Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD 57301
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Dakota Wesleyan University is one of the seven private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in South Dakota. The campus is located in Mitchell town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 908 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 193 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 127 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 66%). Every year 52% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Dakota Wesleyan University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $26,700, and fees were $330. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $26,700 and $330 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students908
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 82.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1916 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1979 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/10/2013 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT750 to 1170
ACT20 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$550/credit
In State Students$550/credit
Out of State Students$550/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$400/credit
In State Students$400/credit
Out of State Students$400/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $24,750 $24,750 $24,750
ADN 70 $38,500 $38,500 $38,500
BSN 125 $68,750 $68,750 $68,750
FNP 50 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Dakota Wesleyan University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 38% $3,591
Other Federal Grant 21% $901
State Grant & Scholarships 47% $2,540
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $13,557
Federal Student Loans 96% $4,958
Private Loans 35% $11,142


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$16,787
$30,001 to $48,000$17,438
$48,001 to $75,000$20,804
$75,001 to $110,000$21,448
Over $110,000$21,350

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Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and South Dakota state board of nursing.
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

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