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The OHIO Freshman Experience

At Ohio University, you will join a 218-year tradition of academic excellence. You will also find a close-knit college community and a wide array of opportunities to get involved. Discover who you can be at OHIO!

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Being a Bobcat


    Focus on Academics

    In our 250+ academic programs, you can expect challenging coursework, exciting research and creative activity, strong support services and real-world experience to help realize your potential.


    Student Life

    Discover new interests and build your personal Bobcat network. OHIO is committed to your health and safety, scholarship, student development, citizenship and diversity — right where you live.

Freshman Resources


Freshman Class Profile

The following items indicate the average ranges of the middle 50 percent of our fall 2022 freshman class in a variety of academic areas:

  • Top 12-42% of their graduating high school classes
  • Average composite ACT score of 22-27*
  • Average combined SAT score of 1100-1260 (math + evidence-based reading and writing)*
  • Average high school grade point average of 3.64 (on a 4.0 scale)

*Beginning with the 2021 class, test score values only reflect scores that were used in admissions decisions.

Freshmen who receive financial aid
Tuition increase over four years
OHIO Fulbrights (2022)
Freshman retention rate

Important Dates

  • Move-In Days for New Bobcats

    August 22-23, 2024

    Residence halls open for first-year students August 22-23. Plan to arrive according to move-in schedule.

  • OHIO Showcase

    July 27, 2024

    High school juniors and seniors are invited to visit campus with their families for this fun one-day event to learn more about life at OHIO!

  • Prepare for Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO)

    Summer 2024

    Complete pre-BSO activities including online modules and placement tests to prepare for orientation.

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