Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) is a four-year university located in Mitchell, South Dakota
Founded in 1885, Dakota Wesleyan University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The student body averages slightly fewer than 800 students. The campus of the university is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dakota Wesleyan University dedicated the new George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service on October 7, 2006. Nearly five thousand people were on hand to hear former President Bill Clinton honor former Senator George McGovern and his wife Eleanor McGovern for their decades of public service and leadership. Other dignitaries who spoke at the dedication include former Senator Tom Daschle, Senator Tim Johnson, Senator John Thune, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Governor Mike Rounds, and Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today.
The McGovern Center seeks to prepare Dakota Wesleyan’s best students for future leadership and careers in public service through classes, seminars, research, and internships. It also includes the annual McGovern Center Conference, the McGovern Library, and the McGovern Legacy Museum, which gives visitors a look at the lives of the couple. It is also associated with the DWU Tiger Poll which does public opinion polling.
Dakota Wesleyan teams, nicknamed athletically as the Tigers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track & field and wrestling; while women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.