Ohio University

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Ohio University, commonly abbreviated OU or Ohio, is a public university institution of higher education. The university provides high academic standards and a personalized and caring atmosphere for students. OU strives to provide an educational setting for students who will enjoy their education experience and the quality of life. The university’s goal is to serve the neighboring communities as well as the whole world by providing students access to personal growth and intellectual opportunities. OU is committed to providing personalized attention to students and the current student to faculty ratio is 19:1 and a 29-student average class size.

Ohio University offers many online distance education programs that are very interactive and help working professionals pursue a flexible and convenient education where they can continue to work while advancing their education from anywhere with an internet connection. The online division helps students figure out if they are ready for online education through a web-based tool called READI. The tool assesses students’ likelihood of success in online learning programs.

OU was founded in 1804 under the name American Western University. It is Ohio’s and the Northwest Territory’s oldest university and the 9th oldest in the United States. In 1808, the University opened its doors with its first 3 students enrolled and two students earned bachelor degrees in 1815. Only 145 students graduated from Ohio University until the Civil War ended. 1,072 students graduated from the university by 1920, but the school did not approach its present size until World War II ended. The population of students grew from 4,600 to 8,000 in the 1950s and there were about 18,000 students in the late 1960s. Since 1946, Ohio University has served as a major educational and cultural center with many regional campuses. The College of Osteopathic Medicine was opened in 1975 and is still Ohio’s only college that grants a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Today, the university is famous for its strong visual communication and journalism programs and its Avionic Engineering Center. Currently there are more than 19,000 students on the Athens campus.

Ohio University’s main campus is located in Athens, Ohio and there are 5 other campuses around the state of Ohio. The online division provides online education to students nationwide.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) Higher Learning Commission (HLC) regionally accredits Ohio University.

Schools of Education

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing a learning-centered community and strives to motivate, challenge, and educate students to help them become responsible and successful leaders.

The College of Business provides an innovative action-learning environment that prepares students to succeed in the competitive business world. The curriculum is challenging and focuses on communication, global awareness, information technology, and leadership skills.

The College of Education offers programs that lead to careers in teaching, administration, and counseling. The programs are designed to engage students and help them develop the skills, knowledge, and nature to meet the challenges of the classroom.

The College of Fine Arts is dedicated strives to provide meaningful instruction to future artists and scholars. The college is dedicated to providing dynamic, international, and diverse education that offers a rich environment with expressive opportunities.

The College of Health and Human Services is dedicated to helping future health and human service professionals to become successful leaders in the field. The college focuses on interdisciplinary instruction with creative activities.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine focuses on innovative learning, in-depth research, and compassionate care. The college strives to educate competent, well-rounded health care professionals by providing osteopathic medical education that is centered on learning and integrated clinically.

The Honors Tutorial College offers a variety of programs that focus on tutorial-based curricula. The college strives to allow students to explore many different areas, engage in research or creative work, participate in extracurricular activities for meaningful learning, and acquire a high level of proficiency in a specific subject.

Russ College of Engineering and Technology strives to provide high quality educational instruction to well-rounded professionals that have team-project and technical schools and enable them to become leaders in the business, industry, and government fields.

Scripps College of Communication prepares students to become responsible and effective communicators in a global environment. The college strives to help students advance in their field through research and creative activities.

The University College serves students who are undecided about their majors who wish to explore all of their options and students who are pursuing an associate degree, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, or Bachelor of Specialized Studies. The college promotes teaching and learning and provides instructional leadership.

Scholarships Offered

Ohio University offers a variety of scholarships including the Dean’s Scholarship, Gateway Scholarship, Gateway Grant, Gateway Trustee Award, Ohio University Bobcat Grant, Templeton Scholars Program, Blackburn-Spencer Scholarship, and Urban Scholars Program.

Financing Options

There are many ways to finance your education at Ohio University. The school participates in many federal programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal GradPLUS Loan, and Federal Work-Study. There are also state grants and alternative and private loan options. Ohio University also offers a monthly payment plan where students can make tuition payment in installments.

Credit Earning Options

Ohio University grants transfer credits to students who attended other postsecondary institutions. Transfer students must have completed at least 20-semester or 30 quarter credit as a regionally accredited institution. Students must submit official transcripts. You can also earn credit from examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB). Ohio University also grants credits for experiential learning and military experience.