Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University -- or OWU (pronounced "oh-WOO") -- is a strong liberal arts college that is nationally known for its blend of scholarship and teaching, service learning, and student engagement. Chartered in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan is a highly selective, coeducational, residential, privately supported liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Columbus in Delaware, Ohio, a vibrant community of 26,000 and seat of one of the fastest-growing counties in the country.

With a campus of more than 200 acres adjoining the downtown, the Ohio Wesleyan community includes 135 full-time faculty members and some 1,850 students from 44 states and 45 countries. Consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges, Ohio Wesleyan is distinguished by an outstanding faculty dedicated to preparing a diverse student body for a lifetime of learning, service and leadership.

One of the nation's leading small liberal arts colleges, OWU has grown increasingly strong particularly during the past decade. Increases in the quality of the student body have contributed to a risin... [ Read All ]


United States

Ohio Wesleyan University
OH 43015
Phone: 740.368.3600
Fax: 740.368.3611
Website: http://finearts.owu.edu/

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Our Aims

Ohio Wesleyan's charter provides that "the University is forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles, accessible to all religious denominations, and designed for the benefit of our citizens in general." In the spirit of its heritage, the University defines itself as a community of teachers and students devoted to the free pursuit of truth. It develops, in its students, qualities of intellect and character that will be useful no matter what they choose to do in later life.

OWU judges itself successful when it has accomplished three objectives in its work with students:

1) To impart knowledge. Ohio Wesleyan offers students the chance to participate in an ongoing dialogue about society's cultural past, in the belief that a liberal education communicates what great minds have thought, great artists have created, and great leaders have done. Also included in this aim is new knowledge creation; a liberal education communicates what is being acquired on the frontiers of contemporary inquiry and current advances of the human spirit. The objective of imparting knowledge begins with the conviction that it is intrinsically w...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there

Ohio Wesleyan University is located 20 miles north of Columbus on Sandusky Street in Delaware, Ohio.

From the Northeast (via I-71) ┬╗ Take I-71 South to Exit 131 (Route 36/37). Turn west on Route 36/37 (toward Delaware). Eventually, Route 36 and 37 will split. Continue on Route 36 (left at the split) to Sandusky Street. Turn left on Sandusky. The campus will be two blocks ahead.

From the East and Southeast (via I-70) ┬╗ Take I-70 West to I-270 North (the Columbus outerbelt). Take I-270 North to Exit 23 (Route 23) toward Delaware. Take Route 23 North to the South Sandusky Street exit (on the left...stay in the far left lane). Continue on Sandusky, and the campus will be six blocks ahead.

From the West (via I-70) ┬╗ Take I-70 East to I-270 North (the Columbus outerbelt). Take I-270 North to Exit 23 (Route 23) toward Delaware. Take Route 23 North to the South Sandusky Street exit (on the left...stay in the far left lane). Continue on Sandusky, and the campus will be six blocks ahead.

From the Northwest (via I-75) ┬╗ Take I-75 South to Exit 156 (Route 15/23/68). Follow Route 23 South to the South Sandusky Street and Central...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

The Fine Arts Department is one of the oldest Art Departments in the United States. We have a broad range studio and academic program which is unique for such a small liberal arts university. We are strongly grounded in traditional art media but have a keen eye for utilizing new technologies and approaches in the research environment. Within this context, learning and creative expression take place with highly individual attention. We are enthusiastic about our broad curricular offering and both the BA and the BFA degree programs. On October 5th, 2001, we celebrated the opening of our new Fine Arts Buildings: Both Edgar Hall and Haycock Hall. These lavish new "state of the art" facilities house all facets of our studio and art history program. The new Ross Art Museum located in Humphreys Art Hall opened in the fall 2002.


Academic Staff and Description

Our faculty have come to Ohio Wesleyan from diverse educational backgrounds and with a great variety of interests and life experiences. The faculty lead very active, outgoing and professional lifestyles. They have a strong commitment to their own expression as artists and researchers, and to the students who make up the undergraduate Fine Arts program. Central to this commitment is the sincere interest placed on quality teaching and the high expectations of the final results. If one single thing can be said of the program it is that the faculty encourage and support independent investigation and personal expression through content, form and process.  

News and Events

Exhibitions are selected and curated by the Fine Arts faculty and museum staff. We exhibit a wide variety of work, in terms of content, form, techniques employed and media throughout each year.

The Richard M. Ross Art Museum is located in Humphreys Hall, 60 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

The Gallery hours are:

Tuesday - Wednesday ┬╗ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Thursday ┬╗ 10 a.m. - 9 p.m
Sunday ┬╗ 2 - 5 p.m.

Closed on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Special visits can be arranged by contacting the museum. For more information, call 740-368-3600 or e-mail finearts@owu.edu.


Information For  Undergraduates

The educators and practicing artists of the OWU faculty create an environment that supports the development of a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Our department thrives in a university where diversity is encouraged. Students participate in programs and activities ranging from performing arts, to community service, to athletics. The pairing of the focused arts education with the liberal arts offers all our students a unique type of intellectual and cultural stimulation. We believe that this is a special asset for student artists which helps to encourage a more confident and personal artistic vision.

At Ohio Wesleyan we have created an atmosphere in which learning and creativity work together. We have designed a rich and balanced program that provides the necessary structure as well as the freedom to grow and explore. The art curriculum provides students with opportunities for a highly concentrated education in studio art and art history. Students can elect to combine various media concentrations when creating their desired programs. We also offer an art education program with certification in grades K-12 for BFA candidates.
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Information For  International Students

At Ohio Wesleyan University, we believe that international education is a positive force for mutual understanding. We encourage our students to study abroad, and we actively seek to provide opportunities for students from other countries to come to our university. Refer to OWU's International college fair schedule or OWU's International high school visit schedule to see if OWU is coming to your hometown.

We currently enroll more than 150 students from 45 foreign countries, as well as many international Americans. These students bring the world to Ohio Wesleyan.



Ohio Wesleyan University strives to keep alumni connected to each other and to their alma mater through a variety of programs and services. This OWU online community is a valuable way to stay connected with your classmates and other OWU alumni, so please take a few minutes to register.


Student Facilities

The OWU campus facilities range from the original mid-19th-century collegiate buildings to the state-of-the-art ConradesÔÇóWetherell Science Center. A number of buildings on campus have national landmark status. The campus is extensive and attractive and also borders on the downtown area. There are some 1.7 million square feet of campus space as well as attractive campus quadrangles and outdoor facilities. Student housing is concentrated in one section of the campus with the academic and athletic facilities in other areas. One building is currently unoccupied and slated for renovation using receipts from the upcoming capital campaign. A street through a portion of the campus was closed in order to create the JAYwalk, a beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkway. The Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and central dining facility is a welcoming campus meeting place. A president's residence (Pritchard House) with space for entertaining was built in 1959.

Major progress has been achieved with the renovation of several facilities made possible by the last campaign. More than 90% of the student body lives in University housing. The housin...  [ Read All ]

Student Support

Financial Aid

Merit aid is awarded based upon various measures of achievement (not financial need) and includes scholarships up to, and including, the full cost of tuition. All admitted applicants are reviewed for eligibility for institutional merit and recognition scholarships and awards. These awards do not require a financial aid application. You should apply for admission by Feb. 1 to assure that you can be considered for all available merit scholarships.
Scholarships range from $3,000 to full tuition.
96% of Ohio Wesleyan Students receive grants and scholarships.
Along with scholarships, Ohio Wesleyan awards need-based grants, loans, and work programs.
Need-based aid is available to families who qualify when filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The Priority Deadline to file for need-based financial aid is March 1.
Federal loans awarded to students include the Perkins loan and the Stafford loan. Both have deferred payments until after a student leaves school.
Work Study is available on campus up to 10 hours of work per week. A work award ...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

A Weekend at OWU

Friday night many students take a break from the workload and relax with some friends.

For those who want to go out there is always something going on at one of the fraternities or at an upperclassmen's off campus house.

For those who want to stay in you can rent movies from the lobby of Smith Hall, hang out with some friends, or go to a restaurant or a movie in Delaware.

Saturday many students either sleep late and relax, catch up on work, or plan a fun day trip to many nearby locations including shopping at Easton or Polaris, or going to Columbus where there are and abundance of things to do.

Sunday many students sleep late and relax and many catch up on work and laundry. For those students with out work, many students get together to go to dinner, or find some fun activity to do.

A staple of OWU is the Saturday and Sunday morning brunch at Smith Cafeteria. Students end up with a group that always goes to Brunch together to catch up with each other. Its also the two times a week that many students on campus come together and eat together around the same time frame, so it is also a good time to...  [ Read All ]


Dorms and Living Options

Stuyvesant Hall has two, 2 person rooms, adjoined by a common bathroom and is coed by suite.
Smith Hall has 4 person suites, and is coed by suite. It also offers substance free living in one section.
Hayes Hall is an all girls dorm with 4 person suites, sharing a bathroom.
Bashford Hall is coed by floor, with 2 person rooms, and communal bathrooms.
Thomson Hall is coed by floor, with 2 person rooms, and communal bathrooms.
Welch Hall is OWU's honor hall and is coed by suite. There is a separate application for this dorm, which has a 24 hour quiet policy.
Small Living Units (SLUs) offer a unique living environment to groups of 10-15 OWU students. These houses are themed and students create a small community centered on promoting specific interests and themes but are not available to first year students.
Austin manor provides an opportunity for upper class students to live independently in their own apartments with other students, OWU alumni, and retired faculty.
Fraternity chapters offer residence to active upperclass fraternity members, but are not available to first year students.
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How To Apply

Domestic (U.S.) and U.S. transfer (college) students can apply directly through OWU's Admission system. This is the best way to apply online.


Visit us (open days)

Spring into College ┬╗ Apr. 21, 2007 ┬╗ Please join us for "Spring into College". This special program is designed for students who are high school juniors and sophomores (planned enrollment for fall of 2008 and 2009) and will provide an introduction to life and learning at OWU. Special features include:

Meet OWU Faculty
Tour Campus
OWU Athletics
Living at OWU
Academic Programs
Community Service at OWU
The Honors Program
Applying to OWU
Affording an OWU Education
And More!


Individual Visit ┬╗ If you are unable to visit campus during one of these visit programs, but would like to visit campus when it is convenient for you, you can schedule a customized visit online.


Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)