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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Dakota Wesleyan is an above-average private, Christian university located in Mitchell, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 689 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Dakota Wesleyan acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Nursing, Elementary Education, and Athletic Training. Graduating 60% of students, Dakota Wesleyan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,000.
1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference

Dakota Wesleyan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

DWU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
900-1060
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$22,500/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$15,668/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
67%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.6 responses
100%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.8 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.8 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    90%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
689Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
195
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
59%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    83%
  • Hick
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
80%
of students say they don't have Greek life.10 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.12 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Small and comfortable
    80%
  • Small yet Big
    20%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.5 responses
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My education was absolutely relevant to what I wanted to do after I graduated. So instead of graduating with a list of classes, I graduated with a list of experiences that helped me get a great job right away. It is a small, but filled with opportunities!
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Dakota Wesleyan University is an amazing college. It's a smaller school, but a great environment. Professors have stronger bonds with students and its an environment where everybody knows everybody.
Great Atmosphere! Very nice students. Small Classes where professors get to know you and want you to succeed!