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Dakota Wesleyan University is a nonprofit private college that has a large selection of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Mitchell, SD, in a predominantly rural area. The United Methodist affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. The school's small size in terms of enrollment, about 770 students, allows students to have a more hands on education due to the number of students per class and easier access to professors and faculty.
Areas of study offered at Dakota Wesleyan University include:
- Health And Clinical Professions
- Business And Marketing Studies
- Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by admissions officials. Most students accepted to Dakota Wesleyan University achieve an SAT score within the range of 710 - 1160, or an ACT score within the range of 17 - 25. 76% of those who apply are admitted to this school, of which 42 percent choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found at dwu.edu.
Tuition is approximately $23,000 for the year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. The price of on-campus housing is about $3,100 for the year. Students enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University may qualify for aid which is usually scholarships, grants, and loans.
The Dakota Wesleyan University "Tigers" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NAIA. Available athletic programs offered may include:
- Baseball (NAIA Division II)
- Basketball (NAIA Division II)
- Football (NAIA Division II)
- Golf (NAIA Division II)
Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.dwu.edu.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates Dakota Wesleyan University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting into Dakota Wesleyan University.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- High School Academic Ranking are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||16 - 26|
|ACT ® Math||17 - 27|
|ACT ® Composite Score||19 - 27|
Acceptance Rate Table
The chances of getting into Dakota Wesleyan University can be seen in the table below.
|Granted Admissions||467 (70%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||168 (36%)|
Total enrollment at Dakota Wesleyan University is around 840 students. The student body is made up of 91% undergraduate students and 9% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $22,000-$26,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- Part time students pay in the range of $480 to $570 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||100%||$13,089|
|Receiving Student Loans||87%||$7,107|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 12%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Dakota Wesleyan University may offer services including:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
- Day care for children
The overall graduation rate of Dakota Wesleyan University is approximately 42%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||24%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||10%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- * Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1979)
Dakota Wesleyan University is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports belonging to the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Great Plains Athletic Conference)
- Basketball (Great Plains Athletic Conference)
- Football (Great Plains Athletic Conference)
- Track and Field, Indoor
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Dakota Wesleyan University for official up-to-date information.