Ohio University

Correctional Education

Since 1974, Ohio University’s Correctional Education has provided an opportunity for incarcerated students to study through print-based courses, to earn college credit, and work toward an Ohio University degree.

Students who want to learn — but aren’t interested in a degree — can take a few courses or complete a legal studies certificate. View the degree and certificate options below:

To view a list of courses offered, click HERE.

Success Story

Sajad Shakoor earned a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree while he was incarcerated. An Ohio University education opened many doors for him and made him an agent of change in the world. View the video below to learn more about how Ohio University Correctional Education transformed him.

Student Inquiry and Welcome Packets

Requests for information about OHIO Correctional Education can be submitted through email at correctional@ohio.edu, by phone toll free at 800.444.2420, or through the mail to Ohio University Correctional Education, Haning Hall 102, 1 Ohio University, Athens OH 45701.

The student inquiry packet includes information regarding degree programs, courses, tuition, and the admission process. Students also will receive a hard copy of each form listed below. Inquiry packets are sent out in a bulk mailing every 2-3 weeks. Please allow time for the packet to arrive before requesting another packet.

After a student is admitted to the University, he or she will receive a personalized welcome packet from the student's academic advisor. The student welcome packet includes information regarding degree options, courses, policies, and tuition. Students also will receive a hard copy of each form listed below.

Application Review

All Ohio University students who have been convicted of a felony must complete a review process. This process is deferred for students participating through the Correctional Education program during the period of incarceration only. Correctional Education students who wish to continue enrollment after being released must submit a re-enrollment form to the Registrar’s Office and complete the required felony review process through the Office of Legal Affairs.

This review process will determine a student’s post-release enrollment options, including on-campus, online, and/or print-based enrollment. Most Correctional Education students are able to continue enrollment through one or more of these options. However, eligibility for enrollment at Ohio University through the Correctional Education program does not guarantee eligibility for other forms of enrollment after incarceration; in some cases, a Correctional Education student may be prohibited from continuing enrollment at OHIO after release.

More Information

For more information about the program, write to Ohio University Correctional Education, 102 Haning Hall, 1 Ohio University, Athens OH 45701; call toll free at 800.444.2420; or email correctional@ohio.edu.