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Academics

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 eighteen 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 in 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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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 [their] 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.”

Overview

Applicants
4,160
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — December 15

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
208
with Terminal Degree

118
Men
90
Women

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

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

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

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

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics.
  • Geography.
  • International Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • 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 History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$47,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$102,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$48,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$104,500

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
17%


Students Say

Ohio Wesleyan “strives to prepare [its] students with the necessary experience to be employed after college” and to that end, the Office of Career Services provides individual counseling, creative programming, and technological services, and invites students and faculty to request workshops on topics they feel would benefit the student career path, such as salary negotiation or graduate school preparation. “A good percentage of students [get] jobs right out of college” and the administration excels at “getting alumni support on projects or on when helping students network outside of class.” Of the Ohio Wesleyan University alumni who visited PayScale.com, 46 percent report that their jobs make the world a better place..

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,215

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,716

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,850

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,221

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,565
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

3.22%
Asian
10.30%
African-American
5.60%
Hispanic
68.60%
Caucasian
2.32%
Unknown
4.95%
International

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

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
86%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

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
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

36% join a fraternity
33% 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
Air Force ROTC Offered

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Purchasing options available through HP and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

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
Merrick Hall
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:
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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