Students Say

To some, Ohio Wesleyan University offers the best of both worlds: the “smaller school” experience of a “liberal arts education” along with the “fantastic financial aid,” “scholarship money,” and “opportunity to play a collegiate sport” available at a “global” university. OWU offers 18 different pre-professional majors in areas like pre-medicine and pre-engineering, along with “enriching” programs called out by students in “psychology,” “economics,” “Black World Studies,” and others.

Overview

Applicants
3,981
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

To some, Ohio Wesleyan University offers the best of both worlds: the “smaller school” experience of a “liberal arts education” along with the “fantastic financial aid,” “scholarship money,” and “opportunity to play a collegiate sport” available at a “global” university. OWU offers 18 different pre-professional majors in areas like pre-medicine and pre-engineering, along with “enriching” programs called out by students in “psychology,” “economics,” “Black World Studies,” and others. In addition, the university facilitates special programs like “the undergraduate research program, SSRP, that allows only Ohio Wesleyan students to work with a professor over the summer,” which entrusts undergrads with “a rare opportunity to get paid to do research almost always one-on-one with a PhD, where at any other school you’ll be working with lab techs and graduate students.” Another crown jewel of the OWU academic experience is the “Theory to Practice opportunities”, which challenge students to design their own project applications “for grants through the school that allow you to do your own research [and] travel to gain new experience.” Similarly, OWU’s “Travel-Learning Courses” create “many opportunities to go abroad” for students with intellectual wanderlust, and with such a global focus, OWU also attracts “many international students” to its Ohio campus. The faculty participates in this global citizenship as well: “The professors are very diverse, like the students here, bringing different perspectives and knowledge to campus.” They’re also committed to their students, who find that professors are “good at engaging the student is classroom discussions” and “will go out of their way to help you. I have had numerous professors support me in applying for grants, applying for research experiences at other universities, as well as jobs.” Students report that “a major benefit of going to a smaller school is that I am on a first-name basis with multiple professors, and even text them if I need help with something,” and that they’ve “had professors stay until 6pm just to make sure I understood a concept.” An OWU education also builds a foundation for the future: the university boasts “strong career services” and “OWU alums are very dedicated to helping provide employment to students post graduation.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
219
with Terminal Degree
0

127
Men
92
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics, General
  • Microbiology, General
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Zoology/Animal Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other
  • Pre-Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Optometry Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Classical and Ancient Studies
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Sports Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Wendie Malick
Award-winning actress

Byron Pitts
CBS News Chief National Correspondent, 60 Minutes contributor, Emmy winner

Susan Headden
Pulitzer Prize winner

F. Sherwood Rowland
Nobel Prize laureate-Chemistry 1995

Richard North Patterson
Best-Selling author

Branch Rickey
ESPN's most influential sports figure of the 20th centur

Fred Baron
Oscar-winning producer VP Feature Production 20th Century Fox

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,059

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,921

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,582

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,516

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,450

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,660
Required Fees
$260
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

OWU is populated by enthusiastic joiners of all different stripes, and students love the “very culturally diverse” atmosphere of the school. “I’ve never met so many people that are religiously and culturally different in a single place. It’s amazing!” Because “we only have around 1800 students” and “students and faculty alike push for acceptance of everyone,” it’s “very easy to make friends in this type of environment.” Students extol each other as “friendly and smart”, as well as “outgoing, overcommitted in student organizations, and driven,” and love that “it is impossible to judge or peg people” because “everyone here is from all over with different backgrounds.” At OWU, “everyone fits in somewhere.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,734
Out of State
54%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

2.55%
Asian
7.27%
African-American
4.41%
Hispanic
78.01%
Caucasian
2.80%
Unknown
7.52%
International

53% female
47% male
54% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

OWU’s “close knit community” is forged through common-interest bonds: “Most students are nerds/passionate about something. They usually fit in by finding people interested in the same things they are.” The prototypical OWU student is “extremely involved in clubs/organizations,” but has lots of choices of what to join: there’s an “amazing club and Greek Life,” “varsity sports,” “jobs on campus,” and “SLUs (small living units),” described as “intentional communities centered around various mission statements.” All of this adds up to a robust “overall community” and “great campus culture” that “make OWU an even better school to attend. The majority of students stay on campus because of the community and friendships that they have formed.” That said, a lot of students “go to class and study during the week like its my job,” “and every night do homework followed by Netflix.” “In general, everyone is in study groups during the week and watching movies with friends when free,” then “weekends are spent with friends at a frat, sorority, or sport house.” “Drinking does occur, as does drug usage,” but “it’s not a huge party school,” and “many people are devoted strongly to their academics.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
86
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
12

46% join a fraternity
34% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Battling Bishops)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Battling Bishops)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The office of multicultural student affairs provides programming of various types for domestic multicultural and international students.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Capital University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: The Ohio State University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Purchasing options available through HP and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alison McFadden
Admission Receptionist/ Guest Services

Address
Office of Admission
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware,, OH 43015

Phone
7403683020

Email
owuadmit@owu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Hamilton Williams Campus Center
Selby Stadium
R.W. Corns Building
Sanborn Hall (music)
Beeghly Library and Ross Museum are additional popular places on campus.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Arts Castle
The Mean Bean Coffee Shop
Delaware State Park
Columbus Zoo
Highbanks Nature Preserve

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, Saturday
8:30am-5pm; 10am-12pm
7403683020

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M - F, 10, 1 and 2; Sat, 10;
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay, Sun-Thurs nights only; not available during exam period; Overnight programs available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Port Columbus International Airport is a 45-minute drive from campus. Call the admissions office to arrange for transportation from the airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The campus is located near the junction of U.S. Rtes. 23 and 36. From Rte. 36 (William St. in Delaware), head south on Sandusky St. The admissions office is near the third traffic light on Sandusky. Use the parking lot off Sandusky St. and follow signs to admissions.

Local Accommodations
Hotels •Best Western Delaware Inn: 1720 Columbus Pike (Rte. 23), 740-363-3510 or 800-780-7234 •Comfort Inn: 1251 Columbus Pike (Rte. 23), 740-363-8869 or 800-228-5150 Bed and Breakfasts •Providence Place: 3874 Liberty Rd., 740-363-3838 •Welcome Home Inn: 6640 Home Rd., 740-881-6588 or 800-381-0364 •Winter Street Inn: 185 W. Winter St., 740-990-8695
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Key Stats

3,981
Applicants
1,734
Size
74%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists