Ohio University – Chillicothe (OU-C) enrolls approximately 2,500 students and offers more than 20 academic programs, including those leading to associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. Since its founding in 1946, the Chillicothe campus has experienced tremendous growth. We were the first regional campus in the state of Ohio and we continue to serve as a critical gateway to higher education and the opportunity it provides for residents of Southern Ohio to realize their goals and ambitions.
As a leader in the region for more than 65 years, we are prepared to redouble our efforts. With the economy at a turning point, now is the time to expand our initiatives and drive the economic recovery of our area. We can accomplish this by retraining workers for new jobs, partnering with corporations and businesses to spur growth, and adding value to our community through the cultural, athletic and recreational opportunities that our campus offers.
This is a critical time for the Chillicothe Campus. Our fundraising efforts aim to put our mission into action. The region and the state are looking to us to lead them into a brighter future. The Chillicothe Campus is prepared to accept this challenge. Please join us in meeting the needs of the region.
With your support, we seek to expand student access and opportunity, promote economic development, cultivate the academic experience, and strengthen outreach and partnerships.
We believe that you should support what matters most to you, so you can designate your gift to any area you desire. We have some exciting current initiatives that will particularly benefit from your generosity:
- The Chillicothe Campus has a relatively small scholarship base: more than 80 percent of the student body needs financial assistance. Given the downward trend of national and state funding for education, The Chillicothe Campus depends largely on private support to keep higher education within reach for its students. Well-trained workers and leaders are the key to a brighter future in our region and in Ohio. We are rededicating ourselves to this powerful core belief of access to higher education. But we can't do it without you.
- Growing enrollments and increased community needs are driving the call for expanded academic resources and upgraded technological facilities. The Learning Commons has become a hub of campus activity since it opened in 2006. A formal connector linking the Learning Commons in the Stevenson Center with the student services resources in Bennett Hall will bring together two vital components at the Chillicothe Campus, both literally and figuratively. Called the "Student Success Center," this new space will help foster a strong community atmosphere and promote cross-disciplinary inquiry and scholarship.
- Opened in January, 2012, the Technology and Business Development Center includes classrooms that provide the flexibility to support community outreach programming and new space for programs in Law Enforcement Technology, business and other technology classes. But growing enrollments are driving the demand for upgraded technological capabilities. The promise of a robust economy for our region lives in a highly-skilled workforce and a strong technology infrastructure.
- A well-rounded experience that exposes students to cultural activities is a hallmark of an OHIO education. Supporting extracurricular initiatives, such as our thriving theater program and the Patricia Scott Gallery, not only benefits our students, but also serves as a vital cultural resource for area residents. To maintain our position as a regional center for cultural enrichment, we must increase funding for cultural programs, campus events, theater, and visual and performing arts.
Alumni, friends, parents, and community and business partners have long played a key role in the success of our campus. From an increased number of endowed scholarships to the growth of the Stevenson Center, your support has allowed us to serve as a gateway for our students and our region.
Working together, we have transformed the Chillicothe Campus into a resource Southern Ohio can be proud of. Let's put this power to work again. Staying true to our legacy, the real impact of the Chillicothe Campus will be measured not in growth and statistics, but rather in the ability to make a meaningful impact on the quality of life for an increasing number of residents of Ross County and adjacent communities.
We invite you to join us in this effort.
Your gift – no matter the amount – makes a huge difference in the lives of our students.
To make an immediate gift to the Chillicothe Campus online using your credit or debit card, please visit www.ohio.edu/give and select "Chillicothe Campus" from the designation drop down menu.
To mail a gift, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation. If you wish to designate your gift to a certain area, please write that in the memo line of the check.
The mailing address is:
The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869
If you prefer to make your gift over the phone, have questions about giving OU-C, or would like to discuss other giving opportunities, please contact:
Director of Development, Chillicothe Campus
Shoemaker Center, Chillicothe