“I was drawn to Ohio Wesleyan in part because of the OWU Connection. The program is truly compelling, providing students with extensive opportunities to engage deeply with the topics of greatest interest to them. Students have the chance to experience what they are learning in the classroom in “real world” settings - enhancing their skills, exploring new cultures, and developing their ability to ask and answer important questions. It’s part of what makes OWU truly distinctive among its peer institutions.”

Stefanie D. Niles

Vice President for Enrollment and Communications

Stefanie is a national leader in her field and a compelling spokesperson for the liberal arts, and she has been a successful, strategic, and innovative leader at multiple outstanding liberal arts institutions. At Ohio Wesleyan University, Stefanie oversees the offices of admission, financial aid, and communications. 

During her more than 20-year enrollment career, Stefanie has served in leadership positions at Dickinson College, Hollins University, Bryn Athyn College, and DePauw University.

She recently assumed the presidency of the 16,000-member National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the leading national organization for college admission professionals. In 2017, Stefanie was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to examine the system of higher education in France. She has completed the Harvard Institute for Educational Management and the Educational Leadership Academy co-sponsored by the CIC and the AASCU.

Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in education from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact Info


Office of Admission
Mowry Alumni Center (temporary location)
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3020
F 740-368-3314
E sdniles@owu.edu