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Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%
Acceptance Rate73%

About Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University Overview

Dakota Wesleyan University is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Mitchell, South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University was founded in 1885 and the school now enrolls around 836 students a year, which includes 759 undergrad students. Dakota Wesleyan University offers on-campus housing for up to 429 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 60% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Dakota Wesleyan University for Fall 2023 is August 27.

Student Involvement at Dakota Wesleyan University

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Dakota Wesleyan University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Dakota Wesleyan University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Dakota Wesleyan University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Dakota Wesleyan University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Dakota Wesleyan University on the Student Life page.

2022 Dakota Wesleyan University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 12%
Tuition $29,700
Percent of Need Met 58%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $21,889

Is Dakota Wesleyan University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Dakota Wesleyan University offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Dakota Wesleyan University

It is moderately difficult to get into Dakota Wesleyan University. Around 73% of applicants get into Dakota Wesleyan University each year. Last year, 659 students applied to Dakota Wesleyan University and 483 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dakota Wesleyan University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 67% of students who start at Dakota Wesleyan University come back for their second year of college. Around 42% of students who started at Dakota Wesleyan University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Dakota Wesleyan University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 95% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with Dakota Wesleyan University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Dakota Wesleyan University's endowment was valued at $20.9 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $5,526 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Dakota Wesleyan University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Dakota Wesleyan University meets 58% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Dakota Wesleyan University full-time are awarded $21,889 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $37,564 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Based on this information, is Dakota Wesleyan University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Dakota Wesleyan University a good school for you?

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Where is Dakota Wesleyan University Located?

Dakota Wesleyan University is located in the small town setting of Mitchell, South Dakota.

If you are interested in seeing Dakota Wesleyan University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Mitchell, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Joe Foss Field.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1200 West University Avenue Mitchell, SD 57301-4398

Campus Setting: Small Town

Dakota Wesleyan University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 27

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 27

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dakota Wesleyan University is Aug 27.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dakota Wesleyan University is Aug 27.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Dakota Wesleyan University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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26 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Dakota Wesleyan University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Dakota Wesleyan University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Dakota Wesleyan University SAT Scores


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Dakota Wesleyan University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Dakota Wesleyan University is like? There are approximately 836 students enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University, including 759 undergraduate students and 77 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 74% percent are from SD and 26% percent of students are from other states.


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