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OWU Looks Forward to Impressive Freshman Class

June 13, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The 600-plus first-time freshmen who have committed to attend Ohio Wesleyan this fall represent more than an impressive statistic for OWU's admission office. Besides reflecting quantitatively the largest number of U.S. freshmen deposits since May 1996, and the largest number of international students even prior to that year, these incoming students show and know what quality is all about, explains Margaret Drugovich, vice president of admission and financial aid at OWU.

This year's 14 percent increase in U.S. student applications has enabled the university to attract and admit one of the strongest applicant pools in OWU's history.

"We've been able to be even more selective than in previous years in admitting better prepared students," says Drugovich, who is looking for a new student class of 600 freshmen and transfers this fall. While this is the third consecutive year of increased freshmen enrollments at OWU, "we are especially excited about the profile of this incoming class."

"The academic quality of this class is strong, with the average SAT score of approximately 1200," continues Drugovich. But of additional interest is the depth and breadth of the class, with U.S. students who come from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 27 other countries. Drugovich says that the geographic representation of the class is stronger, both because of an increased number of students from 22 states from which the university traditionally draws students as well as the fact that an even larger number of states is represented.

She also notes equal representation of men and women in the incoming class, which is somewhat unusual at liberal arts institutions.

Academic quality notwithstanding, as Drugovich explains, this is also a group of students that recognizes and appreciates the university's quality of programs and facilities, pointing to the success of OWU's largest capital campaign ever -- The Campaign for Ohio Wesleyan University -- which recently surpassed its $100-million milestone. Prospective and current students, their families, OWU alumni, staff and friends enjoy daily the results of the Campaign, with such newly-renovated buildings as the R.W. Corns Building, home of the economics department, including the impressive Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship; the Wellness Center, located in Stuyvesant (residence) Hall, including a modern and fully equipped exercise facility; Edgar Hall, permanent home of the fine arts department (now being renovated) and the newly expanded 3D Arts Building. Bringing new excitement is the anticipated work beginning this summer on OWU's new Science Center, which will enhance the university's collaborative science community with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

"This is an especially exciting time for new students to join the OWU community, given the impressive combination of campus enhancements resulting from the Campaign, the promising strength and talent of our new student class, and as always, the impact of OWU's stellar teaching faculty," says OWU President Tom Courtice.

This year's students, according to Drugovich, really appreciate the range of opportunities available to them at OWU, including their ability to choose studies from a wide variety of programs grounded firmly in the liberal arts.

"They seem to really resonate with the priority we place on helping them to develop a broader world view."