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Dakota Wesleyan University Overview

Dakota Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Mitchell, South Dakota. Mitchell is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Dakota Wesleyan University Known For?

188 Undergraduate Awards
$23,447 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • Dakota Wesleyan University has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The highest award offered at Dakota Wesleyan University is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 35% of the faculty were full-time.

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Dakota Wesleyan University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Dakota Wesleyan University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#36 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is Dakota Wesleyan University?

Location of Dakota Wesleyan University

Contact details for Dakota Wesleyan University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
Phone: 605-995-2600
Website: www.dwu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dwublue
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dakotawesleyan

How Do I Get Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

You can apply to Dakota Wesleyan University online at: www.dwu.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Dakota Wesleyan University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

76% Acceptance Rate
44% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 76%, Dakota Wesleyan University may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 56% of accepted students are men and 44% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to Dakota Wesleyan University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 360 and 600. Math scores were between 390 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 360 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 390 to 570 )
200
800
Dakota Wesleyan University received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 23. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 18 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 20 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Dakota Wesleyan University?

$23,447 Net Price
88% Take Out Loans
5.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Dakota Wesleyan University is $23,447. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Dakota Wesleyan University, approximately 88% of students took out student loans averaging $8,503 a year. That adds up to $34,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Dakota Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

630 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 747 undergraduate students at Dakota Wesleyan University, with 630 being full-time and 117 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Dakota Wesleyan University

There are also 133 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 630 full-time undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Dakota Wesleyan University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dakota Wesleyan University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dakota Wesleyan University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 49
White 525
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 32

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Dakota Wesleyan University. At this time, 12 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 7 countries are represented at Dakota Wesleyan University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, United Kingdom, and Argentina.

Online Learning at Dakota Wesleyan University

119 Took All Classes Online
152 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 22 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Dakota Wesleyan University. In 2017-2018, 152 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Dakota Wesleyan University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 14th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Dakota Wesleyan University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dakota Wesleyan University was 0.0%. This is the #2,023 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Dakota Wesleyan University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Dakota Wesleyan University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 12%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Communication & Journalism 33%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 80%
Finance & Financial Management 60%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 80%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 83%
Religious Studies 83%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Dakota Wesleyan University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Business, Management & Marketing #32
Curriculum & Instruction #130
Educational Administration #239
Teacher Education Grade Specific #267
Nursing #458

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Dakota Wesleyan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 68 0 68
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 20 20
Educational Administration 0 0 13 13
Business Administration & Management 0 10 0 10
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 10 0 10
Accounting 0 8 0 8
Allied Health Professions 0 8 0 8
History 0 8 0 8
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 7 0 7
General Biology 0 6 0 6
Health & Physical Education 0 6 0 6
Religious Studies 0 6 0 6
Finance & Financial Management 0 5 0 5
Wildlife Management 0 5 0 5
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 4 0 5
General Psychology 0 5 0 5
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 4 0 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 4 0 4
Marketing 0 3 0 3
Communication & Media Studies 0 3 0 3
Special Education 0 3 0 3
Behavioral Science 0 3 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 2 0 2
Drama & Theater Arts 0 2 0 2
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 2 0 2
General English Literature 0 1 0 1
Mathematics 0 1 0 1
Human Services 0 1 0 1
Design & Applied Arts 0 1 0 1
Music 0 1 0 1
Journalism 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0
Economics 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0
Sociology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 187 33 221

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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