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Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college in Delaware, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1842 by Methodist leaders and Central Ohio residents as a nonsectarian institution. Ohio Wesleyan has always admitted students irrespective of religion or race and maintained that the university "is forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles".

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Ohio Wesleyan University was established with community support in 1842, when the Rev. Adam Poe, pastor of Delaware’s William Street Church, encouraged the citizens of Delaware to raise funds to purchase a building and establish a university “of the highest order” in central Ohio.


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.


You have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty to pursue your research interests and create new knowledge. 

Until now, your education probably has involved learning and processing the work and wisdom of others. What if you could make your own discoveries and add to the bank of knowledge important for the future? You can do all that and more at OWU.

As a liberal arts college, we emphasize intellectual curiosity, creativity, initiative, and synthesis. The University provides opportunities, including traveling to remote locations, for you to explore an existing problem or process—or perhaps to develop a totally new avenue of exploration.


Career Services provides you with the tools you need to get your first internship, your first job, and even find unique experiences for graduate school and gap years.

Finding a job or internship can be stressful and time consuming. Career Services is here to ease that process. 

Students build connections to the professional world and gain valuable experience with internships from New York museums, to the Mayo Clinic, to San Francisco investment firms.Every OWU student has a variety of opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom to work in the real world.

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Ohio Wesleyan was first accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1913. This accreditation has continued uninterrupted for more than a century. The Higher Learning Commission is the post-secondary accrediting agency for over 1000 institutions in 19 states spanning the center of the U.S.

Ohio Wesleyan has a Certificate of Authorization from the State of Ohio Board of Regents that is valid through December 31, 2020.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1940.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Education has been accredited by the Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) since 2006.

Delaware, Ohio, United States