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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?

2022 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 40 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Dakota Wesleyan University is ranked #1,607 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 15 colleges in South Dakota, Dakota Wesleyan University is ranked at #11.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

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 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 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 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 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 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 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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Dakota Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 747 undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University with 630 being full-time and 117 being part-time.

How Much Does Dakota Wesleyan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Dakota Wesleyan University is $21,574. 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 +
$23,500 $17,400 $21,162 $21,924 $22,350

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 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 6.0%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Dakota Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $37,200 in their early years. 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

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. Of these students, 174 received undergraduate degrees and 27 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 61 $55,900
Business Administration & Management 20 NA
Health & Physical Education 15 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11 $36,300
General Psychology 11 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 8 NA
General Biology 8 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8 NA
Accounting 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

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 2018-2019, 135 students took at least one online class at Dakota Wesleyan University. This is a decrease from the 152 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 135 69
2017-2018 152 119
2016-2017 319 164
2015-2016 358 201
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.


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