Getting Started
Being part of the DWU family will be an exciting and engaging experience. There will also probably be times when you need help along the way. The following information is intended to briefly orient you with some of the different offices and services on campus that are available to your student. Hopefully, this information will help to guide you along the journey.

Student Success Center
Funded through a federal TRiO grant, the Student Success Center provides tutoring, counseling, multicultural activities and educational activities designed to both enhance the students’ education, and enable them to achieve a postsecondary degree.

For more information: (605) 995-2160 or visit

Business Office
The business office processes payments for tuition, fees and on-campus housing. In addition to this function, the business office offers services and assistance in the following areas:
  • Promissory notes related to federal, Perkins and NSL loan programs.
  • Administer tuition payment plans
For more information: (605) 995-2693 or visit

Career Services
The primary mission of the career planning and placement office is to assist DWU students and alumni in developing, evaluating, and effectively implementing their career plans. To fulfill this mission, the career center provides counseling, job search preparation and recruiting activities.

For more information: (605) 995-2950 or visit

Campus Counselor
The purpose of the campus counselor is to assist students in developing self-understanding and resolving problems which may interfere with their ability to function. Common issues brought to counselors include loneliness, relationship concerns, family difficulties, depression, stress, sexual concerns, substance abuse issues of self-esteem, eating disorders, life transition concerns and sexual assault.

After an initial assessment is made, the counselor may recommend further counseling. When the concern requires longer-term counseling or a more specialized approach, an appropriate referral will be made. There is no fee for services.

For more information: (605) 995-2896.

Financial Aid Office
The financial aid office is responsible for the administration of student financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Financial aid is provided by the university, by the federal government, by social, professional and community organizations, by banks and credit unions, by employers and by friends and graduates of the university. Qualified students may use financial aid to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses. Eligibility requirements and application procedures vary.

For more information: (605) 995-2656/(605)995-2659 or visit

Dining Services
There are a variety of dining services offered for our campus community. Dining facilities operate in the Rollins Campus Center and offer students a variety of dining formats (grill, café, salad and pasta bar) Students who live in residence halls must purchase a food plan as part of their contract to live on campus. A special “mini” meal plan is available to commuter students. Students may add money to their flexi-cash account at any time and for any amount regardless of the meal plan selected for use at Java City. Meals and flexi-cash are not transferable to another student’s meal plan, and meal plans have no cash value when the plan terminates (usually at the end of the academic year). Any remaining balance in a student’s meal plan may not be applied to money owed the university (e.g., tuition).

For more information: (605)995-2810.

Health Insurance
The university requires that all student show proof of current health insurance coverage in order to enroll in classes or live in university operated housing, or both.

Evidence of coverage must be in writing, which normally is considered a copy of an insurance identification card or a policy statement (including name of insurance provider, policy number and company phone number). Coverage must be for the entire academic year. Students who do not have adequate coverage may purchase the DWU-sponsored Student Assurance Plan.

For more information: (605)995-2957 or visit

Health Services and Clinic
As stated in the DWU mission and values, the university is committed to advancing the full, integral development of all persons. As such, DWU is dedicated to providing a wide range of health services to students to help them maintain and enhance their overall wellness.

Immunizations are the full responsibility of the students. Other medical services beyond the scope of clinic services (e.g. emergency room care, specialist referrals, medication, laboratory test, x-rays, etc.) are the full financial responsibility of the student. The DWU Health Services Department welcomes drop-in visits, as well as scheduled appointments. Please visit our website for all full list of health resources available to students, including student health policies (immunizations, insurance, etc.) and services.

For more information: (605) 995-2957 or visit

International Student Services
International student services offers advising for international students and scholars on issues related to cross-cultural adjustment and immigration regulations and requirements.

For more information: (605) 995-2645.

DWU Learning LabThe learning lab is an energetic drop-in tutoring center. Students learn from each other and help each other succeed. The learning lab is staffed with learning lab assistants; certified peer tutors who excel in English, writing, math, and science. Learning lab assistants are College Reading and Learning Association trained. The learning lab assistants are there to help students become active independent learners. The learning lab can also be used for study groups prior to exams. Setup an appointment with the specific learning lab assistant and he or she will work with the group toward success. No appointment is required to visit the learning lab. Study aids, laptops, and some reference materials will be available for student use in the learning lab.

Public Safety
Campus safety subscribes to a proactive approach to law enforcement, and further believes that community and security workers play a cooperative role in maintaining a safe campus environment.

Residence Life
Resident advisors, assistant hall directors and a full time professional residential hall director are available to each resident to assist residents in adjusting to student life. The office of student life oversees the residence halls and apartment complex on campus. A variety of living options are available to accommodate the diverse student population attending DWU. Regardless of the living environment, all residents benefit from a predictable room and board cost with all utilities included, education programs and social activities where students can become involved with their peers, and student leadership opportunities at the floor, hall, and campus-wide levels.

For more information: (605)995-2950 or visit

Student Activities
The Student Activities Board offers a variety of leadership opportunities for our student community. New Student Orientation program, clubs and organizations, and DWU Student Senate offer students many ways to become involved and ultimately enhance their experience at Dakota Wesleyan University. The department also provides support through advising, training and leadership development programs.

Student Disability Services – Student Success Center
The primary mission of Student Disability Services is to promote a fully integrated university experience for students with disabilities by ensuring that students have equal access to all areas of university life. The university also provides educational support and assistance to students with disabilities whose goal is successful completion of college, and who take a proactive role in their own education. To fulfill this mission, SDS-SSS provides:
  • Promotion of self-advocacy skills through education.
  • Academic support services to students with disabilities.
  • Advocacy with university personnel for students with disabilities.
  • Auxiliary aids and services.
Eligibility for disability-related services is determined in collaboration with the university and the student after a comprehensive review of the student’s current disability documentation, personal history interview, and history of prior use of services, if appropriate. After eligibility for services is determined, appropriate reasonable accommodations are arranged. Students have a responsibility to identify themselves as students with disabilities and request accommodations in a timely manner. Communications with SDS-SSS are private and confidential. Disability-related information will not be released without written consent of the student except on a need-to-know basis.

For more information: (605) 995-2901 or visit

Student Employment
Student employment is a form of financial aid and is offered through the Federal Work Study (FWS) program, DWU Works, and regular on-campus employment programs. Federal Work Study is a federally funded, university-administered student financial aid program that enables a student to meet some educational costs through earnings from part-time employment. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for this type of aid. Employment through FWS may either be on campus or off campus with a non-profit agency. In addition, the university offers a number of regular on-campus jobs for students not offered financial aid but who would like an on-campus employment experience. Financial aid eligibility is not required and all full-time degree seeking students may apply for the available positions.

For more information: (605) 995-2952 or visit

University ID card
The DWU ID card is issued to all registered students and functions as the official university ID card. It is automatically activated at the beginning of each semester upon enrollment. The DWU ID card provides students with access to necessary university services with the convenience of using one card. This card provides identification for all DWU community members. It permits DWU students to receive discounts and admission to DWU athletic events. It may be required to access services and for entry into offices and buildings such as the registrar, business office, McGovern Library, wellness and recreation center and all residence halls. The card is also used for meal plans and on-campus debit accounts. The card must be presented to access meal plans. The first DWU ID card is issued free of charge and is to be used for the entire degree program while at DWU. If a student loses his or her card, a simple phone call can be made to deactivate the card. There is a $10 replacement fee for lost or stolen ID cards.

For more information: (605) 995-2667 or visit

Campus Ministry
Campus ministry is attentive to the individual and collective spiritual life of the University. Rooted in the United Methodist faith, campus ministry affirms the rich diversity of faiths represented at DWU. We provide opportunities for spiritual growth in the areas of social justice, retreats, worship and faith formation. All members of the university community are invited to participate in our activities. Our community service programs offer volunteers opportunities, such as serving at the Love Feast. Retreat weekends provide an opportunity to reflect on selected themes in prayer, conversation and silence. Student worship is held every Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Sherman Center. 

For more information: (605) 995-2919 or visit
Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
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