The word is out: Ohio Wesleyan University is among the select, prime, choice colleges in the country.

And while we’re busy making the news, we’re not the only one spreading it. Respected national publications have taken note of OWU’s success and are writing about us. Read on for the experts’ take on where we stand and we’re rated so highly.

U.S. News & World Report: OWU ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” and “Best Value Schools.” OWU also ranks among the “Top Schools on Social Mobility” and is listed as an “A+ School for B Students.” Complete story

Forbes Magazine: OWU ranks No. 1 in Ohio and No. 17 among “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015.” Complete story

Money Magazine: One of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” based on “educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.” Complete story

The Fiske Guide To Colleges: One of the “best and most interesting” four-year colleges in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland, providing students with “a solid liberal arts experience focused not on bells and whistles, but on practical career-related experience.” Complete story

Colleges That Change Lives: One of only 40 U.S. colleges and universities included in the latest guidebook created by a former New York Times education editor. Newest edition

The small university ... is a shining beacon of what happens when a campus embraces collaboration in the context of liberal learning. All types of students are engaged. Professors are invigorated. 

Colleges That Change Lives



Washington Monthly: Among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges based on “contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.” Complete story

The Princeton Review: One of the “Best 385 Colleges,” “Best Midwestern,” and “Best Value”colleges in the United States. Complete story

 The Princeton Review: One of the 200 schools for students seeking "affordable, academically outstanding colleges" according to its book, "The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.” Complete story

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: One of the “Best College Values, 2018” among all U.S. colleges and all liberal arts colleges. Complete story


A 2017 New York Times report shows 66.9% of lower-income OWU students moved to the top 40% in income 10 years after graduation - a higher mark than schools such as Denison, Kenyon, Miami, Oberlin, and Wooster.

PayScale, Inc. listed OWU as one of the nation’s top undergraduate colleges in salary potential for bachelor’s degree holders and all alumni in both their early and mid-careers. Newest edition

New York Times names Columbus one of its 52 Places to Go in 2019. Compete story

Ohio Wesleyan was recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for general and interfaith community service with distinction, where students logged more than 40,000 hours of service during the reporting period. Complete story

The “OWU Better Together” campaign, which focused on issues of food supply and hunger, received a national 2013-2014 Interfaith Youth Core award for “Best Overall Campaign.” Complete story

PHI BETA KAPPA ranked OWU among the top 8% of America’s most distinguished colleges and universities that have a chapter of the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Complete story

OWU’s 5-year Graduate School Acceptance rates to medical and dental schools are more than twice the national average. Our law school acceptance rate is 95%, well above national average.

President Rock Jones earned the 2014 “Outstanding Performance As A College or University President Award”; from Region IV-East of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for his work advancing the quality of student life on OWU’s campus. Complete story