Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where more than 35,000 students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders. OHIO is committed to fostering, embracing, and celebrating diversity in all its forms. Our Athens Campus offers students a residential learning experience in one of the nation’s most picturesque academic settings. Five regional campuses serve additional students throughout central and southeastern Ohio, and online programs further advance the University’s commitment to providing educational access and opportunity.
Ohio University was founded in 1804. We were the first university established in Ohio!
The 1,850-acre campus is located in Athens, Ohio, which is a community of approximately 24,000 residents, 50 miles northwest of Charleston, West Virginia and 75 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio.
A rural university serving approximately 22,000 students, Ohio is the university that fits what you want to do—and who you want to be. It’s the place where you can be yourself—and become your best self.
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Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students. Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines.
Ohio University will be the nation’s best transformative learning community where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders.