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 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

  • 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.