Dakota Wesleyan University

2014 Quick Stats
1200 W. University Avenue

Mitchell, SD 57301

Phone: (605) 995-2600
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 27
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#52 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Dakota Wesleyan University is a private institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 758, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dakota Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 52. Its tuition and fees are $22,700 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Dakota Wesleyan University aspires to be a leading university that educates students to identify and develop their individual talents for successful lives in service to God and the common good. Dakota Wesleyan University hosts centers of excellence, the George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service, and The Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded N/A
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $20,344,891


When applying to Dakota Wesleyan University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 27. The application fee at Dakota Wesleyan University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.3%
Application deadline August 27
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Dakota Wesleyan University is 11:1, and the school has 66.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dakota Wesleyan University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15%
Business Administration and Management, General 13%
Education, General 11%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 10%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 10%

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Student Life

Dakota Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 758, with a gender distribution of 45.6 percent male students and 54.4 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. Dakota Wesleyan University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 835
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Dakota Wesleyan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Dakota Wesleyan University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dakota Wesleyan University, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dakota Wesleyan University, 86.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,400.

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Tuition and fees $22,700 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,900 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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