Ohio Wesleyan University

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world rank  1450

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Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is a non-profit private liberal arts higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Delaware (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Ohio. This institution also has a branch campus in Columbus. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is a very small (uniRank enrollment range: 1,000-1,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Methodist religion. Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 180 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. OWU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym OWU
Founded 1842
Motto In lumine tuo videbimus lumen
In Thy light shall we see light
Colours Red and black

University Location

Address 61 S Sandusky Street
43015-2370 Ohio
United States
Tel +1 (800) 922 8953
Fax +1 (740) 368 3314
Other locations Columbus

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 60-70%
Admission Office 61 South Sandusky Street
Delaware 43015
(740) 368 3020
800 922 8953

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 1,000-1,999
Academic Staff 200-299
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Methodist Christian-Methodist United Methodist Church - www.gbhem.org

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
2000 Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Size & Setting Four-year, small, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Not Classified (Exclusively Graduate Programs)

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Ohio Wesleyan University's Library
Ohio Wesleyan University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 389,990 physical volumes, 24,372 physical media, 224,568 digital/electronic medium and 177 licensed digital/electronic databases. Ohio Wesleyan University's library has 1 branch.
Housing Yes
Ohio Wesleyan University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 1,607 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • State of Ohio Board of Regents

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Five Colleges of Ohio
  • Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA)
  • CIS (Council of International Schools)
  • International Association of College Admission Counselors
  • Institute of International Education
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • EducationUSA
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure

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Online Courses

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