Ohio Wesleyan University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
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United Methodist

Situated 30 miles north of Columbus, Ohio Wesleyan University is a private 4-year school in Delaware, OH. Founded in 1842 by Methodist leaders as a non-sectarian school, Ohio Wesleyan University is a member of the “Ohio Five” consortium of liberal arts colleges (Kenyon College, Oberlin College, College of Wooster and Denison University). The 200 acre campus, located in downtown Delaware, features collegiate gothic red brick and stone architecture. The campus is divided by Sandusky Street into the eastern sector with primarily academic buildings and the western sector containing mainly residences and administration buildings. Among the notable alumni of Ohio Wesleyan is theologian Norman Vincent Peale.

Academic Programs

Ohio Wesleyan University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees in approximately 90 majors. The University is comprised of many departments (as opposed to colleges or schools); the largest programs on campus are in Business and Social Sciences. Per the Mission Statement, “Ohio Wesleyan’s 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. The transmission, extension, and discovery of knowledge are central to the liberal arts tradition… the University has as its preeminent purpose to be a quality institution for teaching and learning. Because effective teaching is of the highest importance, members of the faculty regularly are reviewed and evaluated for excellence in teaching.”

Student Life

There are nearly 1600 undergraduate students enrolled in Ohio Wesleyan University, the vast majority of whom live on campus among the traditional dormitories, small community houses and theme housing. The University sponsors nearly 100 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the red and black Battling Bishops field teams in 15 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Among the campus calendar traditions are the Mock Convention, held every presidential election year since 1920 and the frequent repainting of the rock near Hayes Hall. Students understand Three Objectives of the university: The first is to impart knowledge. The objective of imparting knowledge is intrinsically worthwhile to possess the knowledge and insight transmitted through the humanities, arts, and sciences. The second major objective is to develop and enhance certain important capabilities of students. They may develop aesthetic sensibilities or creative talents in several fields. The third objective is to place education in the context of values. It accords high honor to intellectual honesty. Consistent with our Methodist tradition, Ohio Wesleyan encourages concern for all religious and ethical issues and stimulates its students to examine their own views in light of these issues.

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