DWU hits new record for enrollment

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Dakota Wesleyan’s student enrollment has hit a new record.

DWU’s enrollment this year is at 949, which is up 31 students from last year’s record. The university welcomed 238 new traditional students this fall, including 70 transfer students and 168 freshmen.

“To have this kind of consistent enrollment growth is a reflection of the power of community,” said President Amy Novak. “The culture at Dakota Wesleyan fosters ideation and innovation in the classroom and friendship and community throughout campus. We’re so proud of our campus and are looking forward to another great year.”

This year also saw 130 students enrolled in online programs, including: the R.N.-Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, Bachelor of Arts-business degree, Master of Arts in Education degree, and the Master of Business Administration degree, as well as the new hybrid program – a graduate certificate in nonprofit church leadership. The new certificate program launched this summer with 18 students from across South Dakota and Minnesota and will provide pastors with more training in the business, fundraising and human resources aspects of leading a church.

Dakota Wesleyan has also expanded its LPN program with an additional cohort on its Sioux Falls campus with plans to add another cohort in January.

“Dakota Wesleyan is so good at recognizing an industry need and finding an answer, which is key to growth and relevancy,” said Fredel Thomas, vice president for admissions and marketing. “As an example, the Dakotas Conference gave us feedback that church pastors were in need of additional training to what they receive in seminary and our professors went to work creating a really unique program for them that includes a mentorship. In addition, we are in the process of launching a graduate certificate in trust management program, which is in response to the South Dakota Trust Association’s advice that the state of South Dakota is currently in need of more people with this certification.

“Our flexible, and in some cases unique, online programs – combined with the experiences that traditional students are having on campus in the classroom and involved in clubs and sports – has made Dakota Wesleyan a very special place where people of any age can complete their dream of an education.”

High school students interested in visiting Dakota Wesleyan can sign up for a Tiger Preview Day this fall on Sept. 28 and Nov. 2, or schedule an individual visit anytime on campus, just email or call 605-995-2650.