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Dakota Wesleyan University Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Dakota Wesleyan University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

74.8%
Admission Difficulty for Dakota Wesleyan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Dakota Wesleyan University is 74.8%.  Its admission rate is the 3rd lowest in South Dakota.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Dakota Wesleyan University and can you get accepted?

Dakota Wesleyan University is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 904 out of the 1,209 who applied were admitted.

Dakota Wesleyan University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.36. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Dakota Wesleyan University?

75% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Dakota Wesleyan University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.36 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1190 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Dakota Wesleyan University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.36

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Dakota Wesleyan University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Dakota Wesleyan University are to have around a 3.36 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Dakota Wesleyan University accepts 75% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Dakota Wesleyan University is 3.36 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Dakota Wesleyan University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Dakota Wesleyan University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 3% of students submitted SAT scores and 65% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

950-1420

Applicants Submitting SAT 

3%
SAT Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 470
Math 25th Percentile 480
Composite 25th Percentile 950
SAT Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 700
Math 75th Percentile 720
Composite 75th Percentile 1420
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Dakota Wesleyan University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Dakota Wesleyan University is 1190 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 950-1420. Students who get into Dakota Wesleyan University score in the top 69 percent of all SAT test takers..  Dakota Wesleyan University ranks #3 in the state of South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1190 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Dakota Wesleyan University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 950 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 950, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 710, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Dakota Wesleyan University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1190 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1185, you have around a 75% chance of being admitted. A 1420 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 85% chance of getting in.

Dakota Wesleyan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1420 and Above Good >85%
1185 to 1420 Avg + 75%-85%
950 to 1185 Avg - 61%-75%
715 to 950 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 715 Low <45%
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Dakota Wesleyan University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-24 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

65%
ACT Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 15
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Dakota Wesleyan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 22
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Dakota Wesleyan University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Dakota Wesleyan University is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 24.  The school ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 15.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 65 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Dakota Wesleyan University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Dakota Wesleyan University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Dakota Wesleyan University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 75% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 85% with a 24 ACT score.

Dakota Wesleyan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >85%
21 to 24 Avg + 75%-85%
18 to 21 Avg - 61%-75%
15 to 18 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 15 Low <45%
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High School Class Rank

75% of Dakota Wesleyan University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 36% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Dakota Wesleyan University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 9%
Top 25% of class 36%
Top 50% of class 75%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Dakota Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 349 851 1,209
Accepted 260 640 904
Acceptance Rate 74% 75% 75%
Enrolled 64 104 168
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 16% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 27, 2024

Days left to Apply

35

Applicants have 35 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 27, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Dakota Wesleyan University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Dakota Wesleyan University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Dakota Wesleyan University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Dakota Wesleyan University is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.36 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1190 on the SAT and 21 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Dakota Wesleyan University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219091 IPEDS survey data for Dakota Wesleyan University.

Last updated February 24, 2024

FAQs

Does Dakota Wesleyan University prefer SAT or ACT?

3% of students submit their SAT scores to Dakota Wesleyan University. 65% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Dakota Wesleyan University?

75% of those who apply are granted admission to Dakota Wesleyan University. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Dakota Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 950 and 1420. The average SAT score is 1185. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Dakota Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.