Application Process

Can the application fee be waived or refunded?

No. This fee is a onetime requirement for all admission applications to Dickinson State University and is non-refundable. However it can be deferred to a different semester. Admissions and immigration documents will not be issued, until the application fee is paid.

What academic documents are required for admission?

Please visit the International admissions page here to view a step by step application process as well as country specific requirements. Please note that we do not accept any academic transcripts that are government notarized.

All documents can be sent to:

Dickinson State University
Office of International Programs
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

I have attended a college/university in another country but do not wish to receive transfer credit. Can I apply to DSU as a freshman/first-year student?

No. If you have taken any coursework at a college or university, you must submit official academic records showing grades for all coursework. If you have not completed a program or have only taken a few classes, those official academic records are still required for admission consideration. All college/university transcripts that originate outside of the US are subject to a third party course by course evaluation by a NACES authorized transcript evaluation service.

What types of financial documentation are considered official by DSU?

Financial support includes: a checking or savings account statement, certificate of deposit, account balance confirmation on bank letterhead, government sponsorship letter, educational or bank loan, or a scholarship award letter. Please do not submit any paperwork showing fixed assets, pay stubs etc. All documents must include an original signature and stamp/seal on top of each page from the issuing bank or financial institution to be considered official.

How will I know if DSU received my documents?

You can use the online tracking information provided by the courier service you used. You can log in to your VIP page and check to see if your documents are marked as received under the admission checklist. Office of International Programs will then send you a follow up email after they have reviewed and evaluated your documents; this may take 3-5 business days before an update is available.

How long does it take to get my admission decision?

Please allow 2-3 weeks after all required documents are received for your admission decision.


What are the deadlines for submitting all of my application requirements?


  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Admissions Cut-off: July 16


  • Application Deadline: November 15
  • Admissions Cut-off: December 1

If you are physically present in the US we may be able to process your documents after the deadlines listed.

I-20 Information

How and when do I get my I-20?

In order to receive an I-20, you must submit all required application documents by the complete application deadline and be admitted to DSU as a degree-seeking student.

Can the I-20 be sent electronically?

I-20s cannot be sent electronically as students are required to show the originals with an original signature at all appointments and when traveling.

How long will it take the I-20 to reach me once it has been processed?

All documents are mailed through US airmail and may take 4-6 weeks to reach their destination. If you would like your documents sent to you by FedEx you must pay for the express fee with a credit card to DSU.

Financial Information

Are international students eligible for financial aid?

International students do not qualify for federal financial aid. However there are plenty of scholarship opportunities. Please view them here.

Are there athletic scholarships available?

Yes, however these are competitive and offered on a limited basis only. Applicants must meet NAIA and specific athletic program eligibility requirements. Please contact the Athletic Department for details.

How much will one academic year cost?

Please see Tuition and Expenses for cost of attendance for one academic year.

When do I need to pay my university fees?

University tuition and fees, room & board and health insurance are required to be paid within the first week of school.

Preparing for arrival

When making travel arrangements, which airport should I choose as my destination?

You can fly directly to Dickinson at the Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport – airport code DIK.

If you choose to fly into any other airport it will be up to you to arrange transportation to Dickinson.

When you have scheduled your flight into Dickinson, please notify us of the flight number, date and time by filing out the Airport Pickup form. We will arrange pick up service for you up at the airport. This service is available only to new students arriving for their first time at Dickinson State University.

Am I allowed to live off campus?

Students who are under the age of 21 are required to live on campus.