Dixie State University is a public comprehensive university located in St George, Utah. The university offers 48 bachelor’s degrees, 19 associate’s degrees, 36 minors, and 15 certificates/endorsements. As of Fall 2016, there were 8,993 students enrolled at DSU, and the university has a 100% acceptance rate. The student body is 53% female and 47% male, and DSU is in the top three for diversity in the state of Utah, with 22.3% of the student body being minority students.
The institution began as St George Stake Academy, founded in 1911 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church). Later it became a state school of the Utah System of Higher Education. In February 2013, the former Dixie State College (DSC), as it had been known since 2000, officially became Dixie State University.
Dixie State University’s nickname is the Trailblazers, with Brooks the Bison serving as school Mascot. School colors are red, white and blue. Sports affiliations: NCAA Division II – Pacific West
The Hurricane Education Center (HEC) is located at 112 South 700 West in Hurricane, Utah. The facility contains 7 classrooms including a computer classroom and nursing assistant laboratory classroom. The facility hosts an average of 10 courses per semester with around 300 enrollees’. The HEC serves as the official location for the POST Academy (Peace Officer Standards & Training) for Southern Utah and is also the official state skills testing site for the DSU Nursing Assistant program. The facility also has a Testing Center for students enrolled in HEC courses as well as courses from the main campus for students who live in or around the Hurricane Valley area.
Lead by Director Chris Gifford, the DSU Hurricane Education Center was honored as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce September 2019 Business of the Month.
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