Transfer Student Guide

Your Guide to Transferring

Dakota Wesleyan University accepts and welcomes students from accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities. A maximum of 63 credit hours, or equivalent quarter or other academic units as determined by the university, will be accepted for transfer from a two-year institution. DWU has standing agreements with community colleges for students wishing to earn their baccalaureate degree. A course-by-course evaluation of credits will be conducted by the registrar’s office for all incoming transfer students.

Applying students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. In order to be considered for acceptance to DWU, the following items must be submitted:

  1. Application
    An official DWU application must be submitted to the admissions office. Students may submit their application online, or in person with a paper application. Please keep in mind that paper applications may have a $25 application fee included.
  2. College Transcripts
    Official transcripts from all previous college, university, professional school, vocational and technical school work must be submitted by all transfer candidates. Official transcripts bearing the original seal and signature must be sent directly from the originating institutions to the DWU Admissions Office. Any opened envelopes, scans, or copies of these transcripts will be considered unofficial. For students still attending a university at the time of application, unofficial transcripts may be submitted for acceptance. Once final grades have been posted, please be sure to have official copies sent in to complete your file.
  3. High School Transcripts
    For students who have less than one year of college coursework completed, or those wishing to pursue a degree in nursing, high school transcripts will need to be submitted for acceptance. Along with your high school transcript, a copy of your ACT or SAT test scores are required. 

Once all of your transcripts and test scores have been submitted, your file will then be reviewed for acceptance. From this stage, you will be notified on your acceptance status by your admissions counselor. While you are waiting for your results, we encourage you to complete your FAFSA with our school code (003461). The sooner we have your FAFSA, the sooner we can provide you with an estimate of your financial assistance. 

After you have been accepted to DWU and completed your FAFSA, your next step is to prepare for course registration. Your admissions counselor will provide you with your academic scholarship amount, as well as what is next in the transfer process. Download the Transfer Student Checklist that we have created to help you through this process.