Dixie State University
Established in 1911 and built on the site of the first pioneer encampment in St. George, Dixie State College of Utah strives to help students to define, shape and achieve educational and life goals. Dixie State College is dedicated to providing personalized and excellent teaching in a learning environment where all students can become passionate about their individual educational endeavors.
In a recent study conducted by USNews.com, Dixie State College was ranked first in the state of Utah among public higher education institutions and third-nationally in terms of lowest in-state tuition and fees costs in the 2005-06 academic year. The study included 459 public four-year colleges and universities across the country. In addition, DSC was ranked first in the state and 59th-overall in out-of-state tuition and fees, and was tops in Utah and 12th-nationally in room and board costs.
Dixie State College is a community college that offers associate degrees and certificate programs, but has also offered a limited number of high demand baccalaureate programs since 2000. DSC now offers a number of baccalaureate programs in core or foundational areas consistent with four-year colleges.
A Full Roster Of Programs
Currently, Dixie State College students can earn baccalaureate degrees in 11 areas of study. Recently, Dixie State added four-year degrees in accounting, aviation management, communication, dental hygiene and integrated studies. Students can also earn bachelor's degrees in biology, business administration, with emphasis in accounting, finance and visual technology, as well as computer & information technology, criminal justice (through Southern Utah University), elementary education, English and nursing. Dixie State's new mission will pave the way to more and more bachelor's degrees in the coming years.
Dixie State is home to some of the top health science programs in the state, including a nursing program that consistently achieves one of the highest student pass rates among all programs in Utah on the RN licensor exams, and a dental hygiene program that consistently scores among the top-10 percent in the nation on board exams, including the fourth-highest pass rate on the 2007 National Board Exam at 93.3 percent. DSC's dental hygiene program also posted a No. 1 ranking in 2004 and a national runner-up finish in 2006.
DSC recently christened its new home for its allied health programs as the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, a 78,000 square foot facility located on St. George's Dixie Regional Medical Center's campus.
Dixie State also offers a wide variety of associate degrees and certificate programs, including a number of health science and business as well as a number of adult education opportunities. The Institute for Continued Learning (ICL) is also available for retired and semi-retired individuals, as is the DSC Elderhostel program.
Cultural And Business Enhancements
Community involvement is a key ingredient to the success of Dixie State College. DSC provides many cultural opportunities for the community, many of which are now featured in the college's new state-of-the-art Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center. The College also sponsors a Celebrity Concert Series, the annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show, the Tanner Amphitheater Summer Concert Series at the mouth of nearby Zion National Park, and the Southwest Symphony and Chorale. DSC has also forged partnerships with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir and the St. George Musical Theater (SGMT). For information on tickets, call (435) 652-7800.
The Dixie Business Alliance and the Washington County Economic Development Council, which offers a number of services to area businesses, are headquartered on the DSC campus.
Dixie State College Athletics are a proud competing member of the NCAA at the Division II competition level. In 2007-08, Dixie State began play in the Pacific West Conference, which includes teams from Hawaii, California and Arizona. In addition, the DSC football team joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) for the 2008 season, which features programs from California, Oregon and Washington.
At the NJCAA level, Dixie State's athletic programs consistently enjoyed time in the national spotlight. Since 2000, the college's athletic teams have won four junior college national championships in women's soccer (2000/2003), men's basketball (2002) and baseball (2004).