Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admissions to Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Admission requires completion of the following high school curriculum (CORE):

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Mathematics, Algebra 1 and above
  • 3 units of Laboratory Science
  • 3 units of Social Studies

*Students age 25 or older on the first day of class are exempt from CORE requirements

Admission requires completion of the American College Test (ACT) battery (preferred) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A student must achieve a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT.  If the SAT was taken prior to February 2016, an SAT score of 890 (CR + M) or higher is required.  If taken after February 2016, a score of 940 (ERW + M) or higher is required.  To send your scores to Dickinson State University enter the code 3210 for the ACT or 6477 for the SAT.

The following exceptions apply:

  • Students age 25 or older on the first day of class.
  • Students from foreign countries other than Canada.
  • Students transferring 24 or more semester credits accepted into a degree program at the receiving campus.

Step 1 - Become a VIP and Visit

Create a VIP Page to request information and personalize your DSU experience. Already a VIP? Log in here.

Come see us on a Visit Day or click here to set up an individual visit. Can't wait for a visit day? Check out our virtual tour!

Upcoming Visit Days

Campus Visit Day: October 13, 2017

Fall Open House: December 1, 2017

Campus Visit Day: January 12, 2018

Campus Visit Day: February 16, 2018

Spring Open House: March 23, 2018

Campus Visit Day: April 20, 2018

Step 2 - Apply for Admission

You may apply for admission to Dickinson State by clicking the "APPLY NOW" button on your VIP homepage. Using the same username and password you created for your VIP page, you can log into the online application for admission.

Here's a list of admissions documents along with your application, that we'll need to grant you full admission to Dickinson State:

Transfer Students Only - If you've acquired less than 24 college semester hours then you must also submit along with your current college transcript:

Students over the age of 25 on the first day of classes are exempt from CORE & ACT/SAT requirements

Step 3 - Apply for Scholarships and Aid

Make sure to apply for institutional scholarship opportunities. Applications will be accepted starting October 1st, and the priority deadline is January 31st.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online. Applications are accepted as early as January 1st. The priority deadline for grants and work study qualification is April 15th.
Dickinson State's FAFSA School Code is: 002989

Step 4 - Apply for Housing

To apply for housing log into your VIP page and click on the link in the lower right corner of the page.

There is a $200 housing prepayment required to secure your room. Once housing assignments are completed you will receive information regarding your roommate so you can connect before coming to campus.

For more information and FAQs on housing click here.

Dickinson State University housing policy requires all first-year and second-year full-time students are required to live in a residence hall on campus, and purchase a board plan, for the full academic year. Students requesting exemption from this policy must do so in writing. Approval of requests for exemption from this policy are at the discretion of Residential Life. Exemptions may include: married students, or students with dependents, or age 21+ prior to the start of classes for the year in which they are enrolling.

Step 5 - Attend New Student Orientation

After you receive acceptance into Dickinson State University, you may attend a New Student Orientation day to sign up for classes for the upcoming semester.

You can register for New Student Orientation by clicking here. During Orientation you will have the opportunity to speak with financial aid, residential life, and other important offices around campus. You will also meet with an advisor to choose classes, get your student ID card, and meet other new students!

Transfer Student Information

As a transfer student, you naturally want to know how your previous college courses fit with DSU's requirements and what courses you need to graduate. The Transfer Equivalency Website will allow you to find course equivalencies from various schools across the United States. This database is provided for planning purposes only.

The absence of a college or university on the list is not an indication that DSU does not accept credit from that institution.

International Students

Click here for more information on the international student admission process. 

Non-Degree

A non-degree seeking student is a student that has the intent to take courses for credit without the completion of a degree at Dickinson State University. To be eligible to enroll at Dickinson State University as a non-degree seeking student, you must apply for admission. Additionally, you must complete and return the non-degree form. All documents can be turned into the admissions office.  

As a non-degree seeking student:

  • You will not be able to receive federal or institutional financial aid while enrolled. 
  • You will not be eligible to enroll in collaborative courses. 
  • If you have not provided official post-secondary transcripts, DSU will not have proof that you have met any prerequisites and you will need to complete placement testing and/or prerequisites for courses as required. 
  • No more than 25% of the credits earned as a non-degree seeking student can be applied to a degree-seeking program of study. 
  • Should you decide to seek a degree or apply for financial aid, you will need to complete a new application for admission (as a degree-seeking student) and supply the required documentation for the academic program you desire to enter. 

If you are seeking a Certificate of Completion as a non-degree seeking student:

  • Prior to registration into a certificate of completion program, you must provide official transcripts showing successful completion of high school graduation or official GED scores with a minimum composite score of 500. 
  • You may transfer in up to nine (9) college credits. In order to have any non-DSU credits evaluated for use toward your certificate of completion you must submit official post-secondary transcripts.

Returning Students

DSU students who have previously attended, but have not been enrolled for one or more semesters must complete the "Returning Student" form located here.