DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan has been chosen as one of three universities in the United States to host a weeklong visit from “College Hunt, USA,” a reality television show produced jointly by the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai and Channel V, an international TV network owned by Star TV and Fox International Channels.
The three-part reality TV show is projected to reach 25 million young adults in India, with a goal of sharing information about pursuing college degrees in the United States. “College Hunt, USA” will film at Ohio Wesleyan between April 23 and April 26. Other schools selected to host the program following a competitive bid process begun in October are the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and State University of New York at Geneseo.
During their Delaware, Ohio, visit, two prospective Indian students will spend a week at Ohio Wesleyan, learning first-hand what it would be like to attend the private, nationally acclaimed, liberal arts university. While at Ohio Wesleyan, the reality TV stars will interact with OWU’s 1,850-member student body, which includes students from 45 countries and nearly every U.S. state.
“Ohio Wesleyan seeks to prepare our students for global citizenship and leadership,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “About 10 percent of our students come to Ohio Wesleyan from other countries because of the international scope of our curriculum and the intercontinental feel of our campus. We are excited to welcome the prospective students of ‘College Hunt, USA’ to OWU. We believe they will find the educational and leadership opportunities available here to be second-to-none.”
While on campus, the reality TV show stars – one male and one female – will interact with current OWU students, visit classrooms, meet with professors, interview with admission counselors, and learn whether they are eligible for admission to Ohio Wesleyan – all with cameras rolling. The resulting 30-minute OWU episode will air on Channel V in June.
Ohio Wesleyan has been welcoming students from India since the 19th Century. The university currently has 11 students from India on its 200-acre, residential campus.
In 2010, Ohio Wesleyan was one of 10 U.S. colleges and universities selected to take part in a new international initiative to increase the number of academic partnerships among higher education institutions in the United States and India. The International Academic Partners Program is overseen by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization that works to create study and training programs for students, educators, and professionals worldwide. The Institute’s programs include the prestigious Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships, administered for the U.S. Department of State.
As part of the initiative, a contingent of Ohio Wesleyan students, administrators, and faculty traveled to India in spring 2012 to participate in a joint study at Lady Shri Ram College for Women in New Delhi. Together, the group explored the topic, “Gandhi Today: Perspectives and Possibilities.” The Ohio Wesleyan group blogged about its experience.
Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s curriculum, campus, and admission process at http://choose.owu.edu.
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.