Dakota Wesleyan University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$27,700
3.75% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$21,891
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
66.7%
916 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
880
76.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
62.3%
99 Graduates

About

Dakota Wesleyan University is a higher education institution located in Davison County, SD. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Dakota Wesleyan University were Registered Nursing (68 degrees awarded), Elementary Education & Teaching (10 degrees), and Athletic Trainer (8 degrees).

In 2019, 221 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Dakota Wesleyan University. 62% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (181 degrees), 15.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (12 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University is $27,700, which is $420 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University is $27,700, which is $420 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,891.

In 2019, 93% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 88% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$27,700
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University was $27,700. The cost of tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University is $420 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$21,891
2019 Value
2.71%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Dakota Wesleyan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,891. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Dakota Wesleyan University grew by 2.71%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,675
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Dakota Wesleyan University was of $7,675 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 1.32% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 13% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
88%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Dakota Wesleyan University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.2% with respect to 2018, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6%
2017 Default Rate
18
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Dakota Wesleyan University was 6%, which represents 18 out of the 300 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Dakota Wesleyan University received 916 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 43.3% annual growth. Out of those 916 applicants, 611 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 66.7% acceptance rate.

There were 880 students enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University in 2019, and 15% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Dakota Wesleyan University has an overall enrollment yield of 27%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

66.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
611
Accepted Out of 916

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Dakota Wesleyan University was 66.7% (611 admissions from 916 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 73.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 43.3%, while admissions grew by 30%.

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SAT Scores

15%
Submission Percentage
25
Scores Submitted

15% of enrolled first-time students at Dakota Wesleyan University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Dakota Wesleyan University has a total enrollment of 880 students. The full-time enrollment at Dakota Wesleyan University is 671 students and the part-time enrollment is 209. This means that 76.3% of students enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Dakota Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 83.2% White, 6.59% Hispanic or Latino, 2.5% Two or More Races, 1.82% Black or African American, 1.59% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.795% Asian, and 0.227% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (46%), followed by White Male (37.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (4.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (53.7%), followed by White Female (26.8%) and Black or African American Male (4.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Dakota Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 880 students. The full-time enrollment at Dakota Wesleyan University is 671 and the part-time enrollment is 209. This means that 76.3% of students enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Dakota Wesleyan University was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Dakota Wesleyan University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    732
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    58
  3. Two or More Races
    22

The enrolled student population at Dakota Wesleyan University is 83.2% White, 6.59% Hispanic or Latino, 2.5% Two or More Races, 1.82% Black or African American, 1.59% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.795% Asian, and 0.227% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 18 students (2.05%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 53 more women than men received degrees from Dakota Wesleyan University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Dakota Wesleyan University is white (181 degrees awarded). There were 15.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (12 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Dakota Wesleyan University is Registered Nursing (68 degrees awarded), followed by Elementary Education & Teaching (10 degrees) and Athletic Trainer (8 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Dakota Wesleyan University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees awarded), History (8 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (5 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Dakota Wesleyan University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,498,595 people), Secondary school teachers (530,882 people), Education administrators (274,090 people), Special education teachers (208,425 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (189,953 people).

The most specialized majors at Dakota Wesleyan University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees awarded), History (8 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (5 degrees), Education (30 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (6 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Dakota Wesleyan University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Dakota Wesleyan University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees awarded), History (8 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (5 degrees), Education (30 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (6 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Dakota Wesleyan University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,806,887 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (321,434 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (168,874 people), Legal services (113,122 people), and Child day care services (102,554 people).

The most specialized majors at Dakota Wesleyan University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees awarded), History (8 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (5 degrees), Education (30 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (6 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Dakota Wesleyan University.
Most Common
  1. 68 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 10 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 8 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Dakota Wesleyan University was Registered Nursing with 68 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

84
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
137
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 84 degrees were awarded to men at Dakota Wesleyan University, which is 0.613 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (137).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 14 degrees were awarded to men at Dakota Wesleyan University in Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services, which is 2.33 times more than the 6 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 64 degrees were awarded to women at Dakota Wesleyan University in Registered Nursing, which is 16 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

39%
100% Completion Time
48%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 39% of students graduating from Dakota Wesleyan University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 48% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 50% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is Female and White (66.1% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    181 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    12 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Dakota Wesleyan University is white (181 degrees awarded). There were 15.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (12 degrees).

0.905% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    116 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    65 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    9 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Dakota Wesleyan University is white female (116 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (65 degrees).

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Operations

Dakota Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at nearly $30M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $247k (0.821%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Dakota Wesleyan University had a total salary expenditure of $19.4M. Dakota Wesleyan University employs 17 Associate professors, 17 Assistant professors, and 10 Professors. Most academics at Dakota Wesleyan University are Female Assistant professors (13), Female Associate professors(9), and Male Professors (8).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Dakota Wesleyan University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 30 employees, Management, with 16 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 13 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$30M
2019 Endowment
4.13%
decline from 2018

Dakota Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at about $30M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Dakota Wesleyan University declined 4.13% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.7M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $591k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Dakota Wesleyan University received $591k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$7.96M
2019 Salaries
7.51%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Dakota Wesleyan University paid a median of $7.96M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($19.4M) and a 7.51% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.01% growth from 2017 and a 6.35% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.81M
Instructional Salaries
49
Number of Employees

In 2019, Dakota Wesleyan University paid a total of $2.81M to 49 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
17 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
30 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Dakota Wesleyan University were Associate professor with 17 employees; Assistant professor with 17 employees; and Assistant professor with 10 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Dakota Wesleyan University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 30 employees; Management with 16 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 13 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Dakota Wesleyan University was Female Assistant professor with 13 employees, Female Associate professor with 9 employees, and Male Professor with 8 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Dakota Wesleyan University.

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