DWU Facts

We are driven by difference.

At DWU, we believe in the power of being different. Our drive for diversification is guided by our enduring commitment to effectively serve the complex and changing needs of our students, employees and communities. 

DWU Facts 

  • Student population: 904 
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1 
  • 100% of full-time on-campus students receive aid 
  • 100% of nursing graduates succeed in finding employment in their profession 
  • 100% of graduates said their critical-thinking skills have grown stronger as a result of their time at DWU 
  • 100% of education graduates are working as teachers or attending graduate school within 6 months of graduation 
  • 99% of graduates recommend DWU to a student seeking a quality educational experience 
  • 99% of graduates said professors provided them with opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-life situations 
  • 98% of graduates said that instructors were willing to meet with them outside of class to discuss questions and concerns 
  • 96% of graduates are employed full time or attending graduate school 
  • 94% of graduates agreed that their experience at DWU prepared and inspired them to lead of life of learning, leadership, faith and service 
  • 90% of graduates are placed into the medical or other healthcare-related programs 
  • 30% of students are first generation, meaning parents did not complete a 4-year degree.  
  • 30+ clubs and organizations 
  • 16 intercollegiate teams 
  • Member of NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference 
  • Mascot: Tiger 
We Are Honored.
  • NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution 
  • Bronze Military Friendly School 
  • Prairie Business Magazine: 50 Best Places to Work  

U.S. News & World Report: 

  • Best Regional Colleges 
  • Best Value Schools 
  • Top 50 Performers on Social Mobility 
  • Best Online Master’s in Education Program 
  • Best Online MBA Program 


  • Best Colleges in South Dakota 
  • Best in Nursing 
  • Best Master’s in Training and Development (MAT)  
DWU Distinctions


  • DWU Cares: a day dedicated to community-wide service projects. 
  • Every student organization and athletic team commits to at least one community service project per semester.