Dakota State University

Motto: Embrace Innovation

Type: Public university

Established:March 5, 1881; 141 years ago

Academic affiliations: Space-grant

Endowment: $16.2 million

President: José-Marie Griffiths

Students :3,307

Undergraduates :2,962

Postgraduates: 345

Location: Madison, South Dakota, U.S.
44.01229°44.01229°N 97.11285°W

Dakota State University (DSU) is a public university in Madison, South Dakota. The school was founded in 1881 as a normal school or teacher training school.

Education is still the university’s heritage mission, but a signature mission of technology was added by the state legislature in 1984 to specialize in “programs in computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs.”


Dakota State University was founded in 1881, eight years before South Dakota became a state. It has been through several name changes:

1881—Madison Normal School or Dakota State Normal, and was the first school dedicated to training teachers in the Dakota Territory.

1902—Madison State Normal School

1921—Eastern State Normal School was officially adopted: changed to Eastern State Teachers College in 1927.

1947—General Beadle State Teachers College, after the school’s third president William Henry Harrison Beadle (1889–1905); amended to General Beadle State College in 1964.

1969—Dakota State College

1989—Dakota State University, to reflect the addition of graduate programs.

The university’s homecoming celebration has also undergone several name changes, first Pioneer Day (1922), then Eastern Frontier Day in 1923 (changed because another state’s normal schools were using Pioneer Day), Eastern Day (1924-1954), Tutor Day (1955-1970’s), and now Trojan Days.

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Is Dakota State University a d1 school?

With 19 sports competing at the NCAA Division I level, the Jackrabbits have claimed 34 regular and postseason league championships in eight different sports since 2009-10.

What is Dakota State University known for?

The most popular majors at Dakota State University include: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Education; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services.