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Ohio Wesleyan University Receives Record Number of First-Year Student Applications


March 7, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University has received a record number of applications from students across the nation and around the world interested in becoming part of the university's Class of 2011.

Ohio Wesleyan's regular application deadline was March 1. For the new class, the university received more than 3,600 applications, an increase of more than 9 percent from the previous year.

Although a portion of the overall increase can be attributed to a larger pool of college-bound students, other important factors are at work, says Mark W. Huddleston, Ph.D., president of the university.

"The caliber of education provided by Ohio Wesleyan is the true driving force behind our success," Huddleston says. "Our rigorous liberal arts curriculum teaches students how to think independently, how to adapt in a rapidly changing world, and how to excel in any environment."

Another factor in Ohio Wesleyan's success is its expanded outreach effort, including additional electronic communications, says Margaret L. Drugovich, EDM, vice president for strategic communications and university enrollment.

"Among other initiatives, we implemented a Web streaming program last fall," Drugovich says. "This allows prospective students and their families to experience sporting events, arts performances, and lectures from anywhere in the world. Nearly 3,000 people have viewed Ohio Wesleyan events online since that time."

Instant messaging, text messaging, and real-time electronic "chats" now complement the more traditional tools — including letters, brochures, and telephone calls — used to reach out to potential students.

"We want to connect with students in the ways that they seek a connection," Drugovich says. "We hope to teach our students how to adapt to the challenges in their changing environment — we set this example with our response to their changing needs."

Huddleston and Drugovich also credit the caliber of Ohio Wesleyan's faculty and facilities with attracting students. The university's state-of-the-art Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, which opened in 2004, provides hands-on opportunities not available at all undergraduate institutions, including access to a scanning electron microscope. The university's modern campus center, fitness center, and fine arts facilities also help to draw students.

Although Ohio Wesleyan's regular application deadline has passed, applications continue to be accepted and will be considered on a space-available basis. For its Class of 2011, the university expects to enroll 565 first-year students. That number will allow Ohio Wesleyan to continue its tradition of providing students with small class sizes and personal attention.

For more information about educational opportunities at Ohio Wesleyan, call the admission office at 800-922-8953 or visit www.owu.edu.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.