About BW

Baldwin Wallace University is a private, liberal arts-based, Methodist-affiliated college located in Berea, Ohio, offering bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates and professional education programs… and so much more.

Mission Statement

Baldwin Wallace University is an academic community committed to the liberal arts and sciences as the foundation for lifelong learning.

The University fulfills this mission through a rigorous academic program that is characterized by excellence in teaching and learning within a challenging, supportive environment that enhances students' intellectual and spiritual growth.

Baldwin Wallace assists students in their preparation to become contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society and encourages their pursuit of personal and professional excellence.

A welcoming, supportive community...It's in BW's DNA

In 1845, more than 15 years before the Civil War, Baldwin Wallace was founded as one of the first colleges in the nation to admit students without regard to race or gender. Today, you’ll find that spirit of inclusiveness has flourished and evolved into a personalized approach to education: one that fosters your individual growth as you learn to learn, experience new ideas and prepare for the certainty of change.

City or suburb?...You get the best of both worlds

You don’t have to choose between suburb and city. Our location, in an historic, residential community with miles of recreational parkland, is just 20 minutes from the thriving business and cultural center of Cleveland. It’s the perfect environment to facilitate liberal arts learning and practical career preparation, providing easy access to internships and field experiences for almost every interest. In addition to our main campus, BW at Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights offers evening and Saturday classes for bachelor's and master's degrees in business, professional development and executive education.

Small classes, big opportunities...The right size for your success

As a BW student, you’ll be empowered to take initiative and take advantage of many opportunities to succeed. You’ll find small class sizes with supportive teaching-faculty who act as mentors, and you’ll enjoy access to regional business and thought leaders. In addition, you can choose from a vast array of hands-on experiential learning options from undergraduate research and creative projects, to exciting service-learning and study abroad options, to field experiences, internships and leadership training.

Liberal arts and professional skills...Prepare for career agility

After more than a century and a half, BW is still characterized by leadership and innovation in education. The liberal arts, which teach you how to think critically and communicate effectively, remain at the center of your academic program. BW's majors build on that crucial foundation, with many leading-edge programs that develop tangible professional skills and career options that match your academic passion. Distinctive opportunities to add entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and experiential learning to your educational resume give you an additional edge as you move from BW into your career.


Founded: 1845


United Methodist Church

Academic Term



207 full-time faculty

Student/Faculty Ratio


Students (Fall 2016)

Total Enrollment: 3,961

Undergraduate Enrollment
Full-time undergraduates: 3,017
    Conservatory: 317
Part-time undergraduates: 256

Graduate & Professional Enrollment
Accelerated Nursing/BSN: 42
Graduate Business/MBA: 321
Graduate Education: 214
Graduate Medical/PA: 58
Graduate Public Health: 17
Graduate Speech-Language Pathology: 36

First-Year Student Profile (Fall 2016)

Total students: 706
Gender: 50% female, 50% male
Race/ethnicity: 24% students of color
     13% African-American
     5% Multi-racial
     5% Hispanic/Latino
     1% Asian 
First-generation: 28%
Geographic diversity: 26% from outside Ohio
     Top states represented: Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Michigan
     28 total states represented
On campus residents: 86%
Academic interests:
     School of Social Sciences: 10%
     Conservatory of Music: 10%
     School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences: 11%
     School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing: 15%
     School of Business: 10%
     School of Humanities: 12%
     School of Education: 4%
     School of Health Sciences: 3%
     Interdisciplinary: 25%
Academic preparation:
     High School GPA: 3.46
     SAT (verbal + math): 1068
     ACT (composite): 24 


23 Division III Intercollegiate programs
     1 in 5 undergraduates are student-athletes

Tuition/Financial Aid

98% of first-year students received financial assistance, totaling more than $44 million
100% of students with need received financial aid

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2016–17)

Tuition: $30,776
Books, Room & Board: $10,330

Conservatory Tuition & Fees (2016–17)

Tuition: $33,342
Books, Room & Board: $10,330

Academic Organization

Majors and Programs

  • Undergraduate — more than 80 programs of study
  • Post-baccalaureate — An accelerated bachelor's degree in nursing (ABSN)
  • Graduate — Master's degree programs in business (MBA), education [including a full-time leadership in higher education (LHE) master's], physician assistant (PA), public health (MPH) and speech-language pathology (SLP)
  • Professional/Continuing — Certificates and professional development opportunities. Convenient evening and weekend programs.


BW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Individual programs also are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the United Methodist Church Board of Accreditation. The ABSN nursing program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our physician assistant program received an Accreditation-Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); BW’s new MS in speech-language pathology is in the process of applying for Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Higher Learning Commission Seeking Public Comments

Baldwin Wallace University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit September 25-26, 2017 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Baldwin Wallace University has been accredited by the HLC since 1915. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s criteria for accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Baldwin Wallace University
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments through the HLC’s website at hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by August 25, 2017.