Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University was established in 1842 and is now considered one of the most comprehensive liberal arts schools in the country. It is one of only 45 schools featured in Colleges That Change Lives and is ranked in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Ohio Wesleyan’s goal is to provide every student with transformational experiences that will prepare them for the causes, careers, and graduate school opportunities they want to pursue. OWU students are uber-involved on the beautiful, historic, 200-acre campus in central Ohio, with more than 100 student clubs and organizations and 25 varsity sports teams. And students contribute more than 40,000 hours a year in volunteer service.

Employers covet OWU’s well-prepared graduates. In 2018, 96% of reporting graduates were employed and/or in graduate school within six months. Also, OWU was ranked #17 in Forbes’ list of America’s “Most Entrepreneurial” colleges. OWU’s new Career Connection program connects students with internship opportunities from Silicon Valley to the Mayo Clinic to New York arts world and Wall Street.


Available Majors

  • Accounting
  • Ancient studies
  • Anthropology & sociology
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical engineering: pre-engineering (3-2) program
  • Black world studies
  • Botany
  • Business administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Comparative literature
  • Computer science
  • Dance
  • Data analytics
  • Earth science
  • East asian studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering: computer and electrical
  • English
  • Environmental science
  • Environmental studies
  • Film studies
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Fine arts
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health & human kinetics


  • History
  • International business
  • International studies
  • Journalism
  • Latin American studies
  • Management economics
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval studies
  • Microbiology
  • Middle eastern studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience: behavioral and cognitive
  • Neuroscience: molecular and cellular
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Planetary science
  • Politics and government
  • Pre-biomedical engineering
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine / pre-dentistry
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-public administration
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary medicine
  • Psychology
  • Quantitative economics
  • Religion
  • Renaissance studies
  • Social justice
  • Sociology / anthropology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Urban studies
  • Women’s and gender studies
  • Zoology

Key Facts

Total Enrollment: 1,497.  29.2%  International and U.S. multicultural students

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Average class size: 15

Full-time faculty: 129

Financial Aid: 99% of OWU students receive merit-based and/or need-based financial aid


U.S. News & World Report: OWU ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” and “Best Value Schools.”

Forbes Magazine: OWU ranks No. 1 in Ohio and No. 17 among “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015.”

Money Magazine: One of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” based on “educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.”

Council on Independent Colleges: No. 21 for women who earn doctorates in the life sciences or biological sciences.

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