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Dixie State University is a comprehensive public university dedicated to rigorous learning and the enrichment of its students and community's professional and personal lives by providing opportunities that engage the unique Southern Utah environment and resources.
As a regional state university, we promote our campus-wide learning culture by providing our students with rigorous instruction and personalized attention delivered by a talented roster of highly trained and educated faculty. We are proud to offer nearly 60 undergraduate programs and 25 highly sought after bachelor degree programs. As part of our mission, Dixie State has also maintained its role as a community college in providing several educational and vocational opportunities to our students.
Many of our graduates have left Dixie to begin exciting careers or have advanced to further their studies at some of the best graduate, medical, engineering, and law schools. Shortly, Dixie State will add several new four-year degree programs and will begin offering master's degree programs in various courses of study that will enhance not only our University standing but also the community we serve.
We embrace and celebrate a culture of values. We take pride in fostering a spirit of service, citizenship, diversity, ethics, and collaboration – all of which are hallmarks of a real university.
In addition to the valuable education and training you will receive in the classroom, our students enjoy an incredible array of activity options that genuinely enrich the college experience. DSU offers several extracurricular activities, including several lecture and forum series, cultural arts, weekly on-campus events, and more than 70 clubs and organizations that foster a sense of belonging and school pride.
Our Dixie State Athletics program is a proud competing member of the NCAA at the Division II level, with league affiliations with the Pacific West and Great Northwest Athletic conferences. Our student-athletes excel in the classroom and play, where they have won several conference titles and are nationally-ranked annually.DSU also features an ever-growing intramural program that promotes physical fitness and the mind's fitness, which is a critical component in any learning environment.
We are fortunate that Dixie State is arguably one of the most picturesque settings globally. Several national and state parks and other outdoor recreational opportunities are located just minutes from campus. You can enjoy studying outside year-round as we offer at least 300 days of sunshine and average temperatures in the 70s.
Our community is served well by our graduates. Since its founding in 1911, Dixie State and the St. George community have grown together and have supported each other through both prosperous and lean times. St. George is our "University Town," and DSU is the community's university, and united through the Dixie Spirit, together WE ARE DIXIE.
Our goal is to provide prospective students, parents, and counselors information about higher education opportunities at Dixie State University. Our department is centered on students' needs, and we will do everything possible to provide programs and services to address such needs. Be a part of the DSU family by completing your admissions today.
This is an exciting time to be at Dixie! We currently offer 52 bachelor's degrees with 65 different emphases and 19 associate's degrees, 36 minors, and 16 certificate options. More competitive programs are on the way. Whatever your degree choices, you will find that we offer you a personalized education – delivered by our highly professional and competent faculty who care deeply about you and your success.
When students arrive at Dixie State University campus in St. George, Utah, they can enjoy an inviting landscape with fountains and statues, athletic fields, two gymnasiums, and many well-equipped classroom buildings, computer laboratories, two theaters, an art gallery, two concert halls, dormitories and a student center with a food court, a book store and a dance hall. A sound library is at the center of campus, with a park on each side. There are two other parks, the Encampment Mall and the O. C. Tanner Fountain Plaza. It is a walking campus with parking for cars on the perimeter. Above all, there are professors, about 175 of them plus adjunct teachers, and vibrant students—about 10,000. Together they are engaged in the excitement of learning.
This is quite a contrast to the site's initial condition in 1963 when the enrollment was 385 college students. They had just moved to the new campus from the one downtown built-in 1911. When they arrived at the 700 South location for the new college, there was no landscaping or parking, no student center or athletic fields. Girls recall that they wore tennis shoes to get through the dust to the buildings—the Gym, the Fine Arts Center, the first phase of the Science Building, and Home Economics building—then they changed to regular shoes and carried the rubber ones. The Shilo Dorm, a small cafeteria, and a furnace were also in place. It took a decade for the students, townspeople, faculty, and staff to plant grass and trees—what a change today—and what changes are coming in the future.
The story of Dixie University on the old campus includes two decades of belonging to the LDS Church system of academies from 1911 to 1933. During that time, about 25 faculty members taught high school juniors and seniors and first-year college students and sophomores on the four-building campus in the town square.
During those years, a tradition was begun to involve the students in college government and a vibrant social life–dances, clubs, choirs, band, orchestra, theater, field trips, debate team trips, and painting the "D" on the hill. Athletics were significant on both the high school and college levels, and the teams were both called "Flyers." The colors were blue and white, and they traveled to meet teams at Snow College, Ricks, Weber, Cedar City, and even Eastern Arizona.
In 1926 the LDS Church decided to close most of its academies because public high schools were coming into existence. The church chose to create high school seminaries next to them instead of maintaining their academies. By 1933 it became Dixie's turn to be closed. It was a traumatic crisis for the southern Utah community. Delicate negotiations with the state legislature made it possible to transfer the college to the state in 1935, but the local citizens had to pay the costs of keeping the college alive from 1933 to 1935. They did that through donations and labor, continuing the tradition of supporting the college.
In 1935 the State Board of Education took over financing the college and high school. There were about 200 college students and about the same number of high school students. The board wanted the two split, with the high school coming under the direction of Washington County. The community resisted. They felt they needed the two to provide a good-sized student body for the many social and academic programs. Also, the county did not have the funds to build a new high school.
There were a couple of close calls between 1935 and 1963 when various state leaders proposed closing the college. However, they were outmaneuvered because the local citizens were doggedly loyal to the college and willing to donate to keep it alive. Finally, the local citizens, notably the Dixie Education Association, raised funds to purchase four land blocks on 700 East and 100 South for a new campus. They presented that land to the state that, in turn, agreed to fund a few buildings for a new campus there. In 1957 the gymnasium was finished, and by 1963, four other buildings were ready for college students with the high school students remaining on the downtown campus.

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