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You’ve already started your search for a DIFFERENT kind of university education. Belong to a community where you matter. Become a force for good in a swiftly changing world. Serve something larger than yourself.

Ready to apply? Let’s do this! Applying at DWU is free and easy to complete.

Graduating High School Seniors
Transfer Students
International Students
Learn & Earn Program (Pierre campus)
LPN-B.S. Program (Sioux Falls campus)
A.S. in Nursing Program (Rapid City Campus)
Graduate Students
Online Students

Want to keep track of your application process?

Download our popular DWU Admissions Checklist.

Undergraduate and Transfer Application

This free application is for graduating high school seniors and students transferring from another university.  It's easy, so you might as well do it now!

Graduate and Online Student Application

If you have already earned your bachelor’s degree or you are interested in one of our specialty programs for adult students, this is the place for you. 


ACT/SAT Test Optional 

At Dakota Wesleyan University, you do not have to submit your ACT or SAT test scores with your application.

DWU aims to remove barriers that may impede some students’ ability to pursue a Dakota Wesleyan education. With that aim, DWU no longer requires first-year students to submit their standardized test scores as a part of their application. There are exceptions for certain students/programs where scores are required. 


  • Student athletes 
    • At this time, because of NAIA eligibility rules, student athletes are required to submit official scores in order to be declared eligible for competition. These scores are submitted to both DWU and the NAIA. 
  • International students 
    • International students are still required to submit English Language Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) or College Preparation Test Scores (ACT, SAT) for admission consideration.  
  • Homeschooled students without a transcript 
  • Early Admission (Direct-Entry) Nursing Applicants 
    • Students wishing to be considered for direct-entry admission into our nursing program should submit test scores. Students who choose not to submit test scores during the application process may still declare a nursing major but will apply for entry into the program during their second year at DWU. 
  • Other outside scholarships 
    • Scholarships offered by entities other than DWU may require a standardized test score, including but not limited to Dakota Corps, South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship and others.

Not Ready to Apply Yet?

That’s totally fine. The best way to determine whether DWU is the place for you is to visit. When you visit, one of our student ambassadors will guide your tour of campus. We have new, student-centered academic and recreational buildings, our outdoor space is beautiful and the people you meet will welcome you warmly to our community. Shake hands with our professors and get to know our diverse student body as you absorb what it means to be a Tiger. Schedule your visit today.

Important Admission Information

We also want you to know that no applicant will be denied admission because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, genetic information, age or other impermissible factors. The university reserves the right to deny admission or continued enrollment to any student who imposes an unreasonable risk of harm to the health, safety, welfare or property of the university, members of the university community or him/herself. 

Please also note that some of our programs have special requirements for admission, and so if you are denied admission into athletic trainingeducation or nursing, you may be eligible for admission into other programs.  

Higher Learning Commission 

DWU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 


If you can’t find the answer to your question, give us a call at
605-995-2600 or
contact us any time online.

We look forward to welcoming you! 

Meet Our Admissions Staff

Ethan Davis

Admissions Counselor

LaNae Fuerst

Admissions Counselor

Rachel Giblin

Associate Director of Admissions

Janet Greenway

Graduate & Online Enrollment Coordinator

Renee Koerner

Campus Visit Coordinator

Corbin Kramer

Performing Arts Talent Coordinator
Admissions, Music, Theatre

Laurie Martin

Enrollment Services Specialist

Megan Sarne

Admissions Counselor

Fredel Thomas, MBA

Vice President of Admissions and Marketing
Admissions, Marketing and Communications