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Baldwin Wallace University

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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.

Popular Majors

The most popular majors include:

  • Business and Marketing
  • Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Communications
  • Biology

Master’s Degrees

There are several master’s programs available for students which include:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Medical Science

Other Programs

If you need more than a liberal arts program for your future career, the following Pre-Professional programs are offered:

  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary

Post-Baccalaureate degrees can also be earned in:

  • Music Therapy Equivalency
  • Nursing
  • 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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2017th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Ohio.


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

On-campus housing is ample and nearly 60 percent of students live on campus.

College Media

The college has a radio station, two student magazines and two student newspapers.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Additional School Information

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).

Information Summary

Ranks 25th in Ohio and 694th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.07
Robbery 10 0.24
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary 19 0.46
Larceny 1 0.02
Vehicle theft 3 0.07
Arrest 25 0.60

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 5 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 35 0.18
Larceny 225 1.18
Vehicle theft 16 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Berea, OH 44017-2088
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population19,005 (19,005 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,206 (2.33 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,615
Families4,447 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District3909

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 680th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $27,840 $27,840 $27,840
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $660 $660 $660
FT Graduate Tuition $11,880 $11,880 $11,880
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $763 $763 $763
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,230 $39,230 $39,230
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $40,990 $40,990 $40,990
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $32,990 $32,990 $32,990

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $26,396 $27,060 $26,396 $27,060 $26,396 $27,060
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,334 $1,360
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,346 $7,520
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,700 $2,430
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,966 $8,040
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,200 $4,984
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,200 $4,984

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,220 (1,980 male / 2,240 female)
Admitted 2,699 (1,247 male / 1,452 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 762 (367 male / 395 female)
FT Enrollment 762 (367 male / 395 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,053

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

385th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 78%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

457th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 34%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,817
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,470
Board Fee$3,270

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 14 56 28 9 1 865 3 1,006
Accounting 2 8 77 1 93
Acting 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 3 4
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 37 40
Business Administration and Management, General 3 13 7 3 123 151
Chemistry, General 1 1 8 10
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 15 16
Computer Science 1 8 9
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 4 4
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 7 7
Creative Writing 7 8
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 20 22
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 7 7
Directing and Theatrical Production
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 1 1 11 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 34 36
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 1 1
Economics, General 1 4 5
Education, General 1 16 18
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 2 33 35
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 7 7
English Language and Literature, General 21 23
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Exercise Physiology 1 24 25
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 5 5
Finance, General 3 1 12 17
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5 5
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature 3 3
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 1 14 17
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 11 11
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 2 7 10
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 11 11
History, General 2 21 1 24
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 3 3 22 28
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Information Science/Studies 1 1
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 2 1 2 14 1 25
International/Global Studies 5 5
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 13 14
Keyboard Instruments 1 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 26 28
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 7 8
Mathematics, General 1 1 6 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 3 7
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 9 10
Music Teacher Education 1 12 14
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music Therapy/Therapist 3 3
Music, General 1 3 4
National Security Policy Studies
Natural Resource Economics 13 15
Neuroscience 8 9
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 1
Philosophy 2 2
Physician Assistant
Physics, General 7 7
Political Science and Government, General 1 14 16
Pre-Engineering 2 2
Psychology, General 3 2 1 26 35
Public Health Education and Promotion
Public Relations/Image Management 1 22 24
Reading Teacher Education 2 10 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1
Small Business Administration/Management 3 8 11
Sociology 1 4 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 14 16
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 21 22
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 12 13
Voice and Opera 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1483rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,103 ($70,484 male / $63,009 female)
Number of FT Faculty 177 (100 male / 77 female)
Number of PT Faculty 423
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,001,193

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