Ohio Wesleyan University is a small liberal arts college in Delaware, Ohio, about 20 miles north of Columbus. Known as the ‘friendly school,’ OWU is one of the Colleges that Change Lives.
With just fewer than 2,000 students, OWU’s student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is 17. In this welcoming community, about half the students call Ohio home. California students are the next largest group, and about a quarter of the students are multicultural and/or from 37 countries around the world. About 12% of the student body identifies as Jewish, and the Hillel group is active.
The top five majors at OWU are psychology, education, economics/Business (there’s also international business and finance), international relations/political science and the sciences; OWU offers neuroscience and zoology. Unique academic programs include social justice, environmental sustainability, Middle eastern studies and human kinetics. OWU strives for its students to be “global citizens,” so students can study abroad [or at OWU programs in Philadelphia (business), NYC (performing arts), or Washington, DC (politics)] as early as their freshman year. Learning both in and out of the classroom is encouraged; 70% of Ohio Wesleyan students go abroad, sometimes with groups and a professor, and more than 80% of OWU students are involved in community service – the university is nationally recognized for students’ high service participation.
The performing arts are strong at OWU, which offers fine arts, theatre and dance as majors, offering both a BA and a BFA, as well as a BM in music. Student athletes are strongly supported on campus – over 40% of students play a varsity sport (or more than one!) – in OWU’s 25 Division III sports programs. Academics come first for athletes, and teams compete for the team with the highest GPA (cross country has won recently).
Forty percent of students join fraternities and sororities; Greek organizations have houses on campus but the women do not live in their houses. Students are required to live on campus all four years and themed housing is popular. Other organizations include political groups, ethnic and religious groups, literary/publication groups and service groups, among others.
Admission and Financial Aid at Ohio Wesleyan University
Ohio Wesleyan is very generous with financial aid and scholarship offers will come with a student’s acceptance. Starting in 2018, OWU automatically awards a $30k scholarship to all students with a 3.4 unweighted GPA and test scores of 1150 (SAT) or 23 (ACT). Admitted students are also invited to come to campus and compete for additional awards. While OWU is test-optional, students must submit scores for scholarships. OWU considers very highly students who do community service during high school for additional scholarships.
OWU’s campus is walking distance from the little town of Delaware, and first-year students are required to take a small seminar course in which they familiarize themselves with college life, including accessing town. Evelyn visited OWU in the spring of 2018; you can scroll through all of her photos below.