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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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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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Saturday, October 7 University College First Homecoming Tailgate 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM Tailgreat Park

Wednesday, October 11 Fall 2023 Sustainability Film Series: To The End 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM Ridges

Wednesday, November 1 Fall 2023 Sustainability Film Series: Taking Root 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM Ridges

Ohio University enrollment grows with another record-breaking incoming class
Wednesday, September 13
Ohio University enrollment climbed in Fall 2023 with a record-setting first-year class in Athens, growth in incoming regional campus and online students, and a remarkable climb in student retention.
Ohio University recognized by State of Ohio for its ongoing support of foster care-connected students
Tuesday, September 12
Ohio University has received a first-of-its-kind designation by the State of Ohio for its unwavering support of foster care-connected students.
Ohio University’s Sue Fletcher retiring June 30
Wednesday, June 28
 Sue Fletcher, curriculum coordinator for the Office of First-Year and Student Transitions (FYrST), will retire June 30.