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, Kiplinger, 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 commitment to sustainability was rewarded in 2019 with the prestigious STARS Silver rating from the international Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Campus sustainability efforts include a 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

  • Nine out of 10 of our graduates find employment or enter the graduate school of their choice within six months 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 athletic teams have demonstrated a long-standing tradition of excellence in the classroom and in athletic competition.
    • Since 1970, BW has 111 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans — more than any other Division III college or university in Ohio.
    • Women's Indoor Track & Field: 2016 NCAA Division III National Champions.
    • Men's Wrestling: Three straight Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championships.
    • Women's Basketball: 26 consecutive winning seasons.
    • Football: 49 winning seasons in the last 53 years. 

The Programs

  • Music Theatre: An acclaimed pipeline to Broadway with BW grads in more than 40 productions over the past decade. Onstage ranks BW as the top-ranked program in the nation in their 2018-19 rankings for Best Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Music Theatre Programs.
  • 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.
  • National Security: From Ohio's first international studies major, BW expanded its programs for global awareness and the University now offers a specialized national security major 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.