Freshman Admission

Incoming freshman are encouraged to complete the application process between September and January for the following Fall Semester or by November for the following Spring Semester to ensure their application and paperwork can be completed in a timely manner. Please note it may take two to three weeks from the date all materials are received to process an application. Applicants can expect an admission decision by mail.

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. Admission decisions are based on your total high school record.

Applicants must complete the following high school college preparatory courses (one unit equals one year of study):

  • 4 units of English

  • 3 units of mathematics (at the level of algebra 1 and above)

  • 3 units of laboratory science, including at least 1 unit each in 2 or more of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, or physical science. 

  • 3 units of social science

In addition to fulfilling the college preparatory courses, grade point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT scores are considered in evaluating an application. The general guidelines used in making admission decisions include a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (4.0 scale). An ACT composite score of 18 or higher or SAT score (math and reading) of 870 or higher is recommended. Students who do not meet these guidelines will be considered if other supporting factors show potential for success.

Dickinson State University will accept the General Education Development (GED) certificate from applicants 19 or older. For students testing prior to 2002, an average of 45 and subject scores no lower than 40 are required. Students testing in 2002 or later must present an overall average score of 450 with no subject score lower than 410.