Student Success

Living on campus increases the probability for new students to achieve academic and personal success. Several studies regarding living on-campus have been conducted throughout the United States that demonstrate the importance of living on-campus. A summary of such research (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Walsh & Kurpius, 2015) highlights the following positive effects of living in on-campus housing during one’s college career:

  • Enhanced effort and involvement in academic, social and extracurricular activities
  • Greater personal growth and development
  • Increased openness to diversity
  • More involvement with other students, faculty and the institution as a whole
  • Improved GPA
  • Increased satisfaction with the college experience
  • Increased likelihood to persist in college and graduate

While students off-campus are preparing for their commute, you will be sleeping a bit longer because classes are just a few steps away!

Blue Hawk Bond

Our Blue Hawk Bond was created to establish a community of care across campus.  The six values that make up our bond include being: 

  • Caring – DSU sensitively supports the well-being of all and strongly encourages services to others
  • Celebrative – DSU honors its heritage and embraces past and future traditions
  • Disciplined – DSU expects individuals to accept their responsibilities and honor the common good of all
  • Just – DSU values all people and provides a learning environment that welcomes diversity
  • Open – DSU welcomes freedom of expression and powerfully affirms creativity and respect
  • Purposeful – DSU prioritizes academic goals and seeks collaborative relationships to strengthen teaching and learning in and out of the classroom 

Campus Housing

DeLong Hall

Standing six stories tall, DeLong Hall can house up to 188 residents. The hall is arranged with double-occupancy rooms in a suite-style configuration with four rooms sharing a private bath. Four suites surround a lounge on each floor. In addition, the basement level includes a kitchen and a large gathering area. DeLong Hall is conveniently located near May, Stickney, Klinefelter and Pulver Halls, and Wienbergen Gymnasium.

Woods Hall

Recently renovated, Woods Hall can house up to 64 residents. The hall is more traditional in setting with double-occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms on each floor. In addition, the main level includes a kitchen and a large gathering area. Woods Hall is conveniently located near Murphy and May Halls, the Student Center, Flag Plaza and King Pavilion.

Main Campus Apartments

DSU maintains an apartment complex adjacent to campus, which houses up to 56 residents. Preference for Main Campus Apartment housing is given to upper-classmen.

Cost of Housing and Dining

Please visit the Tuition and Cost to Attend page for costs associated with housing & dining. 

Cost Value

DSU housing & dining rates include a variety of benefits:

  • High speed internet
  • Computer lab access 24/7
  • Laundry 24/7
  • Food service access 24/7
  • Membership to the West River Community Center in Dickinson

Students do not have to worry about separate bills for water, sewer, electricity or natural gas.

How to Apply for Housing and Dining

Once you have been accepted to DSU, please follow the steps below to complete the online housing application. Please be advised that the housing pre-payment for new students is $200. Pre-payment is the final step in the housing application process. Failure to pay the pre-payment will result in an incomplete housing application. An incomplete application could result in the loss of your housing choice.

Steps for completing the online Housing Application:

  1. Claim your system-wide (NDUS) ID.
  2. After claiming/verifying your system ID, log in to your Campus Connection account.
  3. Under “Self Service,” select “On-Campus Housing”.
  4. Click “Continue”.
  5. Choose Dickinson State University and click “Continue”.
  6. Click the “Application” tab.
  7. Choose the New Student Application (the semester you’re applying for is in parenthesis).
  8. Follow the prompts to complete your application.
  9. The $200 pre-payment is the last step. It MUST be completed before the application is submitted.

What if I receive and error message while applying for housing & dining?

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When are Housing Assignments Distributed?

Fall housing assignments go out monthly, starting in May (May – August).

Spring housing assignments go out monthly, starting in November (November – January).