About BW

Points of Pride

The Institution

  • Founded in 1845; one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender, a spirit of inclusiveness which continues today.
  • For 24 straight years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked BW among the Midwest's Best Universities.
  • BW is highly ranked among the Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges and by Washington Monthly, Forbes, College Choice and Educate to Career (ETC).
  • BW continues to earn high marks for affordable excellence in rankings designed to help families find the right college fit.
  • BW's 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 and composting program, LEED certified buildings, solar power and five geothermal fields—including the first for a residence hall in Ohio—to heat and cool campus buildings. Sustainability majors annually produce recommendations for additional green initiatives as part of their senior capstone project.
  • A distinctive collection of programs, spearheaded by the BW Center for Innovation & Growth, fosters entrepreneurship skills to prepare students for innovation and career agility.
  • BW is ranked among the "Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio," a distinction that recognizes "area employers who are doing it right" as determined by their own employees.

The Students

  • Ninety percent of our graduates find employment or enter the graduate school of their choice within one year of graduation.
  • Forty-seven percent of alumni report earning a graduate degree during their lifetime.
  • Each year, BW students contribute more than 5,000 hours of service to the Greater Cleveland area through our community engagement programs; students give an additional 4,000 hours outside the region on BW-sponsored Alternative Break trips.
  • Sixty-eight percent of our graduates choose to remain in Ohio, providing an educated workforce, community leaders and volunteers.
  • The Yellow Jacket football team has had 47 winning seasons in the last 52 years and the women's basketball team has had 25 straight winning seasons. Since 1970, 107 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 category.

The Programs

  • Neuroscience: Recognized by the international Society for Neuroscience; since 2010, 86 percent of BW neuroscience students who have applied to medical school or graduate programs have received acceptance.
  • Music Theatre: An acclaimed pipeline to Broadway with BW grads in more than 40 productions over the past decade. The program has been recognized as one of the "top 10 colleges for musical theater" by Backstage.
  • Sustainability: BW was the first college in Ohio to offer an undergraduate program in sustainability.
  • School of Education: Graduates at BW score above the state and national averages on the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA).
  • Nursing (ABSN): Graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) at rates that place BW among the top-performing nursing programs in the state.
  • International Studies: Ohio’s first international studies major now features a specialized national security track focused on assessing global and domestic threats.
  • Computer Science: Northeast Ohio’s first baccalaureate software engineering major, developed with input from area technology employers.
  • Broadcasting: WBWC 88.3 FM, the first totally student-funded and operated radio station in the United States, operating as “The Sting.”
  • Experiential Learning: Every BW student applies what he/she learns in the classroom through experiential learning—travel, service, internships, field experience, research, clinics or other hands-on experience—required for all degrees.