Location: Athens, Ohio
Size: 17,000+ undergraduates
Percent Women: 51%
Tuition (one year): $21,654 in-state; $30,618 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Journalism, Nursing, Psychology
Greek Life: Yes!
Acceptance Rate: 78%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit OU's website at www.ohio.edu/admissions.
Why Choose OU?Why be a bobcat? That’s easy. OU is much more than an incredibly beautiful campus filled with life and brick roads. It is a community with the strongest bond of students and faculty you will ever see. When looking for a college, sure you want a college with your major and a successful plan that will lead you to your future career, but you also have to keep in mind that this will be your home for the next 4+ years. OU can definitely make you feel at home as well as place you on the right track to success. The bobcat family is a family like no other. The second you walk on our campus you will fall in love with the beautiful scenery and people.
A+ Features“I love knowing other Bobcats will support me no matter what, and I love being a student in the College of Business which is nationally recognized.”“My favorite things about Ohio University is the atmosphere, the people, and the overall feel of the community.”“I love being a student here because of all of the other students that go here.”“The campus is great. Not many people from my high school came here, so it forced me to make new friends. There is a ton of extra academic help. I love the people and the atmosphere.”“I like all of the people here, they are all really cool and nice and they aren’t judgmental. I also love the campus. OU is a really beautiful place.”“Students at Ohio University are like one big family. I love that there is always something to do or somewhere to go. I can be myself here. Everyone is really friendly and polite. I just know I made the right decision choosing OU.”
"Our school has a reputation about being a party school. Everytime I tell someone I go to OU, they automatically assume you're a partier."
"Honestly, there's nothing I would really change. I mean it is kind of far from home, but I made that choice to move here, so I think it's worth it."
"I hate the hills. Morton hill is better than Jeff, but still, I dread going up the hill everyday."
"The one thing I don't like about our school is how many hills there are. You climb up Jeff or Morton hill, and there's another mini hill you have to climb to get to Court Street!"
"The hills are so slippery. I fell on top of Morton hill yesterday! So if I could change one thing, it'd be the hills."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Orientation is a day and a half full of ice breakers and gettin to know the campus and what your first year at OU will be like. You get grouped by your college so you get to meet a lot of people with the same interests as you who will also be in your classes. It's a great place to make a friend or just someone to know when you finally move in."“There are regular visit days where you can tour campus and attend information sessions. OHIO Up Close days are held specifically for first-years and transfer students to tell you all about campus life, involvement, and academics. I attended one of these days and it was very fun and helpful!”“First-years mostly stick together because you tend to meet a lot of people while living in the dorms. However, being involved in campus organizations is a great way to meetpeople from all classes.”“Being a freshman at OU is awesome! It’s like being a kid in a candy store-there’s everything you could ever want here. Whether you’re looking to party on the weekends or just meet some great people Athens has everything.”“Washington, Bush, Perkins, Ryors, and Treudley are all specifically for first-year students. Whether you live in a freshmen-only dorm or a mixed one, you’ll get the chance to meet lots of great people and make awesome friends!”
All About Academics
"I think the most popular majors are journalism, psychology, and nursing."
"The workload depends on your classes and professors. One of my classes I'm taking because my friend said it was really easy, but she had a different professor. My class is hard just because there's a lot of homework."
"You're required to meet with your adviser before you register for classes every semester. It's actually really helpful because they answer questions you never even knew you had."
"It depends on what day you have to register, but registration can either be stressful or easy as cake. Sometimes you can green-slip into classes if they're full."
"My favorite place to study is in the library or in Front Room. They're both great places to study, but the library is quiet when you really need to study, and Front Room is nice when you want to socialize, but still want to study."
Learn From the Best
"It depends what your major is because different classes obviously have different professors. I'm a journalism major and my favorite professor is Professor Young. She teaches Precision Language. It's the hardest class, but she makes you learn, and I actually remember stuff from that class."
"My favorite professor is Fred. He's a Spanish professor, but he's from Ghana."
"A lot of people go to office hours. Sometimes if they have questions, to look over exams, or for extra credit. It really helps your professor learn who you are."
"My favorite professors have all been grad students. I think they're just more in our generation that they can relate to us."
"Big lectures are hard to pay attention in. If you bring your laptop, it's easy to get distracted by Pinterest or Twitter or even Her Campus, but smaller classes it's easier to pay attention."
Interests and Involvement"Joining clubs is super easy - just attend any informational session or meeting and you will be welcomed with open arms."“A majority of the student body joins a club or extracurricular. That's probably one of the best ways to get involved and achieve the full college experience."“The involvement fair at the beginning of the year is great for finding out about clubs - imagine every student at OU trying to recruit you to join their organization. I discovered groups that could help me with my future career, help me meet new people, and overall be a great resource on campus."
"If you can't find a club that fits you (although there's over 400 to choose from!), starting your own is not a problem. You just register with the university, which provides you to tons of resources and help you wouldn't have on your own."
"Some of the most popular student orgs are the club sports, Student Senate, Student Alumni Board, academic clubs like the BSN Organization, and of course all the student media like Her Campus Ohio U!"
"OU is known for their basketball and football teams. Our biggest rival is Miami of Ohio."
"I love going to football games! They're so fun, especially if you're part of the O Zone. They have tailgates with free food and some free stuff before almost every game. This last year they even let us go to Florida to see the bowl game, and we had time to hang out at the beach."
"I'm involved in intramural basketball, and it's so much fun. I'm on it with a bunch of my friends, and it's just a good time.
"There's a separate athlete culture just because most athletes live on West green, so if you live on East or South, you rarely see an athlete in your dorm."
"I love basketball games. The Marching 110 is there and the student section is so involved in the game."
Girl Power“Women athletes on West Green wear sweats and hoodies all the time. Ladies on East Green and South Green tend to be a bit more creative by dressing way down or dressing way up. Bare feet or stilettos, we really see it all.”“No, you don’t have dress accordingly to whichever green you live on; that’s absolutely not the case. But you will notice the pattern, and it is quite amusing.”“Our Women’s Center, in Baker Student Center, serves to help women students, faculty, staff and community members with whatever issues she brings forth. It’s an awesome program to get involved in and they hold events regularly.”“All students of all genders are encouraged to take women’s studies classes for a learning experience that more likely than not wasn’t offered in high school. That’s why I took it and I loved it. It’s refreshing to understand the truth about feminism.”“The female-to-male student ratio is 58% female compared to 42% male on campus. It is sometimes obvious within classrooms but usually it does not have a huge effect, there’s just more of us!”
Food & Drink"I love the dining hall food at OU. It's weird, I actually miss it when I go home for breaks and stuff.""My favorite dining hall is Shively. Boyd's on west green, and Nelson's good too. Shively just makes really good macaroni and cheese. They're doing construction on Jefferson right now, but they used to have the best Sunday brunches.""The dining halls have a lot of options. There's Gluten free, vegetarian, dieting, allergies – no matter what your circumstance, the dining halls are bound to have something you love.""The meal plans can be confusing. They range from 10 to 20 meals per week, and options in between. The most magical part of meal plans is Flex points that can be used at markets, the school restaurant, or on campus coffee shops.""I don't know what I'd do without my Flex points. It's my life saver when I need that cup of coffee for a long lecture.""When I first moved in, my parents were worried that I would run out of food. When they came for Parents' Weekend about a month later, and saw how much I got from the market, they stopped worrying and started eating some of it!"
Social Scene“On the weekends I like to go to sporting events, uptown, the movie theater, and the gym. Sometimes I stay in and do homework.”“When it is warm I like to go to the bars or to house parties. I party Friday and Saturday but I always study on Sundays. I hang out in the dorms, the gym, and the library on the weekends.”“OU is known for being a party school. If you want to party, you are most likely going to find what you are looking for. If you don’t want to party, there are so many other things to do. I like to go to the gym, or just outside of Athens is the Fun Barn where you can watch a movie for only $4. I also just enjoy hanging out with my friends in the dorms.”“There is always something to do in Athens. There are a lot of local restaurants to try. I also like to work out at the gym, go to the movies, or go uptown.”“If I want to go out, there is usually a party or a bar to go to. If I don’t want to go out, I can go to the gym, or just hang out with my friends. A lot of organizations on campus host events so I sometimes check those out; a lot of times they involve free stuff. There are also sporting events which are always really energetic and fun to attend.”
Dorm Life"There are three different greens you can choose to live on. South is more fun, East is pretty, and West is near all of the sports fields.""I lived on East my freshman year and loved it. Everyone on my floor became immediate friends. My second year I lived on South. It was fun, but it's kind of far from everything. Now I have a house off campus.""Some rooms in South are very small, but it just depends what you're looking for. If you want your own room, then check out South green. When it gets warm out, girls will lay on the golf course near South, some people play basketball at the outdoor courts, and there's South Beach, which is the sand volleyball courts.""I live on West, and I love it. I take Baker's escalator to avoid the hill, and it's beautiful.""I got lucky with my roommate. We were random, and became best friends. Some girls I know had to move out. You're allowed to pick who you live with, but coming in as a freshman, I loved that mostly everyone got a random roommate. All of the dorms have a lot of bonding activities in the beginning of the year where you get to meet people in your building.""You're required to live in a dorm your first two years, but after that you can live in the dorms again or get a house or apartmnet off campus."
Exploring Athens“Athens, Ohio is your typical college town except as a pretty high contender for the biggest party school across the country, our night life can be exciting. And by can I mean is.”“The Ridges, Radar Hill, Bong Hill, and Strouds Run are all equally amazing in their ability to provide hiking, a place to hang with friends, and somewhere to explore the beauty of nature.”“The bike path is awesome for bike riding, jogging, walks to Walmart; I’ve also seen people rollerblading. Any way you go about it, it’s a pretty view.”“So many coffee shops and locally owned ones. Athens is so unique in itself that one only understands if they experience it for themselves.”“One visit to Athens will force you to fall in love with the atmosphere and a semester on campus makes you never ever want to leave. Ever.”
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