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Dakota Wesleyan University Data & Information Overview

1 award Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
76% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Dakota Wesleyan University Ranked?

#1,626 Best Colleges in Nation
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major
#1,619 Best for the Money in Nation

2024 Rankings

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Dakota Wesleyan University was awarded 1 badge in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

Dakota Wesleyan University is ranked #1,626 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Dakota Wesleyan University held the #1,778 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

76% Acceptance Rate
35% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Dakota Wesleyan University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 76%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to Dakota Wesleyan University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 400 and 550. Math scores were between 460 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 400 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 460 to 550 )
Dakota Wesleyan University received ACT scores from 60% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 19 to 25 )

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Dakota Wesleyan University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
56% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Dakota Wesleyan University it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dakota Wesleyan University is 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dakota Wesleyan University

71% Freshmen Retention
46% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Dakota Wesleyan University the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 46%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

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Dakota Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

628 Full-Time Undergraduates
16.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 781 undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University with 628 being full-time and 153 being part-time.

How Much Does Dakota Wesleyan University Cost?

$20,929 Net Price
92% Take Out Loans
$35,000 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Dakota Wesleyan University is $20,929. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Dakota Wesleyan University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,026 $20,139 $21,214 $21,836 $20,795

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Dakota Wesleyan University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Dakota Wesleyan University, approximately 92% of students took out student loans averaging $8,750 a year. That adds up to $35,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 5.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Dakota Wesleyan University Graduates Make?

$45,864 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Dakota Wesleyan University make about $45,864 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Dakota Wesleyan University graduates since it is 8% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Dakota Wesleyan University

South Dakota State
628 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, Dakota Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution. Mitchell is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Dakota Wesleyan University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
Phone: 605-995-2600

Dakota Wesleyan University Majors

45 Majors With Completions
164 Undergraduate Degrees
17 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. Of these students, 164 received undergraduate degrees and 17 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 51 $60,155
Business Administration & Management 18 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 10 NA
General Psychology 9 NA
Accounting 8 NA
General Visual & Performing Arts 7 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 NA
Health & Physical Education 5 $29,046
Communication & Media Studies 5 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Dakota Wesleyan University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Dakota Wesleyan University

8% Take At Least One Class Online
1% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 76 students took at least one online class at Dakota Wesleyan University. This is a decrease from the 128 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 76 5
2019-2020 128 34
2018-2019 135 69
2017-2018 152 119
2016-2017 319 164

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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