Dakota State University

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Dakota State University
Motto Technically, we're better.
Type State university
Established March 5, 1881 (1881-03-05)
President José-Marie Griffiths[1]
Academic staff
Students 3047
Undergraduates 2736
Postgraduates 311
Location Madison, South Dakota, U.S.
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
Colors Yellow and Reflex Blue[2]
Nickname Trojans
Sporting affiliations
NAIANorth Star
Website www.dsu.edu

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 their classes along with taking an introduction to computers course and an introductory programming course as part of their curriculum.

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.[3]

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) and is a charter member of the North Star Athletic Association. Dr. Marysz Rames is currently serving as interim president.

As of the Fall 2014 semester, its total student enrollment was 3,047, of whom 44.8% were women, and its total faculty count was 101.[4]


Dakota State University was founded as a normal school in 1881[5] 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."[citation needed]


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, the College of Computing, and the College of Education.

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.[6] 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.[7]


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 was 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; 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.


  1. ^ "Griffiths Chosen as Next Dakota State University President | Dakota State University". Dsu.edu. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  2. ^ DSU Logo Usage (PDF). 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  3. ^ National Science Foundation. "NSA Announces New Program to Prime College Students for Careers in Cyber Ops". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fact Book Fiscal Year 2015" (PDF). South Dakota Board of Regents. pp. 12, 14, 57. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Dakota State University History". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Office of Extended Programs". Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 Online College Rankings". Guide To Online Schools. Archived from the original on March 26, 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 

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