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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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Thursday, September 29 Majors Fair 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM Baker Center

Friday, September 30 Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) Information Session 1:30 PM — 3:00 PM

Monday, October 3 Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) Information Session 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Internship helps specialized studies major find passion for data analytics
Friday, September 23
Junior specialized studies major Logan Bruce discovered a passion for data analytics during his internship with TC Energy this summer.
Criminal Justice grad puts experience, education to work as natural resources officer
Friday, September 23
Jenn McClain Eskey gleans lessons from the classroom and her own experiences, including military service, parenthood, bakery owner and volunteer firefighter.
Academic Achievement Center supports students with new services
Wednesday, September 14
This fall, the Academic Achievement Center launched several new services to support Bobcats in their academic endeavors.