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The Facts


DWU Facts
  • Student population: 895
  • Student to faculty ratio is 14:1
  • 40 majors and minors; four pre-professional programs
  • Two graduate programs
  • 2015-16 tuition: $24,550
  • 2015-16 room and board: $6,800
  • Students receiving financial aid: 99%
  • Average aid package: $22,000
  • About 85% of students conduct independent research, intern or present at professional conferences.
  • 95% combined placement rate into graduate programs
  • 100% of our nursing graduates succeed in finding employment in their profession
  • 90% placement into medical and other healthcare-related programs
  • 100% of athletic training graduates in 2014 and 2015 passed their board exam on the first attempt
  • Clubs and organization: 30
  • Intercollegiate teams: 15
  • Member: NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference
  • Nickname: Tigers
  • Colors: royal blue and white
DWU Distinctions
  • Recognized as a College of Distinction
  • Recognized as a Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education 
  • Named a Strengths Leader Campus by the Gallup organization
  • Three colleges
    • College of Arts and Humanities
    • Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences
    • College of Public Service and Leadership
  • Every student organization and sport commits to at least one community service project
  • Wireless campus
  • 24-hour Mac lab
  • 24-hour art studio
  • DNA sequencer in biochemistry department
  • McGovern Library and Legacy Museum
  • Four residence halls: traditional, pods and apartments
  • Education department connected to L.B. Williams Elementary School
  • Dakota Discovery Museum
  • Corrigan Health Sciences Center, offering the latest in research facilities and simulator labs, opened fall 2013
  • $10 million DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex set to open in 2016
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.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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