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Ohio Wesleyan Recognized Among Nation’s Best Universities by Fiske, Forbes

August 8, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University has been selected for inclusion in both the 2012 edition of “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” and in Forbes magazine’s newly published list of “America’s Top Colleges.” These recognitions follow Ohio Wesleyan’s inclusion earlier this month as one of “The Best 376 Colleges” by The Princeton Review.

“The Fiske Guide to Colleges” is an independent publication that highlights the “best and most interesting institutions” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The guide was created more than 25 years ago by Edward B. Fiske, a former education editor for The New York Times, to provide prospective students and families with a “selective, subjective, and systematic” look at more than 300 colleges and universities.

In identifying schools to recognize, the Fiske Guide considers information about a college’s student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities. According to the 2012 guide, “Ohio Wesleyan is a small school with a big commitment to providing its students with a well-rounded education.”

One student surveyed for the Fiske Guide noted: “The quality of teaching is excellent. The classes are small enough that professors always know each of their students by name.” Another student stated: “Ohio Wesleyan is a place where the education goes well beyond the classroom. The family atmosphere and the opportunities that the college provides you in a diverse environment enrich the entire college experience.”

Ohio Wesleyan also is featured in Forbes magazine’s new list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which considers such information as post-graduate success, student satisfaction, and success in earning competitive awards, including Fulbright Scholarships.

Since January 2010, four Ohio Wesleyan students, alumni, or faculty have earned prestigious Fulbrights. The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program for students, scholars, and professionals in the world. To date, Fulbright alumni have been awarded more than 40 Nobel Prizes and 75 Pulitzer Prizes.

These recognitions follow The Princeton Review’s naming Ohio Wesleyan as one of “The Best 376 Colleges” in its new 2012 guide. The Princeton Review also ranked Ohio Wesleyan as one of the “Best in the Midwest” colleges and OWU students as No. 15 on its list of the nation’s “Happiest Students.” In the words of one student surveyed by The Princeton Review: “The intellectual atmosphere here exceeds anything I could have dreamed of.”

Learn more about “The Fiske Guide to Colleges.”

Learn more about the Forbes ranking of “America’s Top Colleges.”

Learn more about The Princeton Review’s list of “The Best 376 Colleges.”

Learn more about attending Ohio Wesleyan.


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.