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

Dickinson State offers online learning options for those who cannot attend classes on campus. For a full list of programs that can be completed completely online, click here. 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 DSU Live Online, allowing you the benefits of learning in the classroom with the convenience of online learning.

If you are ready to start your educational experience at DSU, the first thing to do is to 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 high school 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 (Less than 24 college credits completed)

If you have not completed at least 24 college credits after high school, you will need to submit high school transcripts that 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 admissions 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 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. First Year Students only – transfer credits are posted for conditional accepts.

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.

For fall 2020 through summer 2022 applicants, the ND State Board of Higher Education has allowed those unable to take the ACT or SAT test to have this requirement waived. Please let our admissions team know if you need this accommodation. Clarify COVID or policy

Associate’s Degree, Certificate, And Certificate Of Completion Programs

  • Official 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 - 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 5 – Claim Your 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 6 – 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.