Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University students walk to class on an autumn day

On many counts, Ohio Wesleyan is one of the best academic bargains in the country. A chemistry professor voiced a prevailing faculty attitude when he said, ‘Regardless of where a kid comes from, we can take him somewhere.’ “
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Ohio Wesleyan University
Office of Admission
61 South Sandusky Street
Delaware, Ohio 43015
740.368.2000 / 800.922.8953
⋅ Total enrollment 1,650
⋅ 52% female, 48% male
⋅ Students represent 47 states and 32 countries
⋅ 34% international and U.S. multicultural students
⋅ Tuition: $44,430
⋅ Room and Board: $12,210
⋅ 95% of students receive some type of merit and/or need-based aid.

An aerial view of the Ohio Wesleyan University campus

Ohio Wesleyan University students have class on the campus lawn

Ohio Wesleyan University students work with a professor outdoors

The Ohio Wesleyan University campus on a spring day

Ohio Wesleyan University students march toward graduation in their caps and gowns

  • A private, coed, independent, liberal arts college founded in 1842 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Ohio Wesleyan is remarkable for the broad range of its academic and pre-professional programs, the international dimensions of its curriculum, its historic emphasis on community through leadership and service, and its unwavering focus on linking theory and practice in every field of study.
  • Ohio Wesleyan’s campus blends uniquely traditional and contemporary buildings, including a science center with the most up-to-date instrumentation, including a scanning transmission electronic microscope; and a new aquatics center, which is a “green” building heated and cooled by 90 geothermal wells. Ohio Wesleyan’s oldest and most historic residence hall has undergone a $15 million renovation to become a premier campus address once again, and upgrades have been made to a variety of athletic, residential, and academic facilities. Of particular interest is the Bigelow-Reed House for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurial Leadership, which is a unique living-learning environment for upperclass students in economics and business disciplines.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University’s spacious 200-acre campus is located in the heart of Delaware, Ohio, a city of 34,000 located just 20 miles north of Columbus, the state capital and the nation’s 16th-largest city. Delaware offers small-town amenities and friendliness, and Columbus offers a rich cultural life, professional sports, fine dining and shopping, and myriad opportunities for internships and service learning.
  • The University emphasizes service; more than 80 percent of the student body participates in local, national, or international service each year. For four consecutive years, Ohio Wesleyan has earned the President’s Award for Community Service, with Distinction, and in 2010, OWU was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in General Community Service, one of only three universities in the country to be recognized with that designation.
  • Offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music.

Worth Noting
  • OWU is listed on the “Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges” and “Colleges That Encourage Character Development” issued by the John Templeton Foundation.
  • OWU is included in The Princeton Review’s 2013 edition of the Best 377 Colleges and U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university also recently was elected for inclusion in both the 2013 edition of “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” and in Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s Top Colleges.” The Princeton Review also ranked Ohio Wesleyan as one of its “Best in the Midwest” colleges and OWU’s students as No. 15 on its list of the nation’s “Happiest Students.”
  • Ohio Wesleyan is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Ohio Department of Education, American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, National Association of Schools of Music and The Higher Learning Commission.
  • Ohio Wesleyan’s OWU Plan of curricular enhancements includes UC 160, a course that helps first-year students make the adjustment of college and acquaints them with OWU’s academic expectations and supports; Travel-Learning Courses, during which students travel to locales throughout the world with professors and classmates, gaining an up-close look at issues they have rigorously researched in classes; and Course Connections, which offer students a multidisciplinary approach to a topic of particular interest to them. A Course Connection may take up to two years to complete and may include classes from disciplines as disparate as neurology and sociology/anthropology.
  • Ohio Wesleyan also allows students to propose and conduct individual research, internships, service, and cultural immersion experiences throughout the world using competitive, university-funded Theory-to-Practice Grants. Almost all of these experiences are international in scope. Students recently have studied in Pakistan, India, China, Brazil, Costa Rica, England, Poland, and Crete, to name only a few. Students also are encouraged to self-initiate relevant projects as they near the end of their university experience.
  • OWU offers a superb honors program that challenges students with specially designed tutorials, honors courses, independent study, and one-to-one collaboration with faculty. An Honors House is a living option for upperclass honors students, and an Honors residence hall offers 24 quiet hours, among other enhancements.
  • Ten to 15 top incoming first-year students who are interested in careers in economics and business are selected for the Economics Management Fellows Program. Fellows receive exceptional opportunities including special classes, alumni networking, a generous bookstore allowance, and a fully paid, faculty-led study trip to New York City’s financial and business districts, where they take part in intensive meetings and seminars with alumni.
  • A Summer Science Research Program offers students an opportunity to work intensively one to one with faculty members for a 10-week period and to present their work at a culminating symposium.
  • Domestically, students augment curricular work through such hands-on programs as Wesleyan in Washington, which allows them to receive credit for working in government settings in Washington, D.C.; the New York Arts Program, in which students experience the world of professional artists and organizations in New York City; and the Philadelphia Center, which combines for-credit internship, academic study, and independent city living.
  • OWU offers a strong pre-professional course of study within a classic liberal arts curriculum, with professional school acceptance nearly double the national average.

Faculty & Academics
  • 140 full-time faculty members
  • 100% of full-time tenure-track professors hold a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in their field.
  • Faculty members are intellectually challenging, dedicated to every student’s development, and personally involved in students’ progress.
  • All class instruction is provided by faculty; there are no teaching assistants.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Areas of Study
Ancient Studies
Biochemistry – ACS Certified
Biochemistry – Basic
Black World Studies
Botany / Microbiology – Biology
Botany / Microbiology – Genetics
Business Related Majors:
• Accounting
• Business
• Finance Economics
• International Business
• Management Economics
Chemistry – ACS Certified
Chemistry – Basic
Classics – Greek
Classics – Greek and Latin
Classics – Latin
Computer Science
Computer Science (3-2 Program)
Dance Theatre
Earth Science
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies – Chinese
East Asian Studies – Japanese
Education – Early Childhood
Education – Middle Childhood
English – Creative Writing
English – Literature
English – Non-Fiction Writing
Environmental Studies
Fine Arts – Art Education
Fine Arts – Art History
Fine Arts – Studio BA
Fine Arts – Studio BFA
Geology – General
Geology – Professional
German – Literature
German – Studies
Health and Human Kinetics – Exercise Science
Health and Human Kinetics – General
Health and Human Kinetics – Health Promotion
Health and Human Kinetics – Physical Education Teacher Education
Health and Human Kinetics – Sports and Exercise Management
History – Education
Interdisciplinary (Self-Designed)
International Studies – Developing Countries
International Studies – Europe
International Studies – General
Latin American Studies
Mathematics – Statistics
Medieval Studies
Music – Composition
Music – Education
Music – Performance
Physics – Pre Engineering (3-2 Program)
Planetary Science
Politics and Government
Pre Law
Pre Medicine / Pre Dentistry
Pre Optometry
Pre Public Administration
Pre Theology
Renaissance Studies
Sociology / Anthropology
Urban Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies
Zoology – Biology
Zoology – General
Zoology – Genetics
Zoology – Pre-Professional

Campus Life
  • Ohio Wesleyan is a residential campus.
  • OWU is a competitive member of the NCAA Division III and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and has won the NCAC All-Sports Trophy nine times. The University has more Academic All-America® scholar-athletes and more conference titles than any other school in the conference. In 2011, the men’s soccer team won the Division III national championship. For the past four consecutive years, an Wesleyan man has won the Don Hunsinger Award, the NCAC’s highest recognition for athletics, academics, leadership, and service. In fact, since the award’s inception, it has been won only by Ohio Wesleyan.
  • Ohio Wesleyan offers nearly 100 student clubs and organizations that provide ample opportunities to develop their leadership capabilities.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III and North Coast Athletic Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • OWU alumni experience direct connections between their undergraduate internships and other hands-on learning experiences and their success in launching their careers or earning acceptance to graduate and professional programs. Read this for more details.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Mid 50% SAT range: 1020-1240
  • Mid ACT range: 22-28
  • 45% of students rank in the top 25% of their high school classes.