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A decade into its third century, and 10 years into Roderick J. McDavis’s presidency, Ohio University faces many challenges. With each challenge comes an opportunity for growth, development, and transformation. And this is where Ohio University truly shines.

College affordability is a national crisis. Ohio University has tackled this issue with aggressive fundraising to greatly expand our scholarship offerings and by launching The OHIO Guarantee™, a tuition and fee model that establishes a 12 semester level rate, allowing families to better plan and budget for the cost of students’ education.

Paying for college is meaningless, if students don’t have the tools they need to succeed. From the creation of the Margaret Boyd Scholars to renewed emphasis on accessibility, OHIO’s student support programs ensure that our students are supported on the road to graduation. 

Society expects more from us than well-educated young professionals. The University also has a role in responding to the needs of our region and state. One way we’re doing that is by building new campuses in Dublin and Cleveland and expanding our programs in the allied health professions to maintain a pipeline of future healthcare workers.

We also need to understand, share, and adapt to world trends—not a problem for a university with a long tradition of international cooperation. Even as it strengthens existing ties, Ohio University continues to push its boundaries with new bonds in the Caribbean and China.

Closer to home, Ohio University is devoted to communities in southeastern Ohio, where our students spend thousands of hours as volunteers and interns and in service learning, and many faculty are active in local organizations and public service. Put it all together, and you have a university that is transforming lives every day.

Change is occurring all around southeast Ohio, and Ohio University has worked hard to not just keep up with those changes, but to anticipate them. Through sound strategic planning, the University has developed comprehensive initiatives to face 21st century challenges and position it for success. It’s all part of the ongoing transformation of OHIO.

OHIO Achievements


Semester level rate: tuition, housing, dining, and fees


Increase in student financial aid


In the nation: “Best Bang for the Buck”


Regional campuses created a human biology program, enabling more students to earn a degree closer to home


Outstanding students became the first Margaret Boyd Scholars


Students selected as OHIO Fellows


Of the nation’s best online programs, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report


Year plan to become a national leader in providing accessibility services


Square feet in new Dublin, Ohio, facility for master’s program in physician assistant practice


National increase in demand for physician assistants by 2020


Year partnership with University of Guyana


International study program jointly offered by OHIO's College of Business graduate program and Center for International Business


Students in OHIO's Scripps College participated in a study abroad opportunity, collaborating with journalists in Ghana


Passing rate for students in OHIO’s Lancaster Campus Paramedic Certification Program


Start-up companies founded by students and alumni, thanks to entrepreneurship program

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Organizations with an expert advising world leaders on global climate change at G8 Summit


dollars in federal grants awarded to expand health services


Children in Kids on Campus, OHIO’s after-school and summer program, which was awarded $1.7 million in federal support


Students participated in OHIO’s 2014 Research and Creative Activity Expo


University units created a community involvement program


Fulbright Scholars—among the nation’s top producers


Diabetes prevention initiative


Pounds of e-waste recycled


Gifts and pledges raised by OHIO’s Women in Philanthropy


Campaign dollars raised


New residence halls for 900 students


Schools of OHIO’s Scripps College of Communication now under one roof, enhancing efficiency and collaboration 


In renovations to key residence hall, improving energy efficiency and the student experience