Why Ohio University?
Over 200 Years of Academic Excellence
Established in 1804, 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.
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 the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, the John E. Edwards Accelerator Laboratory, the Schey Sales Center, the Tantrum Theater, the Avionics Engineering Center, the Edison Biotechnology Institute, the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute, and the Game Research and Immersive Design Lab.
- 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
- OHIO’s Innovation Strategy 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.
- 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.
- 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 Times, Newsweek, and the Discovery Channel.
Safety and Transportation
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.
The GoBus takes students to many major cities in Ohio, including Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, among other smaller cities.
There are also 21 miles of safe and clean walking and bicycle paths for students and the Athens community.