Ohio Wesleyan is included in The Princeton Review’s new rankings of ‘The Best Value Colleges for 2020.’ (Photo by Mark Schmitter ’12)

‘Best Value College for 2020’

Princeton Review Recognizes Ohio Wesleyan among Top Schools for Return on Tuition Investment

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University is among only 200 colleges and universities nationwide included on The Princeton Review’s new list of schools that offer “a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price.”

“The schools we name as our Best Value Colleges for 2020 comprise only 7% of the nation’s four-year colleges,” Robert Franek, editor-in-chief, said in announcing the new list this week.

“They are truly distinctive and diverse in their programs, size, region, and type, yet they are similar in three areas,” Franek stated. “Every school we selected offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid and/or a relative low cost of attendance, and stellar career services. We salute Ohio Wesleyan for these exceptional offerings and recommend it highly to college applicants and parents.”

The Princeton Review chose its Best Value Colleges for 2020 based on more than 40 data points it collected from 2018-2019 surveys of administrators at 656 colleges and from current students at the schools, as well as from PayScale.com surveys of alumni about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction.

Data analyzed covered “everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries, and job satisfaction,” according to the publication.

In The Princeton Review’s new profile of Ohio Wesleyan, its editors state: “Ohio Wesleyan University makes no secret that it wants students who want to learn. Small class sizes and distribution requirements are structured so that ‘everyone experiences many of the different academic departments on campus’ and ‘are well-versed in many different disciplines.’ ”

In addition, the profile quotes students who share: “Many students … benefit from the large amount of scholarships available.”

More than 99% of OWU students receive merit-based and/or need-based financial aid, according to university data, with Ohio Wesleyan awarding $14 million in grants and scholarships annually to first-year students.

In addition to being listed among The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2020, Ohio Wesleyan also is included in The Princeton Review guidebook “The Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition,” released in August. Learn more about The Princeton Review, its new Best Value Colleges rankings, and its methodology at www.princetonreview.com.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan, including academic, enrollment, and financial aid opportunities at www.owu.edu/admission.

About The Princeton Review

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About Ohio Wesleyan University

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.