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Eleven men gathered at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern in Boston in 1786, discussing development of an area north of the Ohio River and west of the Allegheny Mountains which was known as Ohio Country at the time. Manasseh Cutler and Rufus Putnum, who led the Ohio Company, convinced Congress to enact the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 that would settle the territory. The ordinance also stated that schools and education should be encouraged in the new land.

Ohio became a state in 1803 and an act establishing the Ohio University was established in 1804. In 1808, the college opened with one building, three students and a professor. In 1828, the college bestowed a degree on John Newton Templeton, only the third black man to graduate from college in the United States. In 1873, Margaret Boyd became the first woman to receive a degree from the university.

Today, enrollment at Ohio University is over 40,000. The school is ranked in the top three percent of higher education institutions globally, according to the Center for World University Rankings. U.S. News & World Report ranks the school in the top 100 public national universities. It is first in overall student satisfaction based on a survey of more than 600 colleges and universities. It is one of the top universities for producing Fulbright Scholars. The College of Business is ranked 15th by Bloomberg Businessweek and SportBusiness International ranks the Master of Sports Administration as number one.

Ohio University Accreditation Details

Ohio University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation affords graduates a greater chance of advancing their studies at the graduate level and are assured that they are receiving the best in education based on criteria set forth by the agency. Programs may also be accredited by industry-specific organizations or agencies.

Ohio University Application Requirements

Applicants who have not earned college credits after graduation are entered into Ohio University as freshmen. Applicants must be in the top 16 to 46 percent of their graduating class, have a composite ACT score between 22 and 26 or an average combined SAT score of between 1000 and 1190. Their grade point average must be 3.46 or higher. Students must submit official high school transcripts and complete the application for admission or the Common Application.

Students who have completed more than nine semester or 12 quarter hours of college after high school may enter Ohio University as a transfer students. Students must submit an application and provide both official high school and college transcripts from all institutions attended.

Online learners must confirm that there is state authorization for the program they have chosen. Some degree programs lead to licensure and courses completed at Ohio University may not qualify for licensure in their state.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time on-campus tuition is $24,012 for Ohio residents and $33,476 for non-residents at Ohio University. Online tuition varies by program. Costs for online programs per credit hour are:

  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Operations Management – $353 in-state/$356 out-of-state
  • Correctional Education Program – $340 in-state/$343 out-of-state
  • All Other Online Programs – $240 in-state/$243 out-of-state

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for any aid. Ohio University recognizes veteran’s and employer benefits.

Student Experience

The College Green is the center of the Athens’ campus with brick walkways lined with shade trees. Three of the oldest buildings on campus are located on College Green, all excellent examples of Georgian architecture. Cutler Hall was built in 1816 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Plaques in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium recognize famous individuals who have been guest speakers on campus including Teddy Roosevelt, Warren Harding, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy.

The community surrounding campus has a rich culture and heritage. There is a thriving music scene and a renowned arts community. Halloween is a favorite time of the year as the town of Athens hosts many street fests for the holiday. There are many farms in the area which allows students to choose healthy options from many farm markets and food-related festivals in the area. Students particularly enjoy the PawPaw Festival and Ohio Brew Week.

On campus, there are many events that include performing arts and concerts that students can enjoy or participate in. Fraternities and sororities are available as are organizations that allow students to give back to the community or to promote a healthy lifestyle.

There are several unique degree programs at Ohio University. The Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science prepares students for the actuarial profession. An actuary is a professional who deals with measurement and management of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess risk to help businesses and clients minimize risk by recommending the proper protections and policies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Field Ecology is designed for students who are interested in plant science and field ecology. The program has a strong liberal arts focus as well. Students learn plant identification, vegetation survey techniques and GIS. The flexibility of the program allows students to work toward a minor or second major in a different discipline, including economics, business administration, computer science, geography or biological science. Graduates have found positions in environmental monitoring, rare-plant surveys, teaching, or tree care. Students are encouraged to complete an internship as part of the program to enhance their job prospects.

Recreation Management is an interdisciplinary profession with an emphasis on recreational services. The program provides an understanding of recreation on the local, state, national and global level. The degree is a Bachelor of Science and prepares graduates for positions in departments of recreation, campus recreation centers marinas, camps, resorts, outdoor agencies and park services.

Ohio University offers many online and on-campus degree programs that are designed to help individuals grow in a current career or move into a new career. Adult learners who have work, social or family obligations that prevent them from achieving their higher education goals can utilize the flexible schedules offered by online courses that can be completed at times that fit their busy schedule.