Ohio Wesleyan University

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61 S. Sandusky Street

Delaware, OH 43015

Phone: (740) 368-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Ohio Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,821, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ohio Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 100. Its tuition and fees are $40,510 (2013-14).

Ohio Wesleyan University is a small liberal arts school located in the city of Delaware, about 20 minutes north of the state capital, Columbus. Students at Ohio Wesleyan can choose from more than 90 majors in the fields of arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Freshmen have the opportunity to make friends through the Fresh X program, in which they go on an organized retreat with their classmates the summer before their first semester of classes. More than 80 percent of Ohio Wesleyan University students volunteer by building houses with Habitat for Humanity, tutoring children through Buckeye Valley Reads or participating in other programs.

The university, often called OWU, also offers about 100 student organizations, Greek life and intramural sports teams for students to join. More serious athletes can try out for the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference. The OWU basketball teams play in an arena named after alumnus Branch Rickey, who took one of the first steps in integrating baseball by signing Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded by the United Methodist Church in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan is a national liberal arts university with a major international presence. It is remarkable for the depth of its academic and pre-professional programs, the international dimension of its curriculum, its focus on community through leadership and service, and its unwavering commitment to linking theory and practice in a global context and in every field of study.

The university's commitment to uniting theory and practice is exemplified by its program of competitive grants, which allow students to propose and conduct original research, serve internships, participate in service, or experience cultural immersion throughout the world. Additionally, an increasing number of travel-learning courses invites students to travel internationally with their classmates and professors as part of the course curriculum, thus giving students an up-close look at the issues they are studying in the classroom. Travel-learning courses have traveled to locales as disparate as Bangladesh and Brazil, studying topics ranging from economics to tectonics. Ohio Wesleyan also provides a large offering of traditional study-abroad options. Students can arrange individual projects, but formal programs are offered in more than twenty countries.

Ohio Wesleyan Course Connections networks provide opportunities for students to study a topic of interest in depth and over a protracted period of time by taking topical courses in a variety of disciplines and departments.

The university offers more than 90 majors, sequences, and courses of study, far more than most institutions of its size. Honors study offers unusual opportunities to talented students, while all students are encouraged to pursue internships and research. Classes are small, and all full-time tenure track-professors hold a Ph.D. or equivalent.

Ohio Wesleyan is located on an attractive 200-acre campus, and students come from more than 40 states and more than 50 countries. Housing options include six large residence halls; a number of smaller special-interest living units, and seven fraternity houses. Sorority houses are nonresidential. Located only 20 miles from Columbus, Ohio's capital and the nation's 16th-largest city, Ohio Wesleyan offers the best of small-town living with the abundant opportunities for learning, internships, and cultural opportunities found in a major urban center.

Students can participate in nearly 100 campus organizations as well as 23 NCAA Division III men's and women's athletic teams. In 2011, the men's soccer team won its second Division III national championship and the team's coach, Jay Martin, became the winningest coach in men's collegiate soccer across all NCAA divisions. OWU has won the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy nine times and boasts more conference championships and Academic All-America scholar-athletes than any other school in the conference. Ohio Wesleyan also has an active intramural and club sports scene.

Ohio Wesleyan has been on the President's Honor Roll for Community Service, with Distinction, for the last four consecutive years, and in 2009 was one of only three colleges in the United States to win the President's Award for Excellence in General Community Service.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Ohio Wesleyan University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are January 15 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Ohio Wesleyan University is $35. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ohio Wesleyan University is 11:1, and the school has 69.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ohio Wesleyan University include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 16%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Psychology 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Student Life

Ohio Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,821, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. Ohio Wesleyan University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,821
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Ohio Wesleyan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ohio Wesleyan University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ohio Wesleyan University, 67.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $27,035.

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Tuition and fees $40,510 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,670 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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