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OWU Begins New Academic Year

August 28, 2000

DELAWARE, OHIO -- With academic year #158 now in full swing, Ohio Wesleyan especially welcomes members of the Class of 2004 -- students from 39 states and 22 countries of the world.

OWU's 575 new students, including 481 U.S. based freshmen, and 40 transfer students, are a diverse group. In addition, a little over 22 percent are international or multicultural students.

As OWU President Tom Courtice spoke to the standing-room-only group of new students and parents at the opening Convocation program in Gray Chapel, he emphasized the excitement for all as the college experience unfolds.

"Ohio Wesleyan is here to make you wiser and more fluent in the context of a richer, fuller, more expansive understanding of the world," said Courtice. Taken together, faculty expertise and accessibility, technology, resources, facilities, residential living experiences and co-curricular activities combine to provide OWU students with priceless value-added opportunities.

"You [students] will change and grow intellectually; you will change and grow emotionally; you will change and grow psychologically; and you will change and grow spiritually."

The OWU Class of 2004 also boasts an average grade point average of 3.3, with an average SAT score of 1195 and average ACT score of 26. In addition, 22 students were recognized at Convocation as Presidential Scholars, 55 as Trustee Scholars and 55 as Faculty Scholars.

Also highlighting the 2000-2001 year at OWU is the addition of 10 new faculty members and several administrators.