Dakota Wesleyan University
About Dakota Wesleyan University
Located in the southeastern South Dakota town of Mitchell, Dakota Wesleyan University offers the security and sense of community provided by a small town, with the less than one-hour drive proximity to a much larger city, Sioux Falls. The small student body (approximately 788) allows for a more personalized higher education. Mitchell is famous for its Corn Palace, which is a structure with an exterior built and decorated with murals made of corn, grain, grasses, wild oats, rye, straw, wheat, and other natural materials. Each year the exterior is stripped away and replaced, each time focusing on a theme representing an important facet of the South Dakota lifestyle. The tradition began as part of "The Corn Belt Exposition" in 1892. The present structure was built in 1921 and serves as a multi-use center for the community and region. The Corn Palace hosts stage shows and sporting events. In addition to the Corn Palace, Mitchell is home to the interpretive historical park Prehistoric Indian Village, the Dakota Discovery Museum, and the Enchanted World Doll Museum. Lake Mitchell provides boating, swimming, fishing, and camping opportunities. The area offers two public golf courses, softball and baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, a hockey arena and a new outdoor aquatic center. Also available is the Luxury 5 Cinemas, featuring stadium seating, home to the Starlite Drive-In Theatre, and the new Pepsi Area Community Theatre.
Dakota Wesleyan¡¦s department of computers and multimedia offers a B.S. in multimedia, preparing graduates for a wide variety of professional positions in media, broadcasting, video production and post-production, computer graphics, publishing, education and business. Students in the program acquire advanced skills using Adobe¡¦s Illustrator and Workshop, Macromedia¡¦s Director, and will learn how to concept, script, shoot, and edit video productions using Apple¡¦s Final Cut Pro and Adobe¡¦s After Effects. Coursework for the major includes between 43 and 45 credits in various aspects of design, database management, multimedia, motion graphics, desktop publishing, and a practicum. The department also offers minors in computers and technology (CAT), desktop publishing, and multimedia, each requiring completion of 21 credit hours.
Federal, private, and university financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships are available to students who qualify. In the 2006-07 academic year, Dakota Wesleyan students received more than $13.1 million in financial aid, with the average package being $16,385. The University is dedicated to working with every student and family to make the dream of higher education financially attainable, and prospective students and their families are urged to contact the financial aid office.
Dakota Wesleyan offers a variety of student organizations and activities, including intramural sports, forensics, drama club, criminal justice club, and a multicultural committee. Personal and career counseling is available to students as well as services for international students.
DWU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the South Dakota Department of Education. The University is affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.