Frequently Asked Questions

Why a 100% online degree from Dakota Wesleyan University?

As a regionally accredited, faith-based, private institution located in Mitchell, South Dakota, DWU provides a strong foundation toward helping prospective students like you discover your strengths. Our online programs create an experience that ensures you reach your goals and find success. Committed professors, small class sizes, engaged students and our core values of learning, leadership, faith and service combine to enable each student’s personal and professional growth.

Who will teach the online courses?

Online students are taught by some of the best-known faculty in their fields. Most students develop strong relationships with their instructors. We often hear stories of how students credit those relationships for helping them have a successful online education experience.

Is financial assistance available for online students?

Yes. At DWU, our goal is to help make your education accessible and affordable. Students taking online-only courses may be eligible for federal and/or state aid if they are seeking a degree at DWU. You’re encouraged to work with your financial aid adviser to develop a funding plan that meets your needs. Simply follow the steps outlined in the Tuition & Fees page or submit a request for assistance and a representative can help determine if you qualify.

What are the computer requirements for online students?

Our courses are compatible with Mac or PC platforms. Your admissions counselor can help verify that you possess all necessary software requirements to facilitate your studies in our online programs. In order to sign up for our online classes, you should have regular access to the Internet and email, as well as be familiar with creating, formatting, and attaching Microsoft Word documents.

Can you tell me which (if any) of my previous courses will transfer?

Absolutely! At DWU, several of our online programs offer generous transfer credit policies that allow you earn your degree faster and more affordably than ever before. Once you submit your application and send in your unofficial transcripts, we will gladly complete a preliminary transfer credit evaluation. This document details how your credits will transfer to DWU and is designed to help you make an informed decision about your education.

Please note that this preliminary evaluation of transfer credit is unofficial and may change upon receipt and review of official transcripts by DWU’s registrar’s office.

Will I have scheduled time for online courses?

At DWU, all online courses are asynchronous. Your course is conducted according to a schedule outlined in your course syllabus, but there are no “live” classes to attend. Instead, lectures, coursework, and discussions all take place at your convenience, allowing you to choose when and where to work on your studies. There may be times when you are asked to conduct a live chat with either a professor or classmates, but they will occur on a case-by-case basis and will always be clearly discussed in your course syllabus.

Is Dakota Wesleyan University accredited?

Dakota Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, (312) 263-0456, continuously since 1916.