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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 academic advising, teaching, and learning. The college provides a number of University-wide services and is home to key units such as the Academic Achievement Center, the Allen Student Advising Center, Learning Community Programs, and the Student Writing Center 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.

Finding The Right Degree


    Allen Student Advising Center

    The Allen Student Advising Center supports the success and persistence of Ohio University students. The Center provides drop-in advising and academic programs and workshops.


    ROTC Programs

    Ohio University offers Air Force and Army ROTC programs. Both offer challenging training programs that develop quality leaders.

Academic Support


    Academic Achievement Center

    The AAC offers support services that assist students to reach their academic goals. These programs include Peer Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions, which are led by students who have successfully completed a course. Students also have access to the Student Writing Center in Alden Library.


    Student Accessibility Services

    The mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is to ensure 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, April 16 B.S.S. Information Session 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Monday, April 19 B.S.S. Information Session 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Thursday, April 29 B.S.S. Information Session 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM

March 29, 2021

When Duncan Farquhar came to Ohio University in 2018, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in, so he entered as an undecided student in University College. By the end of his first semester at OHIO he had declared his major in information and telecommunications systems in the Scripps College of Communication. His area of concentration is project management, and he is also earning a minor in business. Next spring he’ll graduate ready to enter the work force with a resume full of practical experience thanks to his work as a student employee with OHIO’s Office of Information Technology and three internships.  

March 29, 2021

Nick Freisthler has worked in law enforcement for nearly 20 years and currently serves as a detective with the Troy Police Department in Troy, Ohio. As a detective he conducts investigations of felony level crimes, processes and collects evidence, and prepares cases for prosecution.  

Freisthler earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University College in 2020 completing his coursework through OHIO Online. He appreciated the structure and flexibility of the online program. “Ohio University’s faculty takes the time to set up their courses so that the student can learn outside the traditional classroom,” he said. “Each faculty member utilizes multiple forms of media to create the best learning environment possible.”  

March 26, 2021

Senior specialized studies major Ailish Stein looks forward to supporting public health efforts through her research and scholarship. Stein will earn her bachelor’s degree from University College in specialized studies with a focus in biostatistics, which incorporates math, interdisciplinary health studies, and biological sciences. When she graduates this spring, she’ll be taking her OHIO education to the University of South Carolina to pursue a master’s degree in biostatistics.