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Baldwin Wallace University

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1845
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 275 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio, United States, 44017
    • Phone:
    • +14408262900
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University is a four-year private, coeducational, liberal arts college in Berea, Ohio, United States. The school was founded in 1845 as Baldwin Institute by Methodist settlers. Eventually the school merged with nearby German Wallace College in 1913 to become Baldwin–Wallace College. As of July 1, 2012 the school became Baldwin Wallace University. The institution offers a number of undergraduate and several graduate programs. Baldwin Wallace University is often referred to as simply "BW". Baldwin Wallace University has two campus sites: Berea, which serves as the main campus, and Baldwin Wallace University at Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights. Baldwin Wallace University recruits students throughout Ohio but also students from all over the United States and internationally. Baldwin Wallace's motto is "Creating contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society." Baldwin Wallace's athletic teams compete as members of NCAA Division III athletics in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Academic Highlights

Baldwin Wallace offers more than 80 majors, as well as several cooperative and pre-professional programs. Evening and weekend programs include 12 majors and six certificate programs. For undergraduate programs, these majors lead to one of the degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music in Education, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Beyond this, Baldwin Wallace University offers 16 master's programs that lead to one of the degrees Master of Arts in Education or Master of Business Administration. Baldwin Wallace University offers programs and some courses online.

The College maintains 27 academic departments leading to a bachelor's degree. In addition to on-campus study, students also have the opportunity to broaden their horizons through a number of off-campus study programs. Liberal arts remain at the center of the academic program, but they are augmented by opportunities to explore career options and develop professional skills. Baldwin Wallace University is well known in the midwest for its education, business, and sustainability programs. Baldwin Wallace University is also nationally recognized for the neuroscience undergraduate program and for the Conservatory of Music.

Life in Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University's school colors are officially brown and gold, though in the past they adopted burgundy and teal as well as maroon and gold for their marketing literature.

The school's varsity sports teams are the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets. They participate in the NCAA's Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. The university has long rivalries with John Carroll University and University of Mount Union.

School Ranking

Baldwin Wallace University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities Midwest, #10.


The average GPA at Baldwin Wallace University is 3.52. This makes Baldwin Wallace University Strongly Competitive for GPAs. With a GPA of 3.52, Baldwin Wallace University requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's.

Notable Alumni

Baldwin Wallace has over 41,000 alumni living throughout the United States. Baldwin Wallace University has many alumni that still reside throughout Ohio. Some notable Alumni include former OSU Football coach Jim Tressel and his father Lee Tressel, former NFL player and first Atlanta Falcons head coach Norb Hecker, Astronaut Robert F. Overmyer, TV commentator and International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Bud Collins, civil rights leader James Lawson, and Olympian Harrison Dillard. BW has had many alumni become representatives for the state of Ohio. As well, BW has a large network of alumni who have gone into Broadway due to its strong performing arts program including Ciara Renée. Aswell, as the director of the Movie Creed 2, Steven Caple Jr.

Acceptance Rate

 Baldwin Wallace University admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 74%. 

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