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From Colleges That Change Lives... 
“The small university...30 miles north of Columbus is a shining beacon of what happens when a campus embraces collaboration in the context of liberal learning. All types of students are engaged. Professors are invigorated.”


• Ancient Studies
• Astrophysics: BA or BS
• Biochemistry
• Biochemistry: ACS Certified
• Biology
• Black World Studies
• Botany
• Business-Related Majors:
- Accounting
- Business Administration
- Finance Economics
- International Business
- Management Economics

• Chemistry
• Chemistry: ACS Certified
• Classics
• Communication
• Comparative Literature
• Computer Science
• Computer Science (3-2 Program)
• Dance
• Data Analytics
• Earth Science
• East Asian Studies
• East Asian Studies: Chinese
• East Asian Studies: Japanese
• Economics
• Education
- Early Childhood
- Middle Childhood
- Special Education

• English: Creative Writing
• English: Literature
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Film Studies
• Fine Arts: Art Education
• Fine Arts: Art History
• Fine Arts: Studio BA or BFA
• French
• Genetics
• Geography
• Geology: General or BS
• German: Literature
• German: Studies
• Health and Human Kinetics (HHK)
• History
• History: Education
• Interdisciplinary (Self-Designed)
• International Studies
• International Studies: Developing Countries
• International Studies: Europe
• Journalism
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematics
• Mathematics: Statistics
• Medical & Health Professions:
- Exercise Science
- Health Promotion
- Pre-medicine/Pre-dentistry
- Pre-occupational Therapy
- Pre-optometry
- Pre-physical Therapy
- Pre-veterinary Medicine

• Medieval Studies
• Microbiology: BA or BS
• Middle Eastern Studies
• Music
• Music: Composition
• Music: Education
• Music: Performance
• Neuroscience
• Neuroscience: Computational Neuroscience
• Nutrition
• Philosophy
• Physics: BA or BS
• Physics: Pre-engineering (3-2 Program)
• Planetary Science
• Politics and Government
• Pre-law
• Pre-public Administration
• Pre-theology
• Psychology
• Religion
• Renaissance Studies
• Social Justice
• Sociology/Anthropology
• Spanish
• Sports and Exercise Management
• Theatre
• Urban Studies
• Women’s and Gender Studies
• Zoology
• Zoology: Pre-professional

Students come to Ohio Wesleyan University for the array of opportunities to do more—and to be more. OWU provides the academic adventure and real-world meaning that help students reach their full potential. Students are involved in clubs and activities across the historic campus, and through an academic approach called the OWU Connection, they learn to think creatively and critically, communicate with authority, solve complex problems, and apply their knowledge in settings around the world. 

OWU is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, and students come here because they want a full experience that will help them find their passion and build a pathway to a fulfilling career and life. In fact, OWU is one of only 44 schools listed as Colleges That Change Lives and is included among the “best and most interesting” four-year colleges in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. At OWU (pronounced Oh-Woo by students), you will combine the deep learning of traditional liberal arts with real-world practice and global experience in a personalized program.

A feast for your mind
With more than 90 majors, Ohio Wesleyan is one of the most comprehensive liberal arts universities in the nation. OWU has long been regarded as a leading university in the traditional liberal arts, providing small classes and rich learning and research opportunities, and helping students develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and leadership. At the same time, Ohio Wesleyan offers a breadth of majors that is difficult to find in a school of its size, with programs in areas such as Business, Data Analytics, Fine Arts, Communication, and Education; scientific fields such as Neuroscience and Zoology; and a wide range of pre-professional areas, including Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Law, Public Administration, and Engineering.

Liberal arts for the 21st century
What makes OWU distinctive is its focus on the concept of connection—it’s the foundation of the OWU Connection.
• You will “think big” as you span academic disciplines to explore
the world’s important challenges. More than 25% of OWU students graduate with two or more majors.
• You will “go global” as you participate in off-campus programs and courses and interact with a diverse student body on the OWU campus. More than 400 students a year have travel-learning experiences, from New York to Japan, Alaska to the Galapagos Islands.
• You will “get real” as you connect theory to practice with hands-on learning in real-world situations through internships and mentored research. 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.

OWU is alive
OWU students are hungry to do it all. With more than 100 student clubs and organizations, campus life at Ohio Wesleyan is seemingly non-stop activity. Clubs range from Active Minds and OWtsiders to Sisters United and Ultimate Frisbee. About one-third of OWU students are on one of 25 varsity sports teams (with women’s rowing and men’s wrestling beginning in 2018), and about one-third are in a fraternity or sorority.

The spirit of service is big at OWU, with students contributing more than 40,000 hours a year in volunteer service. Many spend their spring breaks on interfaith service trips to sites in the United States and abroad.

Nearly all students live on campus, and the heart of student life beats around the fountain on the JAYwalk, the pathway that connects the residential and academic ends of campus. Beeghly Library and Hamilton-Williams Campus Center stand on either side of the fountain, and students are always meeting there. That’s also the site for Day on the JAY—a twice-a-year campus celebration widely known as “the best day at OWU.”

The beautiful Ohio Wesleyan campus stretches across 200 acres. Students learn in historic buildings from the 19th century as well as modern labs with state-of-the-art technology. They enjoy wide-open green spaces with hundreds of trees, a variety of dining options, and great athletic and performing arts facilities. A new fitness center opened in fall semester 2015.

Vibrant community
Ohio Wesleyan students live a few blocks from historic downtown Delaware, a friendly city of 38,000 with more than 25 dining options within walking distance. You can attend a movie at the historic Strand Theatre, visit a locally owned coffee shop, or take a stroll on First Fridays, Delaware’s monthly street fair. Columbus, the 14th-largest city in America, is just a 30-minute drive, with great internship opportunities and vibrant entertainment and shopping options.

Infinite opportunities
Employers covet OWU’s well-prepared graduates. Last year 92% of reporting graduates were employed or in grad school within six months. In addition, OWU is rated among the top liberal arts colleges for salary potential for mid-career graduates by PayScale, Inc., and is #17 in Forbes’s list of America’s “Most Entrepreneurial” colleges.