Dixie State University (DSU or, colloquially, Dixie) is a public university in St. George, Utah, in the state's Dixie region. The university offers 4 master's degrees, 45 bachelor's degrees, 11 associate degrees, 44 minors, and 23 certificates/endorsements. In the fall of 2019, there were 11,193 students enrolled at DSU and the university had an 80% acceptance rate. The student body was 56% female and 44% male and DSU was among the top three institutions for diversity in the state of Utah with 23% 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. Until 2000, it was a two-year junior college named Dixie College. In 2000 the institution was renamed Dixie State College. In February 2013 the school officially became Dixie State University. In November 2021, after controversy over the use of the term "Dixie" in the school's name, the state legislature approved a bill that would allow the school to become Utah Tech University. The school plans to start using the name in July 2022.
DSU's 15 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I and are collectively known as the Dixie State Trailblazers. The Trailblazers football team joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2016, and the Women's Swimming team competes in the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference, but DSU's 13 other teams belong to the PacWest Conference. Dixie State announced that the university will reclassify to NCAA Division I and join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) beginning in the 2020–2021 season. As the WAC does not sponsor football, Dixie State's football program will compete as a FCS independent.
Dixie State University Coaches and Staff
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