Dickinson State ranked No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report's best public universities in the Midwest

Dickinson State University makes list of best public universities in the Midwest
Dickinson State ranked No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report's best public universities in the Midwest. Photo by Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON — The U.S. News & World Report released its 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, and Dickinson State University ranked No. 7 for Top Public Schools – Regional Colleges (Midwest).

The accolade marks the seventh consecutive year that U.S. News has included DSU in its list of top colleges.

“It is important to not take these rankings too seriously, as it is difficult to factor all the differences among universities,” Steve Easton, president of Dickinson State University, said. “But it is still nice to be so highly ranked. We work hard at DSU to provide an amazing range of experiences for our students both in and beyond the classroom, at a very low cost.”

The ranking comes in a year when DSU has made significant progress on a handful of projects aimed at improving the quality of education and life on campus.

The university recently updated key stakeholders and members of the general public on the progress made over the previous year during an annual State of the University address on Monday, Aug. 15.


In 2022, Dickinson State moved its Theodore Roosevelt Center from the basement of the Stoxen Library to Pulver Hall, which will include a model of Roosevelt's office and personal library at Sagamore Hill.

Among the many firsts for DSU, the university recently received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a master’s degree in athletics. The newly developed Master of Sport Administration aims to prepare highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent higher ed. graduates to advance their coaching or athletic administration professions.

“We are proud of the combination of opportunity and value at Dickinson State,” Easton said. “It is good to see that others recognize that winning combination.”

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Dr. Stephen Easton, President of Dickinson State University.
Photo courtesy of Dickinson State University

A recognized leader in college and graduate school rankings, U.S. News, in its 38th year of ranking colleges, evaluated 1,500 U.S. bachelor's degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality such as student-faculty ratio and the average federal loan debt of graduates.

Additionally, the media company also lists information schools reported to them directly including academic majors offered, application requirements, tuition and financial aid policies, student body demographics and campus life.

Based on these criteria, Dickinson State University stood out as an institution offering certificate, associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs, all designed to meet the needs of the region.

To learn more about DSU’s educational programming, visit

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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