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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

About This Campus

The latest thinking, teaching and technology for students. A Tablet PC for all full-time students. Iris scan technology - like in the movies - controls computer security. A "hacker lab" to train you for what you're up against. Campus-wide wireless network and internet access keeps you connected 24/7. With your Tablet PC, you'll have your key to a whole new way of learning. Our unique degree programs and intimate campus setting will leave you more than satisfied.

Location Information

Dakota State University is located Madison, SD--nestled between Lake Herman and Madison Lake. This rural and safe environment is an exceptional place! Located 50 minutes northwest of Sioux Falls.

Helpful Information

Securing placement at Dakota State University is extremely easy! A small, safe town with big city programs.

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Madison
Population | 6,500
Enrollment | 3,145
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/7
Spring | 01/08-5/3

Campus Diversity

White | 85%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 9%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Notable Academic Programs
  • Business Administration
  • Information Systems
  • Exercise Science
  • Digital Arts

Unique Academic Programs

  • Computer Game Design
  • Computer Network Security
  • English for New Media

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Area Studies: Art Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Computer Graphics, Design, Digital Arts

Athletics: Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Technology, Finance/Banking, Management, Marketing

Communications: Audio Production Technology, Film, Visual Design/Web Media

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, Computer Network Security

Earth Sciences: Physical Sciences

Education: Business and Marketing Education, Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Education

English: English for New Media

General Studies: Arts and Science

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science, Respiratory Therapy

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems

Mathematics: Mathematics

Technology: Cyber Operations


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/26/18.
  • Estimated cost: $5731.50.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/26/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $20 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Laptop Fee $393 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $72 Year Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003463

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/26/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 33% living on campus
  • Double: $1861.65
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: 1-7 blocks
Notes About Housing
If you are in the first two years of graduating from high school, you must live on-campus.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1366.35 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Trojan Basic Plan

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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