For Parents & Families

Welcome, parents!

As you get ready to send your daughter or son off to college, we’re getting ready to help them grow from a new college student to a successful and motivated member of the working world.

With that in mind, we know that each student develops differently, and there are different paths to academic and professional achievement. It’s why we created our Parent Guide for parents, as well as a variety of different programs and services for students, from Clifton Strengths Finder to the Center for Talent Development.

If at any time you have questions or concerns, please contact us or give us a call at 800-333-8506.

And if you just want your son or daughter to know that he or she is on your mind, send a cookie!

The Center for Talent Development

Our Center for Talent Development is a great resource for your son or daughter and for you. We’re committed to helping you help them, while still making sure to encourage each student’s personal responsibility.

As a parent, you can help your son or daughter by encouraging him or her to be honest about their accomplishments as well as about frustrations they have—because in college, they’ll be facing new situations and they will experience frustrations. Together, we can partner to help them discover how to solve problems that come up in their college experience.

There are three specific areas in which the Center for Talent Development can help:

Choosing a Major

You and your college student-to-be are probably both wondering what their major will be—and you might even have different ideas about what to choose. Because this is one of the most critical decisions a student will make during his or her college experience, it can be quite a nerve-racking process.

At the Center for Talent Development, we work with college freshmen and sophomores to explore their academic and career options in a way that will help them to feel less pressure.

We do want them to make a decision sooner rather than later, though. In some cases, waiting to choose a particular major may increase the time it takes to finish college.

If a student declares a major after their first semester, even though it is likely they will be able to graduate in four years, it’s also possible that they may no longer qualify for the 4-year graduation guarantee.

Career Services

We also have a career services office here at DWU. We use a student-empowerment model of career coaching, helping students to understand their own responsibility for their future.

When they face prospective careers, we are able to give them the direction, tools and opportunities they need to understand how a career develops, from submitting that first application and resume all the way through interviewing and accepting a job.

Equal Opportunity

We are committed to a Policy of Equal Opportunity for all students and graduates. Our programs are open to everyone without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Please note that Dakota Wesleyan University does not warrant or represent that any particular posting or opportunity, whether paid or unpaid, complies with the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or other federal and state labor and employment laws.



Contact the Center for Talent Development directly at (605) 995-2952 or send an email to We’re happy to help in any way we can.