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At Ohio University you can be yourself—and become your best self.

More than 250 programs that prepare you for the career you want Interested in journalism, engineering, teaching, nursing, music performance, or chemistry? How about studying international business, researching ways to improve health care, or solving environmental problems?

No matter what you want to do—from learning to produce a film to studying the biology of dinosaurs— you’ll find your right fit here. You can even design your own major through our Bachelor of Specialized Studies program.

Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by recognized professional accrediting associations. Ranked in the top half of public universities nationwide by U.S.News & World Report, OHIO boasts a 94% rate of graduates who are employed or in graduate/professional school within 12 months of graduation.

Love at first sight
That’s how many people feel when they first step onto Ohio University’s College Green. What makes OHIO one of the nation’s most picturesque campuses? Visitors talk about the welcoming vibe, the smiling faces and brick pathways, the classic architecture, the cherry blossom trees in spring, or the squirrels jumping about the leaves in the fall. Students and parents visiting for the first time often tell us, “This is what a college campus should look like!”

A home away from home
Located among beautifully wooded hills, OHIO is known for more than its beauty—it’s a welcoming place and a peaceful, safe environment where new friends are waiting to meet you. It’s the university that fits who you are—and who you want to be. At OHIO you will be part of a community. Through new friendships in the residence halls and participation in student organizations, undergraduate research, NCAA Division I athletics, recreational activities, a lively arts community, and honors programming, you will find your place here.

Professors who are both teachers and mentors
From spending extra time after class to discuss concepts to answering questions over e-mail on a weekend, our professors are approachable, accessible, and committed to your success. With small class sizes and accessible faculty members, OHIO students receive individualized attention. Faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research and creative work, leading the Carnegie Foundation to rate OHIO a high-activity research institution. Faculty members are also equally dedicated to the success of their students. In addition, OHIO’s Honors Tutorial College offers high-achieving students the option of an instructional approach modeled after the tutorial system practiced for centuries at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in Great Britain.

International focus
OHIO welcomed our first international student in 1895, and the tradition of international commitment continues today. Ohio University prides itself on its diversity of cultures and international student-friendly environment. An essential part of OHIO’s identity, international students are valued in the classroom and on campus. Many internationally focused academic conferences, guest lectures, and social events take place annually.

For students who require instruction in English as a Second Language, the University’s Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) has been providing students with quality language instruction since 1967. The curriculum focuses on academic study and research skills. All OPIE instructors are professionally trained and experienced in the teaching of English as a Second Language.

Incoming freshmen who take the SAT or ACT exam and begin studies fall semester are eligible for merit-based scholarship consideration. Merit scholarships are available to transfer students in limited quantity, and 2,000 graduate appointments are available for master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Appointments are awarded competitively by schools or departments.

Ohio University introduced the OHIO Guarantee™ in fall 2015, a unique new initiative—both for Ohio University and within the state of Ohio—that enables students to pay a single fixed rate that covers tuition, room and meal plan, and fees for four years. Fall 2016–2017 costs will be set by the Board of Trustees by the end of June 2016 and will remain steady across a student’s four years at OHIO.

Visit OHIO
Even if you can’t visit Athens in person, you can explore Ohio University through our e-tour. Take a virtual walk across campus and learn more about everything from the academic buildings to the College Green. You can even get a look inside our residence halls! You can schedule a visit or take a virtual tour of our Athens Campus at ohio.edu/tour.

The path to your future is here
We look forward to celebrating your achievements—as both a student and a future graduate. Visit ohio.edu/admissions to learn more.



Nestled in the rolling hills of scenic southeastern Ohio, the University’s classic, residential Athens Campus is among the
nation’s most picturesque. The charm of tree-lined brick walkways on the University’s College Green makes you feel as if you are at a small college rather than a large university. One can walk between most campus buildings within about 10 minutes.


TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: Public comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate, and intensive English programs; established in 1804 as Ohio’s first university and the nation’s ninth public university

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 215 buildings on nearly 1,800 acres

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Over 23,000 students on the Athens Campus, including over 17,500 undergraduates

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 1,002 full-time faculty

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Nine academic colleges and one center serve undergraduate students. The University also contains a Graduate College and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: The student body represents all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and 117 countries from around the world.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: The Office of International Student and Faculty Services offers support services for arrival, advising, housing, and financing an Ohio University education. The Ohio Program of Intensive English, offering English preparation, is one of the leading English-language programs in the United States and the oldest of its kind in Ohio.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET: The 2016–2017 amount required to demonstrate availability of funds for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility is $39,065.

FINANCIAL AID: Some merit-based awards are available to international students who begin studies in the fall semester.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: SAT or ACT scores are only required for freshman scholarship consideration and must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Ohio University considers SAT combined Math and Critical Reading scores only. TOEFL and IELTS are only necessary if available. Students with low English scores or no scores can still be conditionally admitted to the University but will be required to participate in the Ohio Program of Intensive English.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: The fall application and credential priority date is February 1. Information about application fees is available at ohio.edu/admissions/apply/instructions/international.cfm.