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Ohio Wesleyan University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 27 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

55% Women
45% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

North Coast Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $111,428)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $93,901)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 37 36 - -
Baseball 30 - - -
Basketball 16 14 - Yes
Field Hockey - 22 - -
Football 78 - - -
Golf 7 7 - -
Lacrosse 38 17 - -
Soccer 34 22 - Yes
Softball - 20 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 17 18 - -
Tennis 9 9 - Yes
Volleyball - 14 - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 10.2%
Hispanic 5.6%
Non-resident alien 4.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 2.9%
Two or more races 4.7%
White/non-Hispanic 68.3%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 20
Liquor Law Violation 22
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 6

Notable Alumni

  • Richard North Patterson '68 (History major), a former trial attorney, is the author of a series of critically acclaimed suspense novels, including a string of international bestsellers. He recently returned to OWU for background research for his 2009 novel, The Spire, set on a college campus. He is also a sought-after speaker on social, political, and legal issues such as gun control and family violence, and was the chair of Common Cause, the grassroots citizens lobby. (J.D., Case Western Reserve University).
  • Branch Rickey, Class of 1904, literally changed the face of America when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier. Rickey was named ESPN's Most Influential Sports Figure of the 20th Century.
  • Byron Pitts '82 (Journalism and Speech Communication major) is currently chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News and a contributor to 60 Minutes. He recently visited campus to talk to students about his career and his book, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges.
  • Wendie Malick '72 (Fine Arts major)The former star of Just Shoot Me, is now co-starring with Betty White in Hot in Cleveland, TV Land's most-watched series ever. Honored by Women in Film as a Woman of Vision, she is an advocate for the Humane Society and Planned Parenthood, a member of the Environmental Media Association, and a Washington, D.C., lobbyist for federal funding of the arts in education, among other causes.
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Jay from Dayton, OH
  • 4
  • The dorms themselves are ok. Typical college dormitories, with nothing to impress you. The university tries to keep students from living off-campus as part of the college experience, unless conditions…

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  • Aletta from Toledo, OH
  • 3
  • I personally do not like living in a dorm. I don't like people nearly enough to find dorm life pleasant, so I love living in Tree House, one of the…

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  • Emily from Amherst, OH
  • 3
  • Most dorm facilities are okay. Welch Hall and Stuy are the nicest in many respects because people take care of them. Other halls are the hangouts and party…

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  • Caitlyn from Pasadena, CA
  • 2
  • Dorms are ok. There are two freshman dorms (Bashford and Thomson), an all girls dorm (Hayes), a co-ed dorm (Smith east & west) and an honors dorm (Welch) Welch and…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Taylor from Galloway, OH
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The meal we had on the 2016 fall preview day was really good! I love that students can use their food points at close-by restaurants that are off-campus

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  • 4
  • Emily from Amherst, OH
  • I am a current student here

    There is a wide variety of dining options between the on-campus and off-campus food points. Each meal plan supplies students with points to spend on campus for the dining hall, an a la carte cafeteria in the student center, a sub sandwich shop, a deli, a convenient store, pizza delivery, and three other coffee shops/bakeries. Every student finds something they like with this plan. If not, then they also have off campus options because the meal plans extend to five restaurants in Downtown Delaware. I only give four stars out of five because the quality is not always great, but overall it's a pretty great system.

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  • 2
  • Aletta from Toledo, OH
  • I am a current student here

    Campus cafes are open late here, which is cool. The food is rarely good, but almost always edible. Vegetarian options are lacking in variety.

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  • 3
  • Whodouthink
  • I am a current student here

    Ummm... hahaha. :) You don't know where to eat on weekends. But, there are some really good restaurants downtown, which takes 10-15 minutes walking from school.

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  • 3
  • Caitlyn from Pasadena, CA
  • I am a current student here

    There are multiple dining places on campus. There are three major dining locations: Smith Dining Hall (located in the Smith dorms), Thomson Convenience Store (in Thomson dorms), and Hamilton-Williams (located in Hamilton Williams Campus Center) There are also food carts located in some buildings and a starbucks in the library.

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  • 5
  • Alescia at Ohio Wesleyan University
  • I am a current student here

    All of the dining areas on campus are delectable and you can eat whatever you want, when you want; you could have chicken and waffles for breakfast or dinner! There are also a couple places off campus where you can use your food points, if you're not hungry for what's on campus or just want to go out on the town.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Emily from Amherst, OH
  • I am a current student here

    I'm not a member of Greek Life so I have little to say on the matter. I so, however, have many friends involved in Greek Life and they all love it so that should say something.

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  • 0
  • Caitlyn from Pasadena, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is present but not dominant. Men can live in frat houses but women cannot live in sororities although the houses are there to use.

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  • 0
  • Alescia at Ohio Wesleyan University
  • I am a current student here

    As a freshmen, I can not be a part of Greek Life, yet, but there are many events that invite us to many fraternities/sororities/small living units, to learn what they are all about. Don't worry, though! The weird myths about the college movie initiations are not true here and you will not be pressured to do anything like in those movies!

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  • 0
  • Bridget from Solon, OH
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty big on campus. The sororities and fraternities here are so nice and welcoming though, that even if you aren't part of Greek life, it is still possible to fit in and find a solid friend group.

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  • 0
  • Caroline from Delaware, OH
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is prevalent on this campus, but it is not like a typical school. The fraternities and sororities are not known for their raging parties and there is a high commitment to service.

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