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Ohio Wesleyan University Featured in 2008-2009 Edition of Colleges of Distinction as Leader in Educational Excellence

November 11, 2008

“The schools in this group are some of the very best in the country. Some are household names, some are ‘hidden in plain sight’; what they all share is that they are great places to get an education” – Wesley L. Creel, president and founder of Colleges of Distinction

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University is among the colleges in Ohio selected to receive the designation “Colleges of Distinction” in the newly released 2008-2009 edition of Colleges of Distinction. Unlike traditional numeric-based college guidebooks, this book recognizes and appeals to students’ unique interests, realizing what may be “the best” college for one student, may be vastly different than the best for another.

Approximately 40 colleges in each of the six geographical regions in the United States were selected as meeting four key criteria that make a college truly exceptional: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. These are the “hidden gems” of higher education institutions—as determined by a review board of academicians, guidance counselors, and parents.

“Ohio Wesleyan University strives to provide students with an exceptional liberal arts education that prepares them to think critically and to adapt to a constantly changing world,” said Rock Jones, Ph.D., president of Ohio Wesleyan University. “We are honored to have our success recognized in the 2008-09 Colleges of Distinction guide.”

Ohio Wesleyan University was required to go through an application process to be considered, be nationally recognized by education professionals, employ outstanding teachers that provide innovative learning experiences, have an active campus and community that allows for personal development, and be highly valued by employers for its outstanding preparation. Colleges of Distinction also recognized an impressive number of colleges in the state including Baldwin-Wallace College, Hiram College, Mount Union College, Lake Erie College, Ohio Northern University, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, and Defiance College.

College seekers may visit the Colleges of Distinction Web site at www.collegesofdistinction.com to learn more about featured schools, including Ohio Wesleyan University. Furthermore, visitors may read tips from high school guidance counselors and essays from college students, presidents, and other members of different campus communities.

Student Horizons, Inc., is a digital services company devoted to higher education. Founded in 2002 by concerned parents and admissions professionals, the company’s mission is to enable students to find colleges and universities that appeal to and complement their unique personalities and aspirations. Student Horizons, Inc., is located in Bethesda, Md.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.