Academic Support

While many of the services listed below are located on the Athens campus, each department has made special accommodations available to online students.


Academic Advising

OHIO Online's academic advisors work with fully online students to create educational plans to meet their academic, career, and personal goals. They can help you read your DARS, select and register for courses, drop courses, change your major, and apply for graduation. If you're not sure who to contact about something, your advisor is a good first step.

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A staff member advises a student in their office.

    Accessibility Services

    It is the mission of Student Accessibility Services to ensure equal opportunity, and access for members of the Ohio University Community. Appropriate accommodations are determined through the individual intake appointment by reviewing documentation and a discussion with the student.


    Blackboard Support

    Blackboard is Ohio University's online learning management system, and you will use it to access your courses. If you need assistance getting started or have an issue using Blackboard, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) can help you.


    Career Network

    As you look for employment, the Career Network offers Handshake to all Ohio University students and alumni. This platform provides students with a relevant feed of job and internship opportunities, as well as resources specifically matching your interests.


    Counseling and Psychological Services

    Counseling and Psychological Services provides resources to help you handle the stress that comes with finding the work/life/school balance. You can complete their self assessment, or talk to a 24/7 Crisis Intervention Service if you need to speak with a counselor immediately. Please call your local police department or go to your local emergency room if you need immediate in-person assistance.



    Through Ohio University Libraries, online students can access e-books, printed books, research guides, and more. Contact library staff by phone, email, or instant message, or reach out to your academic program's subject librarian for help finding materials or other library research questions.



    The Office of the Ombudsperson is a confidential service open to all students, employees, alumni, parents, and community members at Ohio University. The overarching mission of the Office of the Ombudsperson is twofold: to ensure that every member of the University community receives equitable and fair treatment and due process; and to support and facilitate a positive working and learning environment.


    Success Center

    The Success Center has a success coach available when you need assistance with matters related to your education. The coach can help you choose courses, handle instructor concerns, manage class content, recommend resources across campus that are available to you, and assist those on academic probation.


    Technology Support

    The Office of Information Technology has a service desk that is available to assist you with accessing Blackboard, antivirus software, email, and your OHIO ID and PID.


    Testing Services

    Students often need to access testing centers for assistance in taking course exams. A proctor is required for all testing situations to verify the exam is administered under the proper conditions. Some online courses require midterm and final exams be taken at a proctored site.


    Tobacco-Free Initiative

    Ohio University supports a smoke- and tobacco-free lifestyle as a major wellness initiative for all members of the OHIO community. The University offers ongoing cessation support and resources for any students, faculty, and staff who wish to participate.


    Tutoring and Writing Services

    OHIO Online students have access to two types of tutoring: A free online tutoring and writing service that is available 24/7, and tutors in the Academic and Global Communication (AGC) Program.


    Veterans and Military Student Services Center

    The purpose of Ohio University’s Veterans and Military Student Services Center is to provide, facilitate, and coordinate programs and services (including educational benefits) to help you make a successful transition to the Ohio University community and support you through your academic career.

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