Ben Farynowski ’17
Financial Analyst at Battelle, ColumbusPathway to a Career
The OWU Connection is a portfolio of beyond-the-classroom experiences that extend and enhance the academic program of every Ohio Wesleyan student.
It begins with UC 160, every student's intro to OWU. And The OWU Connection continues through four years of interdisciplinary learning, travel, research, creative projects, internships, and connection with real-world challenges.
Our commitment is to help you find your passion and build your pathway to meaningful work and a rewarding life.
You will choose from many programs and pathways to create your own personal connection experience to prepare you for your next step and for a lifetime of learning and growth.
You will leave OWU with the combination of skills and experience that employers and graduate schools value most: the ability to think critically, analyze complex problems, work in diverse teams, and communicate effectively.
You will be prepared to face complex challenges in real-world settings. You will be ready to make a difference.
You will integrate knowledge across disciplines. We have deep roots in and dedication to the liberal arts. You will explore the connections that link the arts, sciences, and humanities in solving real-world challenges. More than 25% of OWU students graduate with multiple majors.
You will build a diverse and global perspective. Get your passport ready. You will have many opportunities to expand your classroom learning by immersing yourself in another culture. And on campus, you'll be living in a community that celebrates diversity and is enriched by students from around the world.
You will practice the application of knowledge. Every OWU student has a variety of opportunities to put theory into practice - to take what you've learned in the classroom and put it to work in real-world settings. Maybe you'll take on an internship. Or you'll work with a professor to create a unique project - and get OWU funding to carry it out.
OWU Connection Experience: Internship with a branding firm in Philadelphia.
OWU Connection Experience: Summer internships in New York and San Francisco, which led to his job at Makena.
OWU Connection Experience: Andrew interned with the Ohio Attorney General.
OWU Connection Experience: Brad conducted off-campus research under the direction of 1961 OWU alumnus Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He also used a Theory-to-Practice grant to complete a summer internship at European Molecular Biology Laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany.
OWU Connection Experience: Leah's many beyond-the-classroom experiences included an internship with Cleveland Play House.
OWU Connection Experience: A Theory-to-Practice grant to study bats in Texas helped Kristen net a Fulbright Scholarship to do research in Australia. Her Summer Science Research involved determining the style of house that best attracted bats to live near pecan orchards in Texas.
In a survey of 2015 OWU graduates, 94% report being employed or in graduate school.
Four out of five new OWU graduates report that they're working in their field of choice.
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.
According to Payscale, Inc., the average 30-year return on an investment for an OWU bachelor's degree is $888,800. (Source: Paycale Inc., 2014 College ROI Report)
According to Forbes, Ohio Wesleyan ranks No. 17 in America for the percentage of graduates who own a business - and No. 1 in Ohio.
In the past three years, OWU grads have enrolled at Harvard, Princeton, University of Chicago, NYU, Cornell, Michigan, and Notre Dame.