Founded in 1804, Ohio University is a large public university located on a 1,800-acre campus in urban Athens, Ohio. Enrollment at the 1,762-acre main campus includes 18,589 undergraduates, 3,595 graduate students, and 463 medical students. Another 9,700 students attend classes at Ohio’s five regional campuses in other parts of the state. U.S. News and World Report ranked Ohio as 124 among National Universities.
The student-faculty ratio at Ohio University is 19 to 1, and about 44.6 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ohio University include: journalism; parks, recreation, and leisure studies; psychology; radio and television; and speech and rhetorical studies. The average freshman retention rate is 80 percent. In 2009-10, Ohio had seven Fulbright Scholars.
There are 11 colleges within this sprawling campus: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, Health Sciences and Professions, the Honors Tutorial College, Patton College of Education and Human Services, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication, University College the Graduate College, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Ohio University offers its students more than 250 undergraduate majors to choose from, and master’s and doctoral degree programs in a range of study areas.
There are a number of scholars programs offered to academically gifted students, including the Honors Tutorial College, the most selective college at Ohio. The Honors Tutorial Colleges is based on the Oxbridge systems of tutorial education developed in England, and gives students the opportunity to receive a substantial part of their education through tutorials, small seminars and one-on-one classes. The Copeland Scholars program gives business students a freshman year stipend, the opportunity to meet with a senior business faculty member each week, and a variety of business leadership activities. The Ohio Business Fellows is a program designed for Copeland Scholars beyond freshman year, and helps them to continue to develop their personal and professional academic goals. Stocker Scholars is a program for students in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and freshmen are invited based on their GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Students in the program in a team design competition every winter. The selective Cutler Scholars Program is offered to students who are nominated by their high school or an Ohio University alumni chapter. The endowed program provides tuition, fees, and room and board and funds for a summer internship or related experience. The King/Chavez/Parks Award Program is offered to talented students from disproportionately represented populations, who are offered creative programs and faculty mentored research, scholarship, and character education. The Templeton Scholars Program provides educational opportunities meant to enrich the the academic lives of talented students from disproportionately represented populations. Templeton Scholars are provided with opportunities in the areas of politics, humanities, economics, science, arts and the environment. Research, service and student-led discussions are also part of the experience.
Ohio University offers its students dozens of study abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and the Middle East. You can enroll in the AIDS in Africa program in South Africa, teach in the country of Ghana, study media, society and governance in Zambia, learn Chinese language and culture in Beijing, study Japanes at Chubu University in Nagoya, Japan, exchange places with a Japanese student from Musashi University in Tokyo, enroll in the AustraLearn program in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, study the German language in Salzburg, Austria, study the art and architecture of Paris, learn French in Avignon, enroll in the Exploring Art in London program, attend the Photographic Field School in Edinburgh, Scotland, study scriptwriting and film in Ireland, learn Italian in Florence, or Russian in Moscow.
The International Student Union is OU’s umbrella organization for 23 international student groups at the university. The organization holds frequent events for international students, and publishes a weekly newsletter about campus events geared toward the international community.
Ohio University is wireless, and provides its students with plenty of computer labs, including 19 open access labs on campus. There also are plenty of 24-hour computer labs, and many students make frequent use of the labs at the campus’ Alden Library.