Baldwin Wallace University
A world-class education with a foundation in the arts and sciences...
At Baldwin Wallace University, tradition and innovation take center stage. We teach you how to think, solve problems, and write and speak with confidence. With more than 85 academic programs in the sciences, health, performing arts, and more, we ensure you have a rich foundation of transferrable skills no matter where your career takes you. Our innovative core courses provide a broad base of knowledge that’ll improve your global understanding and give you the tools you need to take an active role in shaping your future.
Both in and beyond the classroom, we believe nothing teaches like experience. So, we provide varied opportunities both on and off campus to gain it. You might work with clients in our campus speech clinic or learn from an internationally acclaimed composer in a weeklong seminar. You might collaborate with professors to study the effects of drug use on brain cells or write a business plan for an entrepreneur. You could work as an intern in a TV news department or as an aide for a national political campaign. Baldwin Wallace’s location just 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland provides students with big opportunities while studying in a beautiful suburban campus environment. Small-town charm with big-city opportunities—that’s BW!
The best part is you’ll be prepared for life after BW. Our graduates transition from internships to careers in Cleveland and across the country, taking advantage of networking opportunities along the way. In a post-graduation alumni survey, 96 percent of BW students found rewarding jobs or entered the graduate or professional school of their choice within six months of graduation.
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Students describe Baldwin Wallace as friendly, supportive, and welcoming. Experience BW’s unique community by scheduling a campus visit—in person or virtually. See how BW’s unsurpassed academic tradition, location, environment, and commitment to affordability inspire lifelong success.
Ranked #8 among the Midwest's Best Universities—also ranked #4 Best Undergraduate Teaching, #3 Most Innovative, and #3 Best for Veterans in the Midwest region | U.S. News & World Report
Highly ranked for Best Value and Social Mobility in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report
BW's music theatre program has been recognized as the "Best College Theatre Program in Ohio" by Onstage
BW's Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in acting program is among the top 25 in the Onstage rankings for Best BFA Acting/Performance Programs
BW's Sport Management major has Baldwin Wallace considered as one of the "Best Colleges for Sport Management in America" | Niche
'Best Bang for the Buck'—A number of college guides, including Washington Monthly, Niche, WalletHub, and Money Magazine, applaud BW for its exceptional value.
• Founded in 1845, Baldwin Wallace University prides itself on being one of the first schools in the US to admit students without regard to race or gender.
• Located in Berea, Ohio—a safe suburban community with tree-lined streets, parks, and shops—just 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland.
• Home to the internationally respected BW Conservatory of Music
• 96% of our graduates find employment or enter the graduate school of their choice within six months of graduation.
• Experiential Learning: Every BW student applies what he/she learns in the classroom through experiential learning—travel, service, internships, field experience, research, clinics or other hands-on experience—required for all degrees.
• NCAA Division III athletic teams competing in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) in 28 varsity sports:
Men’s baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, and wrestling
Women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, STUNT, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, and wrestling
Total enrollment: 3,230 students
Graduate and professional students: 527
Undergraduate tuition & fees (2022-2023)
Tuition and Fees: $36,850
Room and Board: $12,796
Conservatory tuition & fees (2022-2023)
Tuition and Fees: $39,872
Room and Board: $12,796
Standardized test policy: Fully test-optional; students not submitting scores will still be eligible for merit scholarships.
Merit scholarship range: $12,000–$21,000 for first-year students, renewable up to four years (see https://www.bw.edu/undergraduate-admission/first-year/tuition/)
“The relationships I have with my professors are incredible. They genuinely care about me and want to support me in whatever way they can.”
“I’ve had so many opportunities to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations. BW is propelling me forward, personally and professionally.”