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University College serves both undecided/undeclared students who are exploring the University’s options before selecting a major and degree program and students who are seeking to earn the Bachelor of Specialized Studies, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies, or an associate degree.

University College advances the mission of Ohio University by providing institutional leadership across colleges in order to promote student success. The college provides a number of university-wide services and is home to key units such as the Academic Achievement Center, First-Year and Student Transitions, the Center for Campus and Community Engagement, and Student Accessibility Services that help all undergraduates attain academic success.

Planning Your First Year


    Bobcat Student Orientation

    Bobcat Student Orientation connects you with the people and resources you’ll need to transition into OHIO with confidence. Learn about our curriculum, register for classes, meet fellow students in your college, and get in touch with your inner Bobcat.


    Learning Communities

    Learning Communities help new students get connected and support them during their transition from home and high school to Ohio University and Athens. Participating students may also live in either the same residence hall or the same residential area of campus.


    Student Spotlight

    Brian Wolfe, a University College student pursuing degrees in Law Enforcement Technology and Criminal Justice, was recently appointed to the Ohio University Lancaster Coordinating Council, a group of community residents who meet several times a year to support information sharing and the exchange of viewpoints between the University and the community it serves.


    Alumni Spotlight

    During college Kirby Bowman sometimes worried about finding a sustainable career as an artist. Now she is thankful to be making art and facilitating meaningful community collaborations as a production artist and jewelry designer at Passion Works Studio, a collaborative community arts center in Athens, Ohio, where she works with and supports a core group of working artists with developmental differences.

Academic Support


    Academic Achievement Center

    The AAC helps students reach their academic goals with assistance in the form of academic coaching, tutoring and Supplemental Instruction. Students can access writing assistance through the Writing Commons.


    Student Accessibility Services

    Student Accessibility Services (SAS) ensures equal opportunity and the development of an academic environment that is accessible to all people without the need for adaptation.

Featured Events

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Monday, January 24 Bachelor of Specialized Studies Information Session 1:30 PM — 3:00 PM

Wednesday, February 2 Bachelor of Specialized Studies Information Session 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Friday, February 11 Bachelor of Specialized Studies Information Session 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM

January 12, 2022
The Ohio Fellows program seeks innovative students who are following their passions and have already made an impact beyond the classroom to participate in a non-traditional fellows program.
January 09, 2022
Matthew Barger’s career with the U.S. Marshals Service has taken him across the country and abroad, but the Jackson, Ohio, native is glad to be a little closer to home with his current assignment.
January 07, 2022
Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Elizabeth Sayrs has announced that three finalists for the position of dean of University College will interview on January 25, 26 and 27.