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Dakota Wesleyan University

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Established in 1885, the Dakota Wesleyan University is a non-profit private multidisciplinary higher education institution located in the rural setting of the large town of Mitchell (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), South Dakota. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) is a very small-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 500-999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Methodist religion. Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 139-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this US higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. DWU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Dakota Wesleyan University's Control Typeprivate


Dakota Wesleyan University's Entity Typenon-profit


Dakota Wesleyan University' Size by Total Enrollmentvery small-sized


Dakota Wesleyan University's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratemoderately selective

University Identity

Acronym DWU
Founded 1885
Motto Sacrifice or Service
Colours Blue and white
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University Location

Address 1200 W University Avenue
57301-4398 South Dakota
United States
Dakota Wesleyan University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Dakota Wesleyan University Phone Number +1 (605) 995 2600
Dakota Wesleyan University Fax Number +1 (605) 995 2699

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Dakota Wesleyan University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Dakota Wesleyan University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Dakota Wesleyan University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Dakota Wesleyan University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
30,000-34,999 US$
(27,340-31,890 Euro)
15,000-17,499 US$
(13,670-15,950 Euro)
30,000-34,999 US$
(27,340-31,890 Euro)
15,000-17,499 US$
(13,670-15,950 Euro)

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Dakota Wesleyan University's admission information.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Dakota Wesleyan University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Dakota Wesleyan University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Dakota Wesleyan University's acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

Admission Requirements Admission Requirements

  • Secondary school GPA is required
  • Secondary school rank is considered but not required
  • Secondary school record is required
  • Completion of college-preparatory program is neither required nor recommended
  • Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
  • Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
  • Admission test scores are required
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) is neither required nor recommended

Source: IPDES

Dakota Wesleyan University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Admission Office Admission Office

1200 West University Avenue
Mitchell 57301-4398
(605) 995 2650
800 333 8506

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Dakota Wesleyan University.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Dakota Wesleyan University has an enrollment range of 500-999 students making it a very small-sized institution.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 50-99 academic employees (Faculty).

Dakota Wesleyan University's Control Type Control Type

Dakota Wesleyan University is a private higher education institution.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Entity Type Entity Type

Dakota Wesleyan University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Rural setting.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Dakota Wesleyan University is Christian-Methodist Religious Affiliation

Dakota Wesleyan University has a Christian-Methodist affiliation (United Methodist Church - www.gbhem.org).

Carnegie Classification


The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States...

The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The classification allows for quick comparisons between institutions within and across categories.

Carnegie Classification

uniRank provides below the official Dakota Wesleyan University's Carnegie classification.

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
Size & Setting Four-year, very small, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions focus, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Postbaccalaureate: Education-dominant, with other professional programs

Facilities and Services


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University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Dakota Wesleyan University's main facilities:

Dakota Wesleyan University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Dakota Wesleyan University's Library

Dakota Wesleyan University's library does not have any external branch. The library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium, etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2021 the library reported 65,154 physical volumes, 3,925 physical media, 51,271 digital/electronic media and 63 licensed digital/electronic databases. The library is managed by a total number of 15 full-time employees, including 2 librarians. Dakota Wesleyan University's library has a total library expenditure greater than $100,000 per year. Source: IPDES.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

In particular, the Dakota Wesleyan University provides on-campus housing and the total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 520 students in the 2021 academic year. Source: IPDES.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Dakota Wesleyan University's main services:

Dakota Wesleyan University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

In particular, this institution offers some programs fully via distance education at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Source: IPDES.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Dakota Wesleyan University is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Higher Learning Commission

Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Dakota Wesleyan University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Dakota Wesleyan University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

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Social Media


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Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

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Twitter X (Twitter)

Dakota Wesleyan University's X (formerly Twitter) page Dakota Wesleyan University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Dakota Wesleyan University's YouTube channel Dakota Wesleyan University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

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LinkedIn LinkedIn

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