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Ohio Wesleyan Named One of Nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ by Princeton Review
OWU Students Also Report Being Among ‘Happiest Students’ of 122,000 Undergraduates Surveyed

August 2, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University is one of “The Best 376 Colleges” in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s newly published 2012 college guide. Only about 15 percent of the country’s four-year undergraduate institutions were selected for inclusion in “The Best 376 Colleges” guide.

The book includes a detailed profile of the university and student comments culled from The Princeton Review’s survey of about 325 Ohio Wesleyan students. Students discussed topics including academics, campus life, and the student body. Their statements included:

  • “[OWU professors] are very interested in spending time getting to know students personally, which definitely adds a positive experience to student life.”
  • “The intellectual atmosphere here exceeds anything I could have dreamed of.”
  • “From the Ultimate Frisbee club to the Medieval Sword Fighting Club, there is just about anything here you can imagine to do.”
  • “I have friends from China, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Russia. To be able to hear their perspectives on the world is valuable to me.”
  • “[Common threads on campus include] environmental preservation, community service, [and] political awareness.”

Ohio Wesleyan students also were ranked No. 15 on the list of the nation’s “Happiest Students.” According to one OWU survey respondent, “I really enjoy the balance between academics and having fun.”

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and author of “The Best 376 Colleges,” said academics are a key component of the listing.

“We commend Ohio Wesleyan for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” Franek said in announcing the 2012 “Best Colleges” list. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character.”

In an online-only feature, The Princeton Review also named Ohio Wesleyan as one of the “Best in the Midwest” colleges in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list.

Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said the university is honored to be included on The Princeton Review’s prestigious lists and pleased by the many positive comments shared by OWU students.

“We strive to change lives by providing classes that connect knowledge from different disciplines, opportunities to transform academic theory into real-world practice, and opportunities to travel and study around the world,” Jones said. “Our Princeton Review listing helps to validate the efforts we are making to ensure that our curriculum prepares our students to become global citizens and global leaders.”


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.