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The Patton College prepares educators, practitioners, and human service professionals to be leaders. The Patton College has more than 100 faculty members serving more than 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. Housed in Patton Hall, we have a proud history spanning over 125 years.

If you’re looking for information on demographics, enrollment data, or completion timelines, please click on our interactive college dashboard. You can also find information about our accreditation and evidence of teacher quality in our teacher candidates throughout our website. 

The Patton College is the home to excellent academic programs housed in four academic departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies, Recreation, Sports Pedagogy, and Consumer Sciences, and Teacher Education.

AACTE Holmes Scholars Leadership Series

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McCracken Hall VIrtual Tour with Curt Plummer



In this fun video and with the help of Rufus, discover The Patton College’s recently renovated and state-of-the art Patton Hall, the only fully Gold LEED building on campus! The purpose of the $32.8-million renovation—Patton’s first since its 1959 inception—was to modernize the educational experience for students and professors alike. Aside from adding a fourth floor and nearly 35,000 square feet, the new Patton Hall boasts numerous state-of-the-art features, including three active learning classrooms, 10 project rooms, an experimental lab, and a demonstration kitchen, all of which allow for dynamic teaching and learning. After watching the video, if you wish to learn even more about the amazing Patton Hall, you can read an article about the building in our Athenaeum publication.


    Student Spotlight

    Jordan Graham recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management with minors in Economics and Psychology this December 2021. From Barnesville, Ohio, Graham has been hired as Head Esports Coach at West Virginia University Potomac State College. Read about his time at OHIO.


    Alumni Spotlight

    The Patton College is proud to feature Brianne Tabar as January’s Alum of the Month. Tabar is the recipient of the 2021 Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award established by the Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus to recognize an outstanding teacher in the Strongsville City School district.

Thursday, January 27 Higher Education Aspirations of International School Students Worldwide 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

The Patton College of Education monthly international education series features researchers and practitioners working on global + ...

Monday, January 31 AACTE Holmes Scholars Leadership Series 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

This free four-part series of conversations is designed to explore the leadership trajectories and experiences of various individu...

Sunday, February 20 Student Expo Registration Opens Jan. 12, Closes Feb. 20 All Day Convocation Center

Ohio University hosts the annual Student Research and Creativity Activity Expo on April 7, 2022, at the Convocation Center. Regis...


Latest News

Dean Helfrich Commencement 2021 Video

Hello Graduates, family members, and friends. I’m Sara Helfrich, Interim Dean of The Patton College of Education, where we are committed to building leaders that push the fields of education and human services forever forward toward innovation, excellence, and inclusivity. Leaders who are change agents and who embrace ...

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Showalter

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Dr. Daniel Showalter, a two-time graduate of Ohio University, recently received Eastern Mennonite University’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Linda Niehm

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Dr. Linda Niehm, professor at Iowa State University, won the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s 2020 Distinguished Scholar Award.

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The Patton College:
Where Learning Has No Limits!

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Athens OH 45701