College Visits: Counselor on the Road in Ohio

Last week I spent a cold but lovely morning at Ohio Wesleyan University, a small liberal arts college in the appealing town of Delaware, Ohio.  Having gone to college at Miami of Ohio, I have long been familiar with the school, but have never been on campus.   I met with the gracious and enthusiastic Colorado admissions representative, Pat Kelly.  We discussed  merit aid, my biggest area of interest,  and much more.  Here is what I learned.

  • Although transcripts are reviewed individually, a student with a rigorous high school course load who has a 28 ACT and a 3.5 GPA is likely eligible for a $17,000 merit aid, with the possibility of more.
  • They invite top students to compete to be a Schubert Scholar, offering at least $1,000 additional assistance per year, up to  full tuition, room and board.
  • They have just opened a gorgeous new aquatic center.
  • Across the curriculum, they are committed to study of global issues, and their student body is 10% international; students come from over 50 countries.  In a school with just less than 2,000 undergraduates, the campus had a decidedly international feeling.
  • 50% of their student body comes from Ohio, so the remaining 40% come to “O Woo” from 47 states.
  • They offer a Summer Science Research Symposium in which  students can tackle research issues  for 10 weeks, both on and off campus, with  accomplished mentors.
  • Service is a big part of the OWU experience; there are six spring break “mission trips” offered each year, among them to an orphanage in Chicago, a homeless shelter in NYC,  a Dakota reservation, and El Salvador.
  • Pat said that they were known for being a friendly campus.  I could not agree more.

This small homey school has a great deal to offer.   Enjoy the OWU video on the home page, and you’ll feel like you were right there with me.

Barb Elbot
Educational Consultant

 

 

 

Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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