Ohio University opened in 1808 with one building, three students and one professor. Since then the university has grown to include five regional campuses and an online presence, in addition to the main campus in Athens. At the heart of the university is College Green. It sits in the center of the Athens campus and pays tribute to the rich history and tradition of the university. It’s brick walkways and shaded areas provide a space of peace for students, faculty, and visitors alike.
Ohio university has a total enrollment of over 38,000 students throughout it’s undergraduate and graduate programs, with more than 6,000 of these students being a part of the online student body. The university offers many different programs at the various campuses, ranging from bachelor’s degrees to medical degrees. There are over 250 different majors and programs to choose from creating a variety of options for each student.
Ohio University Accreditation Details
The Higher Learning Commission of the NCA of colleges and schools accredit Ohio University. In addition, the university is authorized to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees by the Ohio Board of Regents. There are specific state authorization as well for the accreditation of online, distance, and print-based programs.
Ohio University Application Requirements
In addition to paper applications, Ohio University recommends completing all application through their online application processes. Prospective students must set up and online account before they can complete the required forms and submit any supporting documentation. Supporting documentation includes:
- Transcripts from high school and any post-secondary school attended
- ACT or SAT test scores
- TOEFL test scores, if applicable
- Essays, if applicable
- Letters of recommendation
- Any additional documentation the student wants to provide or that is required by the desired program
There are also application fees that must be paid when the application is submitted.
There are specific criteria admission counselors look at for incoming students. These criteria include strength of the curriculum, performance in curriculum, class rank, grade point average, and ACT and/or SAT scores. The recommend high school credits before college is 4 units of English, 4 units of Math, 3 units of Science, 3 units of Social Studies, 2 units of Foreign language, 1 unit of Visual or Performing Arts, and 4 units of electives.
These are the general requirements for application but there are also specific requirements when looking at specific programs and specific colleges within the university itself. Many of the online degree programs often involve an associate’s degree and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Beginning in the fall of 2015, Ohio University is introducing The OHIO Guarantee, which locks in the tuition/room/board rate for incoming undergraduates for a duration of four years. Under this program, students who are residents of Ohio will spend approximately $23,400/year, while non-resident students will spend $32,400 and international students will spend $37,500.
The tuition and fees for Ohio residents embarking on a graduate program are estimated to be $9,500 per academic year. This fee increases to $17,500 for non-resident students. Graduate students will need to manage the cost of additional living expenses.
Tuition for online students is assessed on a per credit basis. Current rates for 2015 are $243 per credit hour.
Ohio University offers the following financial aid at their institution:
- Federal Aid (FAFSA)
- Work-Study Programs
- Alternative loans
Online Degrees Available
There are many online degrees available at Ohio University including seven bachelor’s degree options and over 15 master’s degree options. Here is some information on a few of them.
Bachelor’s in Applied Communication
One of the programs available is a bachelors in applied communication. This online degree is offered through the nationally recognized Scripps College of Communication. Students in this program have the opportunity to study within the areas of journalism, information and telecommunication systems, communications, media arts, and visual communications. Students will have access to the same respected educators as on-campus students.
RN-to-Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
The RN-to-BSN program is designed for working nurses and a way to earn their degree while maintaining flexibility in their life. The program has eight start dates throughout the year and each course runs for five-weeks. Part of the School of Nursing, this degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and was nationally ranked in 2015.
Master’s of Civil Engineering
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology offers three master’s degrees 100% online, with one of them in Civil Engineering. Students entering this program have the option to select a specialization in:
- Environmental Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Construction Engineering and Management
Student are taught to apply their civil engineer experience and skills in order to think critically about the needs of communities and the environment. The program strives to produce graduates who are able to help build a lasting future for our world.
The online programs at Ohio University offer a variety of learning options for undergraduate and graduate students. Each online student has access to academic advisors within their program, as well as success coaches who are there to help direct students with resources to succeed in the classes. These programs often give people the time to finish the work at a pace of their own as well as being able to lead their daily lives.