Dakota Wesleyan University
Mitchell, SD 57301-4398


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 996
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 443 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Dakota Wesleyan University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 655 applications and 476 students were granted admission. Dakota Wesleyan University is at the #71 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 97% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 5% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT800 to 1010
ACT19 to 24

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Dakota Wesleyan University's tuition was $25,750 for all students regardless of residency (3.9% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Dakota Wesleyan University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 34% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,987 (which is 9.4% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Dakota Wesleyan University in 2016-2017, was 163, which is 92% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,005 (which is 15.1% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Dakota Wesleyan University has enrolled a total of 996 students (698 students full-time and 298 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 996 students, 89 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 41% men and 59% women and 879 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 117 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 201 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 91%

Two or more races: 3%

Hispanic: 3%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Black/African American: 1%

Asian: 1%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 32% 18
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 11% 6
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 6 0
Education 7% 4 0
Visual And Performing Arts 7% 4
Health Professions And Related Programs 5% 3 0
Psychology 4% 2
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 4% 2
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 4% 2
Natural Resources And Conservation 0% 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Dakota Wesleyan University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Dakota Wesleyan University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $32,800. Last year, out of the total 371 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 371 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 422 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 380 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $32,800 $35,500
Employment Rate 100% 90%
Total Graduates 371 422

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Dakota Wesleyan University.

Mount Marty College
64.7 mile away
University of Sioux Falls
65.6 mile away
Augustana University
65.6 mile away
Sioux Falls Seminary
65.8 mile away