Dakota Wesleyan University

Overview of Dakota Wesleyan University

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.

Areas of Study

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.

Dakota Wesleyan Selectivity

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.

Student Body

In 2007-2008, the school had 834 students enrolled (780 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

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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Contacting Dakota Wesleyan

Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W University Ave
Mitchell , SD 57301-4398
General Phone: (605) 995-2600

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Dakota Wesleyan Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine72registered nursing
Education and Teaching38curriculum and instruction, secondary school administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Business and Management22business management
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12sports and fitness management, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Science7biology, biochemistry
Therapy and Counseling7behavioral sciences, psychology
Liberal Arts7foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, history
Family and Social Work5human services, social service professions
Media1communication studies, digital communications
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Computer Science and Engineering0computer and info science courses
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy, religion
Fine Arts0fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management0wildlife management

Number of programs and degrees for Dakota Wesleyan in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree10238
Master's degree173
Associate's degree664

Dakota Wesleyan Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dakota Wesleyan had a total enrollment of 834 students (780 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 25%
22-24 15%
25-29 9%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota74%
(International Students)3%
New Mexico1%
Puerto Rico1%
New Jersey1%

Dakota Wesleyan Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %

Dakota Wesleyan Room and Board (2007)

Dakota Wesleyan offers campus housing for 363 of its 780 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Mitchell, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Dakota Wesleyan Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal340520
SAT Math400540
ACT Verbal1625
ACT Math1727
ACT Composite1825

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT13%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT82%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Dakota Wesleyan Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,500
Room and board $ 5,800
Room charge $ 2,200
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,350
Books and supplies $ 920
Other expenses $ 2,700

Financial Aid:
Dakota Wesleyan participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 346100)

Dakota Wesleyan Faculty

Dakota Wesleyan has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$53,9402*
Associate professoracademic year7$45,9717$46,204
Assistant professoracademic year11$40,4989$40,457
Instructoracademic year0*4$34,439
All faculty totalacademic year23$45,08622$42,441

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dakota Wesleyan Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Plains Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Track Great Plains Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4657103

Dakota Wesleyan Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, General

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Dakota Wesleyan Highlights

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What Sets Dakota Wesleyan Apart:

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checked United Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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