OWU ‘most entrepreneurial’ in Ohio, says Forbes


Forbes Magazine has ranked Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware at No. 17 among “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015” on its new list of schools graduating high numbers of business founders and owners.

Ohio Wesleyan’s No. 17 “Most Entrepreneurial Colleges” ranking makes it No. 1 among Ohio-based schools and No. 1 among schools in the Great Lakes Colleges Association, a consortium of 13 private liberal arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

According to its “Most Entrepreneurial Colleges” list, set to be published Aug. 17, Forbes ranked the colleges and universities “based on the entrepreneurial ratios – the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn, divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined).”

“Ohio Wesleyan encourages students to pursue their passions and gives them the tools they need to achieve those goals,” said President Rock Jones. “We are pleased that Forbes has recognized the entrepreneurial spirit and success of our graduates by naming Ohio Wesleyan among the nation’s elite entrepreneurial colleges.”

Of the top 20 schools in the new ranking, Jones said, 17 are both independent liberal arts colleges and members of the national Annapolis Group, which provides students with a rigorous liberal arts education that teaches them to think clearly, analytically, creatively and critically.

“The dominance of Annapolis Group members among the nation’s ‘Most Entrepreneurial Colleges’ demonstrates powerfully the value of a liberal arts education,” Jones said. “Clearly, a liberal arts education provides students the path to hone the creativity, ingenuity, dedication, determination, persistence against the odds, and other characteristics necessary for entrepreneurial success.”

Along with its entrepreneurial rankings, Forbes also recently released its 2015 list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which ranks Ohio Wesleyan among the nation’s best overall, best private and best Midwest colleges. The magazine also includes Ohio Wesleyan on its 2015 list of schools with “grateful grads,” an index that ranks colleges by the median amount of private donations per student over a 10-year period.

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