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The Princeton Review 2016 Guidebook Lists Ohio Wesleyan Among the Nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ and ‘Best Midwestern’ Colleges

August 4, 2015 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University is listed as one of the nation’s best colleges and ‘Best Midwestern’ colleges in The Princeton Review’s new guidebook, ‘The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition.’ (Photo by Brad Ward)

Ohio Wesleyan University is listed as one of the nation’s best colleges and ‘Best Midwestern’ colleges in The Princeton Review’s new guidebook, ‘The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition.’ (Photo by Brad Ward)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University students tell The Princeton Review that “everyone fits in somewhere” at OWU, which offers a “great campus culture,” “many opportunities to go abroad,” and professors who “will go out of their way to help you.”

Based on those comments and other input, The Princeton Review has selected Ohio Wesleyan for inclusion in its new guidebook, “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition.” In the book, released today, Ohio Wesleyan is recognized as one of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges as well as one of the “Best Midwestern” schools.

For its listing, The Princeton Review surveyed 136,000 college students across the country – approximately 358 per school – about their educational and campus life experiences. It also surveyed administrators at several hundred four-year colleges, made campus visits, and factored in the opinions of its staff and its 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.

But in the final analysis, “Ohio Wesleyan’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and author of “The Best 380 Colleges.”

Overall, only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four non-U.S. colleges are profiled in the book, which lists, but does not rank, the 380 featured schools.

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

Ohio Wesleyan’s 10-week Summer Science Research Program provides students “a rare opportunity to get paid to do research almost always one-on-one with a Ph.D., where at any other school you’ll be working with lab techs and graduate students.” OWU’s unique “Theory-to-Practice Grant Program” allows students to compete “for grants through the school that allow you to do your own research [and] travel to gain new experience.” Ohio Wesleyan’s “Travel-Learning Courses” create “many opportunities to go abroad” for students with intellectual wanderlust, and with such a global focus, OWU also attracts “many international students.” OWU “students and faculty alike push for acceptance of everyone,” so it’s “very easy to make friends in this type of environment.” “OWU alums are very dedicated to helping provide employment to students” after graduation.

Learn more about The Princeton Review, its “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook, and its methodology at www.princetonreview.com. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan, including academic opportunities and enrollment information, at www.owu.edu.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. 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.