Ohio Wesleyan Named One of Ohio’s Top Colleges for Return on Investment

Study Analyzed 389 Public, Private Schools to Determine State’s ‘High ROI Colleges’
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A new study ranks Ohio Wesleyan University No. 2 in the state for highest lifetime return on financial investment. (Photo by Sara Jane Sheehan '15)

A new study ranks Ohio Wesleyan University No. 2 in the state for highest lifetime return on financial investment. (Photo by Sara Jane Sheehan ’15)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University is ranked No. 2 in the state among public and private colleges for providing graduates the highest lifetime financial returns on their academic investments, according to information released today by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO).

For its study, “Colleges in Ohio with High ROI,” the San Francisco, Calif.-based organization analyzed data from 389 Ohio four-year schools and subsequently ranked 44 as being most successful at providing their graduates with “the highest lifetime earnings when compared to non-degree holders.”

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” ACO founder Dan Schuessler said in announcing the ROI report. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Ohio that offer a high-quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

The ACO rankings are based on several criteria including:

  • Net tuition prices (provided by the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System/National Center for Education Statistics.)
  • Graduate average starting salaries and ROI calculation (provided by PayScale Inc.)
  • Status as a fully accredited, four-year, not-for-profit public or private institution (provided by the Carnegie Foundation.) 

Ohio Wesleyan ranked No. 2 in the state, with Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University ranking No. 1. See the complete ACO study at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/ohio.

Learn more about enrolling at Ohio Wesleyan at http://choose.owu.edu. Learn more about OWU alumni outcomes and accomplishments at http://choose.owu.edu/impressiveOutcomes.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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