Dakota Wesleyan University

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Dakota Wesleyan University can be found in Mitchell, SD, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The smaller size of enrollment, which is approximately around 1000 students, provides smaller class sizes for enrolled students.

Most of the students accepted into this school earned an SAT score in the range of 890 - 1150, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 19 - 24. We were able to estimate the Dakota Wesleyan University average GPA (2.98 - 3.25) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Dakota Wesleyan University admits roughly 70% of students applying. Of those that are accepted, about 27% continue on to register and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at dwu.edu.

Overall Dakota Wesleyan University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Dakota Wesleyan University was reported as 66.7% in Fall 2020 with over 916 applications submitted to Dakota Wesleyan University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 19 - 24
  • Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into Dakota Wesleyan University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Dakota Wesleyan University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Dakota Wesleyan University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 72.7%
  • 2017-2018: 76.0%
  • 2018-2019: 73.6%
  • 2019-2020: 66.7%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 66.2%

How Does Dakota Wesleyan University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Dakota Wesleyan University is eighteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Presentation College90.2%
Martin Luther College83.8%
York College56.6%
Bethany Lutheran College72.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Dakota Wesleyan University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading450 - 590
Math440 - 560
Total Score890 - 1150
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math18 - 25
Composite Score19 - 24
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