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Ohio Wesleyan University

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Established in 1842 by the United Methodist Church, Ohio Wesleyan University is located on over two hundred acres near downtown Delaware, Ohio. OWU (pronounced “oh-WOO”), is a liberal arts college that is nationally recognized for its community service efforts. Nearly every student on campus participates in some form of philanthropic activity every year. Students learn in an extremely active manner as the university firmly believes in offering students learning opportunities in real-world settings.

Ohio Wesleyan University appreciates the individuality and diversity of its students and believes that it is this diversity that teaches their students how to work cooperatively and successfully in a global community. OWU offers over a hundred social clubs and organizations and has an active Greek presence on campus that contributes significantly to the organization of community volunteer services and philanthropic activities.

Life at OWU is an interesting, eclectic mix of people and activities that offer students the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes individuality and teamwork. Students gain functional knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.


Ohio Wesleyan University is consistently ranked among the country’s best liberal arts colleges and universities in top publications. They have a policy of turning theory into practice and strive to turn classroom learning into practical experience. Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Music in over ninety majors offered via more than thirty interdisciplinary programs and specialized departments. Students may also choose from a wide array of pre-professional and dual major and triple major programs. Students who have a particular interest that it not addressed specifically by a formal program at OWU may also create their own major.

There are four main departments of study at OWU from which students may choose a program. Following is a description of each department and the programs that they offer.

The Arts

Students may choose courses of study in the departments of Fine Arts, Dance and Music and Theatre. Students in the arts department host several performances per year and have access to such academic and social opportunities as honorary societies, internships and national arts associations. Degrees such as Art History, Applied Music and Theatre Education are available from this department.

The Humanities

Ohio Wesleyan University offers students the opportunity to study about such topics as English, philosophy, foreign languages and religion. Students wishing to choose majors within the humanities may choose to participate in honor societies, local cafes and travel abroad. Many of these courses teach students about other cultures and civilizations and how to thrive personally and professionally in a rapidly shrinking global society.

The Natural Sciences

Students pursuing an education in the natural sciences may choose from such areas as biology, chemistry, zoology and computer science. Ohio Wesleyan University supplies students learning about the sciences with the latest technology and teaches them to improve analytical and critical thinking skills, interpret data and plan new experiments in order to solve real-world issues. Students graduating from these programs are prepared to go forth and succeed in medical school or top graduate schools, or to be successful in professional positions within their industry.

The Social Sciences

Students wishing to pursue careers or graduate study in such areas as psychology, economics, education, law and history will receive a well-rounded education in the social sciences while participating in many different social and educational activities including internships, research symposiums and honor societies. Students get the opportunity to study in practical settings while earning their degrees.

Study Abroad

Ohio Wesleyan University offers students many different opportunities to study both at other U.S. institutions and abroad. Students may gain a global educational experience by studying in hundreds of locations including Athens, Paris, Tokyo, Kenya, Germany, Ireland, Spain and England. The list is extensive and there is even financial aid available for some of the programs. Students interested in studying abroad will first need to be accepted to OWU then apply for the program that they are interested in participating in. Studies are offered for many different lengths of time including summer terms, semesters and full years.

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Unique Programs

Ohio Wesleyan University has several unique commodities that set it apart from other institutions. The first is the Perkins Observatory. Completed in 1931, the telescope was the third largest in the world at the time. The sixty-nine inch mirror was moved in 1969 to Arizona because it was much more useful and functional in the clear night air of the desert. It was replaced with a thirty-two inch mirror and astronomers from all over the country come to view the stars at the observatory. The sixty-nine inch mirror made its way home in 1999 and now resides at OWU once again.

Ohio Wesleyan University hosts the annual Sagan National Colloquium. The group meets to discuss matters of international importance and brings together professionals from all over the country. The forum is sponsored by an endowment from Margaret and John Sagan, both of whom were graduates of OWU class of 1948.

The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship provides students with the opportunity to participate in educationally and socially valuable internships and work with faculty members on research projects that are funded via various grants. The center also focuses on providing learning opportunitiesand scholarships to worthy students They also frequently provide expert guest speakers.


Admission to Ohio Wesleyan University begins with submitting one of three available applications. Students may submit either the OWU application available on the school’s website, the Next Stop College Application via the College Board, or by completing the Common Application. Some students prefer the latter because it is accepted by and may be submitted to many different colleges. The application fee is waived for students who apply online. Paper applications are also available by contacting the school, but will require submission of the application fee.

Ohio Wesleyan University requires a high school education that encompassed all the general college-bound courses. The school has minimum requirements for English, social science, foreign language, science and math. This curriculum will be verified when students submit their official high school transcripts. OWU also requires that SAT or ACT scores be sent directly to the college from the testing center. The college requires at least one of the exams, but students choosing to take the ACT should be aware that OWU does not require the writing portion.

In addition to the application, transcripts and test scores, the university also requires a recommendation from a guidance counselor and a personal essay that gives information that the school may not have access to by just reviewing test scores and transcripts. This is the student’s opportunity to let the school know about extracurricular activities or anything that may have impacted school performance. Also, students may choose to submit a recommendation from a teacher.

The application process occurs in two phases. Students who have OWU at the top of their list of colleges but are not positive that they want to attend should apply in the Early Action phase. This is also a good time for students with exemplary grades or outstanding extracurricular careers to apply because merit-based financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

All application materials for Early Action are due by December 15 of the senior year and notifications of decisions will be sent to the student by January 15. Students who are not accepted during this phase will be re-evaluated during the regular admission cycle and will be notified by April 15. Regular admission deadline is March 1 but students may begin applying as early as November of their senior year. Admission decisions will generally be sent within three weeks after the school receives the completed application packet, but no later than April 15.

Ohio Wesleyan University welcomes transfer students that leave their previous school in good standing. International students and local high school students who would like to attend college and high school concurrently are also encouraged to apply. There are different application requirements for these situations, so students who would like more information should contact the university.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to attend Ohio Wesleyan University but are concerned about the cost should be aware that nearly ninety-five percent of students receive scholarships or grants from the university. The school offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans, and work programs. The first step to applying for financial aid is actually completing the school application. At this point, students are evaluated for eligibility for merit-based scholarships.

There are both merit-based and need-based scholarships available. In order to determine financial eligibility for need-based scholarships, grants or loans, students will need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid that is available online. The FAFSA may be completed as early as January of the student’s senior year. Financial information for both the student and the family will be required when completing the application, so applicants should have this information readily available prior to starting the process.

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Ranks 3456th for the average student loan amount.
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The Battling Bishops participate in NCAA Division III athletics and are in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Their colors are red and black. OWU offers varsity teams in both men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, track and field, golf, soccer and cross country. Men may also choose to participate in basketball and football while women have the added choices of softball, volleyball and field hockey.

Soccer tends to be one of the most intently followed sports on campus with their biggest rival being Kenyon College. Many of the teams have experienced considerable success in their division, earning numerous championships for the university. There are several intense rivalries on campus; the most notable ones are between the lacrosse team and Denison University and the field hockey team and Oberlin College.

In addition to the varsity sports that Ohio Wesleyan University offers, there are also several club sports including hockey, rugby, scuba and chess. There are also nearly twenty intramural sports for those students who wish to participate in a team sport that may not be offered in the varsity program.


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.44
Robbery 3 0.16
Arson 3 0.16
Burglary 1 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 32 1.75

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 21 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 32 0.09
Robbery 20 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 229 0.66
Larceny 754 2.17
Vehicle theft 37 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Delaware, OH 43015-2370
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population36,625 (26,754 urban / 9,871 rural)
Households13,579 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$51,422
Families9,603 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District3912

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 152nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $40,250 $40,250 $40,250
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $260 $260 $260
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $4,370 $4,370 $4,370
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $55,690 $55,690 $55,690
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $50,860 $50,860 $50,860
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $44,260 $44,260 $44,260

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $37,820 $39,150 $37,820 $39,150 $37,820 $39,150
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,300
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,964 $10,760
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,700 $1,750
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,300 $6,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,700 $1,850
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,700 $1,750

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,029 (1,952 male / 2,075 female)
Admitted 3,035 (1,430 male / 1,605 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 541 (250 male / 291 female)
FT Enrollment 540 (249 male / 291 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,830

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

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

ACT Test Admission

362nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

313th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 49%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1250

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 Capacity1,676
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,690
Board Fee$5,440

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 37 18 9 6 1 306 10 390
Accounting 1 4 5
Accounting and Finance 1 2 3
African-American/Black Studies 4 4
Ancient Studies/Civilization 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 2 15 19
Biochemistry 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 8 9
Botany/Plant Biology 2 2
Business/Managerial Economics 6 3 22 1 32
Chemistry, General 2 1 5 8
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
Computer Science 3 3
Creative Writing 1 1 1 1 6 1 11
Dance, General
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 5
Earth Science Teacher Education
East Asian Studies 2 2
Economics, General 6 1 6 14
Elementary Education and Teaching 13 14
English Language and Literature, General 1 14 15
Environmental Studies 1 4 5
French Language and Literature 2 1 3
Genetics, General 1 3 4
Geography 1 5 6
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 6 8
German Language and Literature
German Studies 2 2
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 5 5
History Teacher Education 4 4
History, General 14 2 16
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 2
International/Global Studies 3 4 7
Journalism 1 1 8 10
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 4 5
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 6 1 9
Latin American Studies 3 3
Mathematics, General 2 1 3
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Microbiology, General 5 5
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 4 4
Music, General 1 1
Neuroscience 10 10
Philosophy 1 1 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 1 1 3
Physics, Other
Planetary Astronomy and Science
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 1 15 1 20
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 6 1 8
Pre-Optometry Studies
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Psychology, General 1 1 1 2 23 28
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Health Education and Promotion
Religion/Religious Studies 1 4 5
Sociology 1 2 18 21
Spanish Language and Literature 4 4
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 4 6
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies 1 1
Zoology/Animal Biology 1 24 2 27

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1159th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,514 ($75,375 male / $61,825 female)
Number of FT Faculty 140 (85 male / 55 female)
Number of PT Faculty 203
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $5,730,599

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