Ohio University

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1 Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701

Phone: (740) 593-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. National Universities

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Ohio University is a public institution that was founded in 1804. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,685, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,774 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ohio University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 135. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,380 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,344 (2013-14).

Freshmen at Ohio University (OU) in Athens can ease into their college experience through learning communities, or LCs. These clusters of students take courses together and might live together, too. Students can also check out extracurricular activities, including more than 350 clubs and organizations. With more than 30 fraternities and sororities, Greek life options abound, and more than 20 percent of the student body opts to participate. The Ohio Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference and have a traditionally successful men’s basketball team.

Ohio University operates on a quarter system, and students must live on campus until they have completed six academic quarters (or four traditional semesters). Students who commute from a parent’s home within 50 miles of campus are exempt from the housing requirement. OU offers a variety of degree programs for graduate students, too, through academic departments including the College of Education, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and the College of Business. Notable alumni of Ohio University include actress Nancy Cartwright, who voices the character of Bart Simpson on the animated TV show The Simpsons; journalist Matt Lauer, coanchor of The Today Show; and Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel and former campaign strategist for Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and H.W. Bush.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ohio University Mission:

Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students. Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines.

Ohio University Vision:

Ohio University will be the nation's best transformative learning community where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1804
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $408,987,366


Interested in applying to Ohio University? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Ohio University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.7%
Application deadline N/A
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ohio University is 19:1, and the school has 37 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ohio University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other; Psychology, General; Secondary Education and Teaching; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 24%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 4%
Psychology, General 4%
Secondary Education and Teaching 4%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4%

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Student Life

Ohio University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,685, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 43 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 57 percent of students live off campus. Ohio University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 27,402
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Ohio University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ohio University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ohio University, 17 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ohio University.

Students who have cars on campus 17%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ohio University, 55 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,802.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,380 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,344 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,274 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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