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Why Ohio University?

Why Ohio University for Graduate School?

Over 200 Years of Academic Excellence

Established in 1804, Ohio University (OHIO) opened in 1808 with one building, three students and one professor. Today, OHIO has over 200,000 alumni worldwide and currently enrolls over 36,000 students across multiple campuses in Ohio and online. The university is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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#1 Best Value
Public University in Ohio — and 16th nationally.
'Very high research activity' classification —Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
Ph.D. programs
Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipients
Countries represented at OHIO by students & staff
in research funding in 2019

Internationally Recognized Research

OHIO is rated a Very High Research Activity Institution by the Carnegie Foundation, and researchers hold more than 250 patents worldwide.

OHIO is noted internationally for research and scholarship in areas including avionics, biotechnology, communications, education, environmental studies, history, pipeline corrosion, physics and psychology; and has world-class fine arts programs that include ceramics, film and printmaking.

The University is home to dozens of centers, institutes and facilities that advance world-class research, scholarship and creative work, such as:

During FY 2016 licenses for faculty inventions generated $7.7M in royalty income. OHIO is in the top tier of universities nationally for research return on investment.

Innovative Interdisciplinary Programs


    Innovation Center

    OHIO’s Innovation Center has provided more than $4 million to date for interdisciplinary research, teaching and institutional innovation. Funded projects include initiatives to develop an improved diagnostic tool for osteoporosis, a system for incubating and hatching novel classroom teaching methods, a strategy for keeping more jobs and revenue from the shale industry in Appalachia, and a new immersive media program that supports research and creative work in virtual and augmented reality technologies while preparing students for the field.


    Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

    The Graduate College hosts interdisciplinary degrees in Translational Biomedical Sciences and the Individual Interdisciplinary Program, which allows students to pursue innovative research drawing from faculty expertise across the university. 


Faculty Excellence

  • 100+ OHIO faculty are recognized for significant contributions to the development of knowledge, professional service, teaching and mentoring.
  • OHIO faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research projects ranging from alternative energy to health care.
  • Achievements and expertise of OHIO professors have garnered attention from national media such as The New York TimesNewsweek, and the Discovery Channel.

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Athens: The Best College Town in the State of Ohio

Ohio University is located in the very safe town of Athens, Ohio, where there are a multitude of cultural events, music, sports, hiking, and many other activities that students enjoy.

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