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Dakota Wesleyan University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Dakota Wesleyan University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Dakota Wesleyan University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Dakota Wesleyan University was awarded 7 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

Dakota Wesleyan University landed the #1,095 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Dakota Wesleyan University is also ranked #8 out of 11 schools in South Dakota.

See all of the rankings for Dakota Wesleyan University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 76%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Dakota Wesleyan University is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 6% 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 360 and 600. Math scores were between 390 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 360 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 390 to 570 )
Dakota Wesleyan University received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University  ( 20 to 24 )

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Dakota Wesleyan University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Dakota Wesleyan University is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 35%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  35 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dakota Wesleyan University

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 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Dakota Wesleyan University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 884 undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University with 689 being full-time and 195 being part-time.

Dakota Wesleyan University Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Dakota Wesleyan University scored 57.70 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  57.70 out of 100
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How Much Does Dakota Wesleyan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Dakota Wesleyan University is $22,388. 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 +
$20,480 $19,142 $22,573 $24,487 $22,991

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Dakota Wesleyan University, approximately 88% of students took out student loans averaging $8,503 a year. That adds up to $34,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 5.9%. 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?

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 $37,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 7% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Dakota Wesleyan University make the most money.

Location of Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mitchell, South Dakota. Mitchell is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Location of Dakota Wesleyan University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. Of these students, 188 received undergraduate degrees and 33 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 68 $55,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10 NA
Business Administration & Management 10 NA
Allied Health Professions 8 NA
History 8 NA
Accounting 8 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 NA
Health & Physical Education 6 NA
General Biology 6 NA
Religious Studies 6 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

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 152 students took at least one online class at Dakota Wesleyan University. This is a decrease from the 319 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 152 119
2016-2017 319 164
2015-2016 358 201
2014-2015 350 215
2013-2014 293 141

Learn more about online learning at Dakota Wesleyan University.

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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