Dickinson State offers online learning options for those who cannot attend classes on campus. Click here for a full list of programs that can be completed completely online. Dickinson State also offers classes at our main campus in Dickinson and at satellite locations in Bismarck and Williston. Many of our courses are also taught synchronously through DSULive™, allowing you the benefits of learning in the classroom with the convenience of online learning.

Step 1 – Submit your Application

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Step 2 – Meet Admission Requirements (Bachelors)

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. Applicants seeking admission to Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Note: You can provide an unofficial transcript for a quicker admission decision. We can make a preliminary admission offer if you meet our admission guidelines. You will need to confirm your academic status by providing an official transcript at a later date.

Required High School Coursework

Your high school transcript 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        

Official Test Scores

The State Board of Higher Education has waived test score requirements through Summer 2023. Students may still submit ACT or SAT scores for scholarship and placement testing purposes. To send your scores to Dickinson State University enter code 3210 for the ACT or 6477 for the SAT.

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, you'll also need to submit a 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 2 – Meet Admission Requirements (Associates & Certificates)

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. Applicants seeking admission at Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

“Note: You can provide an unofficial transcript for a quicker admission decision. We can make a preliminary admission offer if you meet our admission guidelines. You will need to confirm your academic status by providing an official transcript at a later date.

Official Test Scores

The State Board of Higher Education has waived test score requirements through Summer 2023. Students may still submit ACT or SAT scores for scholarship and placement testing purposes. To send your scores to Dickinson State University enter code 3210 for the ACT or 6477 for the SAT.

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, you'll also need to submit a 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 – Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid

Check out DSU’s 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 4 – Claim Your North Dakota University (NDUS) Account and Complete New Student Orientation

After you receive acceptance to Dickinson State University you will be sent instructions on how to Claim Your NDUS student account and how to complete New Student Orientation.

Once you complete your online orientation module, your professional advisor will contact you to help you enroll in your courses.

Step 5 – 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 in classes.

To order your textbooks please visit our University Store Website. You can search for your textbooks using your student ID number, or by entering class numbers from your class schedule.

Step 6 – New Student Guide for Online Students

Recently accepted to DSU and ready to enroll? Click here to get started with your guide for new online students.