Parents and Family:
Dakota Wesleyan University emphasizes student learning, leadership development, faith exploration, and service to others. Our students represent a wealth of backgrounds and experiences. We strive to provide wonderful living and learning opportunities for all of our students.
In the United Methodist tradition, Dakota Wesleyan University aspires to be a leading university that educates students to identify and develop their individual talents for successful lives in service to God and the common good.
This handbook is designed to familiarize you with the university’s resources and to assist with the transition students are about to make as they enter college. Please read this information, participate in Family Orientation and Family Weekend, and contact the campus life department if you have any questions.
Wesleyan University – A Proud Heritage
The founders of Dakota Wesleyan University envisioned an institution that epitomized the highest Christian thought and deed, and so adopted the motto, “Sacrifice or Service.” This is depicted in the collegiate seal of the altar, the ox and the plow – symbols for these concepts. To this day, those associated with DWU endeavor to carry out its mission of service to God and humanity.
Now, more than 120 years later, DWU is still committed to transforming the lives of students.
With fewer than 800 students, Dakota Wesleyan University has a reputation for caring and concern toward its students. The student-to-faculty ratio (14:1) allows our faculty to get to know each student on a personal basis, providing mentorship, guidance and professional collaboration as essential parts of the education process. Students come from the Midwest and other locations around the United States. DWU has also welcomed many international students, most recently from Curacaos, Brazil, Ireland, Venezuela and Canada.
An essential aspect of a Dakota Wesleyan University education is service. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in service projects in the community and around the state. Past projects have included serving meals at the Love Feast, an organization that provides free meals to less fortunate members of the community; building furniture for a Bosnian refugee family; working on a home for Habitat for Humanity; and collecting school supplies and books for needy children. Groups have participated in mission trips both in the United States and other countries.
DWU’s rich tradition of service enters the 21st century with the inauguration of the George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service. The life and work of George McGovern-DWU class of 1946 and former professor of history at DWU-his wife Eleanor, epitomize this tradition of service. The McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service creates a culture of service to the common good and provides educational programs on leadership and public service through a variety of curricular and co- curricular avenues, interwoven with many of DWU’s academic programs, including nursing, education and business. The McGovern Library houses the McGovern Archives and is a rich source of information and inspiration for those interested in public service, the alleviation of hunger and poverty, and political activism. The McGovern Library is also home to the campus bookstore, Java City coffee house and a 24 hour multimedia lab.
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Last updated: 6/21/11