Ohio University

Awards and Recognitions

Ohio University’s commitment to serving as a leader for diversity and inclusion has been recognized nationally through a variety of awards and recognition, listed below.


University-wide Diversity Awards and Recognitions  

2019 HEED Award

2019 HEED Logo


Ohio University has received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the second year in a row it has attained the honor. Click HERE to read more on the University's national recognition. 



2019-20 "Top Military-Friendly School"

Ohio University Is proud to announce it has once again been named one of the nation’s top military-friendly schools for 2019-2020 by Viqtory Media, a veteran-owned company and publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.

Read more about OHIO being a Military-Friendly School


2019 Rural-Based Entrepreneurship Center of the Year

Ohio University’s Innovation Center was named 2019 Rural-Based Entrepreneurship Center of the Year and received the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award from the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

Read more about the Ohio University Innovation Center accolades


2018 HEED Award


The INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ohio University was awarded this honor in 2018 and featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity's magazine announcing the select universities receiving the award.

Read more about OHIO winning the 2018 HEED Award


2018 iGIVE Award from the iBELIEVE Foundation

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs was awarded the 2018 iGIVE Award from the iBELIEVE Foundation.

Read more about the bestowing of the iGIVE Award


2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

Two Ohio University programs have received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

  • Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Cleveland’s Aspiring Doctors Pre-college Program
  • College of Arts and Sciences’ Tech Savy OHIO

Read more about these programs and the award


2018 Larry Abernathy Award from the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA)

Ohio University and the City of Athens have received the Larry Abernathy Award from the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) for their joint efforts to foster stronger relationships and communications on and off-campus.

Read more about Ohio receiving the Larry Abernathy Award


First Forward Institution Designation


Ohio University has been selected to the inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

Read more about the First Forward Designation