An Ohio Wesleyan University education is distinguished by its unique combination of liberal arts study and pre-professional training. OWU is one of only five independent undergraduate schools in the nation whose graduates rank in the top 20 both in the number of PhDs earned and in the number of business leaders. The University, which was founded in 1842 by the United Methodist Church, is dedicated to instilling the service ethic in undergraduates, to wedding theory and practical applications, and to tackling those issues that will frame the major debates of the future. Students attend classes in stately historical buildings such as Elliott Hall and in modern facilities such as the $35 million Conrades-Wetherell Science Center.
Approximately 1,850 men and women undergraduates attend OWU. The student body is drawn from 43 states and 47 countries; the majority of our students live on the lovely 200-acre campus. Residences include 6 large halls that feature special interest corridors, a variety of smaller special interest domiciles (e.g. the Tree House, the Peace and Justice House), and 11 fraternity houses (the school's 7 sorority houses are not residential). Proportionally, OWU has the sixth highest international student population of schools in its class.