OHIO Learn by Living
This college town is always classic, never conventional
OHIO boasts some of the finest faculty anywhere. And you’ll learn so much from Athens itself. Quirky and creative, Athens welcomes you to explore the arts, sciences, and nature. This is a place where city, campus, and community combine for an educational experience unlike any other.
“Best College Small Town in America” USA TODAY/10Best
Athens is a buzzing creative hub, nestled in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. As a “Top 100 Art Community,” Athens is home to an amazing mix of artists and innovators.
Take a stroll through uptown, where family-owned businesses and music venues line our historic streets. From farm-to-table eateries to authentic ethnic restaurants, our local flavors are tough to top. Catch a flick at the Athena, one of the oldest movie theaters in the country. If festivals are your thing, don’t miss the Ohio Pawpaw Festival (if you’ve never had a pawpaw, you have to try one. It’s Ohio’s native fruit!), the Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Spring Literary Fest.
Everything for outdoors enthusiasts
Did we mention Athens is surrounded by crystal-clean state parks and the lush scenery of Wayne National Forest? All that natural beauty makes for refreshing study breaks. Dozens of hiking and mountain biking trails are nearby. The 21-mile Hockhocking Adena Bikeway runs past the Ohio University Athens campus.
“One of the Top 15 most beautiful college campuses in the country” Expedia
With charming brick pathways, historic architecture, and soaring treetops, it’s no wonder we’ve been named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country.
A community with nonstop energy
But we’re more than just a pretty face. We’re a special place, where Bobcats can connect and collaborate. OHIO is home to more than 500 student organizations, across a huge spectrum of interests and activities. From Greek Life to Dodgeball Club, there’s always something going on, on campus. Cheer on the Bobcats at your favorite NCAA Division I sporting event, volunteer, or make contacts at a career fair.