When you explore Ohio Wesleyan, you'll see obvious reasons why OWU stands out. You'll see:
- Small classes with back-and-forth conversation — the student-faculty ratio is 11:1.
- Opportunities beyond those at many small colleges: 90 majors, 25 varsity sports, global travel, internships, mentored research, even a marching band.
- A friendly, thriving hometown of Delaware, just 25 miles from America's 14th-largest city.
- Outstanding academic programs in the sciences, arts, humanities, and business, where in the past three years, 92%-97% of new graduates were shortly in jobs or grad school.
Look deeper. You'll see a community where the heart of learning is connection. That's our belief, our commitment, our campus culture.
It's the Oh-Wooo spirit.
This is a supportive campus where students work and learn in partnership with their professors, coaches, advisers, and fellow students. This is a campus of cooperation, not competition. Colleges That Change Lives says, "OWU's culture is defined by warmth and helpfulness."
A College That Changes Lives
Ohio Wesleyan is one of only 44 colleges and universities included in the guidebook Colleges That Change Lives, created by a former New York Times education editor.
In fact, OWU has appeared in every edition of Colleges That Change Lives since it was first published in 1996.
Forbes Magazine ranks OWU at No. 17 in the nation among ‘America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015,’ making OWU first among Ohio-based schools. OWU also ranks No. 1 among schools in the Great Lakes Colleges Association, a consortium of 13 private liberal arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Best for Your Money
Money Magazine ranks OWU as one of America's "Best Colleges for Your Money." A report from the New York Times shows low-income students who come to OWU are more likely to move into the top 40% in income than students at many similar schools.
U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Fiske Guide, and others rank OWU among the top liberal arts universities in the nation.
"In today’s world, interdisciplinary thinking and lateral thinking are important skills. As a liberal arts student, you may not be learning a specific discipline like engineering or medicine, but your education is preparing you to ask questions."
"OWU provided me with the foundation to know that you can learn and do whatever you want to. It shaped me into what I am today."
"My classes in economics helped me understand the market and work out my own budgeting systems, while psychology classes laid the foundation for my market research."
"OWU was incredible in every way. We had such a great journalism department."
"I think I started becoming a writer at OWU, thanks almost entirely to the mentorship and encouragement I received from my professors."
"I find myself drawing upon my liberal arts experience where I first learned to think critically – and that alone has paid huge dividends throughout my professional career and in my interactions outside the workplace."
"For a small school in the middle of Ohio, OWU does a great job of getting their students out into the world."