Ohio University

Ohio University
Latin: Universitas Ohiensis
MottoReligio Doctrina Civilitas, Prae Omnibus Virtus (Latin)
Motto in English
"Religion, Learning, Civility; Above All, Virtue"
TypePublic research university
EstablishedFebruary 18, 1804; 220 years ago (1804-02-18)
Parent institution
University System of Ohio
Academic affiliations
Endowment$714.4 million (2023)[1]
PresidentLori Stewart Gonzalez[2][3]
ProvostElizabeth Sayrs[4]
Academic staff
Students18,502 (Athens)
28,270 (all campuses)
Undergraduates14,346 (Athens)
18,293 (all campuses)[5]
Postgraduates4,156 (Athens)
998 (Medical school)
5,154 (all campuses)[5]
Location, ,
United States

39°19′26″N 82°06′07″W / 39.324°N 82.102°W / 39.324; -82.102
CampusDistant town, 1,850 acres (750 ha)
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Post
ColorsCutler Green & Cupola White[6][7]
Sporting affiliations
MascotRufus the Bobcat

Ohio University (Ohio or OU) is a public research university with its main campus in Athens, Ohio, United States.[8] The first university chartered by an Act of Congress[9] and the first to be chartered in Ohio,[10] the university was chartered in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation and subsequently approved for the territory in 1802 and state in 1804,[11] opening for students in 1809.[12]

Ohio University comprises nine campuses, nine undergraduate colleges, a graduate college, a college of medicine, and a public affairs school. It offers more than 250 areas of undergraduate study[13] as well as certificates, master's, and doctoral degrees.[14] The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission[15] and classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[16] As of Fall 2020, the university's total enrollment at Athens was slightly more than 18,000, while the all-campus enrollment was just over 30,000.[5]

Ohio's intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Bobcats and compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as charter members of the Mid-American Conference.[17] Ohio football has participated in 16 bowl games through the 2023 season. The men's basketball team has made 14 appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, with their most recent appearance in 2021.[18]


Charter and establishment[edit]

Manasseh Cutler Hall, constructed by 1816 and opened in 1819, was the first academic building in the former Northwest Territory and was named after university founder Manasseh Cutler.

George Washington stated "the settlement of southeastern Ohio was not accidental, but the result of the careful deliberation of wise, prudent, and patriotic men."[19] The Confederation Congress, which operated under the Articles of Confederation, did not work with an executor or cabinet.[20] Executive roles transacted from committees of Congress or appointed persons. The Ordinance of 1787 made Ohio University the first ever to be chartered through acts of Congress, with the purpose of expanding education.[19] Additionally, the 1787 ordinance stated: "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." This phrase is engraved on the university's main college gateway.[21] The university was first envisioned by Manasseh Cutler, credited as the school's founder along with Revolutionary War Brigadier General Rufus Putnam.[22] In addition to being instrumental in its founding, Putnam was also an original trustee of the university. Putnam Hall there is named for him.[23] Cutler had served as a chaplain in Washington's Continental Army. The institution's first name was American Western University.[21] In 1797, settlers from Marietta traveled downstream on the Ohio River and up the Hocking River to establish a location for the school in what the Congress designated as the College Lands, founding Athens due to its location directly between the original capital of Chillicothe and Marietta. 1802, approval was granted by the territorial government for the establishment of the American Western University, but the school was not operated under that name. Ohio University was recognized by the new state on February 18, 1804, with its charter being certified by the Ohio General Assembly. This last approval happened eleven months after Ohio was admitted to the Union. The first three students enrolled in 1809. The first two bachelor's degrees were granted in 1815.[24]

19th century to present[edit]

Ellis Hall was built in the early 20th century entirely with state funding.[25]

Ohio University was closed between 1843 and 1848.[26] Women were first admitted to the university in 1868. In 1874, the Ohio General Assembly created the new Ohio State University in Columbus as a land grant school upon passage of the Morrill Act of 1862. At that time some representatives proposed that both Ohio University and Miami University be demoted to preparatory schools.[27] In 1880, it was instead suggested that Ohio and Miami be merged directly with Ohio State, but the 1896 Sleeper Bill, introduced by Athenian David L. Sleeper, the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, provided annual support for the university; this set the precedent for continuing state support of Ohio University.[26] A second challenge was defeated in 1906. The 20th century saw dramatic growth in student enrollment, academic offerings, and research facilities. Between 1955 and 1970, undergraduate enrollment tripled from 7,000 to 20,000. During this era, the campus grew, with the construction of 25 new dormitories located on two new residential college greens, with radio and television stations, research and classroom facilities, and the construction of the 13,000-seat Convocation Center arena. Ohio University ranks among the top 25 largest residential college campuses in the United States, and the 5th largest in total campus size after acquiring acreage from adjacent hilltop properties in the 1990s.

Ohio restructured its two colleges into five in 1935, establishing the colleges of Commerce, Fine Arts, and Applied Science in addition to the existing colleges of Arts & Sciences and Education. The graduate college was created in 1936, and the first PhD program was initiated in 1956 in chemistry.[28] Starting mid–century, the university also began to establish regional campuses throughout southeast Ohio. The first, Ohio University – Chillicothe, was opened in 1946 to help eliminate post-World War II overcrowding on the university's main campus. The school began with 281 students, 70 percent of which were armed services veterans. Later campuses would come in 1946 at Zanesville, 1956 in Ironton and Lancaster, 1957 in St. Clairsville, and formerly Proctorville in 2006.

In 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson publicly referenced his Great Society initiative for the first time on the College Green,[29][30] giving the university exposure across America and internationally. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard was ordered to open fire on students demonstrating against the Vietnam War at Kent State University, killing 4 and wounding 9. At the same time, there were sit-ins and anti-war riots at Ohio University, even more intense than those of Kent State. This was partly due to the administration's refusal to close the university; instead of going home, many students from other Ohio universities that did close came to Athens to protest further. When the Ohio National Guard was called in to Athens, there was a 3-hour battle at the Baker Center, resulting in 23 injured and 54 arrested students. On May 15, the campus was closed.[28][31] Alden Library was completed in 1969. In 1975, Ohio established its medical school, known as the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Heritage is the only medical school in the state to award the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. In 1979, on the university's 175th anniversary, Chubu University of Japan donated 175 cherry trees.[32] The Ohio University Innovation Center, a technology business incubator, started in 1983. The Ohio University Edison Biotechnology Institute was founded in 1984. In the Glidden administration, from 1994 to 2004, new construction included the Life Sciences Research Facility, Emeriti Park, Walter Hall, plus major renovations to Gordy Hall, Grover Center, and Memorial Auditorium; the expansion of Bentley Hall and Copeland Hall; and groundwork for the new Baker Center that opened in 2007.[28] In the Fall of 2012, Ohio University converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters, after first having changed to quarters in 1967.[28]


Athens campus[edit]

The Baker University Center sits atop a hillside where the Hocking River had cut.

The main residential university campus is in Athens, Ohio, overlooking the Hocking River.[33] Constructed under the Jefferson presidency, New England and Early Americana Federalist themes are prevalent in the university's earliest architecture.

Development of the campus began in 1812 with the erection of the university's central building, Manasseh Cutler Hall, a registered national landmark, and built only 20 years after the White House. Cutler Hall's University Chimes, replacing an existing old cast iron bell, chime on the half hour every day until 9:00pm. The original bell, the 3rd oldest university bell in America, which is still hung in the Cutler Hall Cupola, rang to signal the start and end of the school day, as well as to signal the end of different class periods. Cast in the early 1800s, it served the university for well over a century.

College Green[edit]

The entrance to the College Green
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

The historic College Green is the centralized quadrangle lawn and location of significant campus buildings: Manasseh Cutler Hall, the Office of the President; Wilson Hall, the College of Arts & Sciences; McGuffey Hall, named for William McGuffey; and the College Gateway.[34] These three original primary structures are featured elements of the official current university logo and maintain true to their original design of over 200 years ago. The College Green has changed little in the past two centuries, which contributes to the university's colonial appearance. The green, inspired by the university founders, is based upon the classic layout of traditional English and New England towns and similar to university quadrangles.[35] College Green features Galbreath Chapel, the spire of which, topped with a brass weather vane, is modeled after that of the portico of Nash's All Souls Church in London. Other buildings on the College Green include Chubb Hall, home to Undergraduate Admissions as well as the Offices of the Bursar and Registrar; Ellis Hall, home to the departments of English, Classics, Religious Studies, and Philosophy; Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium; as well as Bryan Hall, an upperclassman residence hall. The University Sundial, located behind Galbreath Chapel, was constructed in 1907 and marks the original location of the university's first building. College Green is framed by two main university gateways. Alumni Gateway, built in 1915, features the text "That thou Mayest Grow In Knowledge, Wisdom and Love," borrowed from the Latin phrase inscribed over a gateway to the University of Padua and was dedicated upon the 100th anniversary of the university's first graduating class.[36] The newer College Gate, built in the 1960s, features words taken from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 regarding public education. Traditions surrounding College Green include the latter half of first year convocation, where students, led by the Ohio University Marching 110, march up Richland Avenue, onto Presidents Street, turning north onto Court Street, and entering the Green through the College Gate at the corner of Court and Union Streets. From there, a large involvement fair is held where students find clubs they wish to join.

John Calhoun Baker University Center[edit]

Interior of the John Calhoun Baker University Center

The John Calhoun Baker University Center, which opened in January 2007, is named after the 14th president of the university. The facility replaced the original Baker Center located on East Union Street across from College Green and serves as the hub of campus activity. Electronic maps and virtual university e-tours, available at center information desks and online, direct visitors across campus.[37] The building features Georgian-influenced Federal architecture and large windows that admit natural light and afford expansive views of the southern and western sides of the campus. In contrast to the exterior's red brick and white columns, the interior has a more contemporary style with high domed ceilings. Terrazzo mosaics of aspects of the earth's globe are embedded in the atrium of the main entrance to the building. Baker Center contains a large food court called West 82; a pub bistro called Latitude 39; a Grand Ballroom; The Honors Collegium, The Wall of Presidents, the Bobcat Student Lounge, a shop called Bobcat Depot that sells apparel, computers, and accessories; a theater seating 400; study areas; computer labs; administrative offices; and numerous conference rooms. The Front Room, a large coffee house named after a former popular university rathskeller, features a stage, artwork and a community fireplace. It serves Starbucks products and university bakery items and is housed on the fourth floor, which opens onto its own outside terrace as well as onto the intersection of Park Place and Court Streets, making it a popular spot for students between classes. Other amenities include a United States Post Office[38] and the Trisolini Art Gallery, named after a prominent fine arts faculty member.[39] Adjacent to the Baker University Center's pond, installed in 2024, are the Bobcat Benches featuring a menagerie of seven whimsical bobcat figures, created to commemorate a former university trustee. The figures are each aptly named to create the first letters of the beloved acronym, ‘BOBCATS’. They are, Bob, Oscar, Benita, Carresa, Alejandro, Takeda and Sheba.

Vernon R. Alden Library[edit]

Ohio University Libraries
LocationAthens, Ohio
Size4 million+ volumes
Access and use
Population servedOver 20,000
Other information
Employeesover 100[citation needed]

Vernon R. Alden Library serves the Athens campus as the central library facility. There are several, smaller libraries within other academic buildings that serve various departments and programs, as well as smaller, specialized specific collection libraries within the Vernon R. Alden Library building. University librarians work for different departments and all are experts in some discipline of their own choosing. This gives students access to produce their own original research and assistance when needed. Many Ohio University courses require students to utilize the library and librarians to produce their own original writing and many go on to publish their works with the help of the librarians. There is a library annex building which is located on Columbus Road in Athens, which houses preservation and other offices. Also housed within Alden Library, The Ohio University Press is Ohio University's publishing company, located on the first floor. Each regional campus has their own library and printed text collections complete with their own staff and various librarians. The collection of OHIO's library contains over 2.3 million units of microfilm material, 13,500 periodical subscriptions and more than 4 million printed volumes,[40] making it one of the 100 largest libraries in the United States. Alden Library was the first in the world to generate an electronic library record in 1971.[41] The university maintains a complex system of archives in its libraries.[42] The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections maintains and displays rare books and collections, including a 14th-century Gutenberg Bible.[43] Laptops and other accessories are available through technology services at the reference desk. Outside Alden Library and directly behind Cutler Hall is Wolfe Garden, a small enclave in the shape of the State of Ohio, which features native Ohio trees and plants.

East Green[edit]

Jefferson Hall, completed 1956 and opened 1958, anchors the East Green.[44][45]

There are twelve residence halls on East Green.[46] This area of the university is the oldest residential green and includes three of the steepest walkways at the hilly Athens campus: Morton Hill, the Bryan Hall terrace and staircase, and Jefferson Hill. Each walkway affords East Green residents access to classrooms if they are willing to walk or bicycle. East Green is also home to Shively Court, a newly renovated dining hall with dine-in, take-out, and grab-and-go options.[47]

One of the newest additions to East Green is Jefferson Marketplace,[48] which features the following concepts:

  • Brick City Deli, a New York-style deli
  • The Ohio Café, featuring Peet's Coffee
  • Steeped & Stirred, a tea and coffee room
  • The Culinary Studio, a demonstration kitchen that serves as a televised learning lab for students and customers
  • Veggie Butcher and Juiced, a section of the market for produce to be washed, cut, and juiced
  • A campus grocery market with food, beverages, health and beauty products, and school supplies

South Green[edit]

South Green includes areas near Emeriti Park, and extends along the Hocking River valley. There are eighteen residence halls on South Green, following the addition of four new residence halls in the summer of 2015.[49][50] South Green is home to several facilities, including:

  • Nelson Court, the university's largest dining hall with an adjacent market and coffee shop, South Side Espresso Bar.
  • Peden Stadium, the university's football field and the oldest football venue in the Mid-American conference, adjacent to a new multipurpose indoor training facility, Walter Fieldhouse. It is a designated Official Ohio Historical Site by the Ohio Historical Society.
  • Bird Ice Arena, home to the Ohio University hockey team, recreational skating, and academic skating classes.
  • Ohio University Aquatic Center, home to the university's swimming and diving teams.

Charles J. Ping Recreation Center[edit]

Charles J. Ping Recreation Center

The Charles J. Ping Center is one of the largest recreational facilities in the nation.[citation needed] Covering 168,000 square feet (15,600 m2) on three floors, Ping houses a 36-foot (11 m), double-sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, an elevated four-lane indoor running track, eight racquetball courts and an enclosed glass fitness area. Ping Center also provides free weight and cardio rooms, aerobics and fitness classes, combative sports, dance, meeting rooms and personal training.[citation needed] The recreation center also houses club sports and intramural sports. Construction began in 1994 and it opened in January 1996. Ping was named in honor of the 18th president of Ohio University, Charles J. Ping. Ping is also one of the largest student employers on campus.[citation needed]

West Green[edit]

West Green includes buildings around the western part of the Athens campus.[51] The Ohio Athletic Mall spans the western portion of the campus, near the end of the Athens bike path at the Union street crossing. The mall features lacrosse, baseball, track, field and related athletic venues. Along the surrounding Hocking River is a series of sakura trees planted to commemorate the university's historic partnership with Chubu University. Japanese students sponsor an annual "Sakura Festival" each year, a cultural event celebrating the visually dramatic blossoming of the cherry trees and their evening lightings. Nearby Bicentennial Park features Input, a landscape artwork by artist Maya Lin.

Anchoring the West Green quadrangle is the Stocker Center, which houses the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

West Green Quadrangle
Irvine Hall, a mixed-use facility on West Green

There are eight residence halls on the West Green.[52] The West Green also includes:

Other facilities[edit]

Haning Hall houses the Office of Instructional Innovation and Center for Teaching & Learning, including Print-Based Education, Summer Sessions, OHIO Online, and Regional Higher Education.
  • The Ridges, formerly Athens Mental Hospital, was acquired by the university. The Victorian styled area has since been re-purposed as a university complex of classrooms and administrative offices surrounded by a large nature preserve. Additionally, a new planetary observatory is located nearby.
  • Gordon K. Bush Airport
  • Edwards Accelerator Laboratory,[54] a particle accelerator used for nuclear physics and astrophysics research.
  • The Athena Cinema, an on-campus, early art deco styled century-old movie theater owned by the university.
  • Lausche Heating Plant, an on-campus plant that provides heat to all buildings on campus.

Regional campuses[edit]

The first regional campus, Ohio University – Chillicothe, was opened in 1946 to help eliminate post-World War II overcrowding on the university's main campus. The school began with 281 students, 70 percent of which were armed services veterans. Today, more than 9,800 students attend Ohio University's five regional campuses:

Ohio University maintained the Proctorville Center, which was opened in April 2007. It was acquired by the Collins Career Technical Center in October 2023.

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine operates two campuses in addition to Athens:

Athens campus gallery[edit]


Alumni Gateway on College Green is the entrance way for freshmen upon their convocation.[58]

Ohio University comprises thirteen degree granting colleges and centers.[59] The university honor code includes the traditional pillars of character, citizenship, civility, commitment, and community.[60] Freshmen formally enter the university with their annual convocation and march beneath Alumni Gateway along with university officials. The university is nationally known for its liberal arts programs, as well as its journalism, business, and medicine programs. Additionally, it maintains five branch campuses, two regional medical campuses in Cleveland and Dublin, Ohio, and an engineering research and development center in Beavercreek, Ohio. The total university student enrollment is in excess of 36,000, encompassing its main campus in Athens and regional campuses; its body mostly hails from the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest and graduated from public high schools. Undergraduate admissions are more selective with further admission requirements for its journalism and other select schools.[61][62] The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine maintains separate select admissions criteria and is the most selective college at the university. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission[15] and classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[16] The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized the university as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright scholars by type of institution, with the highest number of recipients in the state as well as the Mid-American Conference in 2011–12.[63] Ohio University was recognized by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a top producer of 2014–2015 Fulbright U.S. Students.[64] Since 2008, 16 students have won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship,[65] 32 students have won the NSF-GRFP[66] and 94 students have become Fulbright Program U.S. grantees.[67] One alumnus has shared the Nobel Prize. Ohio faculty has achievements ranging from the first university to successfully accomplish a trans-genetic DNA injection, to Francis Bundy's work on early synthesis of diamond[68] to Paul Murray Kendall's celebrated biography of Richard III. Some sense of research achievements at Ohio University can be seen in the biographies of the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy[69] Distinguished Professors[70] appointed annually since 1959.



Undergraduate admissions statistics
2020 entering
class[71]Change vs.

Admit rate87.5
(Neutral increase +13.1)
Yield rate15.9
(Decrease −12.4)
Test scores middle 50%
SAT Total1050-1250
(among 25% of FTFs)
ACT Composite21-26
(among 89% of FTFs)

Admission to Ohio University is classified as "selective" by both the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report.[73][74] The Princeton Review gives Ohio an "Admissions Selectivity Rating" of 81.[75] The university extends offers of admission to, on average, around 85% of all applicants yearly after holistic review that includes examination of academic rigor, recommendations, essays, and high school performance, and admissions test scores, when submitted.[75] The university no longer requires test scores and does not publish average tests scores for public release. Ohio University admitted 85% of all applicants (first year and transfer) for the incoming 2022 class.

The Class of 2026 enrolled as Ohio University's largest class, coming from all 50 states.[76]

Fall First-Time Freshman Statistics[71][77][78][79][80][72]
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Applicants 22,518 24,179 23,385 26,263 20,623 21,000
Admits 19,700 19,843 18,311 19,416 15,437 15,628
Admit rate 87.5 82.1 78.3 73.9 74.9 74.4
Enrolled 3,126 3,671 3,980 4,045 4,309 4,423
Yield rate 15.9 18.5 21.7 20.8 32.4 28.3
ACT composite*
(out of 36)
SAT composite*
(out of 1600)
* middle 50% range
† percentage of first-time freshmen who chose to submit

Colleges and schools[edit]

Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[82]179
Washington Monthly[83]247
WSJ/College Pulse[84]401-500
U.S. News & World Report[88]684

The university is organized into 12 degree granting schools and colleges.

The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest academic division at the university, host to a broad range of liberal arts courses in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences as the foundation for all undergraduate degrees.

College/school founding
Year founded

College of Arts & Sciences
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Scripps College of Communication
College of Business
Graduate College
College of Fine Arts
Patton College of Education
Honors Tutorial College
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Health Sciences and Professions
University College
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology is home to the university's highly ranked programs in the traditional fields of engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level.[91] It enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduates and almost 300 graduate students. It is named in honor of Fritz J. Russ, an alumnus in electrical engineering and the founder of Systems Research Laboratories, a major bioengineering concern.[92]

The Scripps College of Communication comprises five schools and one research lab: The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism,[93] the J. W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Media Arts and Studies (formerly the School of Telecommunications), the School of Visual Communication (VisCom), and the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab.

The College of Business offers nine different majors and a general business minor for students with non-business majors, as well as the "OHIO MBA" in a variety of learning formats. Copeland Hall, seat of the college, maintains six computer labs and two study lounges with computers, as well as many conference rooms and small group rooms for an intimate, collaborative team atmosphere. All business classes are taught by professors instead of graduate students.

The College of Fine Arts offers academic programs in art, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, and theater. The Ohio University School of Music celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. The university's film program is located within the School of Dance, Film, and Theater in the College of Fine Arts. The Kennedy Museum of Art is housed at the Ridges in Lin Hall.

Patton College of Education

The history of the Patton College of Education dates back to May 11, 1886. The Normal Department – the predecessor to today's College of Education – was the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio. The state's first kindergarten opened on the Ohio University campus in 1907. Today, the College of Education is organized into three departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies, and Teacher Education. The college currently serves more than 2,100 undergraduate and 800 graduate students.[94] On July 1, 2010, The Patton College became the home of several programs previously housed in the College of Health and Human Services, creating two new departments: Human and Consumer Science Education, and Recreation and Sport Pedagogy.[95]

The Honors Tutorial College offers programs in 34 disciplines, ranging from journalism to astrophysics. The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is housed in the college.[96][97] It is based on the British tutorial system typically found at undergraduate colleges, where students are placed either one on one or in small group instruction.

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 1975.[98] It is the only osteopathic medical college in the state, and offers the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). The college is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.[99] In 1993, Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., was appointed to the position of dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; she was the first African-American woman to serve as the dean of a U.S. medical school. In 2014, alongside pre-eminent training partner OhioHealth,[100] the college opened a second medical school campus in Dublin, Ohio.[101] In 2015, the college opened a third campus in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic[102] at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.[103] Approximately 120 medical students train at the Athens campus, 70 in Dublin and 60 in Cleveland.

College of Health Sciences and Professions[104]

The College of Health Sciences and Professions was established in 1979, and is the home for departments of exercise physiology, dietetics and nutrition sciences, physical therapy, athletic training, health studies, nursing, rehabilitation and communications science, social and public health, and social work.

University College was established in 2004.[105] The college comprises students who design a major program with faculty approval and awards the Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) degree. The University College faculty are from various disciplines.

Research centers[edit]

Several research programs and institutes allow students to learn from scientists and scholars who are actively engaged in advancing their disciplines. Ohio University's Board of Trustees-approved research centers and institutes cover a broad range of disciplines.

The College of Arts & Sciences sponsors the African American Research and Service Institute, the Astrophysical Institute,[106] the Contemporary History Institute, the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities, Center for Intelligent Chemical Instrumentation, the Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute,[107] the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, Institute for the Empirical Study of Language, the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics,[108] the Ohio University Cartographic Center, the Institute for Quantitative Biology, and the Center for Ring Theory and Its Applications. The Center for International Studies was established in 1964.[109] The George Washington Forum on Ideas sponsors exchanges on a wide range of topics[110] and the university launched the Global Leadership Center to engage students from any major in a wide variety of global impact projects during their studies.[111]

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsors the Institute for Neuromusculoskeletal Research, Tropical Disease Institute,[112] Edison Biotechnology Institute, and Appalachian Rural Health Institute.

In Engineering and Technology, Ohio sponsors the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, the Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration, the Automatic Identification Education and Research Center, the Avionics Engineering Research Center,[113] the Institute for Corrosion & Multiphase Technology,[114] the Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems, the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment, and the T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute.[115] The Condensed Matter and Surface Science[116] program supports research in condensed matter and materials physics. The Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute[117] (NQPI) supports research in diverse aspects of nanoscience and quantum mechanical phenomena in nature.

Kennedy Museum of Art[118] at The Ridges

The College of Business sponsors the center for eBusiness,[119] the Center for International Business Education and Development, the Ohio University Insurance Institute,[citation needed] the Center for Sports Administration,[120] and the Schey Sales Center.[citation needed] The university also has a business incubator and innovation center.

In Scripps College of Communications disciplines, Ohio sponsors the Institute for International Journalism, the Scripps Survey Research Center,[121] the Telecommunications Center, and the Institute for Telecommunication Studies.[citation needed] The College of Communication also sponsors the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, an initiative of its Scripps College of Communication, providing Ohioans the training, education, and opportunity to develop technical and creative skills with digital game technology. The GRID Lab serves as an innovative and creative center for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff research and project development. It was founded by various faculty and staff from the School of Media Arts and Studies.[122]

In Education, Ohio sponsors the Center for Cooperative Curriculum Development and Partnerships, the Institute for Democracy in Education,[123] the George Hill Center for Counseling & Research,[124] the Center for Higher Education, the Child Development Center,[125] and the Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language.[126]

Student life[edit]

Ohio University Marching 110 Diamond Ohio formation
Student body composition as of May 2, 2022
Race and ethnicity[127] Total
White 81% 81
Black 6% 6
Other[a] 6% 6
Hispanic 4% 4
Asian 2% 2
Foreign national 2% 2
Economic diversity
Low-income[b] 26% 26
Other[c] 74% 74


Marching 110 Band[edit]

The Ohio University Marching 110 is the official marching band of Ohio University, founded in 1923, based out of the College of Fine Arts, and currently under the direction of Richard Suk. The nickname Marching 110 is a reference to the band's original number of members (the 2017 band consisted of 240 members). It represents the university at various athletic functions and other events, including over 40 NFL halftime shows. In 1967, the band became known as the "100 Marching Men of Ohio," and the following year the 110 members of the band were coined the "110 Marching Men of Ohio," cementing their name as the Marching 110 seen today. In 1975, women were re-admitted to the Marching Band by Ronald Socciarelli, and remain so today. The Marching 110 also became the first collegiate marching band to perform in Carnegie Hall in 1976, marking one of their first prominent performances. In September 2007, the 110 was nominated as the best college marching band in the nation by CollegeSports-Fans.com [1] and ranked as one of the "100 Things We Can't Wait To See This College Football Season" by Cinema News [2] in August 2010. The Marching 110 also participated in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Special Events[edit]

While Athens' annual Halloween block party is the most well-known and far-reaching tradition, with Ohio University providing support services for the thousands of partiers who attend, the university has many more traditions which students enjoy being involved in each year. Among these are Homecoming Weekend, with its grand parade through the streets of Athens and activities that allow students to mingle with alumni. International Week in the Spring features another colorful parade and festivities along Court Street. The Student Activities Commission (SAC) sponsors a yearly springtime concert with prominent musicians, usually held at the Convocation Center. The university community is well known for its unofficial springtime fests and concerts, as well. Other varied traditions include the Kissing Circle on College Green, a tradition where couples will kiss on College Green to solidify their relationship so it becomes a "Bobcat Bond." The week of Hellenic "rushing" in the Fall, for freshmen to become sorority and fraternity members, and the entire month of April featuring ecological advocacy and green awareness programs across all campuses, have become university traditions. Many of these, and more, traditions have detailed profiles online.[128][129]


Students maintain a variety of organized and independent service events.[130] The Community Service Leadership Council involves students to oversee a Project of the Week every Saturday. The projects have included work with Good Earth Farms, Last Chance Corral, Cadillac Ranch, Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, Pi Beta Phi, Project C, Rotaract, the Survivor Advocacy Program, and the Thursday Supper Volunteer Corps, among others. Charities at Ohio University have involved flag football tournaments and the 5K Flour Run, and have benefited O'Bleness Health System's Women's Health Fund and the Athens Backpack Program, respectively. Student Senate's Beautification Day regularly receives a large turnout and is particularly unique in the Spring.[131] In early 1962, President Vernon Alden signed the first of several contracts with the federal government to facilitate Peace Corps volunteer training programs. Today, Ohio University hosts a recruiting office for the Peace Corps in a tradition affiliated with that organization since Sargent Shriver's visit.[132]


Home of WOUB, connected to the Scripps College of Communication Schoonover Center.

Students operate a newspaper, television, radio stations, numerous online sites, among more media, at Ohio University. The main newspaper, The Post, publishes in print once a week and online all days of the week while the university is in session, and is officially independent of the university and its administration. Ohio University Public Television is a PBS affiliate broadcasting on WOUB Athens/WOUC Cambridge. In addition to national PBS programs, WOUB features Newswatch, a nightly news broadcast with student reporters. Other student-produced programs include Gridiron Glory (following the Southeastern Ohio and parts of West Virginia high school football season, the recipient of many Emmys) and Bobcat Blitz (following the Ohio Bobcats during the year). WOUB also airs The OUtlet,[133] a radio show and podcast featuring stories wherever "campus meets community." WOUB-FM 91.3 Athens, WOUC-FM 89.1 Cambridge, WOUH-FM 91.9 Chillicothe, WOUL-FM 89.1 Ironton, and WOUZ-FM 90.1 Zanesville broadcast the same programs throughout southeastern Ohio. Separate public radio programming is also heard in Athens on WOUB AM 1340. ACRN ("The Rock Lobster"), founded in 1971, is an Internet radio-only station and the university's only student-run radio station.[134] Ohio University has an amateur radio (also known as ham radio) club, the Ohio University Amateur Radio Club, call sign W8PZS, that operates out of Stocker Center.[135] The New Political is a web publication with the latest news on campus and state politics.[136] Thread Magazine is the fashion quarterly and Backdrop is the campus periodical about pop culture; both are written by undergraduates.[137][138] OHIO Today is the official university magazine for alumni and friends,[139] and OHIO Women is its female-reader digest.[140] The university also publishes the OHIO News page,[141] the institution's official online news and information resource. OHIO Forum is the official online publication of the College of Arts & Sciences.[142] OIT (Ohio Information Technology) is the university tech depot and help desk, responsible for a wide range of duties from CatMail (campus email) to hosting official websites.[143]


Ohio University sports began in 1894 with an 8–0 loss to Marietta College in football. The university competes in the major National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level and is a charter member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), established in 1946, and remains the sole charter member competing in the conference. University intercollegiate athletics include six men's squads and eight women's squads. At the national level, Ohio University defeated 4th-seeded Michigan in the 2012 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. They followed up that with a 62–56 win over 12th-seeded South Florida, reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1964. All university sporting events are open to students at no additional charge.[144] Ohio's men's and women's athletics teams compete under the official colors of hunter green and white. The school mascot is Rufus the Bobcat, and a life-sized sculpture of a bobcat stands poised at the entrance to Peden Stadium.


Ohio men's basketball facing off against the Marshall Thundering Herd at the Convocation Center in 2013

The 13,080-seat Convocation Center serves as home to the university's men's and women's basketball teams, as well as women's volleyball teams.

The first Ohio basketball game occurred in 1907 when the Bobcats defeated the Parkersburg YMCA 46–9. Since that day, Ohio has posted a .571 winning percentage over their 100-year history and a .566 winning percentage in their 65 years in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have won 7 Mid-American Conference tournament titles in 1983, 1985, 1994, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2021; as well as 10 MAC regular-season titles in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1985, 1994, and 2013. In addition, Ohio has played in the NCAA tournament 14 times, appearing in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1994, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2021. The Bobcats have been selected for the National Invitation Tournament 5 times in 1941 (runner-up), 1969, 1986, 1995, and 2013, while also appearing in the College Basketball Invitational in 2008 and 2016, they made 2 appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2011 and 2014. Prior to joining the MAC, the 'Cats won an Ohio Athletic Conference title in 1921 and three Buckeye Athletic Association championships in 1931, 1933, and 1937. As a result of the storied tradition of Ohio Bobcats basketball, the program was recently ranked 86th in Street & Smith's 100 Greatest Basketball Programs of All Time, published in 2005.[145]

The team has won three MAC Tournaments (1986, 1995, 2015) since beginning play in 1973 and starting MAC play in 1982. They have reached the NCAA Tournament in those three championship years. They have four MAC conferences (1986, 1995, 2015, 2016) and four-division championships (2015, 2016, 2019, 2020).The women's team was the first team to win 30 games during the 2018-19 season going 30-6 losing in the quarterfinals of the 2019 WNIT.


Peden Stadium, home to the Ohio Bobcats football team, was built 1929 and is among the oldest football venues.

Ohio Bobcats football began in 1894 with an 8–0 loss to Marietta College. They most recently triumphed over the Georgia Southern Eagles with a score of 41–21 in the Myrtle Beach Bowl in 2023; another impressive win to come in 2023 was over Iowa State University of the Big 12 Athletic Conference. Since 1894, the Bobcats have posted a 584–580–65 (.502) record and a 252–248–12 record in the Mid-American Conference. Peden Stadium, built in 1929, is the oldest football venue in the MAC and among the oldest in the nation. Located on the south of Ohio University's campus in Athens, the venue has a seating capacity of 27,000, with the addition of the Sook Student Center at south end of the stadium. At the suggestion of alumnus Michael Massa, Peden Stadium was designated an Official Ohio Historical site in 2010. Many recent renovation and expansion efforts have allowed the stadium to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of college football stadiums.[145] As such, Peden Stadium is nicknamed "The Wrigley Field of College Football".[145] The stadium brought its largest crowd on September 8, 2012, when 25,893 fans were in attendance to watch the Bobcats decisively beat the New Mexico State Aggies by a score of 51–24.[146] This mark overtook the previous record set on September 5, 2009, when 24,617 fans were in attendance to watch the Bobcats drop a 23–16 decision to the Connecticut Huskies.[147] The Bobcats have won five MAC Football championships in 1953, 1960, 1963, 1967, and 1968, and MAC East Division championships in 2006, 2009, and 2011. Prior to joining the MAC, the Bobcats won six Buckeye Athletic Association championships in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1936, and 1938. In 1960, the Bobcats were crowned National Small College Champions after compiling a 10–0 record under Coach Bill Hess. The Bobcats have appeared in several bowl games, losing 15–14 to West Texas State in the 1962 Sun Bowl, losing 49–42 to Richmond in the 1968 Tangerine Bowl, falling 28–7 to Southern Mississippi in the 2007 GMAC Bowl, losing 21–17 to Marshall in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and losing to Troy in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl, 48–21, before finally winning a bowl game in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Utah State, 24–23. The bobcats took down the Wyoming Cowboys in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl 30–27 in overtime.

Club sports[edit]

There are 36 active club sports programs at Ohio, run out of the Department of Campus Recreation. Club sports include sports for all genders, including co-ed sports.[148][149]

Law enforcement[edit]

OUPD Police Charger

Like many universities in Ohio, Ohio University maintains its own police department.[150] Operating out of 118 Ridges Circle (the Ridges, Building 13, first floor), the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) is a fully-fledged, independent law enforcement agency with 31 sworn officers, 5 dispatchers, and 2 administrative support personnel.[151] It has patrol and investigative divisions, two explosive detective canine teams,[152] a SWAT team,[153] and are members of the Athens-Hocking-Fairfield Major Crimes Unit.[154] OUPD was certified with the Ohio Collaborative on January 27, 2017.[155]


Ohio University has over 300,000 living alumni. Presidents of countries, Nobel Prize winners, senators, Pulitzer Prize winners, generals and astronauts are counted among its ranks. Among these distinguished alumni are Worldwalker Steve Newman; Loring Miner, who discovered the Spanish flu; Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and president of the Royal Society; George Voinovich, former Ohio governor and U.S. senator for Ohio; and Thomas Ewing, first graduate of Ohio University, the first Secretary of the Interior, a U.S. senator for Ohio and Secretary of the Treasury under U.S. President William Henry Harrison.[156] Eighty-four Scripps College of Communication alumni have won or contributed to Pulitzer Prizes.


  1. ^ Other consists of Multiracial Americans & those who prefer to not say.
  2. ^ The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant intended for low-income students.
  3. ^ The percentage of students who are a part of the American middle class at the bare minimum.


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