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Dakota State University

Madison, SD


  • Type
    4-year • Public
  • Campus Life
    Small • Rural
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Dakota State University is a small, 4-year, public university. This coed college is located in a suburban community in a rural setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

From the Institution

Dakota State University (DSU) is located in Madison, S.D. Founded in 1881 as a teacher training institution or "normal" school, DSU now offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs through its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Systems, Computer and Cyber Sciences, and Education. DSU has a special focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies, and cyber security in all areas of human endeavor. DSU has received multiple Center of Academic Excellence designations in education, research, and as a regional resource development. DSU is home to the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs ), a cyber R&D hub with labs and institutes that explore and advance technology application, workforce development, business expansion, economic growth, and policy improvement across multiple disciplines and fields. The Paulson Cyber Incubation and Entrepreneurial Center opened in 2021 in the Entrepreneurial Center, providing a tech-transfer, entrepreneurship, and business start-up center to work with both intellectual property from the Madison Cyber Labs and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) Club on campus. For more information, contact, 605-270-3816, or visit the DSU website at

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March 1
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