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Ohio Wesleyan University

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OWU is a great small liberal arts college

May 14 2011Math
OWU is a great small liberal arts college. If you are interested in the natual sciences, math/CS, Classics, English, this college can provide top notch education. Some of the departments like Economics, Psychology and some of the language ones are still great but the quality of teaching, student placements and faculty retention is not up to par with the rest of the OWU departments.

Student placements in top graduate schools has been excellent in recent years.
In a nutshell, OWU is what you make it: if you want to challenge yourself, there are definitely faculty who can provide the challenge and be an amazing support in the process. Word of Caution: Because of OWU's more liberal admissions rate but very tough academics, many unfit student get in and some drop out due to academic performance before graduation. In 2 years, many lose their merit scholarships (because it is tied to GPA requirements). And that's why you see many negative comments about the place from some bitter former student who happened to be among these. The story of these negative comments is always the same "I thought this place was great, I even got into Harvard but turned it down and then I am moving to a better school" when the real story is "I thought this place was great but I really came here for the scholarship, decided to party too much and my GPA went below 3.5. I was kicked out for academics and now I am bitter that I lost two years of my life here".

2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B+

I am a junior at Ohio Wesleyan studying

Nov 03 2007Economics
I am a junior at Ohio Wesleyan studying Economics. The academics at Ohio Wesleyan in the sciences are brutal. There is severe grade deflation, but graduates in these fields who do well here seem to have no problems placing in great graduate schools and awesome jobs. The humanities are probably the next best area of Ohio Wesleyan. The school has been going through a lot of strategic planning lately, with admission rates in the high 40%s and low 50%s. The major push seems to be to further improve the quality of the student body and raise the endowment. On the academic site, I have not been disappointed by OWU. I think the school is fairly diverse with a lot of kids from the Northeast and abroad. One of the negative aspects of Ohio Wesleyan is that Delaware is not exactly a town that has a lot to offer. Another negative aspect of the school is that it has stringent requirements for students to keep their academic scholarships. As a result a lot of them lose them and are asked to leave, which leaves a fairly sizable portion of students (20 per year?) negative about OWU. If you are looking for a small liberal arts college, very strong science curriculum, with a lot of international students and good merit aid, Ohio Wesleyan is your school. If you are looking for a party school with great social life, I suggest you look for another school.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2008
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B

I wanted to go to the best and

Feb 17 2010English
I wanted to go to the best and brightest university; I envisioned students who stayed up late talking about Obama's plan for the War in Afghanistan or some other intellectual subject, teachers who were nationally renown, and coursework that was focused on writing and developing critical thinking skills. To be honest, however, no such university exists outside of Berkeley, and that was too far away. So, I reformed my naive views of the world and looked for a practical school.

Washington & Lee is far too limiting: everyone is involved with Greek life and everyone drinks outside of homework. Emory, although pretty and great at academics, isn't as personal as Ohio Wesleyan, nor does its English department meet what I see in OWU's. Oberlin, although it's a very nice school, has the same problems as Columbia and UVA: it has a somewhat snooty student body with somewhat snooty faculty.Ohio Wesleyan students are friendly and helpful. They don't stay up late debating politics every night, but they do it sometimes (at least if your an honors student). The University really helps prepare the student for graduate school, and the faculty are always willing to talk to you. Granted, there are the occasional snooty students and those professors who are so boring that you regret taking the class, but every college has those.

1st Year Male -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, University Resource Use: C


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