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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 668 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Dakota Wesleyan acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Biology. Graduating 52% of students, Dakota Wesleyan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,000.
About Dakota Wesleyan University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Address
1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
750-1170
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$20,948/ 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
$16,299/ 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
9:1
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

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
668Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
124
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
63%
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
91%
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
52%
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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Dakota Wesleyan University Reviews

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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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It is a smaller campus which makes everyone feel like a big family. The campus itself has very pretty scenery which makes going to school a lot better. They have trees all around campus which makes it very easy for you to go out and hang your hammock if you want. The cafe at DWU has gotten so much better in the last few years, they just got a new catering staff and they do such a good job.
The best thing about Dakota Wesleyan University is the small campus and small classes. The small campus makes it easy to get to classes on time. The small classes provide a more one-on-one way of teaching. Professors learn your name and are closer to students than a bigger state school. A least favorite part of Dakota Wesleyan University for me would have to be the cafeteria. It seems as if they serve the same things over and over again.