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Forever Forward
Ohio University Shaping the Future

Forever Forward

From the iconic Athens campus that merges seamlessly with one of America’s best small college towns to its statewide network of regional sites that provide in-demand degrees, Ohio University carries with it a 218-year tradition of excellence, setting the pace for higher education in the state of Ohio. OHIO provides an ideal blend of large university resources and the warmth and atmosphere of a tight-knit community that fosters self-exploration and encourages faculty to drive innovation without compromising instruction.


    OHIO joins highest level of research institutions in the nation

    Ohio University earned an R1 Classification (very high research activity) in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The diverse groundbreaking work is leading the way in research and innovation.


    Ranked ‘Best Value’ among state’s public universities for 2nd year in a row

    U.S. News and World Report placed Ohio University 4th best in Ohio, and 30th among public universities nationwide. Several OHIO programs were also ranked nationally, as was our beautiful campus, which is considered one of the most beautiful in America.

Prioritizing Student Success 

We are increasing our investment in opportunities that will elevate the student experience at OHIO. From providing access to world-class experiential learning opportunities to enhancing and streamlining our approach to advising, our goal is for every student to have access to the tools and resources they need graduate on time and to be prepared to move forward into graduate studies or their career of choice.  


    OHIO Guarantee+ Graduation plans help students meet milestones and goals

    Our Guarantee+ Graduation Plan ensures every student graduates with experience in their chosen field, including curricular and co-curricular experiences that meet their personal goals. Improving student experience and outcomes helps Bobcats make the most of their time at OHIO.


    New student success hub helps students reach their potential

    OHIO created an integrated center to provide colleges with academic transition advising, career services, support the development of experiential learning, and help facilitate employer and alumni engagement.

Investing in State-of-the-Art Facilities

As Ohio University is widely recognized for its sense of place. We value the history and tradition of our brick paved greens and historic buildings, but we are also committed to completing necessary capital to better adapt to innovation and to meet the needs of today’s student. We are moving OHIO forward by developing state of the art research facilities, community engagement centers, and upgraded residence hall experiences, all while honoring OHIO’s 218-year legacy as the oldest university in the old Northwest Territory. 


    New research building under renovation

    The Russ College of Engineering and Technology is currently renovating the West Union Street Office Center. The space is set to open in 2023 and will enable increased research and collaboration for engineering students.


    OHIO promotes long history of preserving historic buildings through new website

    The iconic buildings of Ohio’s oldest university are a crucial part of the experience of every Bobcat. For that reason, Ohio University has dedicated itself over the decades, and particularly in the 2000s, to preserving the buildings and spaces where students learn, live and play, particularly in areas like College Green, The Ridges, and South Court Street.

Uplifting our Region and State

Community partnership is vital to our mission as a public University. Within our region, the state, and across the globe, OHIO is committed to service and research — from our medical school's focus on population health and our thriving health care programs , to investment in economic development through business incubation and entrepreneurial support, our and focus on improving educational outcomes, attainment and career opportunities for students enrolled in kindergarten through college — OHIO helps move our communities forward. 


    OHIO chosen to coordinate new statewide center for behavioral health prevention and promotion

    A new statewide center of excellence will focus on building infrastructure and capacity to address Ohioans’ mental, emotional, and behavioral health. Efforts will focus on mental health promotion and early intervention to prevent substance abuse or dependency while emphasizing cultural competency and accessibility.


    OHIO's Voinovich School brings STEM education to the region's K-12 students

    The region’s K-12 students now have access to a variety of online STEM educational activities thanks to Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, which recently launched the Appalachian STEM Enrichment Academy, a web-based platform that brings together a mix of STEM topics and activities into a central online location.

Strengthening our Footprint in Health Professions

We have seen a distinctive shift in enrollment trends at OHIO over the past decade.  The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is the largest provider of primary care doctors in the state, and as one of the largest purveyors of baccalaureate-trained nurses in the state, we are moving our communities forward with access to critical health care needs from investments in diabetes research to much needed care in addressing the opioid epidemic.


    Ohio University significantly impacts the state's health care system

    Three OHIO colleges are working together with external partners to improve the state's health care system, through health services, infrastructure and support that will enable communities to thrive for decades to come.


    OHIO partners with Cleveland Clinic to train future physicians

    Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine works together with Cleveland Clinic to train primary care physicians through a unique medical education program. Students are directly admitted into family medicine residency programs.

Empowering our Faculty and Staff

OHIO’s faculty and staff play a central role in our mission to provide a distinctive experience for our students. Our strength comes from our people and all they do for our students and one another. We are focused on creating a campus culture that actively attracts and supports a diverse, inclusive, and intellectually vibrant community. Our faculty and staff will help move us forever forward.


    New initiative helps faculty develop new academic programs

    The Program Innovation Accelerator helps remove barriers and provide support to faculty members and departments for developing and implementing new or expanded academic programs. Support services connect faculty to colleagues who can help design and enhance new program ideas.


    Flexspace helps faculty and staff meet students where they are

    Ohio University's new flexspace helps employees make the most of their opportunities to serve students and plan their goals and priorities around what they would like to accomplish in a way that works best for them.