Dakota Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org/, continuously since 1916. DWU is a four-year coeducational college granting the degrees of Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Arts. The university is also accredited or approved by:
- South Dakota Department of Education
- South Dakota Board of Nursing
- National League for Nursing (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326)
- United Methodist University Senate
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
The university is approved by the state of South Dakota on the basis of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education Certification (NASDTEC) standards.
Dakota Wesleyan University participates in the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the National Association of United Methodist Colleges and Universities, the South Dakota Association of Private Colleges, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
The foregoing representations concerning accreditation and approvals are based upon the university’s standing with the accrediting or approving bodies at the time of the printing of this catalog. Accreditation and approvals are subject to review and may change from time to time. A student may obtain from the provost's office a review or copy of any documents describing the accreditation approval, certification or licensing of the institution.