Press Release

One of The Princeton Review’s Best

August 30, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

In surveys completed for The Princeton Review, Ohio Wesleyan students report enjoying a ‘great campus culture,’ where ‘everyone fits in somewhere.’ OWU is listed among the 2017 guidebook’s ‘Best’ and ‘Best Midwestern’ colleges. (Photo by Abi Care Horvat ’17)

2017 Guidebook Lists Ohio Wesleyan Among Nation’s ‘Best’ and ‘Best Midwestern’ Colleges

DELAWARE, Ohio – And the survey says: Ohio Wesleyan University “students are happy, lab facilities are great, (and) internships are widely available.” In addition, OWU offers “great financial aid, everyone loves the Battling Bishops, (and) frats and sororities are popular.”

Those are the findings published in The Princeton Review’s newly released guidebook, “The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition.” The information is based on a survey of Ohio Wesleyan students and resulted in the university earning both a “Best” and “Best Midwestern” undergraduate college ranking.

Of the schools included in the guidebook, Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and lead author of the book, states: “[W]e want to shine light on these exceptional institutions which represent only 15% of the nation’s four-year colleges.”

For the publication, editors from the Natick, Massachusetts-based Princeton Review surveyed 143,000 college students nationwide – approximately 375 per school – about their college’s academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves. The editors also surveyed administrators at several hundred four-year colleges, made campus visits, and factored in the opinions of both their staff and 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.

For the 2017 Princeton Review listing, Ohio Wesleyan students also told surveyors:

  • “[A] major benefit of going to a smaller school is that I am on a first-name basis with multiple professors, and even text them if I need help with something.”
  • “I have had numerous professors support me in applying for grants, applying for research experiences at other universities, as well as jobs.”
  • “I’ve never met so many people that are religiously and culturally different in a single place. It’s amazing!”
  • It’s “very easy to make friends in this type of environment.”

Learn more about The Princeton Review, its “The Best 381 Colleges” guidebook, and its methodology at www.princetonreview.com/best381. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan, including academic opportunities and enrollment information, at www.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 nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 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,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.