Dixie State University

Trailblazer Nation

Established over a century ago in 1911 and built on the site of the first pioneer encampment in St. George, Utah, Dixie State University offers an affordable education in a fantastic climate amid the picturesque setting of Washington County’s red rocks.

Dixie State University is a premier open-enrollment teaching institution that offers a great value with 200 academic programs at one of the lowest tuition costs in the Western United States.

The University was built upon a rich pioneering tradition of sacrifice, determination and generosity that is still embraced by the campus community today. With the motto “active learning. active life.” Dixie State provides personalized and engaged learning experiences under the direction of skilled and devoted faculty and staff and is on the forefront of technology, health education, and entrepreneurship and incorporates cutting-edge learning practices across all disciplines.

Students graduate prepared for rewarding careers and enriched lives. Outside of the classroom, students become involved in the community and are shaped through civic engagement and service learning and enjoy the unparalleled opportunities for an active life that accompany DSU’s location, which is set in a beautiful, world-renowned destination.


Dixie State University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university featuring active and applied learning to advance students’ knowledge and skills while fostering competent, resilient, lifelong learners to succeed in their careers and personal lives as creators, innovators, and responsible citizens.


Dixie State University aspires to be a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university distinguished through an ethos of innovation and entrepreneurship and the achievement of exceptional student learning and success.

Core Themes

Learning: Preparing knowledgeable and competent active learners, by delivering excellent teaching in a student-centered environment.
Engagement: Maintaining active involvement and positive collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and the community to foster economic and community development, facilitating educational, cultural and recreational enrichment.
Opportunity: Valuing inclusion, access, diversity, equity, service and citizenship


  • Academic Distinction: Excellence as an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university that distinguishes DSU from other universities
  • Student Learning and Success: Achievement of learning outcomes and the attainment of an academic award or other educational goal, including holistic personal development
  • Equity and Inclusion: A safe, tolerant and welcoming community with diverse identities, ideas, and beliefs who collaborate and learn through open and civil discourse
  • Purposeful Discovery: Creative thinking and acting across boundaries to solve complex problems both individually and collaboratively
  • Collaborative Culture: An open culture grounded on principles of honesty, integrity, sharing, transparency, accountability, mutual respect, and freedom of inquiry
  • Public Service: Effective leadership of civic, educational, economic, and cultural entities and initiatives to transform communities
  • Local and Global Resources: Mutually beneficial partnerships that engage and integrate local and global resources into learning experiences, with a special emphasis on southern Utah
  • Innovation and Responsiveness: Responsive to local and regional needs and opportunities through institutional innovation and entrepreneurship