Dakota State University: Narrative Description

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820 North Washington
Madison, SD 57042-1799
Tel: (605)256-5111; 888-DSU-9988
Admissions: (605)256-5696
Fax: (605)256-5316
Web Site: http://www.dsu.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of South Dakota Board of Regents. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1881. Setting: 40-acre rural campus with easy access to Sioux Falls. Endowment: $4.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $40,633. Educational spending 2003-04: $2500 per student. Total enrollment: 2,282. Faculty: 102 (68 full-time, 34 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 482 applied, 96% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 11% from top quarter, 46% from top half. 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,072 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 993 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 2 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: computer/information sciences; education; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, University of South Dakota. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, rank in upper two-thirds of high school class, ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4614 full-time, $154 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9657 full-time, $315 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $3,192. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Business Club, band, Computer Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Zimmfest Band Festival, Diversity Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access, night watchman. College housing designed to accommodate 700 students; 994 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Karl E. Mundt Library plus 1 other with 98,156 books, 3,111 microform titles, 350 serials, 2,435 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $536,546. 398 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Dakota State University is located in the heart of the Midwest, in Madison, South Dakota, just minutes from Interstates 29 and 90, which are major highways. Two nearby lakes provide the best in outdoor recreation. In the summer, this includes water sports, fishing and camping, followed in the fall and winter by hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and more. One of South Dakota's finest state parks provides excellent facilities for all of these activities. Cultural events are provided by a local arts association, a summer theater group and through college-sponsored events. Madison is also located just an hour away from the state's largest city, Sioux Falls.

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