Step 1 - Request Information And Create Your VIP/Admissions Account

Create a VIP Page to request information and personalize your DSU experience. Already a VIP? Log in here after you create your VIP Page, you will be able to log on anytime to view your progress through the admission process and connect with your enrollment recruiter.

Step 2- Meet Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Application Fee

There is a one-time application fee of $35.

Official College Transcripts

DSU requires official college transcripts from all schools you attended after high school graduation. These can be sent from your school in an officially sealed envelope OR through Parchment, Clearinghouse, or another certified transcript service. You are considered a transfer student for purposes of admission if you have completed any college credit hours after high school graduation. Students who have completed less than 24 college credit hours are required to meet the First Year Student admission requirements. Once you are admitted, transfer credits are evaluated through the Academic Records for more information visit the Transfer Student Evaluations page.

Cumulative GPA

Applicants seeking admission to a bachelor’s degree program at Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Official Test Scores

Admission requires completion of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) if you have not completed 24 or more college credits. A student must achieve a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT or a score of 950 (ERW + M) on the SAT. To send your scores to Dickinson State University enter the code 3210 for the ACT or 6477 for the SAT.

*Students age 25 or older on the first day of class are exempt from test score requirements for admission purposes. Placement testing for course enrollment will be provided.

For fall 2020 through summer 2022 applicants, the ND State Board of Higher Education has allowed those unable to take the ACT or SAT test to have this requirement waived. Please let our admissions team know if you need this accommodation. 

Immunization Records

The North Dakota University System requires that new students provide documentation of immunity for the following:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

(a) Evidence of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine no less than 28 days apart from a licensed provider or authorized representative of a state or local health department; (b) proof of a positive serologic test for measles, mumps, and rubella; or (c) proof of date of birth prior to 1957.

  • Meningitis (MCV4)

Evidence of at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 16 or older.

Any individual who chooses to apply for an exemption from the immunization requirements should notify the Office of Admissions. Please note, those who have submitted a waiver may be required to stay off campus, including exclusion from campus activities, in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease until the danger is over.

Associate’s Degree, Certificate, And Certificate Of Completion Programs

  • Official transcripts are required from all institutions you have attended.
  • Applicants seeking admission to Dickinson State University must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • ACT or SAT test scores are not required, but may be submitted for the purpose of placement in courses. Placement testing is also available prior to enrollment.

Additional Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in nursing or teacher education, your major may have additional requirements beyond the general DSU admission standards. Please visit visit the DSU Catalog or contact Admissions for more information. After you submit your application to DSU, you may be asked to complete a separate application for your degree program.

Step 3 – Complete Application

  • Log in to your VIP page and click the blue “Apply Now” button
  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $35 application fee at the end of the application

Step 4 - Visit DSU

Come see us on a Discover DSU Day or set up an individual visit. Can't make it to a visit event? Check out our virtual tour! Explore the ways you can visit campus:

Step 5 - Apply For Scholarships And Aid

Find institutional scholarship opportunities here.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online.

  • Applications are accepted as early as October 1st
  • The priority deadline for grants and work study qualification is April 15th
  • Dickinson State University’s FAFSA School Code is: 002989

Step 6 - Apply For Housing

Dickinson State University’s housing policy requires all first-year and second-year full-time students to live in a residence hall on campus, and purchase a meal plan, for the full academic year.

In order to complete your on-campus housing application you must first Claim your NDUS Account.

After you have claimed your NDUS account, you can go to Campus Connection to complete the housing application. Follow these instructions to submit the housing application.

There is a $200 housing prepayment required to secure your room.

Once housing assignments are completed, you will receive information regarding your roommate so you can connect before coming to campus.

Students requesting exemption from this policy need to complete the Housing Appeal Request Form. Approval of requests for exemption from this policy are made at the discretion of DSU’s Office of Housing and Dining. Exemptions may include married students, students with dependents, students living within 25 miles of Dickinson, ND, or students age 21+ prior to the start of classes for the semester in which they are enrolling.

Step 7 - Attend New Student Registration

After you receive acceptance to Dickinson State University you will be required to attend a New Student Registration event to sign up for classes for the upcoming semester.

Accepted students can register for a New Student Registration event starting on February 1st. You can find New Student Registration dates here.

During registration, you will have the opportunity to speak with financial aid, residential life, and other important offices around campus! You will also meet with an advisor to choose classes, get your student ID card, get your parking pass, and meet other new students!

Step 8 – Order Your Textbooks

Book lists for the upcoming semester are typically finalized about 2 months prior to the start of classes. Students can order textbooks after they enroll for classes.

To order your textbooks please visit our University Store Website. Use the class numbers from your class schedule to find books for each of your classes.