Money magazine ranks Ohio Wesleyan among its ‘Best Colleges’ based on a review of 24 quality, affordability, and outcomes data points. Here, OWU’s 2022 graduates celebrate earning their diplomas this spring. (Photo by James DeCamp)

Money’s ‘Best Colleges’

Magazine Ranks Ohio Wesleyan Among Its Top Value Schools for 2022

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s “best colleges for your money,” according to Money magazine’s new “Best Colleges in America 2022” list.

To create the list, Money examined 24 quality, affordability, and outcomes data points from more than 2,400 four-year colleges. A total of 671 schools were ranked, with Ohio Wesleyan earning a spot among the magazine’s Top 500 U.S. and Top 14 Ohio schools.

“Our quality measures focus on graduation rates,” Money’s executive editor Mike Ayers stated in announcing the rankings.

“For affordability, we weighed the net price of a degree, student and parent borrowing, and loan repayment rates,” Ayers continued. “For outcomes, we consider median earnings, the share of alumni working, and the share of alumni earning more than a high school grad. …

“We might be a bit biased,” he concluded, “but we think that Money’s ‘Best Colleges’ is the most helpful list in the market to help prospective students, parents, and counselors make the best decision for one’s future.”

In evaluating a college’s outcomes (30% of a school’s score), Money used data including employment outcomes and earnings 10 years after entering college, both culled from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, as well as economic mobility index information from the nonprofit Third Way think tank and return on investment data from the nonprofit, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

In addition to Money’s 2022 rankings, Ohio Wesleyan also is featured among the latest “Best Colleges” lists issued by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and others.

Learn more about Money’s new rankings at money.com/best-colleges and more about enrolling at Ohio Wesleyan at owu.edu/admission.


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 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.