Incoming Freshmen



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Incoming Freshmen


  • Step 1

    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 give us a call to set up an individual visit. Can't wait for a visit day? Check out our virtual tour!


  • Step 2


    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:

    - $35 Application Fee
    - ACT or SAT score*
    - Official High School and/or College Transcripts in an officially sealed envelope
    College Preparatory Course Report Form* 
    - Copy of shot records

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

    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.

    Admissions 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 score of 18 on the ACT or 870 on the SAT (critical reading + math scores). 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 3


    Make sure to apply for institutional scholarship opportunities through the Dickinson State Alumni and Foundation. Applications will be accepted starting October 1st, and the priority deadline is December 15th.


    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


    Complete your Housing Application


    All students are required to fill out the housing application.  Living in a residence hall is an integral part of the college experience.    Students who are under the age of 21 or who have less than 60 college credits are required to live on campus.  Students who are older than 21, who have more than 60 college credits or who live with parents/guardians may apply for an exemption. 


    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 FAQ’s on Residential Life click here.


  • Step 5

    Attend Student Advisement and Orientation

    After you receive full acceptance into Dickinson State University, you may attend SOAR registration session to sign up for classes for the upcoming semester.   You can access this online at or through your VIP page.  During SOAR you will talk with financial aid, residence life, and meet with an advisor to choose your classes and get enrolled.

    Attend New Student Orientation

    First-time freshmen are required to attend new student orientation.  For Fall 2015, new student orientation weekend begins August 19th, 2015.  There is a non-refundable $50 new student orientation fee that will be applied to your student account. 

    Orientation weekend begins on Wednesday afternoon with check-in at the DSU student center.  This fun and informative weekend will provide you with an opportunity to get settled and to meet new people as you start on this great adventure.

    The orientation weekend schedule will be available mid-July at