Ohio University

Recognition and Rankings

Academic quality and value

Ohio University has been cited for academic quality and value by such publications as U.S. News and World Report, America's 100 Best College Buys, Princeton Review's Best Colleges, and Peterson's Guide to Competitive Colleges. Here are a few of our highly ranked programs:

  • Top 20 public engineering and business schools under $25,000 annual tuition
  • No. 3 – ceramics program
  • No. 10 – printmaking program
  • Top 10 journalism school
  • No. 3 – photojournalism program

OHIO’s Honors Tutorial College (HTC) is one of a kind: the only degree-granting tutorial college in the United States. HTC patterns its teaching approach after the centuries-old tutorial system used at Oxford and Cambridge universities in Great Britain. In the past four years alone, more than 18 published works have resulted from collaborations between HTC students and faculty.

The John Templeton Foundation has recognized Ohio University as one of the top character-building institutions in the country. Currently, Ohio University ranks among the top in the state of Ohio for nationally competitive awards won by its students.

Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) has been recognized for career services excellence by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE). Just this year, the CLDC greatly expanded its online network of job and internship opportunities with access to thousands of employers in the Handshake platform.

Jake Schlaerth and Turner Matthews demonstrate their homemade musical instrument at the Student Research Expo

Leading innovators

OHIO is recognized as a leader in research and innovation and received a Doctoral University Higher Research Activity classification from the Carnegie Foundation, signaling its place among the top 5% of USA universities. Annual research expenditures at OHIO topped $61 million in the past fiscal year.

More than 800 students participated in the 2018 Research and Creativity Expo, where students exhibit inspired designs and innovative solutions, such as environmental restoration, improved medical treatments, educational video game software, and imaginative theatrical costumes and set designs.

EAB Global named Ohio University one of six innovative colleges to watch in 2019. EAB's list was based on a Chronicle of Higher Education Series that drew attention to OHIO's Academic Innovation Accelerator, which provides resources and financial support for piloting ideas to pursue innovation in teaching.

OHIO was also ranked in the Top 10 universities in the USA in 2016 for its ability to commercialize its extensive research discoveries. The university prioritizes innovation and creativity in all programs and launched an institution-wide Innovation Strategy in 2015. The program has awarded millions of dollars to new, innovative projects from students and faculty. The OHIO Innovation Center, one of the first university-based business incubators and technology commercialization centers in the USA, was ranked the 3rd best university business incubator in USA in 2016 by UBI Global.

Outstanding facilities and resources

With 60 specialized centers and institutes, and 1,100 laboratory spaces, students can pursue a wide range of dreams and have the resources to make those dreams a reality.

The university is home to 250 libraries and study spaces, including one of the top 100 largest libraries in America with 3 million books, a particle accelerator, and the only avionics engineering center in the U.S.

Creative expression is showcased at OHIO through the world-class Kennedy Museum of Art as well as the Ohio University Art Gallery, Trisolini Gallery, Cube 4 Gallery for students, CREATE_Space, and Athens Center for Film and Video. The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab gives students the ability to research and learn new skills in interactive digital media, such as educational games, simulations, computer animation, and virtual reality.

For students who aspire to create their own business, OHIO’s Center for Entrepreneurship was named the Best Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the USA by the U.S. Association for Small Business, and for students considering careers in science, researchers at OHIO’s Edison Biotechnology Institute discovered a drug that has gone on to generate global sales of $230 million.