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Ohio Zanesville Campus History

Founded in 1946, Ohio University Zanesville was one of the first regional campuses established in the state. The campus of Ohio University is located on 179 acres just northwest of Zanesville on Ohio Route 146. Zanesville is 55 miles east of Columbus and 55 miles north of Ohio University's residential campus in Athens. Ohio University Zanesville functions as a cultural and educational center for the Muskingum Valley region. It enjoys strong community involvement and support.

The campus features a library, cafeteria, Campus Center, 300-seat auditorium, Learning Advancement Center, gymnasium, and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Some of the facilities are shared with Zane State College, in a cooperative agreement that is a model for other communities. Students can commute from home or live in privately owned apartments, some within walking distance of campus. The YWCA runs a fitness center on the campus.


Ohio University Zanesville, like all of Ohio University, holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students. Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines.


Ohio University Zanesville, as a regional campus of Ohio University, will be part of a nationally prominent research university recognized for the excellence of its faculty and the balance they strike between teaching and scholarship; for its students' engagement in scholarship, leadership, and international education; for its extensive network of partnerships; for its diverse and inclusive campus; for its loyal and engaged alumni; and for its commitment to addressing society's educational, economic, and cultural challenges.


Ohio University Zanesville enrolls full-time and part-time students of all ages. A commuter campus, it offers both day and evening classes. The majority of students work full-time or part-time. The diversity of the student body and faculty produces a rich, challenging college environment. Ohio University Zanesville encourages its students to engage in extracurricular activities such as conferences, student government and honor societies. Students may also participate in intramural and intercollegiate sports.

Academic Programs

Thirteen complete degree programs are offered on the Zanesville campus. These include four associate degrees nine baccalaureate degrees. For a full list of offerings, visit academic degrees & programs. In addition, Ohio University Zanesville offers the first two years of study in more than 107 academic areas.

Classes are taught by qualified, dedicated faculty who average more than 10 years of teaching experience. The campus is known for offering a variety of credit and non credit workshops, business and industry training, and community-service programs.

Zanesville and Muskingum County

Zanesville, a historic city founded along the National Road (later U.S. 40 and Interstate 70), has a population of 27,000 and is a service, retail, and financial center for about 200,000 residents in neighboring Muskingum, Guernsey, Morgan, Perry, and Noble counties. Located less than an hour's drive from Columbus, Zanesville is also within two hours of Pittsburgh and Cleveland and three hours of Cincinnati. Once known as the Pottery Capital of the World, the area still houses numerous small pottery manufacturing and retail outlets. Longaberger Basket Corporation and the Homestead, AK Steel, Lear, and distribution centers for Wendy's, Auto Zone, Dollar General and Avon are major employers. Other large employment sectors are health care, food processing, auto parts, and machine tools.

An inviting place to live, Muskingum County is graced by rolling hills and rich woodlands. Scenic beauty and plentiful recreational opportunities contribute to it's relaxed lifestyle. It's a friendly community in which to work, play, or raise a family. Whether one lives in the city of Zanesville, in one of several surrounding small towns, or in a secluded rural area, Muskingum County offers a sense of tradition combined with progress. Muskingum County offers scenic rivers, ten lakes, two state parks and other excellent facilities. Dillon State Park and Blue Rock State Park and Forest provide summer and winter recreational activities. The Wilds is North America's largest animal conservation facility.

The area also features a treasure trove of historical sites and several museums, including the Y-Bridge, Zanesville Art Center, the Ohio Ceramic Center, The National Road-Zane Grey Museum, Historic Roscoe Village, and the John Glenn Museum. Two amateur theater groups are active, and the Zanesville Concert Association brings professional artists to the city's recently remodeled, 2,200-seat Secrest Auditorium. Symphonic music lovers also enjoy performances by the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra.