Mission Statement

Dickinson State University is a regional comprehensive institution within the North Dakota University System, whose primary role is to contribute to intellectual, social, economic, and cultural development, especially to Southwestern North Dakota. The University’s mission is to provide high-quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service relevant to the economy, health, and quality of life for the citizens of the State of North Dakota


Dickinson State University will educate a diverse population through innovative teaching, learning and scholarship fostering responsible citizens who impact the world.

Core Values

Integrity: We believe in being truthful, reliable, accountable, and fair as individuals and as an institution.

Accessibility: We define accessibility broadly to include diversity and inclusiveness in educating a globally responsible, astute and engaged citizenry, as well as being flexible and responsive to our students (Student-centeredness) and to our constituents (collaborative relationships).

Excellence: We value academic, scholarly and creative excellence.

Inquiry & Innovation: We believe in the value and pursuit of life-long learning.