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A view of Court Street from above the College Gate
You'll learn just by living here

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.

Photo of costume parade on Court Street in Athens, Ohio.

“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.

The OHIO Crew rowing team at Dow Lake at sunrise in Athens, Ohio
Aerial photo of Ohio University Athens campus with Hocking River in view

“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.

Photo of OHIO Women's Softball team celebrating