The campus of Dakota Wesleyan is in Mitchell, SD, which is a self-contained town. Its United Methodist nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Dakota Wesleyan is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.
Dakota Wesleyan has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in nursing and emergency medicine, nutrition and exercise therapy.
Admission at Dakota Wesleyan is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 340. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 400 and 540.
Dakota Wesleyan has a tenure system for senior faculty.
In 2007-2008, the school had 834 students enrolled (780 full-time equivalent).
Dakota Wesleyan offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Dakota Wesleyan values student athletics, and belongs to the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.
The school reports its educational mission is:
"Dakota Wesleyan University aspires to excellence in the liberal arts and professional programs, preparing students for meaningful careers and lifelong intellectual adventure. The University affirms its relationship with the United Methodist Church and fosters diversity in an inclusive atmosphere. DWU encourages the dialogue between mind and soul, simultaneously building relationships, developing whole persons, and promoting service to God and humanity."
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