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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

    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. A first-year student from Perrysburg, Ohio, Hefner 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, Fla, University College graduate Ryan Hiser is applying his love of sports, people skills, as well as his experience at OHIO to forge a successful career at one of the world’s most well-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 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

    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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Monday, August 22 Games on the Green 12:00 PM — 5:00 PM College Green (in front of McGuffey Hall)

Wednesday, August 24 First-Gen Open House and Tutoring/Academic Coaching Signup 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM Academic Achievement Center, Alden Library

Thursday, August 25 First-Generation Open House for International Students 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM Academic Achievement Center, Alden Library

Teresa Bartlett to retire after 33 years at OHIO
Friday, June 17
The Ohio University community is invited to attend a retirement celebration for Teresa Bartlett, who will retire on June 30 from her role as an executive assistant in University College. 
Honored to serve: Lt. Col. Darrell Fawley bolsters military career with OHIO graduate degrees
Monday, June 6
After being promoted to lieutenant colonel, military science professor Darrell Fawley looks at his career in the military and Ohio University.
Specialized studies graduate races into sales career at NASCAR
Friday, June 3
Ohio University graduate Ryan Hiser is applying his OHIO experience as a new account executive for NASCAR.