About DSU




Academic Profile

The University long ago outgrew its original teachers’ college status and has since adopted a broader mission. The present programs include not only teacher education and the liberal arts, but also specialized programs in business, nursing, agriculture, and computer science. There is opportunity for pre-professional study and vocational training in selected areas as well.

Recognizing the individuality of each student, the faculty strives not only to train students for future occupations but to stimulate students’ curiosity and challenge their ability in many areas. Students build their programs around a core of General Education courses, which include fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences. Dickinson State University students are encouraged to complete their general education requirements by the end of the sophomore year. Students are then free as juniors and seniors to explore a major field of study.

Dickinson State University believes that its curriculum offers students a healthy combination of intellectual challenges, professional training, and practical experiences.


Location and Setting

Dickinson State University is located in the city after which it is named. Dickinson, the seventh largest city in the state, is the hub of West River North Dakota and boasts a population of approximately 17,000. The University serves as a cultural social, recreational and intellectual center for the residents of the West River region.  

Dickinson, located directly along Interstate 94, is served by commercial air service transportation. The University and the city are situated near the scenic North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the area where Roosevelt ranched prior to his ascendancy to national prominence. One hour’s drive north of Dickinson is Lake Sakakawea, created in the 1950s by the Garrison Dam project.


Mission Statement

Mission Statement