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University College serves both undecided/undeclared students who are exploring the University’s options before selecting a major, 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 succeed.

Planning Your First Year


    Bobcat Student Orientation

    Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) 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 to Athens, and from high school to Ohio University. Participating students may also live in either the same residence hall or area of campus.


    Student Spotlight

    Rachel Hefner is excited to be part of the team of student leaders who will welcome new Bobcats to campus this summer for Bobcat Student Orientation. Hefner, from Perrysburg, is an undecided student in University College and a member of the OHIO Honors Program.


    Alumni Spotlight

    As a new account executive for NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Florida, University College graduate Ryan Hiser is applying his love of sports, people skills and experience at OHIO to forge a career at one of the world’s best-known stock car race companies. Hiser entered OHIO with an economics major and an interest in investment banking, but as his interests shifted he changed majors and graduated with a specialized studies degree focused in international business, trade and commerce.

Academic Support


    Academic Achievement Center

    The Academic Achievement Center (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.


    Accessibility Services

    Accessibility Services 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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Friday, March 31 Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) Information Session 12:30 PM — 2:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5 Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) Information Session 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5 Is Graduate School Right for You? April 5 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM Bentley Hall

Margaret Boyd Scholars’ new cohort shapes way for empowered leadership
Monday, March 20
The Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, named after OHIO's first female graduate, is a program that cultivates curious scholars who pursue knowledge, champion equity, and engage in their community.
Help new students connect: apply now to be a Learning Community instructor
Wednesday, March 1
OHIO faculty and staff can help students acclimate to their new academic and physical home by becoming a Learning Community seminar instructor with OHIO's Learning Communities for Fall 2023.
Alumni help Mock Trial Team prepare for regionals, Nick Bohuslawsky named outstanding attorney
Wednesday, February 22
Both Ohio University Mock Trial Teams finished their season with a handful of wins at the AMTA regional tournament in Dayton, and Nick Bohuslawsky was recognized as an outstanding attorney.