Dickinson State University: Narrative Description

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291 Campus Dr.
Dickinson, ND 58601-4896
Tel: (701)483-2507
Free: 800-279-4295
Admissions: (701)483-2331
Fax: (701)483-2006
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.dsu.nodak.edu/


State-supported, 4-year, coed. Part of North Dakota University System. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1918. Setting: 100-acre small town campus. Endowment: $4.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3586 per student. Total enrollment: 2,479. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 604 applied, 99% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 1,749 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 730 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 23 other countries, 29% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 22% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 56% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, 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. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for all United States students. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, medical history, proof of measles-rubella shot, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3800 full-time, $127 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8877 full-time, $338 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $759 full-time, $31 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; 5% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Rodeo Club, Blue Hawk Brigade, chorale, Business Club, Navigators. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, Sure Beats Winter Week, Back to School Week. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. 592 college housing spaces available; 577 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Stoxen Library with 105,713 books, 8,924 microform titles, 823 serials, 5,411 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $446,251. 216 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Dickinson, population 16,500, is approximately 95 miles from the state capital of Bismarck and is a shipping point for lignite coal, oil, grain, dairy products, meat products, and livestock. Nearby Patterson Lake and Recreational Area and Theodore Roosevelt National Park provide ample opportunities for outdoor sports and activities.

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