University Offices

Accessibility Services (May Hall 209B)

Students needing accommodations related to a disability that substantially limits one or more daily life activities, such as learning, may contact the Accessibility Coordinator for assistance. Students with disabilities may be requested to provide documentation from an appropriate professional to verify the nature and/or impact of their disability. The Accessibility Coordinator will work to assist students in attaining academic, career, and personal goals. Services may include, but are not limited to: testing accommodations, alternate format of text, note-taking services, and adjustments in classroom or housing arrangements.

For more information on how to register for services, visit the Accessibility Services webpage.

Alumni and Family Associations

The Alumni Association was organized by the first graduating class at Dickinson Normal School in 1920. Since then, the Alumni Association promotes unity for the graduating classes while aiding and supporting the University. The goal of the Alumni Association is to foster the love of the graduates for their alma mater. The Alumni Association has a committee of proud Dickinson State University graduates that helps in the planning of events for alumni and friends.

The Family Association is a way to communicate with families of current students enrolled at Dickinson State University. It was organized in 2018 and serves as a way for family members to encourage their child to attend the events on campus. From Family Day to Commencement, DSU likes to see family members on campus supporting their loved ones.

For more information on the Alumni and Family Associations, please visit the DSU Heritage Foundation website.

Business Office (May Hall 212)

Dickinson State University provides bills electronically. Students will not receive a paper copy of their tuition and fee billing. An e-bill will be sent to students’ campus email address on the first business day of each month. Students should review their account on a regular basis to ensure their account is paid in full and all transactions are accurate.

To view your account balance:

  1. Log into Campus Connection
  2. Enter User ID and password
  3. Click on the Campus Finances tab
  4. Pay online now

For more information and ways to pay visit the Business Affairs webpage.

Campus Activities and Programming (Student Center 113)

Located within the Office of Campus Life, the Campus Activities Coordinator works to provide, social, cultural, and educational opportunities that promote student involvement outside of the classroom for all students. The Campus Activities Coordinator works to help produce the Weekend of Welcome, Homecoming Week, and a wide variety of programming for students.

The Campus Activities Board is a student activity fee-based organization that provides education and social programs on campus for the student population.

DSU Student Senate is an elected group of students within the student body chosen to govern the students of DSU.

All undergraduate clubs must be approved by the Student Senate and must complete all deadlines required to remain active. Information is available in the DSU Student Senate Constitution, Article VII (located on the website) or in the Office of Campus Life (Student Center 113).

Campus Life (Student Center 113)

The Office of Campus Life strives to provide students with comfortable and dynamic places in which to live and learn. A variety of educational, cultural, and social programs are presented to enhance the on-campus experience. Campus Life staff work with students to create an environment that promotes personal growth, providing a sense of community, and encouraging academic excellence.

Areas within the Office of Campus Life include residence life, dining services, campus programming, and student conduct.

See DSU Student Code of Conduct

Residence Life

For the 2022-2023 academic year, DSU will operate five residential housing spaces:

  1. Delong Hall—suite style residence hall
  2. Pulver Hall—suite style residence hall (newly remodeled, single rooms, and air conditioned)
  3. Selke Hall—traditional style residence hall
  4. Woods Hall—traditional style residence hall
  5. Main Campus Apartments

Photos of Delong, Selke, and Woods may be found at the following links:

  1. Delong Hall Photo Gallery
  2. Pulver Hall
  3. Selke Hall Photo Gallery
  4. Woods Hall Photo Gallery
  5. Main Campus Apartments

Dining Services

DSU contracts with Sodexo Dining Services to provide a quality dining experience for our campus community. The Perch Dining Hall is located on the lower level of the Student Center. Sodexo Dining Services may be reached at 701-483-2014.

Counseling & Health Services (Stickney Hall 120)

Counseling Services

The counseling office provides confidential counseling services to students enrolled at the University. The counseling office supports students regarding behavioral health, personal issues, and academic concerns. The counselor is available from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, during the fall and spring semesters.

The counseling office offers short-term counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and referrals to community resources. The counseling office also provides educational opportunities to faculty, staff, and students regarding a variety of topics related to well-being, prevention, intervention, and behavioral health.

Health Services

Health Services is available to give prompt service to students in need of health care. Services are available to all registered students. A registered nurse is on duty from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, during the fall and spring semesters.

All students entering Dickinson State University born after January 1, 1957, will be required to show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunity can be shown by having taken MMR vaccines or blood levels showing immunity. Immunization records must be signed by an authorized health official. Proof of medical contradiction to the immunization requirement or a signed statement of religious or philosophical beliefs are the only exemptions to this requirement. All students living in the residence halls age 21 or younger must also show proof of vaccination against meningitis.

Student Health Insurance

A student plan for health insurance, chosen by the North Dakota University System, is available for purchase for those students not covered under family plans.

Financial Aid (May Hall 111)

Students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. If a student needs assistance applying for federal financial aid, they should stop in the Financial Aid office located in May Hall, Room 111, or call (701) 483-2371 or toll free 1-800-279-HAWK (4295).

DISCLAIMER: Any part of the following financial aid information is subject to change without notice.

Who may Apply

Students applying for federal financial aid must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need (as determined by the federal financial aid analysis process), except for some loan programs;
  • Have a high school diploma, or a recognized equivalent such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under State law;
  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program;
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress;
  • Not be in default or owe a repayment on a Student Financial Assistance grant or loan; and
  • Not have been convicted under Federal or State law of possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal aid.

How to Apply

Students must submit an application called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed online at

Students and one parent (if providing parent information) should obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID allows students (and parents) to sign the FAFSA electronically, to access, or to correct the processed FAFSA information. Apply for an FSA ID at

When completing the application, students must indicate Dickinson State University as a college they plan to attend. The code for Dickinson State University is 002989.

By completing the FAFSA application, students will automatically be considered for federal, state, and campus-based financial aid programs.

When to Apply

The FAFSA application must be completed each year a student seeks federal financial aid. To ensure full access to all available financial aid programs, students should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 for the following school year. Priority consideration for the North Dakota State Grant is given to those who have their FAFSA submitted as soon as possible and pending the availability of funds. Priority consideration for campus-based aid (Federal Work Study and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant) is given to those who have their FAFSA submitted by April 15 and pending the availability of funds.

Late applications for financial aid will be accepted; however, funding may be limited to programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) Loans, and/or Federal Parent Direct PLUS Loans.

Summer Financial Aid: Students must be enrolled in at least one credit for a Pell Grant, if applicable, or six or more credit hours to be eligible for other federal financial aid such as loans or work study. Some students may use their full annual federal aid limits during the fall/spring semesters and therefore, may not have financial aid funds available for summer. Alternative (private) loans may be available for students enrolled in less than six credits.

Students will automatically be awarded if they have submitted an eligible FAFSA, but there are many circumstances that determine this.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to check on your summer financial aid status.

How Financial Aid is Determined

After completion of the FAFSA, students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) and the school whose code is listed will receive an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). The SAR/ISIR contains an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, which is needed to determine financial aid eligibility. Financial Aid uses the cost of education (tuition, fees, room, board, books, and other related expenses) minus the EFC number and other resources to determine the student’s financial need. The cost of attendance may be adjusted by submitting a Special Circumstance Form or by submitting a Child Care Request form. Both forms are available in the Financial Aid office or on the forms page of the website. The FAFSA may provide eligible applicants the following federal awards: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, North Dakota State Grant, Federal Work Study, Nursing Student Loan, and Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans.

Grants are gifts of money that do not have to be repaid. Loans are financial aid monies that must be repaid.

DSU Scholarships

Scholarships are gifts of money recognizing students on the basis of academic achievement, special skills, or other criteria.

  • Waivers or Institutional Aid: Dickinson State University has developed a well-rounded program of institutional aid to assist students in their quest for a college education. Each student is given personal consideration, and an attempt is made to fit the financial aid package to the student's need. Dickinson State University's Institutional Aid Policy is posted on the website. This policy addresses the parameters that govern: Blue Hawk Talon Tuition Waivers, Cultural Diversity Tuition Waivers, Fine Arts Tuition Waivers, Spouse or Dependent Tuition Waivers, DSU Rodeo Awards, Institutional Waivers, Senior Citizen Waivers, Housing Waivers, and Presidential Scholarship.
  • Heritage Foundation Scholarships/Awards: These scholarships/awards are supported by gifts from friends and alumni of the University. Students complete a scholarship application online during the designated time frame. Foundation scholarships and awards will be disbursed in two allotments for the fall and spring semesters. Contact the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation for current listings. An external (outside the University) list of scholarships is available on the Financial Aid webpage.

How Financial Aid is Disbursed

Students must meet admissions, attendance, and satisfactory academic progress requirements prior to receiving financial aid. All loans, grants, scholarships, and work study awards are subject to change, depending on enrollment status, other resources, participation criteria, and availability of funds. If attending the academic year, grants, scholarships, and loans will be disbursed in two allotments during the period of time for which the student is enrolled. Aid is disbursed each semester during the fee payment date and thereafter. Fee payment date information can be obtained at the Financial Aid office or from Business Affairs. The students’ accounts will be credited and any excess aid will be disbursed by Business Affairs.

The Department of Education or Dickinson State University may require students, through a process called verification, to document the information provided on their financial aid application. If the applicant does not provide the requested documentation, federal aid funds will not be disbursed.

Students are required to repay any financial aid received as a result of inaccurate information. Any person who intentionally misrepresents facts on the application violates federal law and may be subject to a $20,000 fine and/or imprisonment.

Notification of Financial Aid

Students will be notified of their financial aid by an Award Notice either electronically or by mail. Students must electronically accept/decline their award(s) on Campus Connection: Student Center > Financial Aid > Accept/Decline Awards, before disbursement will be made.

Students must notify Financial Aid of changes in enrollment status or of additional resources received. Students enrolled in 6, 7, or 8 credits are considered half-time. Students enrolled in 9, 10, or 11 credits are considered ¾ time. Students enrolled in 12 or more credits are considered full-time.

Other Information

  • PURCHASING BOOKS: The Dickinson State University Store allows students who have been awarded financial aid with no outstanding charges to purchase books and supplies and charge them to their Dickinson State University account. Students are not required to purchase their books and supplies at the University Store. If students choose to opt out of this option they must have another method of payment or wait until financial aid is disbursed and excess funds are available. Students who choose to opt out may purchase course materials from sources other than the University Store.
  • REPEATED COURSES: If a student has failed a course, the course can be repeated indefinitely and still be counted in the enrollment status for financial aid purposes. Once a student has passed a course, it can only be repeated ONE time and be counted in enrollment status for financial aid purposes. Subsequent repeats are counted as hours attempted; however, they are not eligible to be included in enrollment status for financial aid purposes.
  • WITHDRAWAL/LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM INSTITUTION: A student who finds it necessary to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University must submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form located in Campus Connection. Students who withdraw from the University may not be completing 66 2/3% of the cumulative credit hours attempted; therefore, students may be disqualified from federal financial aid and would need an approved appeal to have the aid reinstated.
  • REFUND/RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS: Federal regulations require all institutions to develop a policy which determines the amount of Title IV grant or loan assistance that a student has earned as of the student’s withdrawal date. A refund of institutional charges or the percentage of Title IV aid earned for a student, who withdraws from Dickinson State University is calculated through the 60% point in an enrollment period. Unearned funds must be returned in the order specified by law. A detailed refund schedule is available from Business Affairs.
  • SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS: To be eligible for Federal Student Aid, the U.S. Department of Education requires all Dickinson State University degree (or eligible certificate) seeking students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP requirements apply to all terms, including summer, and to (both aid and non-aid recipient) students, regardless of enrollment status. SAP requirements are determined based on the grade point average (GPA) that a student must achieve at each evaluation and pace of progression (to ensure completion within the 66 2/3% maximum time frame). [NOTE: Incompletes, withdrawals, repetitions, and transfer hours accepted toward completion of a student’s program count as hours attempted.]
  • GPA: In order to meet the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress with respect to GPA, a student will need to have an academic standing consistent with the requirement for graduation from their program at the end of the first, second, and third semesters. Students who do not have 2.0 GPA at the end of the first or second term will receive an information letter; students who do not have a 2.0 GPA at the end of the third term will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. Students may continue to receive aid for one payment period; no appeal is necessary.
    • At the end of the fourth semester of attendance, a student must have a 2.0 or better GPA regardless of enrollment status or program. The student’s cumulative GPA (including transfer credits) will be used to determine eligibility. Students who do not have a 2.0 GPA will be placed on *Financial Aid Disqualification.
  • GRADUATE GPA: Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of each semester.
  • PACE: In order to meet the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress with respect to credits attempted, students must complete 66 2/3% of the credits they attempt. This percentage will be calculated for cumulative credits (including transfer credits). For example: The maximum time frame for an associate degree program is (64 credit hours x 150%) 96 credits; 64/96 is the pace of 66 2/3%. The maximum time frame for a bachelor degree program is (128 credit hours x 150%) 192 credits; 128/192 is the pace of 66 2/3%. The maximum time frame for two four-year/double degree (not double major) program is (160 credit hours x 150%) 240 credits or as per catalog. The maximum time frame for a graduate program is (34 credit hours x 150% = 51 credits); 34/51 is the pace of 66 2/3%.
    • Students need to complete 66 2/3% of the cumulative credits attempted, regardless of enrollment status or program.
    • Students who are approaching the maximum time frame will receive an information letter. Students who do not complete 66 2/3% credits attempted will be placed on *Financial Aid Disqualification.
  • UNOFFICIAL WITHDRAWALS (all F’s or I’s): Students who receive all failing grades or Incompletes in a given term will be automatically placed on *Financial Aid Disqualification.
    • Appeal Process: Students who have been placed on Financial Aid Disqualification due to an extenuating circumstance (i.e., a medical condition, military service, etc.) may appeal by requesting a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. The form is available by contacting Financial Aid or on the forms page of the website. Appeals are evaluated on an individual basis. If it is determined that the student will be able to meet GPA and/or PACE standards by the end of the next payment period, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation, and the student may receive aid for one payment period. A student who changed majors may reach maximum time frame; the student may appeal with a Plan of Study. If an appeal is denied, the student may apply for a private loan; eligibility will be reinstated after requirements are met.
    • *Financial Aid Disqualification means no longer eligible for all federal aid and most other types of aid. (This is not the same as academic suspension.) Federal Student Aid includes Pell Grant, Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH Grant, Work Study, Direct Loans, and Direct Parent (PLUS) Loan. Nursing Student Loan, most institutional aid, and other agencies, such as Vocational Rehabilitation, the ND State Grant, and several private/alternative loans also require students to maintain SAP.
    • For the full Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, please visit the Financial Aid website.

For more information visit the Financial Aid webpage.

Information Technology Services (May Hall 7)

Computer Use Procedure

The Dickinson State University Computer Use Procedure will incorporate all the items in the SBHE Policy 1202.1 – Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy as being automatically a part of the campus procedure.

Use of computer lab machines will be restricted to faculty, staff, and students. Each user will authenticate with their Campus Connection credentials.

Guest use (non-student, non-staff, and non-faculty) of campus computers will be restricted to the designated computers in Stoxen Library.

University users engaged in inappropriate use will be referred to appropriate units for hearings and/or disciplines: students to the Dean of Students and faculty/staff to immediate supervisor or unit head.

No food or beverage will be allowed in the computer labs at any time.

All wiring for data circuits in campus buildings must be authorized by Information Technology Services before it can be connected to the campus LAN backbone.

Wireless access points, hubs, and routers connected to the campus network must be authorized by ITS.

Procedures may include registration and/or authorization before devices access the network. If a device or user poses a threat or disruption it may be necessary to block the device or user or isolate network segments. Examples include unauthorized uses or unauthorized users, device may not meet requirements, or the device poses a threat to the network due to vulnerabilities, compromises, incompatibilities or other reasons.

It is a violation of this procedure for any user to add or delete any application on lab computers.

Electronic Device Policy

The use by students of all electronic devices (cell phones, translators, calculators, recorders, MP3 layers, and watches with data processing capabilities, or any other such device) is prohibited in classrooms especially during exams, unless expressly permitted by the course instructor. Students needing special accommodations will be exempt from this policy if the need for using the electronic device is certified through the Office of Accessibility Services.

Email Policy for Students

Electronic mail sent to and received from Dickinson State University (DSU) or another North Dakota University System (NDUS) supported email service is an official means by which the University communicates with students. The official email address will be in the form DSU exercises the right to send e-mail communication to students using the official email address and expects that e-mail communication is received and read by students in a timely manner. The official email address must also be set to the preferred email address in Campus Connection. More information on this policy can be found in DSU Policy 1901.2.001.

For more information, please visit the Information Technology Services webpage.

Library Servcies (Stoxen Library)

Stoxen Library offers over 89,000 print resources which includes books, magazines, journals, newspapers, and maps. The collection includes physical copies of DVD’s, videocassettes, and CDs. The library website provides access to over 25,000 e-books as well as online databases with licensed full-text, electronic content. The library provides access to desktop and laptop computers for use in the library, and Wi-Fi connection for personal devices. Laptops are available for extended loan periods for out of library use. Printers (including a color printer), two scanners, and a copier are also available. A student ID card is required to check out materials.

Stoxen Library is a member of ODIN, the Online Dakota Information Network, which is made up of North Dakota libraries, as well as OCLC, the world’s largest network of libraries. Resources that are not available in the Stoxen Library collection can often be obtained through these interlibrary loan networks.

For more information, please visit our website: Stoxen Library

Mailroom (Student Center)

The mailroom is located by the loading dock, north side of the Student Center.

To request a campus mailbox, please stop by Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Students will need their current student ID card.

Student mailing addresses on campus are:

Student Name
Student Mailbox Number
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

Students may send and receive mail and packages. USPS, FedEx, and UPS all provide service to DSU.

Student Center (900 Campus Drive)

The Student Center is a welcoming and inclusive meeting place for all members of the University community—students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests. The Student Center provides for the services, conveniences, and amenities members of the University community need in their daily lives on campus and for getting to know and understand one another through informal association outside the classroom.

Facilities housed in the Student Center are:

  1. Lower Level: E-sports, Student Senate office, Blue Hawk Hub, The Perch Dining Hall, and the Sanford Health Multi-Purpose Facility
  2. Upper Level: Ballroom, Information Center, Mailroom, Movie Theater, Office of Campus Life, Campus Safety, and University Store.

Student Opportunity and Resource (SOAR) Center (May Hall, Second Floor)

The SOAR Center provides a variety of learning services to support students, faculty, and staff in academic excellence at Dickinson State University. The SOAR Center works collaboratively to enhance the mission of DSU through high-quality and accessible programs while promoting excellence in learning and supporting scholarly activities. Services available to students include accessibility services, advising, testing services, tutoring services, and career services.

For more information visit the Academic Resources webpage.

University Store (located across from Campus Safety Office)

The University Store provides a convenient location to purchase DSU related clothing and logo items, as well as office and art supplies, textbooks, and gift items.

During finals week, each semester, the store is open to purchase textbooks that have value in the used textbook market. Prices paid by the store vary from less than 10% of the new price to 50% of the new price depending on various factors.

Visit the University Store online.