu for more information or to sign up to volunteer.

University Store

Get all decked out for the Centennial Celebrations by visiting the DSU University Store in person or online. The University store will be carrying limited edition centennial celebration items. Make sure to order yours early.

Bookstore Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (701) 483-2314
Fax: (701) 483-2321

Visit the University Store online.