Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell

Mitchell, SD

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Dakota Wesleyan University offers 159-degree programs and 24 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 73%. The most popular test is SAT - 10% of students submitted it in comparison to 93% of students who submitted ACT. 43.1% are women, and 56.9% are men. 2% percents of international students. Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Dakota Wesleyan University is 17186$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $27470 and $34270 per year. 43% of full-time Dakota Wesleyan University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $34,500, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Dakota Wesleyan University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Dakota Wesleyan University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$13,800
$30,001 - $48,000$14,190
$48,001 - $75,000$16,989
$75,001 - $110,000$18,738

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 3200

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    656 of Dakota Wesleyan University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 81 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Dakota Wesleyan University number 5 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in South Dakota.

    Students at Dakota Wesleyan University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Credit for military training

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Dakota Wesleyan University.

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Dakota Wesleyan University graduation rate is below the national average.

    43% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Dakota Wesleyan University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    4 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Completion of college-preparatory program
      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Dakota Wesleyan University acceptance rate is above national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 81%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 8%.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so Dakota Wesleyan University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 5% only.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Dakota Wesleyan University full-time retention rate is 71% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Dakota Wesleyan University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1144 - 1531

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 353 - 521
      Math: 423 - 508
      Writing: 368 - 502

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Dakota Wesleyan University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      18 - 24

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 15 - 23
      Math: 17 - 23
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Dakota Wesleyan University is 10:1, that means that for every 10 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Dakota Wesleyan University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Dakota Wesleyan University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in South Dakota.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Dakota Wesleyan University

      The campus located by 1200 W. University Ave. address in Mitchell, South Dakota.


      Dakota Wesleyan University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Dakota Wesleyan University with 0.57% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Dakota Wesleyan University are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Dakota Wesleyan University offers 159 programs in total: 129 are for Bachelor's degree, 15 - for Associate's degree, and 15 are Master's degree.

      This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 31 universities in South Dakota state. Dakota Wesleyan University is one of the few institutions in South Dakota that offers an Associate's degree program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 24 distance learning programs that are provided in the Dakota Wesleyan University: 15 are for Master's degree and 9 are Bachelor's degree.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the South Dakota state average data to help you compare.


      Dakota Wesleyan University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 773 students with 23180 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 50 with 1205 credit hours.

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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Dakota Wesleyan University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      Have been very happy with the University!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I would give the athletic side of the school about 4 stars. But academic wise I wished that I could give less than half a star. If you are a transfer student from any college (Community College, Junior College, a different 4 year school) stay away from this place with an 80 foot pole. To many false information to those who transfer, to find out they get burned in the end. They will tell you that all your credits will transfer over before you arrive here. Then when you arrive all but 3 courses you took don't transfer over. If you are a transfer student you have to pay more money, because your missing credits that the school doesn't count will cause you 2-4 more years. It's a waste of schooling, if you feel like you have to repeat your first two years of college.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      If you're looking for a university with diversity and a welcoming atmosphere, this school is not for you. I wished I would of done more research before coming here. You'll only feel accepted if you're in sports because it is something big here. It is also a small town and the residents do not seem very open minded to minorities.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      This University was not how I imagined, at first they were nice and very helpful. Now when you see the staff that helped you, they turn around as if they did not see you and ignore you. I've had encounters of discrimination and never in my entire life have i ever felt like they made me feel. The professors are alright, but one in particular seems to be races and that is the same with the students. So if you are thinking of going to this school really look into it and observe it when you take a tour of the school.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I give this school a one star in consideration to some of the nice staffs there. As a student there I felt out a place as a minority. You think students and some staffs would be more welcoming, but you thought wrong. Everyone was nice the first few days, but then you start slowly realizing that if you weren't the color of white they started segregating you. In all my life I have never felt this way. If I were you think twice about attending here because you wont make friends unless you play a sport. No one will talk to you or acknowledge you if you are a minority. Also teachers can be this way too, they don't care if you feel like you're being wronged they will turn the other cheek.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 1200 W University Ave


      Religious affiliation: United Methodist

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +6059952600

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: dwu.edu

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