Mission & Values

Inclusive and Intentional

We’ve intentionally created Dakota Wesleyan University to be a place where you can grow intellectually and ethically, where you can find, apply and grow your innate strengths.

DWU offers not only a transformative learning experience but a safe place to explore your faith and find meaning in community and service.

All of this stems from a core mission based on our values of learning, leadership, faith and service. We are proud to put these values into practice in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in all of our cocurricular activities.


Our Mission

As an inclusive educational community, Dakota Wesleyan University provides a transformative learning experience that cultivates enduring intellectual growth, ethically grounded leadership, intentional faith exploration and meaningful service.

This is how we implement our values:

Learning: We prepare students for meaningful careers in the context of a liberal arts education, which fosters adaptability, creative and critical thinking, artistic expression, experiential learning, innovation, collaboration and a deeper understanding of our global community.

Leadership: We challenge all members of our university community to be leaders of character who maximize their strengths in their personal and professional lives. We recognize that students can develop and display leadership skills throughout the entirety of their collegiate experiences.

Faith: As an engaged, faith-affirming community, we embrace John Wesley's Christ-centered model of uniting knowledge, reason, and vital faith in curricular and cocurricular activities. We challenge students to examine their own values, while respecting the diversity on campus and throughout the world.

Service: We inspire and empower our students, faculty and staff to make a difference through creative, genuine service. Rooted in our Methodist heritage, service is a natural extension of our nurturing community.

Want To Learn More?

Schedule a visit to get a feel for how we implement our mission and values into everyday life on DWU campus, or contact our admissions team at 800-333-8506 for more information.