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Top 10 schools that fly under the academic radar - but shouldn't

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Students are head-over-heels for Ohio Wesleyan’s small classroom-based academics. “The classes at Ohio Wesleyan are very personal and intimate,” says a sophomore music major. “The professors are always willing to meet with you and help you out, and the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable while still being well-structured.” Another student comments on her favorite class, a “history class about Latin America in Revolution. The way that the class was set up was really great. There were only 10 students. It was entirely discussion. And never did I feel that I had to say what the professor wanted. The floor was open for any student to say what they thought about the subject in question.” As for the students - “OWU's student body is an interesting thing. We have one of the highest percentages of international students for liberal arts colleges, and I think it really adds to our education outside the classroom.” OWU also makes a concerted effort to involve all of its students with community service to some degree. “Community service in general is huge at OWU. Almost everyone is involved in a community service organization.” They’re also very involved in literary pursuits, including The Transcript, which is the oldest independent college newspaper in the US, and the Owl, which is one of the oldest literary magazines in the country. As for their surroundings, students says OWU is situated in “a beautiful town. Small, for sure. But it's home to the best ice cream in the midwest, and the best pizza shop too. Overall, college life at OWU can be summed up as ‘idyllic.’”