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Dickinson State University

Dickinson, ND 2-Year Grad Public
Acceptance Rate99%
Acceptance Rate99%

About Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University Overview

Dickinson State University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Dickinson, North Dakota. Dickinson State University was founded in 1918 and the school enrolls around 1,415 students per year, including 1,337 undergraduate students. Dickinson State University ensures on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 60% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

Student Involvement at Dickinson State University

Love music or performing? At Dickinson State University you can perform with one of the university's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Dickinson State University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Dickinson State University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Dickinson State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Dickinson State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Dickinson State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 99%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
In-State Tuition $5,976
Out-of-State $7,656
Percent of Need Met 59.44%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,582.32

Is Dickinson State University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what Dickinson State University offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

Dickinson State University Acceptance Rate 2022

Dickinson State University is not difficult to get into. Around 99% of applicants get into Dickinson State University each year. Out of 459 applications received in 2022, 456 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dickinson State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Dickinson State University, around 65% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 34% of students who started at Dickinson State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Dickinson State University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Dickinson State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Dickinson State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Dickinson State University's endowment was $9.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Dickinson State University spends about $9,298 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Dickinson State University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Dickinson State University meets 59.44% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,582.32 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,252 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Dickinson State University.

Based on this information, is Dickinson State University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Dickinson State University a good school for you?

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Where is Dickinson State University Located?

Dickinson State University is located in the small town setting of Dickinson, North Dakota.

If you are interested in seeing Dickinson State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Dickinson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Dickinson State University and Dickinson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

291 Campus Drive Dickinson, ND 58601-4896

Campus Setting: Small Town

Dickinson State University Application Deadline

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dickinson State University is Continuous processing.

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Dickinson State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Dickinson State University is like? There are approximately 1,415 students enrolled at Dickinson State University, including 1,337 undergraduate students and 78 graduate students. 74% percent of students attend school full-time, 63% percent are from ND and 37% percent of students are from other states.


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