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Study at 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.

Course Topics

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 and 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 had SAT verbal scores of at least 400. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 385 and 475.


Dakota Wesleyan has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 834 students enrolled (736 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. 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. "

Dakota Wesleyan Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Nursing and Emergency Medicine62registered nursing
Business and Management33business management
Education and Teaching28elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, history teaching, special ed, curriculum and instruction, English teaching, art education, biology teaching, . . .
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy16athletic trainer, sports and fitness management, health and fitness
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety
Science11biology, biochemistry
Therapy and Counselling8psychology, behavioral sciences
Liberal Arts6history, liberal arts and sciences, English, general studies, foreign language and literature
Media4digital communications, communication studies
Family and Social Work4human services, social service professions
Religion and Philosophy3religion, philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science courses
Fine Arts1fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management0wildlife management
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Contact: Dakota Wesleyan

Dakota Wesleyan University

1200 W University Ave

Mitchell, SD 57301-4398

General Phone: (605) 995-2600


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