Step 1 - Request Information And Create Your VIP/Admissions Account

Create a VIP Page to request information and personalize your DSU experience. Already a VIP? Log in here. After you create your VIP Page, you will be able to log on anytime to view your progress through the admission process and connect with your enrollment recruiter.

Step 2- Meet Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Application Fee

There is a one-time application fee of $35.

Official Transcripts

DSU requires official high school transcripts and official transcripts for any college coursework completed while in high school or after graduation. Transcripts can be sent from your school in an officially sealed envelope OR through ND E-Transcript, Parchment, or Clearinghouse.

Required High School Coursework

Your transcripts should show that you have successfully completed 13 units of high school core classes.

  • 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

Cumulative GPA

Applicants seeking admission to a bachelor’s degree program at Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Note: You can self-report your high school GPA or provide an unofficial transcript on your application for a quicker admission decision. We can make a preliminary admission offer if you meet our admission guidelines. You’ll be asked to confirm your academic status by providing an official transcript at a later date.

Official Test Scores

Admission requires completion of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A student must achieve a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT or a score of 950 (ERW + M) on the SAT. To send your scores to Dickinson State University enter the code 3210 for the ACT or 6477 for the SAT.

*Students age 25 or older on the first day of class are exempt from test score requirements for admission purposes. Placement testing for course enrollment will be provided.

  • In response to the postponement of the April ACT test date and the cancellation of the May SAT exam, the request has been granted to permit institutions to waive the ACT/SAT requirements for Fall Semester 2020 for the purpose of making an admission decision at NDUS colleges and universities. SBHE has waived the test score requirement through Summer 2022 as of June 30, 2020.

Immunization Records

The North Dakota University System requires that new students provide documentation of immunity for the following:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

(a) Evidence of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine no less than 28 days apart from a licensed provider or authorized representative of a state or local health department; (b) proof of a positive serologic test for measles, mumps, and rubella; or (c) proof of date of birth prior to 1957.

  • Meningitis (MCV4)

Evidence of at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 16 or older.

Any individual who chooses to apply for an exemption from the immunization requirements should notify the Office of Admissions. Please note, those who have submitted a waiver may be required to stay off campus, including exclusion from campus activities, in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease until the danger is over.

Associate Degree, Certificate, And Certificate Of Completion Programs

  • Official high school transcripts are required. High school core course requirements are not required. Transcripts can be sent from your school in an officially sealed envelope OR through ND E-Transcript, Parchment, or Clearinghouse.
  • Applicants seeking admission to Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • ACT or SAT test scores are not required, but may be submitted for the purpose of placement in courses. Placement testing is also available prior to enrollment.

Additional Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in nursing or teacher education, your major may have additional requirements beyond the general DSU admission standards. Please visit the DSU Catalog or contact Admissions for more information. After you submit your application to DSU, you may be asked to complete a separate application for your degree program.

Home Schooled Students

If you're a home-schooled student, you'll follow the same admission criteria and process for applying to DSU as stated above. In addition to submitting what is already required (official high school transcripts of any private or public high schools attended and ACT or SAT scores), you'll also need to submit the following:

  • Home-school curriculum description or transcript that displays:
  • Specific listing of classes completed to satisfy secondary school requirements; identified and/or separated by class levels. DSU may request a course syllabus or detailed description of course content.
  • Clear identification of those courses that meet the NDUS high school core course requirements.
  • Key explaining grading system and successful completion of coursework including number of credits earned by course, letter grade and GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Date of your graduation / completion of plan of study.
  • Signature of your parent / instructor.
  • Diploma / certificate issued by the local school district in which you reside, if your district provides such a document. High school equivalency examinations may be acceptable in lieu of a high school diploma, providing that such an examination is an authorized high school equivalency test by the state in which the examination was taken.

General Educational Development (GED)

High school equivalency examinations may be acceptable in lieu of a high school diploma, providing that such an examination is an authorized high school equivalency from the state in which it was earned.

The GED is the only test of high school equivalency recognized by Dickinson State per the North Dakota University System procedure 402.11.

An applicant who completed the GED after 2014 must provide official documentation of a minimum GED test score equal to or greater than 145.

Step 3 - Complete Application

  • Log in to your VIP page and click the blue “Apply Now” button
  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $35 application fee at the end of the application

Step 4 - Visit DSU

Come see us on a Discover DSU Day or set up an individual visit. Can't make it to a visit event? Check out our virtual tour. Explore the ways you can visit campus:

Step 5 - Apply For Scholarships And Aid

Find institutional scholarship opportunities here.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online.

  • Applications are accepted as early as October 1st
  • The priority deadline for grants and work study qualification is April 15th
  • Dickinson State University’s FAFSA School Code is: 002989

Step 6 - Apply For Housing

Dickinson State University’s housing policy requires all first-year and second-year full-time students to live in a residence hall on campus, and purchase a meal plan, for the full academic year.

In order to complete your on-campus housing application you must first Claim your NDUS Account.

After you have claimed your NDUS account, you can go to Campus Connection to complete the housing application. Follow these instructions to submit the housing application.

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.

Students requesting exemption from this policy need to complete the Housing Appeal Request Form. Approval of requests for exemption from this policy are made at the discretion of DSU’s Office of Housing and Dining. Exemptions may include married students, students with dependents, students living within 25 miles of Dickinson, ND, or students age 21+ prior to the start of classes for the semester in which they are enrolling.

Step 7 - Attend New Student Registration

After you receive acceptance to Dickinson State University you will be required to attend a New Student Registration event to sign up for classes for the upcoming semester.

Accepted students can register for a New Student Registration event starting on February 1st. You can find New Student Registration dates here.

During registration, 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, get your parking pass, and meet other new students!

Step 8 – Order Your Textbooks

Book lists for the upcoming semester are typically finalized about 2 months prior to the start of classes. Students can order textbooks after they enroll for classes.

To order your textbooks please visit our University Store Website. Use the class numbers from your class schedule to find books for each of your classes.