The Academic Year

OWU is on a two-semester-per-year system with each semester lasting 16 weeks. We also offer an online summer session with five-week and ten-week courses. View the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Your Goals

As a First-Year Student, you have two basic academic goals:

  • Earn at least seven credits during your first two semesters at OWU so you can enroll as a Sophomore the following year. Better yet, earn 8.50 credits your first year and stay on track to graduate on time without having to take five courses some semesters or going to summer school.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA. If you are ready to excel, then strive for a 3.5 GPA or better and make the Dean’s List.

To meet or exceed these goals, you will need to be enrolled in appropriate courses and to attend them regularly. Dedication to your classwork is required to be thoroughly prepared to complete assignments and pass exams.

Deposited students will receive an invitation to complete an online Blackboard Orientation course in early June.  This course will provide information about academic requirements and expectations as well as detailed information about courses appropriate and available for new students next fall.  We’ll use information you provide in this course to assign your academic advisor and to finalize our course offerings for fall semester.  All new first year students will have an individual appointment with their academic advisor on Monday, August 17.  You will complete the course registration process during that appointment.

If you are interested in getting a head start, consider exploring the following resources:

  • The Ohio Wesleyan Course Catalog lists academic policies and procedures, requirements for majors and minors, descriptions for all university courses, and more.
  • Learn about OWU’s course for first year students, The OWU Experience: UC 160.
  • Eligible students may select course options from the Honors Program.
  • The Sagan Academic Resource Center offers a wide range of support services including the Writing Center, the Quantitative Skills Center, the Academic Skills Center, the BishopAccess program, and the Accessibility Services Office.  Our Academic Advising program is also coordinated by the ARC staff.