Baldwin Wallace University, located in Berea, Ohio, offers students solid academic programs at a beautiful, historic campus. The private Ohio college offers students a strong, traditional, liberal arts emphasis in their education.
The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has been in existence for more than 150 years. It is perhaps best known for its internationally renowned music education program. The school was one of the first educational institutions in America to enroll students regardless of their gender or race, and that tradition of equality remains important at the school today. There is also has a strong tradition of community service, and many students participate in local and international service projects.
For students seeking a solid academic background, a traditional liberal arts education is offered along with courses intended to prepare students for successful careers.
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs can be earned. The school offers more than 50 majors, along with a number of pre-professional and cooperative programs. The graduate programs include master’s degrees in several business and education majors.
The most popular majors include:
- Business and Marketing
- Visual and Performing Arts
There are several master’s programs available for students which include:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Arts in Education
- Master of Medical Science
If you need more than a liberal arts program for your future career, the following Pre-Professional programs are offered:
Post-Baccalaureate degrees can also be earned in:
- Music Therapy Equivalency
- Physician Assistant
- Teacher Licensure
Most Popular Fields of Study
There is a selective admissions policy and about 64 percent of all applicants to the college are accepted. Applicants are required to submit high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, documentation of civic or community involvement, character references, class rank, extracurricular activities, and an essay.
The university typically accepts students with a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher, an ACT score of 23 or higher or SAT scores of 550 verbal, 550 math. The college also seeks students who are in the top 30 percent of their graduating class.
Requirements may be waved for outstanding students or in special cases by college administrators.
The school has a rolling admissions deadline, but students applying for financial aid should turn in their documentation by May 1. Students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts as well as test score and other relevant information.
Students applying are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations that students may be eligible for. High-performing students can apply for the Presidential Scholarship, a $13,000 scholarship available to students with a GPA of 3.9 and ACT scores of 27 or SAT scores of 1220.
The college’s website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as short-term loans, students can use to attend class.
The college’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.
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The school provides a broad range of opportunities for students to become involved in campus life, and hosts many events for students each year. The college is located close to the city of Cleveland, offering students plenty of entertainment, cultural and internship and career opportunities.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus, including professional and academic, religious, political and recreational organizations. The campus houses five Greek fraternities and five Greek sororities
On-campus housing is ample and nearly 60 percent of students live on campus.
The college has a radio station, two student magazines and two student newspapers.
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The “Yellow Jackets” are members of the NCCA Division III and participates in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The college offers men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, wrestling and swimming; and women’s basketball, softball, cross country, volleyball, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, and swimming. A number of intramural sports for students are also offered.
The college’s football team won a NCAA Division III championship in 1978. In 2011, track and field star Kim Chinn won the NCAA Division III steeplechase. The school’s athletic teams are also regular competitors and winners in Ohio Athletic Conference championships.
The college has an annual Bach Festival, celebrating the famed composer; an April Reign week involving contests and events before finals; and a yearly May Day. May Day typically attracts big-name performers, including Maroon 5, Toby Keith and New Found Glory.
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Distinctions and Honors
The college’s Conservatory of Music is internationally respected and has strong ties to Broadway. Music students and alumni regularly win prestigious music awards, such as the 2011 International Barlow Prize. The college’s Riemenschneider Bach Institute is one of just a handful of universities and colleges in the Western Hemisphere to have original compositions written in famed composer Johannes Sebastian Bach’s own hand.
The college added a neuroscience bachelor’s degree in the late 90s and the program has become well-regarded. Nearly 95 percent of the college’s neuroscience majors go on to be accepted into graduate or medical school.
The college also has an excellent education program, with graduates scoring above state averages on teacher certification examinations.
The college has a student to faculty ratio of 15-to-one, and more than 80 percent of first-year students return for a second year, an important indicator of student satisfaction and the institution’s support for its incoming freshmen.
U.S. News and World Report ranked this school as one of the 15 best regional schools in the Midwest. The publication also gave the college high marks for providing quality for students tuition dollars, ranking it among the best value schools in the Midwest.
Backstage, a theatre publication, ranks the school’s musical theatre program as one of the top 10 in the nation.
Baldwin Wallace is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.