About BW


Points of Pride

Our Institution 

  • Since our founding in 1845, BW has prided itself on being one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender, a spirit of inclusiveness which continues today.
  • Every year for the past 21 years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked BW among the Midwest's Best Universities and named it a "Best Value" in higher education. BW is highlighted in another category, "A+ Schools for B Students," among institutions that "truly seek a broad, engaged student body."
  • BW is also highly ranked among the Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges and by Washington Monthly and College Choice.

  • Our Riemenschneider Bach Institute is one of only five institutions in North and South America containing manuscripts written in Bach's own hand.
  • The University's campus-wide commitment to sustainability can be seen in its wind turbine, recycling efforts, and its five geothermal fields—including the first for a residence hall—to heat and cool campus buildings.


Our Students 

  • About 20% of our freshmen rank in the top ten percent of their graduating class, while 54% rank in the top quarter.
  • More than 94% of our graduates find employment or enter the graduate school of their choice within nine months of graduation.
  • Three-quarters of BW students attend graduate school in their lifetime, including some of the world's most prestigious institutions.
  • Annually, approximately 450 BW students gain valuable practical experience through field experiences and internships.
  • Each year, BW students contribute more than 5,000 hours of service to the Greater Cleveland area through our Community Outreach programs.
  • Nearly 70% of our graduates choose to remain in Ohio, providing an educated workforce, community leaders and volunteers.

Our Programs

  • Neuroscience program:  Since inception in 1998, 95% of its students who have applied have been accepted into graduate programs or medical school.
  • Music Theatre program:  Ranked among the top ten in the country by Backstage, the industry's professional journal.
  • BW is the first college in Ohio to offer an undergraduate program in sustainability and has recently added an MBA in sustainability to its curriculum.
  • In 1983, the University was one of the first in the country to endow a chair in corporate ethics, the Charles E. Spahr Chair in Management and Corporate Ethics.
  • Baldwin Wallace education students pass the Praxis II exam, required for initial licensure in Ohio, at rates as much as 24 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • The campus Speech Clinic's camp for nonverbal children is the only program of its type in northeast Ohio.
  • The Yellow Jacket football team has had 45 winning seasons in the last 48 years and the women's basketball team has had 22 straight winning seasons with at least 15 victories. Since 1970, 93 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans and four student athletes have been selected as the Academic All-American of the Year in their respective category.


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