Ohio Wesleyan University
Ohio Wesleyan University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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".
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.