My dd got in too but is waiting to hear from other schools. She was very excited to get her scholarship letter the other day. She has visited the school twice and loves it. We'll just have to wait and see.
My son got in EA too. Also got a nice scholarship letter the other day. Very exciting! We're from New Jersey and haven't had a chance to visit yet, although we definitely plan to make the trip. Lilac3 - Would love to hear your impressions of the school. Thanks!
We went to see it because we were seeing other schools in the area. However, once we were there, we were struck by the friendly faculty and students. The emphasis on the student/faculty relationships and on the resources available to students were important factors in her decision to apply. She has since visited on her own, and said that all the students were so friendly and really loved their school. She had been to one unnamed school where the students on a panel(only students in the room) all said that unnamed school wasn't among their first choices but it was OK now. So the fact that the students she met loved OWU made a very positive impression. The dorms are fine....dorms. Some of the lecture hall buildings are new and some have been there for ages. The student center is beautiful. I guess it came down to the feeling of community. She felt it and OWU remains one of her top two choices. Not bad for school we visited because it was on the way to other schools.
Thanks for the insight, Lilac3! We will have to visit to get a true feel for the atmosphere of the campus. This is son's first acceptance, and the generous scholarship certainly makes it appealing. He is also very interested in Clark University and University of Vermont. I worry the OWU may be too small, not only in size, but also in the limited majors available. I fear that son may change his mind academically, and not have many options at OWU. Also, does OWU feel like it's in the middle of nowhere? I realized that it is only a half hour out of Columbus, but do students take advantage and frequent Columbus? Is there enough to do on campus? Wondering how Greek the campus feels, since my son would definitely NOT be into joining a fraternity. Thanks!
I really don't know whether or not the students go into Columbus. I do know that some of the faculty members live in Columbus. We have been told that it isn't a suitcase school and so the Ohio students stay on campus over the weekends. It does feel like it is a little out of the way. But my dd likes that in a school.
The students and recent grads that we have spoken to have said that the Greek presence doesn't overwhelm the campus. But this is all hearsay so a current student would have to weigh in on these issues. Hope some of this is helpful.
I don't know much about the American students, but the international students I know (mostly from Asia) tell me that there are lots of things to do on the campus, especially in the weekends. They dont feel the campus bubble and all seem really love the school's atmosphere. About the city of Delaware, I can tell you there are not much things to enjoy, except some good restaurants, where you can spend the eating 'ticket' (or 'coupon'? I don't know which is a proper word!)
Mom2009, I don't think OWU offers less majors than other liberal art colleges. Which major is your son interested in?
Weighing in here as a parent. My son is a junior at OWU and really loves it. I think the best part is the close relationship between faculty & students--really fantastic. He is not in a fraternity but still finds plenty to do. Students do go to Columbus a lot but there is plenty to do both on campus & in Delaware. I wouldn't worry about majors--I think there are plenty to choose from. My son is double majoring in politics/gov't & religion. Minoring in classics & history. Hope this helps.
just guessing about retention rate. I think part of the problem is that they admit maybe too many kids (legacies ? ) that just aren't ready for the work. Another problem I've seen is the high gpa needed to keep scholarships--3.5 for the presidential. When a B+ is 3.3 it's hard for some kids--especially in the sciences. Other than that, I'm not sure.
Shelley14 - As a fellow NJ resident, I'm interested to know how your daughter liked the campus. Did she like the location? How did she feel about the students she met? Did the campus feel TOO small? What other colleges has she applied to? Many thanks for your insight!