Ohio Wesleyan University is now accepting international student applications through Shorelight. Established in 1842, the university offers diverse academic programs in business, engineering, languages, mathematics, and social sciences, while providing a transformational academic journey for its students. Ohio Wesleyan University’s motto is “Think Big, Do Good, Go Global, and Get Real” with your academic and personal growth.
Why Attend Ohio Wesleyan University?
Increase representation in STEM — The National Science Foundation ranks Ohio Wesleyan University #21 for the most number of female students who pursue PhDs in biological and life sciences and #68 for the percentage of STEM graduates overall going on to earn doctorates. Take advantage of work-based learning experiences in a supportive and inclusive environment.
Build a strong career foundation — OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan University’s signature curriculum, emphasizes real-world experiences beyond the classroom. Students have the opportunity to expand their network with professionals in their chosen field; gain practical skills and knowledge via internships, research, and/or travel; and request funding to complete a capstone project.
Achieve entrepreneurial goals — Forbes ranks Ohio Wesleyan University #1 for most entrepreneurial college in Ohio and #17 in the US. Students can learn from expert faculty and use state-of-the-art facilities to get a head start on developing business ideas. Connect with alumni who have worked at global organizations such as Adidas, Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Credit Suisse, and more.
Opportunities for Engineers
At Ohio Wesleyan, the pre-engineering program (frequently called the 3-2 program, the dual-degree program, or the combined-degree program) is an interdisciplinary degree that combines a liberal arts education with engineering. It results in engineering graduates with complex understanding of problem solving, developed through the liberal arts.
Students earn two degrees: an Ohio Wesleyan bachelor of arts degree with a major in physics, pre-chemical engineering, pre-computer engineering, or biomedical engineering, and a bachelor’s-level engineering degree from an engineering school. Students normally study with the program for five years, spending the first three years at Ohio Wesleyan and then transfering to an engineering school for the last two years. Ohio Wesleyan maintains cooperative agreements with the following schools:
California Institute of Technology
Case Western Reserve University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Washington University (St. Louis)
Accolades for Ohio Wesleyan University
U.S. News & World Report, 2023
#111 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (tie)
#120 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
#95 - Colleges in the Midwest
#1 - Most Entrepreneurial University in Ohio and #17 in US
Best Value College
Best Value College
Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2023
One of the ‘Best and Most Interesting Colleges’ in US, Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland
National Science Foundation
#21 for producing the most women going on to earn PhDs in Biological and Life Sciences
#68 among all US colleges for percentage of STEM graduates going on to earn doctoral degrees in STEM
Undergraduate Programs at Ohio Wesleyan University
Department of Economics and Business
Department of Biological Sciences
Microbiology (BA, BS)
Data Analytics Program
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At Ohio Wesleyan University, students are encouraged to pursue personal growth, academic excellence, and professional development. Earn a top-ranking degree and work toward your dream job with dedicated support every step of the way.