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Graduate Admission

Dakota Wesleyan University seeks students who seem best able to profit from the educational experience it provides.  Applicants for admission are considered based on the criteria listed under “Admission Policies.”  No applicant shall be barred from admission because of race, color, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.  The university reserves the right to deny admission or continued enrollment to any student who imposes an unreasonable risk of harm to the health, safety, welfare or property of the university, members of the university community or him/herself.  Students can be denied admission into athletic training, education and nursing, but may be eligible for admission into other majors.

Application Procedure

Undergraduate students will be considered for admission when they present:

  1. a properly completed application for admission with the application fee;

  2. official copies of high school transcript(s) or GED scores and all college, university, professional school, vocational and technical school transcripts; and

  3. official certification of the results of the ACT or SAT.  Dakota Wesleyan University’s test code for ACT is 3906 and for SAT is 6155.

Admission Policies

Freshmen
The university welcomes applications from graduates of any accredited high school or the equivalent.  Graduates who have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA, have a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT or 860 (combination of Math & Critical Reading) on the SAT, and have given evidence of good moral character and future promise are generally eligible for admission.  Those who do not meet the above requirements will be given individual consideration.

Transfer Students
Official transcripts for all previous college, university, professional school, vocational and technical school work must be submitted by candidates wishing to transfer to Dakota Wesleyan.  A high school transcript may be needed.  Official transcripts bearing the original seal and signature must be sent directly from the originating institution to the admissions office at DWU.  All credit-bearing coursework from previous institutions that is accepted at Dakota Wesleyan University for transfer credit will be entered on the DWU records at the same grade and point value (or equivalent as determined at the discretion of DWU) as at previous institution(s).  Transfer students must meet all requirements for good standing as stated in “Academic Regulations.”  For students who do not enroll in DWU, official transcripts become the property of Dakota Wesleyan University and are retained for a period of one year. 

Readmission of Former Students
Any student who leaves the university for one semester or more and has not applied for a leave of absence is required to apply for readmission.  If credit-bearing coursework was taken during the absence, official transcripts of that coursework must be submitted directly from the originating institution to the admissions office.  The university reserves total discretion in determining whether or not to readmit a student.  Readmission may be approved if the student has no bill in the business office, is current on any federal loans, and was not dismissed for social or academic reasons.

Special Students
Students not working toward a degree who do not exceed six credit hours per semester are classified as special students.  Special students are to register for classes at the registrar’s office and do not need to go through the admission process.

Nontraditional Students
Nontraditional students are students who are 23 or older, have a spouse or are parents.  They should follow the same application procedure as freshmen.

High School Students
High school students, typically current juniors or seniors, may enroll before graduation in freshman level courses.  The courses may apply toward a degree once they have graduated from high school.   Students should work with their high school counselors when selecting a course.  

Online classes are also offered to high school students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and have a recommendation from a high school principal or school counselor.   An official high school transcript is required for students enrolling in online courses.

A completed  “High School Student” registration form is needed to register. Classes are taught by DWU faculty and are transferable. Students should note that each institution of higher education applies its own credit evaluation policies in determining acceptability and applicability of courses.

Blue and White Club
In an attempt to encourage further participation in the Dakota Wesleyan community, the university has established the Blue and White Club for citizens aged 62 years or older.  Members of the DWU Blue and White Club will be allowed to audit, without tuition payment, college classes on a space available basis when a class has the required minimum enrollment.  Members will be responsible for course fees when applicable.  Members register for classes at the registrar’s office and do not need to go through the admission process. 

Students with a Completed Bachelor’s Degree
Students with a bachelor’s degree but who are returning to college to complete another major or minor must complete and send an application, application fee and official transcript to the office of admissions.

Students with a Completed Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Seeking S.D. Renewal or S.D. Certification
Students with a bachelor’s degree in education who return only to complete the courses necessary to meet South Dakota state certification or renewal requirements are to register for classes at the registrar’s office and do not need to go through the admission process.

Students with a Completed Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Seeking a Specific Education Endorsement
Students with a bachelor’s degree in education who return to complete coursework that allows an educator to instruct in a specific field must complete and send an application, application fee and official transcript to the office of admissions.

Students with a Non-education Bachelor’s Degree and Seeking Teacher Certification Only
Students with a non-education bachelor’s degree who return to complete the courses necessary for teacher certification only must complete and send an application, application fee and official transcript to the office of admissions.

Students with a Completed Bachelor’s Degree and Seeking a Master of Arts in Education
Students with a bachelor’s degree who return to complete the courses necessary for a Master of Arts in education please refer to “Graduate Studies.”

Continuing Education
Citizens seeking to participate in a continuing education workshop, seminar or conference for academic credit must register for the event.

International Students (undergraduate and graduate)
International students who have completed secondary school are encouraged to apply to Dakota Wesleyan University. 
Undergraduate admission requirements include:

  1. a $25 nonrefundable application fee;
  2. official academic records, all secondary and postsecondary education, with certified English translation from AACRAO or ECE evaluation agencies;
  3. English proficiency for students from countries where English is not the native language, verified by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.  TOEFL scores of at least 500 (paper based) or 200 (computer based) or 71 (Internet based); 18 ACT or 860 SAT; and
  4. proof of financial responsibility and fulfillment of health requirements.

Graduate admission requirements include:

  1. a $50 nonrefundable application fee;
  2. official academic records, all postsecondary education, with certified English translation;
  3. English proficiency for students from countries where English is not the native language, verified by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.  TOEFL scores of at least 500 (paper based) or 200 (computer based) or better are required;
  4. proof of financial responsibility and fulfillment of health requirements; and
  5. additional requirements are necessary for graduate students.  For more information see “Catalog of Graduate Studies.”

Be aware that federal financial aid is only available to U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens.  Students in the United States on an F-1 student visa are not eligible for federal financial aid.

F-1 status international students who apply and are accepted to an undergraduate program at the university may be considered for a DWU Global Scholarship.  The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters with continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.  Specific details are available through the office of admissions.

For complete details regarding international admissions, visit www.dwu.edu/admissions/international.htm

Nursing Program
Prospective nursing/pre-nursing students must meet certain standards to be admitted into the nursing/pre-nursing program.  These standards are not the same standards used for admission into Dakota Wesleyan University.  Students can be denied admission into nursing, but may be eligible for admission into other majors.

Associate of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements (Mitchell and Huron)
Students who wish to be considered for the nursing or pre-nursing program must provide documentation of the following requirements:

  1. ACT composite score of 18 or above;
  2. reading placement of 11 or above, or an 18 or above in the reading portion of the ACT; and
  3. high school or college cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.  Transfer students must provide documentation of earning a minimum grade of C in English composition and C- in other prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university.  Science courses must be completed in the past 10 years.  No support course can be repeated more than one time.

First priority for admission to the A.S. nursing program is given to applicants meeting all admission requirements by Feb. 1.  Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space available basis after Feb. 1.  If there is not an available opening for the A.S. nursing program, students who have met admission requirements and been accepted will be put on a waiting list and be notified by admissions if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances.  Address written requests for exceptions to the admission requirements policy to the Nursing Admission Committee and mail to Admissions, DWU Campus Box 902, 1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301.

LPN-RN Admission Requirements (Sioux Falls)
Applicants must provide documentation of the following requirements before the Nursing Admission Committee will review an application for admission to the LPN-RN program in Sioux Falls:

  1. Licensed practical nursing diploma from an accredited higher education institution;
  2. copy of current licensure as an LPN in South Dakota; one year of work experience as an LPN is recommended before beginning the LPN-RN curriculum;
  3. cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above in college, university, vocational and technical school coursework.  No support course can be repeated more than one time.  Send an official copy of all college transcripts. If coursework is still in progress, attach a current transcript that documents all of the courses in progress from that institution;
  4. ACT composite score of 18 or above; or Nurse Entrance Test (NET) composite score of 65 percent or above; or Test Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) minimum score of 62 percent on math and 75 percent on reading;
  5. an 18 or above in the reading portion of the ACT; or a 60 percent or above composite reading score of the NET; or 75 percent Reading Score on the TEAS.  If one of these two are not met, a reading placement of 11 or above;
  6. employer verification of employment as an LPN for minimum of six months.  Those students who are practicing LPNs at the time of application review will receive higher priority for acceptance;
  7. nursing supervisor/manager letter of reference including nursing skill and care competencies, working relationships with healthcare team members, communication skills, professional conduct, appearance and attendance; and
  8. prerequisite courses are required to be completed or successfully challenged.

First priority for admission to the LPN-RN nursing program is given to applicants meeting all admission requirements by Oct. 1.  Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space available basis after Oct. 1.  If there is not an available opening for the LPN-RN nursing program, students who have met admission requirements and been accepted will be put on a waiting list and be notified by admissions if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances.  Address written requests of appeal to the Nursing Admission Committee and mail to Admissions, Dakota Wesleyan University, 1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301.

RN-B.S. Nursing Program Admission
Admission into the RN-B.S. nursing program is competitive. Course size for all online nursing courses is limited to 20 students in order to enhance student/teacher interaction. No applicant is barred from the RN-B.S nursing program because of sex, race, creed, color, marital status or national origin. A RN-B.S. nursing admission committee selects applicants deemed to be best qualified to succeed in the RN-B.S. nursing program. Initial consideration of applications for fall semester admission into the RN-B.S. nursing program will begin on Feb.1. Application materials received after Feb. 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

If there is not an available opening for the RN-B.S nursing program, students who have met admission requirements and have been accepted will be put on a waiting list and will be notified by the RN-B.S nursing program director/administrative chairman if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances. Address written requests for exceptions to the admission requirements policy to the RN-B.S. n program admission committee and mail to Admissions, DWU Campus Box 902, 1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301.

RN-B.S. Nursing Program Admission Requirements

  • Current RN licensure from the state of residence
  • Meet all requirements for admission to DWU
  • Received an associate degree or diploma in nursing from a nursing program that has national nursing accreditation
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 for previous college work
  • Completion of application for admission to DWU RN-B.S. nursing program
  • Pre-requisite requirement: All but 10 credits of the RN-B.S. nursing program General Education and support course requirements must be completed at a C- or higher with the exception of ENG 111 in which a C is required before the student can be accepted into the RN-B.S. nursing program and enroll in nursing core courses. No support course can be repeated more than once. In addition, students must complete CHM 174 University Chemistry II, MTH 125 College Algebra, and MTH 200 Statistical Methods before they can be accepted into the RN-B.S. nursing program and enroll in nursing core courses. Exceptions must be approved by the RN-B.S. program director. Students will be considered as pre-nursing status for the RN-BS nursing program while they are completing the General Education and support course prerequisite requirements. A GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to pre-nursing status.
 
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