Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University

Athens, OH

International Profile

You deserve a great university experience. You’ll find it here.

More than 250 paths to career success
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—OHIO has a major to match your interests. You can even design your own major through our Bachelor of Specialized Studies program.

Ohio University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and by recognized professional accrediting associations. Ranked in the top 100 public universities nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, OHIO boasts a 93% rate of graduates who are employed or in graduate/professional school within 12 months of graduation.

Picture perfect
What makes OHIO one of the nation’s most picturesque campuses? Visitors talk about the welcoming vibe, the smiling faces, the brick pathways, the classic architecture, thecherry blossom trees in the 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 welcoming campus
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. At OHIO, you will be part of a community. New friendships in the residence halls are just the beginning. OHIO offers opportunities for the complete collegiate experience, from honors programming, undergraduate research, and student organizations to NCAA Division I athletics, recreational activities, and a great variety of arts-related events.

Dedicated and helpful professors
From spending extra time after class discussing concepts to answering questions over email 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 Doctoral University—High Research Activity institution. Faculty members are also equally dedicated to the success of their students. In addition, OHIO’s Honors Tutorial College is the only degree-granting college of its kind in the nation and offers high-achieving students the option of a one-on-one 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 provided 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.

Scholarships and our fixed-rate guarantee
Incoming freshmen who take the SAT or ACT and begin studies in the 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 PhD candidates. Appointments are awarded competitively by schools or departments.

Ohio University offers The OHIO Guarantee®, which enables students (Ohio residents and non-residents alike) to pay a single fixed rate for tuition, room and meal plan, and fees for four years. The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of planning and financing a college education.

Visit us in person or take a look online
In-person visits are always best! Butif you can’t make it to Athens, you can explore Ohio University online 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 visitor take a virtual tour of our Athens campus at ohio.edu/tour.

An extraordinary university experience awaits
We look forward to celebrating your achievements as an OHIO student and future graduate. Please visit ohio.edu/admissions to learn more. 



Ranked #1 for "student satisfaction"


Ranked a "Best Value College" | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #1 for "Best College Small Town"


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. You can walk between most campus buildings within about 10 minutes.

TYPE OF SCHOOL: 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: 200+ buildings on nearly 1,800 acres

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Nearly 24,000 students on the Athens campus, including more than 17,000 undergraduates

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 1,216 full-time faculty members

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 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico, plus 113 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.

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 required only for freshman scholarship consideration and must be submitted directly from the testing agency. All students must demonstrate English proficiency to be admitted to academic study. 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: Information about application fees and deadlines can be found at ohio.edu/admissions/apply.

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