A Welcoming Community


Ohio University is committed to promoting an atmosphere where understanding and acceptance of cultural and ethnic differences are ensured. A climate that represents and embraces different cultures enhances the University’s ability to provide all of its students with the experiences necessary to successfully compete and achieve in an increasingly diverse and complex society.

Diversity in all of its forms serves to enrich the distinct educational experience of OHIO students, faculty, and staff. There is no better way to learn about the world than to create an environment where students of diverse backgrounds—and indeed, students from all over the world—study, live, learn, and socialize together.

Ohio University is committed to equal opportunity for all people and is pledged to take direct and affirmative action to achieve that goal. In upholding its commitment, Ohio University will not accept racism, sexism, homophobia, bigotry, or other forms of violations of human rights. Such actions are inconsistent with, and detrimental to, the values that we hold essential as an institution of higher learning.


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A Global Community



Ohio University values the internationalization of its curriculum and its campus community and it encourages programs that strengthen multicultural awareness. The University welcomes students from around the world. This diverse academic environment with special events such as International Week enhances the learning experiences of all students and prepares OHIO graduates for success as global citizens. The University's Center for International Studies infuses global education into curricula on campus and abroad.

A Local Community



A hidden gem tucked away in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, Ohio University is calling you home. Chartered in 1804 as the first land-grant university in the Northwest Territory, OHIO proudly boasts a rich history and as a top-notch institution of higher education with globally recognized educational programs and research efforts, we envision a bright future.

As we look ahead, we recognize that part of our greatness lies in the beautiful town of Athens, Ohio. In addition to Ohio University, Athens is home to a scenic bike path along the Hocking River, a lively arts scene, a thriving myriad of local businesses, and an unmatched dedication to everything local. Here, the comforts of a small town and the opportunities of big city living are one and the same. 

The partnership between Athens and OHIO is one-of-a-kind. From our award-winning Innovation Center to our community outreach programs for local youth, OHIO is dedicated to collaborating with and giving back to our surrounding communities and new ideas are turning into actions every day. Won’t you join us?

A Community with a Legacy



In 1786, 11 men gathered at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern in Boston to propose development of the area north of the Ohio River and west of the Allegheny Mountains known then as the Ohio Country. Led by Manasseh Cutler and Rufus Putnam, the Ohio Company petitioned Congress to take action on the proposed settlement. The eventual outcome was the enactment of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which provided for settlement and government of the territory and stated that "…schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."

In 1803, Ohio became a state and on February 18, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing "The Ohio University." The University opened in 1808 with one building, three students, and one professor, Jacob Lindley. One of the first two graduates of the University, Thomas Ewing, later became a United States senator and distinguished himself as cabinet member or advisor to four presidents.

Twenty-four years after its founding, in 1828, Ohio University conferred an A.B. degree on John Newton Templeton, its first black graduate and only the third black man to graduate from a college in the United States. In 1873, Margaret Boyd received her B.A. degree and became the first woman to graduate from the University. Soon after, the institution graduated its first international alumnus, Saki Taro Murayama of Japan, in 1895.