Ohio University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Ohio University

Founded in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public postsecondary institution in the state. Today, the university's facilities consist of one main campus in Athens, Ohio, as well as five regional campuses and two centers throughout the state. Ohio University has been recognized by The John Templeton Foundation as one of the top institutions in the U.S. for building character.

Beyond academics, students can participate in their choice of more than 350 registered organizations. These student organizations cover all facets of college life and interests, including professional, political, arts, religious, and sports clubs. The university also has 16 Division I NCAA athletic teams.


Ohio University offers more than 250 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs conferring master's and doctoral degrees, through 11 academic colleges. Many opportunities for distance learning are offered through the university's eCampus, including a unique program for incarcerated students to earn college credits online.

With 19 departments, the College of Arts and Sciences is the university's largest college. Students can participate in undergraduate or graduate studies in an array of topics including African-American studies, linguistics, philosophy, geography, English, mathematics, and sociology.

Health professions are a popular course of study for both graduates and undergraduates, and Ohio University offers two colleges devoted to these fields, including the College of Health Sciences and Professions and The Heritage College of Osteopathic medicine. The College of Health Sciences and Professions enrolls more than 7,000 students through traditional and online programs. The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine enrolls nearly 500 undergraduate students and offers programs collaborating with 26 teaching hospitals in the state. Students may choose from more than 30 specialties, some of which include orthopedics, primary care, neonatal care, and neurology.


Prospective students may apply through the Ohio University online application on the university's website or download and submit a paper form. Required materials include an information form completed by the student's high school counselor and SAT or ACT scores sent from the testing agency. An essay, list of extracurricular activities, and letter of recommendation are optional. A $45 nonrefundable fee is required when submitting the application.

In 2011, Ohio University enrolled more female than male students (58% vs. 42%), and 79% of undergraduates attended on a full-time basis. The majority of students (89%) were from within the state of Ohio.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012-2013 Ohio University tuition rate for a full-time undergraduate Ohio resident was $10,216 per year. Standard room and board fees and a meal plan brought the estimated annual cost to $21,264. Nonresident undergraduates can expect to pay approximately $30,228 per year with the same housing and meal costs, but a higher base tuition rate of $19,180. Books and class supplies are an estimated $886 annually, and students who are not covered by a family medical plan must purchase the university's health insurance for $1,369 per year.

Students may apply for scholarships, need-based aid, student employment, and a variety of loans to help pay for tuition. During the 2010-2011 academic year 89% of students received some form of financial aid.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, postbaccalaureate certificates, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Distant town**
Student Body 21,655 undergraduates and 4,546 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 42 residence halls; specialized communities available*
Schools and Programs 11 colleges, over 250 undergraduate majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (456)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (92)
Doctorate: Osteopathic Medicine (109)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 48% in four years
69% in six years
70% in eight years**
Admission Rate 86% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size 3,960 in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 80% (full-time students)
42% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Mid-50% range SAT combined score of 960-1190 in 2011*
Application Due Date February 1st for fall admission, December 1st for spring admission (as of 2012)*
Decision Notification Date 6-8 weeks following application receipt*
Tuition $10,216 per year for undergraduate state residents, $19,180 per year for undergraduate nonresidents (cost for 2012-2013, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (30%), Pell grants (28%), other federal grants (26%), state and local grants/scholarships (18%), institutional grants/scholarships (58%), federal student loans (70%), other student loans (7%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 89% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Ohio University; **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Ohio University, Undergraduate Admissions, 120 Chubb Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
  • Phone: (740) 593-4100
  • Website: www.ohio.edu

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