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Study at Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University, commonly referred to as Wesleyan or OWU, was established in 1842. It was originally a nonsectarian liberal arts institution for men. In 1877, the Ohio Wesleyan Female College which was founded in 1853, merged with OWU. OWU's recent Enrolments have been more than 1, 500 students at its 200-acre campus in Delaware, Ohio.

Students of Ohio Wesleyan University are awarded the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Courses in the fields of history, physical education, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental studies, fine arts, music, women's and gender studies, zoology, theater and dance, education, English, and journalism, among others.

The athletics department of Ohio Wesleyan University fields sports teams in golf, lacrosse, soccer, football, baseball, and softball. Nicknamed the Battling Bishops, the teams compete in the NCAA's Division III and have been the winners of several championships.

Profile of Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University is located in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Delaware, OH. The school is officially a United Methodist school. Ohio Wesleyan University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about Ohio Wesleyan University is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at the school often study mathematics, science, and fine arts.

Ohio Wesleyan University Selectivity

The admissions department at Ohio Wesleyan University does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 530 to 650 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 650 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at Ohio Wesleyan University benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, Ohio Wesleyan University tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

The school offers classes to 1, 986 students (1, 975 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Ohio Wesleyan University has a residential or campus feel. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Students sports include formal participation in North Coast Athletic Conference competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Since its founding, Ohio Wesleyan has maintained its connection with the Methodist (now United Methodist) Church, offering a quality of scholarship, leadership, and service that has enriched both Church and society. Its charter provided that the University is forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles, accessible to all religious denominations, and designed for the benefit of our citizens in general. In the spirit of this heritage, the University defines itself as a community of teachers and students devoted to the free pursuit of truth. It attempts to develop in its students qualities of intellect and character that will be useful no matter what they choose to do in later life. Ohio Wesleyan judges itself successful when it has accomplished three objectives in its work with students: The first is to impart knowledge. The second major objective is to develop and enhance certain important capabilities of students, including the foundation skills of reading, writing, and quantitative analysis. The third objective is to place education in the context of values. To the extent that Ohio Wesleyan educates liberally, it fulfills its ultimate purpose of equipping students with knowledge, competence, and character for leadership, service, and continued learning in a complex and increasingly global society. "

Ohio Wesleyan University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts115sociology, political science, economics, history, Spanish language, international relations, English, geography, . . .
Science55zoology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geology, genetics, . . .
Business and Management53managerial economics, accounting, international business
Education and Teaching34early childhood education, music teaching, social studies teaching, middle school teaching, physical education teaching
Therapy and Counselling33psychology
Fine Arts17fine arts
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17sports and fitness management, health and physical education, exercise science
Religion and Philosophy9religion, philosophy, pre-ministerial studies
Drama and Performing Arts6drama, dance
Music5music, music performance
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Medicine3pre-dentistry, pre-med, neuroscience, medical preparatory
Family and Social Work0social service professions
Art Studies0art studies

Contact: Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University

61 S Sandusky Street

Delaware, OH 43015-2370

General Phone: (740) 368-2000


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