Ohio University

Ohio University

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Ohio University (popularly known as ‘Ohio’) is a residential public university in Athens, United States. Established in 1804, it is the oldest university in Ohio. Major courses taught in the university are arts, sciences, business, health sciences, education, engineering and technology, communication, and medicine. Ohio's undergraduate program in Business and Masters and program in Sports Administration are quite well-known. They can boast of having over 2,40,000 alumni; one of them being Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Venkataraman Ramakrishnan.



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Home to Ohio University and Hocking College, Athens County is nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio. The lively arts and music scene entertains locals and visitors alike all year round. The eclectic shopping and dining scene is a result of the presence of a large university and rich Appalachian heritage. Hunting, kayaking, bouldering, hiking, cycling, and mountain biking are just some of the most popular outdoor activities.


Overlooking the Hocking River, the rural campus of Ohio Universities spread across 1830 acres and is largely divided into four parts. The first part is called College Green, there is a central quadrilateral lawn which surrounds significant campus buildings around it: Manasseh Cutler Hall is a registered national landmark, the Arts and Sciences building, McGuffey Hall and the College Gateway, these four buildings being featured in the 200- year-old logo of the university. John Calhoun Baker University Center, a five story huge facility is located towards the east of these structures. It has an endearing food court (West 82), a pub (Latitude 39) a Grand Ballroom, The Honors Collegium, a 400-capacity theatre, conference rooms, bakeries, etc. The library of the university is called Vernon Alden Library which has 2.3 million units of microfilms and 3 million volumes of books.
The East Green campus comprises of the twelve residential halls and South Green has twenty-four residential halls and including a football stadium (Peden Stadium), a hockey ground (Bird Arena) and the university’s swimming and diving facility (Aquatic Center). The South side also has the Charles Ping Center which is one of the largest recreational facilities in the country having multiple basketball courts, gymnasiums, climbing walls, indoor running track, etc. There are eight residences and various college buildings (including a few more athletic venues) on the West Green side of the university. Ohio is at times referred as one of the most beautiful residential campus in America.

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All freshmen at Ohio University have to compulsorily live on campus and the rest can choose as per what is more feasible and also in terms of availability. The on-campus housing capacity overall is 8330 spread across 41 residence halls. Some of the most known dorms at Ohio University campus are New Dorms (Tanaka being the best) on South Green, Bromley Hall, The Front Four on South Green, Johnson Hall on East Green and Convocation Center. There are good residential halls on West Green too called Boyd, Treudley and James. On campus housing shall cost about $14,000 per year while off-campus housing will be about $12,000 per year.


Ohio University has about 1000 full-time faculty members with faculty to student ratio being 1:18. The class sizes are small, which is great. An average class at Ohio would have about 30 students. Some of the popular professors are Harvey Ballard (Biology), Frank Ballone (Mathematics), Chauncey Joyce (Finance), Keith Markman (Psychology), etc. The journalism department is deeply appreciated. Every student gets a mentor and an advisor, a case which is beneficial for international students.

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On an average, students earn $39,500 after graduating from Ohio University. Being a rural or semi-urban campus, internships are generally away from the university. One can apply for work while study where there are multiple options. There are various seminars and workshops and one-on-one coaching happening throughout the year at the Career Center of Ohio University.

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