Dakota Wesleyan University Rankings

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#7011 of 14,160In the World
#1727 of 2,624In North America
#1642 of 2,523In the United States
#10 of 15In South Dakota

Quick Review

Religion
United Methodist
Acceptance rate
67%
Average SAT
1020
Average ACT
22
Avg. cost to attend
$21,891 /y
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
747
Graduates
133
Male:Female Ratio
41:59
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Master's degree

Dakota Wesleyan University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate67%63%73%
Applicants916595321
Admissions611377234
Freshmen enrolled full time1658580

66 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

69 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
25 or 15%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 890
or below

75% of them
had 1150
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Dakota Wesleyan University are 890-1150 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
140 or 85%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 19
or below

75% of them
had 24
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Dakota Wesleyan University are 19-24 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
College-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White732 (84%)
Hispanic58 (7%)
Two or more races22 (3%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown18 (2%)
Black or African American16 (2%)
Nonresident Alien11 (1%)
Asian7 (0.8%)
American Indian or Alaska Native4 (0.5%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander2 (0.2%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Net average cost to attend
$21,891/year
Average aid awarded
$15,823
Students receiving aid
100%

Average costs by household income

<$30K$23,500
$30-48K$17,400
$48-75K$21,162
$75-110K$21,924
$110K+$22,350

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district$27,700$14,400
Tuition in-state$27,700$14,400
Tuition out-of-state$27,700$14,400
Fee in-district$1,050
Fee in-state$1,050
Fee out-of-state$1,050

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity534
Combined charge for room and board$7,550
Room charge$3,350
Meal charge$4,200

Dakota Wesleyan University Majors

MajorAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster's
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse68
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other20
Higher Education & Higher Education Administration13
Elementary Education and Teaching10
Athletic Training & Trainer8
Accounting8
Biochemistry6
Biology & Biological Sciences, General6
Christian Studies6
Criminal Justice & Safety Studies14
Organizational Leadership5
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management5
Kinesiology and Exercise Science5
Finance, General5
History, General4
Management Science4
Psychology, General4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric3
Behavioral Sciences3
Business Administration and Management, General3
Mathematics Teacher Education3
Marketing & Marketing Management, General3
Digital Arts2
Special Education and Teaching, General2
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies2
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management1
History Teacher Education1
Music, General1
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General1
Mathematics, General1
English Language and Literature, General1
Human Services, General1
Non-Profit & Public & Organizational Management1
Graphic Design1
Grand Total117833
TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate54%44%66%
  • Full-time retention rate - 65%

Publications & Citations

Publications
64
Citations
142

Publication / Citation count by topic

Environmental Science
18 / 62
Biology
17 / 47
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
16 / 43
Mathematics
9 / 23
Math Teachers
8 / 6
Ecology
8 / 42
Psychology
7 / 7
Medicine
7 / 20
Business
7 / 36
Forestry
5 / 1
Geography and Cartography
5 / 4
Computer Science
4 / 0
Engineering
4 / 11
Sociology
4 / 1
Education Majors
4 / 6
History
4 / 6
Oncology and Cancer research
3 / 19
Botany
3 / 3
Political Science
3 / 12
Chemistry
3 / 7
Library and Information science
3 / 0
Art & Design
2 / 2
Agricultural Science
2 / 8
Hydrology and Water resources management
2 / 7
Health Science
2 / 0
Project Management
2 / 22
Public Policy / Administration
2 / 12
Construction Management
2 / 5
Genetics
2 / 8
Environmental Management
1 / 4
Environmental Chemistry
1 / 1
Social Psychology
1 / 0
Advertising
1 / 0
Linguistics
1 / 0
Zoology
1 / 0
Occupational Therapy
1 / 1
Horticulture
1 / 0
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
1 / 17
Social Work
1 / 0
Polymer science and Plastics engineering
1 / 4

Annual publication & citation counts

YearPublicationsCitations
199010
199101
199201
199303
199400
199503
199610
199700
199810
199900
200001
200113
200201
200303
200410
200500
200612
200713
200803
200911
201043
201112
201223
201353
201447
201549
201607
201706
2018512
2019510
2020616

Notable alumni

  1. George McGovern

    Photo
    George McGovern
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1922-2012 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomathistorianautobiographeruniversity teacher
    Biography

    George Stanley McGovern was an American historian and South Dakota politician who was a U.S. representative and three-term U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.

  2. Clinton Presba Anderson

    Photo
    Clinton Presba Anderson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1895-1975 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalistinsurancenewspaper editor
    Biography

    Clinton Presba Anderson was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a U.S. Representative from New Mexico from 1941 until 1945, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1945 until 1948, and a U.S. Senator from New Mexico from 1949 to 1973.

  3. Francis Higbee Case

    Photo
    Francis Higbee Case
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1896-1962 (aged 66)
    Enrolled in Dakota Wesleyan University
    Studied in 1918
    Occupations
    politicianeditorjournalistpublisher
    Biography

    Francis Higbee Case was an American journalist and politician who served for 25 years as a member of the United States Congress from South Dakota. He was a Republican.

  4. Vera Cahalan Bushfield

    Photo
    Vera Cahalan Bushfield
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1889-1976 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Vera Cahalan Bushfield was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota briefly in 1948, as well as the First Lady of South Dakota from 1939 to 1943. Bushfield's election also marked the first time a state had been represented by two female senators; Gladys Pyle served for two months in late 1938 and early 1939.

  5. Harlan John Bushfield

    Photo
    Harlan John Bushfield
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1882-1948 (aged 66)
    Enrolled in Dakota Wesleyan University
    Studied in 1899-1901
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Harlan John Bushfield was an American politician from South Dakota. He served as the 16th Governor of South Dakota and as a United States Senator.

  6. Ken Haines

    Photo
    Ken Haines
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 79)
    Biography

    Ken Haines is an American television sports broadcasting executive who is known for negotiating television media and marketing contracts with universities, conferences and major broadcasting networks and cable companies. He is a retired president and CEO from Raycom Sports.

  7. Rodney Hall

    Photo
    Rodney Hall
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-.. (age 93)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rodney M. Hall was an American politician in the state of South Dakota. He was a member of the South Dakota Senate from 1971 to 1976. He attended Dakota Wesleyan University and the University of South Dakota where he earned a master's degree in education. He is a veteran of the Korean War and later worked as an educator in Iowa, California, Minnesota, along with South Dakota, as a teacher, supervisor, and principal.

  8. James Ramey

    Photo
    James Ramey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1917-2015 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    James Graham Ramey was an American politician in the state of South Dakota who was a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1955 to 1964. Ramey was an alumnus of Dakota Wesleyan University and was a cattle rancher. He was married to Myrtle Olive Alden from 1939 to her death in 2007. He died in 2015.

General info

Alternative namesDWU
Founded1885
MottoSacrifice or Service
Colorsblue, white
Academic CalendarAugust to May. Summer Session (May to July)
Total FTE staff170
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields

Location and Contacts

Address1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301-4398
United States
City population15,000
Phone6059952600
Fax+1 (605) 995 2699

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