Ohio Wesleyan University: Narrative Description

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61 South Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: (740)368-2000
Free: 800-922-8953
Admissions: (740)368-3020
Fax: (740)368-3314
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.owu.edu/


Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1842. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Columbus. Endowment: $133.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $531,056. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,148 per student. Total enrollment: 1,944. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,803 applied, 74% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 79% from top half. 17 National Merit Scholars, 22 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,909 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 35 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 47 other countries, 41% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 0% 25 or older, 84% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Great Lakes Colleges Association, New York City Arts Program, Wesleyan in Washington, Philadelphia Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early decision, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/30 for early decision, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $34,150 includes full-time tuition ($26,460), mandatory fees ($360), and college room and board ($7330). College room only: $3640. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $2880 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 85 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 44% of eligible men and 34% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: community services, student government, Campus Programming Board, religious organizations, ethnic organizations. Major annual events: homecoming, National Colloquium Day, Monnett Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,732 college housing spaces available; 1,610 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. L. A. Beeghly Library plus 3 others with 441,912 books, 110,048 microform titles, 1,073 serials, 3,197 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.2 million. 320 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Delaware, a city of 23,000 and county seat of Delaware County, is a 25-minute drive from Columbus, with convenient access by air, highway or bus. The Delaware State Parks provide facilities for fishing, boating, camping, and swimming. An annual event is the Little Brown Jug, which is the largest pacing event in the United States. About half the faculty live within a ten minute walk of student halls and houses, in the architecturally historic northwest section of the city. Ohio Wesleyan is a national school; 50% of the students are from Ohio, while the other 50% represent 40 U.S. states and 54 countries.

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