Dakota Wesleyan University Joins Shorelight

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By Shorelight Team
Published on October 16, 2023

Explore top-ranked programs, exciting career development opportunities, and a vibrant campus life at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota.

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Dakota Wesleyan University, ranked #19 among the Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, is now accepting international student applications through Shorelight. Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, Dakota Wesleyan offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in diverse fields including business administration, chemistry, criminal justice, digital media and design, and more.

Why Choose Dakota Wesleyan University?

  1. Accelerate your career through professional development opportunities — Dakota Wesleyan’s emphasis on experiential learning and professional connections through their career services programs results in 96% of graduates finding employment or enrolling in graduate school after earning their bachelor’s degree. Nursing and education graduates have particularly strong outcomes: both majors boast a 100% success rate in securing job placements or pursuing continuing education!

  2. Join a lively campus community in Mitchell, South Dakota — Located in the charming, historic city of Mitchell, South Dakota, Dakota Wesleyan offers a safe and welcoming environment for international students to live and study, with student-friendly spaces like collaborative learning spaces and innovation labs that encourage networking. Off campus, students can explore downtown Mitchell, where they can shop, try out different cuisines, visit Native American cultural sites, and participate in festivities such as the world-famous Corn Palace Festival and Collegepalooza.

  3. Access multiple financial aid and funding opportunities — At Dakota Wesleyan University, all full-time students are eligible to receive financial aid through scholarships and student-worker programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university #17 among Best Value Schools (Midwest) and #23 among Top Performers in Social Mobility, making it a top choice for affordable and accessible degree programs.

Accolades for Dakota Wesleyan University

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

  • #17 Best Value Schools - Midwest

  • #19 Best Regional Colleges - Midwest

  • #23 Top Performers on Social Mobility

  • #124 Best Online Master's in Education Programs

  • #210 Best Online MBA Programs

  • #356 Nursing (tie)


  • Best Colleges in South Dakota

  • Best in Nursing


  • Champions of Character - Five-Star Gold Institution

College Factual

  • Best Master’s in Training and Development - Athletic Training

Undergraduate Programs at Dakota Wesleyan

  • Behavioral Sciences

  • Digital Media and Design - concentrations in:

    • Graphic Design

    • Marketing

    • Web Design

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • Mathematics

  • Nursing

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Graduate Programs at Dakota Wesleyan

  • Athletic Training

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At Dakota Wesleyan University, you can achieve your academic and career goals – see the many opportunities that await you!

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