Dakota State University

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Dakota State University
Established March 5, 1881
Type State university
President Dr. David B. Borofsky
Academic staff 128
Students 3102
Undergraduates 2836
Postgraduates 266
Location Madison, South Dakota, USA
44°00′44″N 97°06′46″W / 44.01229°N 97.11285°W / 44.01229; -97.11285Coordinates: 44°00′44″N 97°06′46″W / 44.01229°N 97.11285°W / 44.01229; -97.11285
Campus Rural
Former names Dakota Normal School, Madison State Normal School, Eastern State Normal School, Eastern State Teachers College, General Beadle State Teachers College, General Beadle State College, Dakota State College[1]
Colors Blue and Yellow
Nickname Trojans
Affiliations National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Association of Independent Institutions (AII)
Website http://www.dsu.edu/, http://www.dsuathletics.com

Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. The university has a technology centric focus with programs in computer and information science, business, education, natural sciences, liberal arts, among other graduate and undergraduate programs. The university requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and laptops in general education courses in addition to taking a computer usage course and an introductory programming course as part of their curriculum.

Dakota State University is considered to be one of the more technologically advanced post-secondary institutions,[2] making use of Tablet PCs, advanced biometric identification devices, special computer laboratories designed for computer hacking and has 25 of the available degree programs offered on campus available via distance methods.[2][3] This, among other things, has contributed to DSU being listed as the highest ranked baccalaureate college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years.[4][5]

DSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2004, DSU was designated by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In 2012, DSU received two more designations from the National Security Agency: National Center of Academic Excellence in Research and National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.[6]

DSU is home to the Smith-Zimmermann Heritage Museum and the Karl E. Mundt Library and Archives. Its athletic mascot is the Trojan and it is a member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Dr. David B. Borofsky is currently serving as president.

As of the Fall 2011 semester, its total student enrollment was 3,102, of whom 51.3% were women, and its total faculty count was 128.[7]


DSU offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Information Systems, and the College of Education.

Associate's degree programs are offered in:

Bachelor's degree programs are offered in :[8]

Master's degree programs are offered in:[9]

Doctoral degree program is offered in:

In addition to the degrees offered above, Dakota State University offers several minors and pre-professional programs. To learn more about the degrees offered, visit the "[1] Majors & Programs]" section of the DSU website.

Distance Education[edit]

The Office of Extended Programs at DSU offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs at the University Center at Sioux Falls and via online classes.[11] DSU’s online program earned national recognition in January 2013 when it ranked 4th in the United States on Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings.[12]


Dakota State University was founded as a normal school in 1881[13] as Madison Normal School with a mission to train teachers. It was the first school dedicated to training teachers in the Dakota Territory. After South Dakota became a state in 1889, Madison Normal School became Eastern State Normal School. Over the next several years Dakota State would be known as Dakota Normal School, Dakota State Normal School and General Beadle State College after William Henry Harrison Beadle who served as its president from 1889 to 1906. In 1969, the South Dakota Legislature renamed the college Dakota State College. In 1989, the legislature once again changed the name of the institution to Dakota State University to reflect the addition of graduate programs. Its motto is "TECHNICALLY, WE'RE BETTER.".


Dakota State teams, nicknamed athletically as the Trojans, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Dakota State will be a charter member of the North Star Athletic Association in the 2013-14 school year. The Trojans formerly competed in the now-defunct Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball.


KDSU is a college campus radio station only broadcast in the Student Union and online at the kdsu.net website. KDSU presents all genres of music.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Olson, Bonnie (2011). "Historical Calendar of Dakota State University". OCLC 53452386. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. News and World Report Top Online Education Programs". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Dakota State University Distance Education Programs". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  4. ^ "DSU #1 Five years Running". Dakota State UNiversity. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  5. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Top Colleges". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  6. ^ National Science Foundation. "NSA Announces New Program to Prime College Students for Careers in Cyber Ops". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fact Book Fiscal Year 2012". South Dakota Board of Regents. pp. 11, 12. OCLC 27702463. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Dakota State University Majors and Programs". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  9. ^ "Dakota State University Graduate Programs". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Dakota State University D.Sc. Program: Information Systems". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  11. ^ "Office of Extended Programs". Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "2013 Online College Rankings". Guide To Online Schools. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dakota State University History". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-11-06.