History: In 1883, a small band of Methodist settlers meeting in Dakota Territory secured a charter to found the college that has become Dakota Wesleyan University. These hardy pioneers were driven to "build a college of stone while living in houses of sod." Now, nearly 125 years later, DWU is still committed to transforming the lives of students. A small, private university located in Mitchell,...
Dakota Wesleyan University is committed to educating students to
identify and develop their individual talents for successful lives in
service to God and humanity. Founded in 1885, DWU is a private liberal
arts university located in Mitchell, S.D., and affiliated with the
Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The current student population is about 850.