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Princeton Review 2019

August 7, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan is included in The Princeton Review's new guidebook, 'The Best 384 Colleges.' Students report being happy at OWU and getting 'great' financial aid to help them pursue their dreams. (Photo by Paul Vernon) 

Ohio Wesleyan Listed among Guidebook’s ‘Best’ and ‘Best Midwestern’ Colleges

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the top schools in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s 2019 guidebook, “The Best 384 Colleges.”

According to the new guidebook, released Aug. 7, Ohio Wesleyan earns high marks with students for the quality and accessibility of its professors. The university earned a 94 rating (out of 99) for student responses to the statement, “Your instructors are good teachers,” and a 93 rating for “Your instructors are accessible outside the classroom.”

In addition to being named as one of the nation’s 384 best colleges, Ohio Wesleyan also earned a spot on The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Midwestern Colleges,” comprised of schools that “we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search,” according to the organization’s website.

The new guidebook is based on surveys of 138,000 students at its top colleges with questions exploring the areas of academics, administration, campus life, student body, and the students themselves.

Academics receive the highest consideration, states Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the guidebook’s lead author.

“We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics; we highly recommend each one,” he said.

According to the 2019 guidebook: “To some, Ohio Wesleyan University offers the best of both worlds: the ‘smaller school’ experience of a ‘liberal arts education’ along with the ‘fantastic financial aid,’ ‘scholarship money,’ and ‘opportunity to play a collegiate sport’ available at a ‘global” university.’ ”

Students also report enjoying the culturally diverse atmosphere of the campus, stating: “I’ve never met so many people that are religiously and culturally different in a single place. It’s amazing!” and it’s “very easy to make friends in this type of environment.”

“At OWU,” The Princeton Review guidebook concludes, “ ‘everyone fits in somewhere. ’ ”

Learn more about The Princeton Review, its “The Best 384 Colleges” guidebook, and its methodology at www.princetonreview.com/best384. 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 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.