Ohio Wesleyan University Newsletter


At Ohio Wesleyan, students have extraordinary options to personalize their education—and multiple pathways and programs they won’t find at many liberal arts colleges. For this reason and many more, I am excited to introduce you to our small, yet vibrant community.

As early as the first year, OWU students (they pronounce it Oh-Woo) combine the deep learning of traditional liberal arts with real-world practice and global experience, so they’re well prepared for job and career or graduate school.

Students even have a global experience without leaving campus. Members of our tightly connected community come to OWU from across the United States and from more than 43 nations, and Ohio Wesleyan classrooms are infused with a rich, global perspective.

On behalf of the entire OWU admission team, I look forward to building a relationship of trust and support with you and your students.

Susan Dileno

Vice President of Enrollment
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Majors, minors, and pre-professional areas of study

Ohio Wesleyan offers a breadth of majors and minors that is difficult to find in a school of our size. Our 86 majors and 57 minors span from the traditional liberal arts, to education and business and management, to scientific fields such as neuroscience and zoology. OWU also offers a wide range of pre-professional areas such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, law, public administration, and engineering.

Students put their learning into practice

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What makes OWU distinctive is its focus on the concept of connection—it’s the foundation of the OWU learning community and academic program, The OWU Connection.

  • Students partner with faculty and peers to form a rich and supportive learning community that sparks intellectual enthusiasm and curiosity.
  • More than 400 students take advantage of OWU’s off-campus experiences each year. Travel-Learning classes offer students the combination of on-campus learning with short-term travel to places around the world—from New York to Japan, Alaska to the Galapagos Islands.
  • Students engage in hands-on learning in real-world situations through internships, independent research, grants, and special programs. OWU’s innovative Theory-to-Practice Grant program provides full funding to students to take their classroom learning into practical and research experiences in laboratories, field studies, arts and community organizations, and other settings around the world.

Scholarships and financial aid

We work in partnership with students and families to make sure Ohio Wesleyan is a good fit— academically, personally, and financially. Approximately 97 percent of OWU students receive some form of merit-based scholarship and/or need-based aid. In 2014-15, the incoming class received an average package of more than $37,000 in merit-based and other financial aid.

Graduate outcomes

Last year, 97 percent of OWU’s graduates were employed and/or in graduate school soon after graduating. Of those working, 81 percent were in the field of their choice. OWU’s five-year acceptance rate to dental and medical schools is more than twice the national average. OWU is rated among the top 20 liberal arts colleges for salary potential for mid-career graduates by PayScale, Inc., and in the top 25% in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” rankings, based primarily on a school’s return on investment. Visit outcomes.owu.edu for more information.

A rich campus experience

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With more than 100 student clubs and organizations and with 75 percent of students participating in varsity or intramural athletics, campus life at Ohio Wesleyan is seemingly non-stop activity.

The spirit of service is big at OWU, with students contributing approximately 45,000 hours a year in volunteer service. Many spend their spring breaks on mission trips to sites in the United States and abroad.

Delaware, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan students love Delaware, a quaint and historic town of more than 34,000. The community is filled with more than 25 dining options within walking distance. You can attend a movie at the Strand Theatre, visit one of several locally owned coffee shops, or take a stroll on First Fridays, Delaware’s monthly street fair. Columbus, the 15th largest city in America, is just a 30-minute drive, with great internship opportunities and vibrant entertainment and shopping options.

Ohio Wesleyan University key facts

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  • 1,750 Total Enrollment
  • 47% Male | 53% Female
  • 46 States and U.S. Territories
  • 43 Countries
  • 54% Ohio resident students
  • 26% International & U.S. multicultural students
  • 11:1 Student-faculty ratio
  • 17 Average class size

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