When you explore Ohio Wesleyan, you'll see obvious reasons why OWU stands out. Visit OWU and see:
- Small classes with back-and-forth conversation — the student-faculty ratio is 10:1.
- Opportunities beyond those at other small colleges: more than 60 majors, 24 varsity sports, global travel, internships, mentored research, even a marching band. Explore The OWU Connection!
- A friendly, thriving hometown of Delaware, just 25 miles from Columbus, America's 14th-largest city.
- Outstanding academic programs in the sciences, arts, humanities, and business, where in recent years, 95%-96% of new graduates were shortly in jobs or grad school.
- Generous scholarship opportunities. Fully 99.3% of OWU students receive financial aid! And our Branch Rickey Scholarship upholds our belief that if you have the ability to succeed in college, you should have the opportunity.
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, advisors, 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 45 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.
Best for Your Money
The 2021 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings place OWU No. 1 in Ohio for "Best Value" and "Best Social Mobility" among all national liberal arts colleges.
The Princeton Review's "Colleges That Pay You Back" says OWU is a "Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck." OWU is featured in Money Magazine "Best Colleges for Your Money" and Kiplinger's "Best College Values." A New York Times report 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 America.
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.
"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."
"No matter where I go, a part of Ohio Wesleyan and Delaware go with me."
"For a small school in the middle of Ohio, OWU does a great job of getting their students out into the world."
"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."
"OWU was incredible in every way. We had such a great journalism department."
"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."
"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."