Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus


Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus, a regional campus of Ohio University, was founded in 1946. After World War II, when overcrowding became an issue at the main campus of OU at Athens, Ohio University-Chillicothe became the first of five regional campuses scattered throughout the state. Located about 45 miles south of Columbus, Ohio University-Chillicothe is a nonresidential campus with an enrollment of over 2,000 students.

Ohio University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In addition, Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus has received accreditation for its associate nursing program from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, the highest level of recognition possible.

Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus currently has 13 associate degree programs, nine bachelor’s degrees and three full master’s degree programs. Combined with different technical courses and continuing education options, a variety of different diplomas and goals are being pursued on the Chillicothe Campus.

Along with associate’s degrees in Art and Science, students can begin their education by taking two-years degrees in Child Development, Computer Science Technology, Law Enforcement Technology, Hazardous Material Technology and Nursing, among other subjects.

Bachelor’s degrees are available in Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, General Business, Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Nursing, Specialized Studies and Technical and Applied Studies.

For graduate programs at Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus, students can pursue a Master’s in Business Administration, a Teacher-Leader Master Degree (Education) or a Master of Social Work.

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Information Summary

Ranks 129th in Ohio and 3239th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 47.5
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $6,546
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 26 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 61% / 47%
Enrollment Total (all students) 1,586

Unique Programs

Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus rounds out its academic program with a group of courses called Independent and Distance Learning. Included under this umbrella are correspondence courses, allowing students to operate on a highly personalized schedule. Coursework is sent to the student and over the course of eight months, a list of objectives must be completed. Along with assignments that must be posted by fax, email or traditional mail, some examinations in-person are required. The learning experience is enhanced by audio and other supplementary materials, which are often excluded in a traditional classroom setting due to lack of time. With the classes rolling on through the year, students can explore a new subject far away from the bustle of any campus.

Online courses are another nontraditional offering from Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus. All materials between professor and student are exchanged through email and downloads. The list of online courses is extensive, with such offering as specific as Instrument System Regulations and Procedures, a primer on navigation systems. A wide variety of Humanities courses are also available: the catalog offers courses in literary and critical theory, Rhetoric, Classic American Literature and more. The business world is also well represented, with Macro and Microeconomics as well as Small Business Operations coming in online offerings.

In a world where the normal methods of instruction no longer apply for every student, Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus has taken steps toward making education possible in many different formats. As the campus originally opened in response to a need at the time, so is the modern college proving fit to adapt to the times.


Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus
Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus


The admissions process is focused on placing students in a course of study which will serve their needs in the present and the future. The admissions process attempts to evaluate without intimidating Ohio University-Chillicothe hopefuls. For new students who hope to attend Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus, there is an orientation process during which some placement tests are administered in order to determine a candidate’s needs.

The online application is recommended for beginning the application process. Students will have to submit records of high school performance or the GED equivalents, along with scores of standardized testing and an application fee. As there are four quarters to each academic year, applications are accepted all throughout the year.

There is a Counselor Information Form for incoming freshman to give to their high school guidance counselor, which must be included along with any application and transcripts.

Financial Aid

Applicants who wish to attend Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus and receive financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This process will determine eligibility for grants and scholarships. The deadline for freshman students who hope to win scholarships is at the end of January. The FAFSA will analyze information included on your family’s tax returns, so the sooner the family can file, the easier the financial aid process will be.

The amount of grants and need or merit-based scholarships available from Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus is significant. Awards such as the Pell Grant can help with tuition costs and are given out based on the financial need of students.

Federal loans can be received by students attending Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus. To qualify for subsidized loans, for which the government will make interest payments while you are attending school, students must show financial need. Interest rates on subsidized loans tend to be at least one point lower than unsubsidized loans for student aid. Loan fees may apply at the beginning of the borrowing process.

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While Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus is not a residential campus, students definitely spend a lot of time socializing. The popular Hilltop Café, located in the Stevenson Center, is the place for students to get their coffee and round out their study sessions before a big exam.

The Bowling Club, continually growing in popularity, is the way to hurl your stress away during meetings at the local bowling alley.

The Japanese Media Club, established in 2003, aims to bring a little bit of Japanese culture to the Chillicothe Campus with film screenings, discussion forums and more. From its humble beginnings, it has come a long way.

The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) , founded nationally in 1914, has an outpost on the Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus.

The Student Senate has been petitioning for changes in different parts of campus life and organizing efforts like blood drives and other worthy causes. You can check on the senate’s website for any pending legislation.

The Squid and Tree Writing Club at Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus is a way for writers to tap into their innermost dramatist (or comedian) and share the results with like-minded members.

In general, students at Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus needn’t let the pressure that can come with college work and a job affect them in a negative way. There is counseling available on Chillicothe campus, as well as tutoring services when the grind of school is leaving students with little time to stay afloat.

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Part of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, the Ohio University-Chillicothe Hilltoppers compete in a variety of sports. Unique for a school of roughly 2,000 students, the team plays with other regional campuses in the area. Men’s and Women’s Basketball are available to students, along with Baseball, Cheerleading, Golf, Women’s Fast-Pitch Softball and Volleyball. Athletic scholarships are not available on regional campuses like Chillicothe, but the level of competition remains high — comparable to Division III NCAA contests. In fact, Chillicothe will play NCAA teams in contests throughout the year. While studies come first for Hilltoppers, the athletic programs continue to be a draw for school pride and the spirit of competition.

Intramural sports continue to be fun for students who aren’t going to compete on a high level, or are looking to have some fun with classmates. Dodgeball rivals flag football in popularity among students at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

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