There's Something For Everyone
It won't be long before you find that Ohio University is a place where academic and personal growth go hand in hand. The majority of our students seek activities outside the classroom in student organizations, intramural sports, theater, band, student government, or residence hall functions. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to take note that Ohio University is located in the heart of Ohio's Hocking Hills region, and is surrounded by several state parks and the Wayne National Forest.
More than 400 organizations are registered annually with the Campus Involvement Center. Many of these are clubs that directly relate to a major, while others involve religious or political interests, sports, community service, or honoraries.
Athletics (Varsity Sports)
Ohio University is an NCAA Division I school and is also a charter member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The university supports 16 teams on the varsity level. If you are interested in participating in varsity-level athletics at Ohio University, please let your high school coach know early in your senior year. You will need to meet all NCAA qualifications as well as university admission requirements to play at the varsity level.
Club sports provide a way for students to enjoy an exciting level of athletic competition without having to meet NCAA requirements. Club teams still compete with other colleges and universities, but without the sanction of the NCAA. Each club sport is organized and run by students under the guidance of the Office of Campus Recreation.
Ohio University operates one of the largest intramural sport programs in the country, with a combined participation of more than 49,000 each year. Intramural participants have the opportunity to compete on an individual, dual, or team level with other Ohio University students. A coed program for dual and team competition is offered for most activities.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Thirty Greek-letter organizations, many of which have houses on or near campus, exist at Ohio University. About 10 percent of our students get involved in Greek life. Formal recruitment for most sororities occurs during fall quarter, while fraternity recruitment is usually held at the beginning of fall and winter quarters.
Whether you participate or just watch, you can't help getting excited about Ohio University's Marching 110. Besides performing at home football and basketball events, the Marching 110 has dazzled crowds during off-campus performances, including the 1993 presidential inaugural parade, the 2000 and 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. If you're interested in participating, contact the Office of Bands at 740.593.1110 in May of your senior year of high school.
Ohio University's non-denominational Galbreath Chapel is open to students of all faiths. The United Campus Ministry, sponsored by a group of Protestant denominations, offers a variety of programs throughout the year. The Hillel Foundation, the Muslim Student Association, and the Catholic Student Foundation are very active and hold services and programs within easy walking distance of campus.
The Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center is one of the largest campus recreational facilities in the country. Covering more than 168,000 square feet, this facility is three stories high and houses five basketball courts; two multipurpose rooms; two courts for indoor soccer and lacrosse; eight racquetball courts; rooms for free weights, aerobics, and fitness; an indoor track; a climbing wall; game and meeting rooms; and a lounge.
Other facilities include a 13,000-seat Convocation Center; Peden Stadium, a 20,000-seat football/track arena; an indoor ice arena; indoor/outdoor tennis courts; a nine-hole golf course; an aquatic center; the Carin Strength and Conditioning Center; and a 19-mile paved bicycle/jogging path.
Our fitness program offers everything from step aerobics to traditional aerobics and Aeroboxing to sport conditioning. Instructional classes in yoga and Pilates® Method fitness training are also available. Fitness assessments are also offered to our students.
If you are the out-of-doors type, we offer a program in Outdoor Pursuits. This program consists of various outdoor adventure and sport activities. Gear rental is also available to students interested in these activities.