Transfer Student FAQs

What is DWU’s definition of a transfer?

A transfer student is anyone applying for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University who attended a college or university after high school graduation. If you are completing college courses while in high school, you are considered a freshman and not a transfer student.

Will I be accepted to DWU?

In order to be accepted to DWU:

  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 from previous colleges/universities.
  • You must be in good standing with all previous institutions.
  • If you have not completed one full year of post high school education, you must have a 2.0 high school GPA and a minimum score of 18 on the ACT.

What will I need to submit before I am accepted?

See the Transfer Guide.

Do I need to provide my high school transcripts?

Your transfer coordinator will inform you if your high school transcript is needed.

What deadlines does DWU have for incoming students?

Priority deadline for financial aid is Oct. 1. This includes the completion and submission of your FAFSA.

What steps do I need to take if I’m an athlete?

If the coaching staff has already contacted you, they likely will have directed you to apply and contact your transfer coordinator. If you have not been contacted, we encourage you to fill out a questionnaire letting us know which sport you are interested in participating in. You can access the form here.

It is also essential that you request your release from your current institution to comply with NAIA recruitment efforts. The coaching staff will work with you on this matter, as well as walking you through the NAIA registration process. If you have questions about who to contact or any general athletic questions, please contact the athletic department at (605) 995-2112. 

For compliance questions, please contact Joel Reneisch or Jon Hart.

Will my credits transfer in to DWU? If so, how many?

  • The DWU registrar will evaluate your transcript(s).
  • Those transferring from a community college or technical school will receive up to 60 transferring credits from their respective institutions.
  • Those transferring from a four-year university will receive as many credits as approved by the DWU registrar.
  • DWU will accept no developmental credits (010-099).
  • Any questions or concerns regarding whether a credit will be transferred to DWU will be at the discretion of the registrar and the department chair. 

What scholarships are available through DWU?

3.6 - 4.0 GPA – $11,250-$12,000
3.2 - 3.5 GPA – $10,250 - $11,000
2.8 - 3.1 GPA – $9,500 - $10,000
2.6 - 2.7 GPA – $7,000 - $8,500
2.4 - 2.5 GPA – $4,000 - $6,750
2.3 or below GPA – Eligible for DWU grant based on need
  • Academic scholarships are available to all incoming students based on their previous GPA. In order to qualify, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.4.
  • Athletic scholarships are also available, although amounts are at the discretion of the coach and staff.
  • Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Chapter may qualify for an additional scholarship up to $2000. Must supply proof of membership.
  • Members of the Methodist Church also qualify for a $1000 annual scholarship.
  • There are additional outside scholarships available to all students. Those scholarships can be found here.
  • See if you are eligible for one of the partnership institution-specific scholarships.

How much will it cost to attend DWU? Does it change if I’m from out of state?

There is no change in cost whether you are from South Dakota, or not. For tuition costs and other expenses, please visit our tuition and fees page.

I’m accepted, now what do I need to do?

Congratulations on your acceptance, and welcome to the DWU family! The transfer coordinator will review any outstanding documents so you can register for classes. When you have registered for classes, we will also need your financial aid promissory note, medical records, athletic letter of intent (for student-athletes) and any other paperwork requested by DWU. You should also contact the business office to set up billing information and payment plans.