Ohio University


Ohio University is a public research university. As the state’s first university, it is also the ninth oldest public university in the United States. With an undergraduate enrollment of 20,994, it produces many students winning a number of prestigious national academic honors.

Founded in 1804, the university is located in Athens, Ohio, United States. Its campus is famous as one of America’s most beautiful and picturesque college campuses.

Ohio University offers degrees in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 80% and high graduation rate mainly concentrates on 6-year graduation.

The mission of Ohio University is:

Ohio University is a public university providing a broad range of educational programs and services. As an academic community, Ohio University holds the intellectual and personal growth of the individual to be a central purpose. Its programs are designed to broaden perspectives, enrich awareness, deepen understanding, establish disciplined habits of thought, prepare for meaningful careers, and thus, to help develop individuals who are informed, responsible, productive citizens.


The university is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Ohio University comprises seventeen schools and eleven colleges, ranging from college of Arts and Sciences, school of Accountancy to school of Visual Communication.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Secondary Education and Teaching
  2. Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  3. Journalism
  4. Psychology, General
  5. Radio and Television

According to the U.S. News and World Reportin 2012, it is the 124th in national universities.

With 42.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a medium rate in full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree and a high rate with classes taught by graduate assistants.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken either SAT or ACT tests, and ACT with writing test is recommended. Moreover, High school diploma is necessary and GED is accepted. Among academic factors considered rigor of secondary school record and GPA are very important.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 9,864 for students who are in state and for those who are out of state it is USD 18,828. Students spend USD 885 for books and USD 10,704 for room and board on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $7,724, 58.3 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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