Ohio Wesleyan is included among the new Global 2000 list of the world’s best universities. The rankings are based on an analysis of education, employability, faculty, and research. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

World Ranked

Ohio Wesleyan Among Leading Universities Worldwide, According to New Global 2000 List

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University is ranked among the top 8.3% of 19,788 universities worldwide, according to the 2022-2023 edition of the Global 2000 list.

The new list was released April 25 by the Center for World University Rankings, based in the United Arab Emirates. According to the Center, the Global 2000 list is the largest and “only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, and research performance without relying on surveys and university data submissions.”

“This is an outstanding accomplishment,” Nadim Mahassen, Ph.D., president of the Center for World University Rankings, said in sharing news of Ohio Wesleyan’s latest ranking.

For 2022, Ohio Wesleyan achieved an overall rank of 1,623 among the world’s 19,788 world universities, as well as a regional ranking of 333 in the United States and Canada, a national ranking of 297, an education rank of 62, and an employability rank of 152. Among the Five Colleges of Ohio and 13 Great Lakes Colleges Association schools, only Ohio Wesleyan, Antioch College, and Oberlin College are included on the Global 2000 list.

Regarding its methodology, the Center shares that it uses seven “objective and robust indicators” grouped into four areas:

  • Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university's size (25%).
  • Employability, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top executive positions at the world’s largest companies relative to the university’s size (25%).
  • Faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%).
  • Research, including output, measured by the total number of research articles (10%); high-quality publications, measured by the number of research articles appearing in top-tier journals (10%); influence, measured by the number of research articles appearing in highly-influential journals (10%); and citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research articles (10%).

Learn more about the Center for World University Rankings at cwur.org and more about an Ohio Wesleyan education 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.