Campus Spotlight: Ohio Wesleyan University

Nestled on 200 acres just outside of Delaware, OH, Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rigorous liberal arts education, experiential learning and a long history of service-oriented studies.

Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Serving the Community

With an enrollment of under 2,000, Ohio Wesleyan University has cultivated a close relationship with its student body - students affectionately call their campus OWU, pronounced 'oh-WOO.' The institution is known for offering strong mentoring relationships between faculty and students, and it consistently scores high on the National Survey of Student Engagement.

So what makes OWU-ians love their school so much? It might be the culture of service, which dates back to its founding in the late 19th century by the United Methodist Church. Although the school now welcomes students of all faiths, it has retained its missionary roots of social action.

Over 80 percent of the OWU student body volunteers or participates in community service. Sample projects include building HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa, helping to rebuild parts of New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina and working with such local organizations as the Delaware Humane Society and Delaware County Juvenile Court.

The academics at OWU also encourage students to develop close relationships with instructors and each other. Courses are small and taught by full-time faculty, offering students lots of individualized attention and opportunities to interact.


International Academics

OWU is a liberal arts institution that confers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees in 22 different academic departments. Students who are interested in more applied programming can study engineering, physical therapy or optometry through 3-2 programs with such prestigious institutions as the California Institute of Technology (better known as Caltech).

The OWU academic program also boasts several major research centers and programs. The Department of Politics and Government is home to the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs, which supports student and faculty research in public affairs. The institute also hosts several public affairs lecture series and offers awards recognizing outstanding achievements in community service.

Students in the OWU Economics Department can study in the Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. The Woltemade Center offers research grants, fellowships and experiential learning programs for students in entrepreneurship, business and economics.

Finally, students from all over the college can apply to participate in the Sagan Fellows Courses. These classes offer students the chance to complete unique courses exploring international social and political issues, many of which involved global travel.

These courses are linked in name and general theme to OWU's annual Sagan Colloquium, which presents a series of speakers on a topic 'of international importance.' For example, the 2010 colloquium was on 'Global Opportunities for Global Citizens,' and featured a keynote lecture by Gloria Steinem on women and global activism.

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Off Campus Opportunities

Students seeking even more chances to diversify their studies can participate in one of OWU's many off campus programs. Study abroad opportunities are available in over 20 countries in areas as diverse as Hong Kong, Paris and Aberdeen.

OWU students who would like to study in another American city can take classes at the Philadelphia Center, the New York Arts Program or Wesleyan in Washington, D.C.

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