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IPEDS ID: 200059
OPE ID: 00298900
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Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896
General information:  (701) 483-2507
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,449 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  Dickinson State University is a regional four-year institution within the North Dakota University System, whose primary role is to contribute to intellectual, social, economic, and cultural development, especially to Southwestern North Dakota. The University’s mission is to provide high-quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service relevant to the economy, health, and quality of life for the citizens of the State of North Dakota.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty9462
Research and public service21
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,100$1,1000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$4,718$4,950$5,347$5,5824.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$4,718$4,950$5,347$5,5824.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$14,411$14,958$15,565$16,0443.1%
Off Campus$14,411$14,958$15,565$16,0443.1%
Off Campus with Family$9,693$10,008$10,218$10,4622.4%
On Campus$21,603$22,328$17,827$18,3963.2%
Off Campus$21,603$22,328$17,827$18,3963.2%
Off Campus with Family$16,885$17,378$12,480$12,8142.7%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid117382%————
Grant or scholarship aid15473%$588,406$3,821
Federal grants6330%$258,330$4,100
Pell grants6229%$242,330$3,909
Other federal grants3918%$16,000$410
State/local government grant or scholarships4622%$67,913$1,476
Institutional grants or scholarships11354%$262,163$2,320
Student loan aid9645%$576,509$6,005
Federal student loans9545%$507,505$5,342
Other student loans126%$69,004$5,750
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,07158%$4,153,715$3,878
Pell grants43023%$1,579,009$3,672
Federal student loans78543%$4,974,614$6,337
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$8,846$9,704$9,981
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$7,571$7,321$8,757
$30,001 – $48,000$7,511$9,212$7,447
$48,001 – $75,000$10,097$10,163$10,195
$75,001 – $110,000$11,173$11,600$12,171
$110,001 and more$11,645$12,901$12,188
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,449
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment127
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%Student Gender:
Male: 39%
Female: 61%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 76%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 74%
25 and over: 24%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 51%
Out-of-state: 39%
Foreign countries: 10%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 25%
Enrolled in some distance education: 15%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 60%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants417223194
Percent admitted49%48%50%
Percent admitted who enrolled81%84%78%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading425533
SAT Math405505
SAT Writing380475
ACT Composite1823
ACT English1623
ACT Math1824
ACT Writing67
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 55%
Part-time students: 42%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 40 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 39%
Transfer-out rate: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 10%
6-year: 31%
8-year: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 31%
Female: 45%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 33%
Hispanic/Latino: 17%
White: 38%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 14%
Non-resident alien: 56%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling11d--
Agriculture, General-10-
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management--0
Category total11d100
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-13-
Category total-13-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General6--
Business Administration and Management, General-70d-
Business/Commerce, General-4d-
Finance, General-7d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-4d4d
International Business/Trade/Commerce-2d-
Category total6135d4d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-8-
Category total-8-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-8d-
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician-3d-
Category total-11d-
Art Teacher Education-0-
Biology Teacher Education-1-
Business Teacher Education-1-
Chemistry Teacher Education-0-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education-0-
Elementary Education and Teaching-38d-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-6d-
History Teacher Education-3d-
Mathematics Teacher Education-5d-
Music Teacher Education-1-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-4-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0-
Social Science Teacher Education-5d-
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0-
Speech Teacher Education-0-
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education-0-
Category total-64d-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-1-
English Language and Literature, General-3d-
Category total-4d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-1-
Category total-1-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Environmental Health-0-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training32--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-13-
Category total3213-
History, General-4d-
Category total-4d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies9d--
Category total9d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1-
Category total-1-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-35d-
Category total-35d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-1-
Category total-1-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-16-
Category total-16-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-3-
Category total-3-
Psychology, General-15-
Category total-15-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-6-
Social Sciences, General-5d-
Category total-11d-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-2-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-0-
Fine and Studio Arts Management-1-
Music, General-3-
Category total-6-
Grand total583514
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NAIA Division I MenWomen
Track and Field, Indoor3111
Track and Field, Outdoor3316
Track and Field, X-Country147
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission 1/1/1928 - 1/1/1934Terminated
1/1/1949 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)11/1/2004 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program3/1/1989 -  Accredited
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs5/1/1995 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate5.8%4.9%
Number in default3130
Number in repayment531601
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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