Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, and students come here because they want a rich 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 45 schools listed in the book Colleges That Change Lives and is ranked in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. At OWU (pronounced “Oh-Wooo”), students combine the deep learning of traditional liberal arts with real-world practice and global experience in personalized programs.
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, the University’s signature program. Through The OWU Connection, you will:
• “Think big” as you span academic disciplines to explore the world’s important challenges. About one-third of OWU students graduate with two or more majors.
• “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.
• “Get real” as you connect theory to practice with hands-on learning in real-world situations through internships and mentored research. Innovative OWU Connection Grants provide full funding for 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 means business
Business education at OWU is significantly different than at a big university. You will learn to think differently to help you stand out from the crowd. You will benefit from rigorous business classes, real-world experiences, and close ties with your professors. You will graduate with solid business knowledge and a liberal arts education that helps you develop the skills that employers demand: critical thinking, decision-making, communication, creativity, teamwork, and global perspective. Students majoring in Business Administration choose to concentrate in either Management or Marketing. In both areas, you will gain knowledge and skills in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, logistics, organization and production, marketing, and strategic decision-making. These are also vital skills for budding entrepreneurs, and OWU even has its own on-campus entrepreneurial center. The center includes internship opportunities for students to help with areas such as market research, business plans, branding campaigns, and more.
OWU is alive
OWU students are uber-involved. With nearly 100 student clubs and organizations, campus life at Ohio Wesleyan is seemingly non-stop activity. Clubs range from the Babbling Bishops improv comedy troupe to the Ohio Wesleyan Marketing Group (OMG) and women’s and men’s Ultimate Frisbee. Students participating in the Investment Club oversee over a portfolio valued at more than $100,000. About one-third of OWU students are on one of 25 varsity sports teams (with women’s rowing and men’s wrestling added 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 to 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, so you will typically run into someone you know 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, close to the center of the JAYwalk. That’s also the site for Day on the JAY—a twice-a-year campus celebration widely known as “the best day at OWU.”
Ohio Wesleyan students live within walking distance of historic downtown Delaware, a friendly city of 39,000 with more than 25 dining options in close proximity to campus. Students 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 away, with great internship opportunities and vibrant entertainment and shopping options.
Employers covet OWU’s well-prepared graduates. Last year, 96% 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 and is #17 on Forbes’s list of America’s “Most Entrepreneurial Colleges.”