Ohio Wesleyan University is a national liberal arts university that combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. It is located in Delaware, Ohio, a small community just 20 miles from Columbus, the nation’s 15th-largest city. OWU offers 86 majors and 57 minors, as well as 23 varsity sports. OWU is one of only 40 institutions featured in the highly regarded book Colleges That Change Lives.
The academic community includes 140 full-time faculty and some 1,750 students from 46 states and 43 countries. All full-time tenure-track professors hold a Ph.D. or the equivalent. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants.
OWU’s 200-acre campus includes 11 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places. Our newest building, the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, is LEED-certified and uses geothermal wells to help with heating and cooling.
One of the oldest residential facilities on campus, the landmark Stuyvesant Hall, received a $14 million renovation in 2012-2013, making it a premier OWU student address. It also is LEED-certified. Housing choices include traditional residence halls, themed housing, small living units, and fraternity houses. (OWU’s sorority houses are nonresidential.)
OWU’s science facilities include the state-of-the-art Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, two observatories, two nature preserves, a greenhouse, and a vast science library.
Arts facilities include Chappelear Drama Center, which features two stages; Edgar Hall for 2-D art; Haycock Hall for 3-D art; the Richard M. Ross Art Museum; and three smaller exhibit spaces. The campus also includes the elegant Sanborn Hall, the hub for Ohio Wesleyan’s extensive music programs. Perhaps the most well-known performance space is the 1,100-seat Gray Chapel with its 4,644-pipe Rexford Keller Memorial Organ, one of only six such Klais instruments in the United States.
Selby Stadium, which houses football and men’s and women’s track and field and men’s and women’s lacrosse, is the fourth-largest privately owned Division III stadium in the nation. It seats 9,100 spectators and is believed to be the oldest facility in the United States constructed to Olympic specifications and remaining in its original configuration.
Our Shared History
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