Non-Traditional Students
Purpose:We know non-traditional students may face a different set of challenges than the traditional student such as: anxiety of delayed enrollment or re-entering after high school, academic success, balancing work and family, and finding a connection on campus.

Benefits:Our Non-traditional Peer Assistants are successful non-traditional students who can help inform, advocate, and connect you to DWU and the TRiO program.

Characteristics of a non-traditional student:
  • Delays enrollment (does not enter postsecondary education in the same calendar year that he or she finished high school);
  • Returning to postsecondary education as a result of changing career goals;
  • Attends part time for at least part of the academic year;
  • Works full time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled;
  • Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid;
  • Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, but sometimes others);
  • Is a single parent (either not married or married but separated and has dependents); or
  • Does not have a high school diploma (completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate or did not finish high school).
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Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
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The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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1200 W. University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
800-333-8506
Copyright © 2014 Dakota Wesleyan University
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