About Ohio University-Main Campus

Founded in 1804, Ohio University-Main Campus. is a Public college. Located in Ohio, which is a city setting in Ohio, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 23,585 full time undergraduate students, and 5,924 full time graduate students.

The Ohio University-Main Campus Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 994 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Ohio University-Main Campus include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate74%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range990-1200
ACT Range21-26

Admissions at OU are considered Selective, with ,152% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 21 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

81% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 42% were in the top quarter, and 16% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Ohio University-Main Campus.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
18%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
26%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
51%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
63%
“We bought the gear”
33%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
56%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
7%
“Available in class”
56%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
33%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
58%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
29%
“We only party on weekends”
64%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
40%
“There might be people who do”
48%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
9%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
18%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
26%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
51%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
63%
“We bought the gear”
33%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
56%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
7%
“Available in class”
56%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
33%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
58%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
29%
“We only party on weekends”
64%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
40%
“There might be people who do”
48%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
9%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Ohio University-Main Campus REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    286 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    255 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    292 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    300 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    300 Students rated class size 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    296 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    298 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    301 Students rated academics 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Ohio University-Main Campus?

107 Students rated Ohio University-Main Campus

Lanae - 01/12/2022

Ohio University is a party school, don't let anyone tell you differently. Don't apply here unless you like to party. Athens is a very small town, so there isn't much else to do. It can be very lonely if you aren't a bar/party type of person. You will question your decision to go to school often. Making friends is an actual challenge.

Marilyn

Ohio University is home to not just me but every bobcat, no matter what campus you are at. The sense of community and acceptance is beyond remarkable. I could not imagine going to another university. The thought of possibly not being able to return next semester, due to lack of funds, breaks my heart. Home will always be home but Athens Ohio will always be hOUme.

Abigail

My overall opinion of the Ohio University-Main Campus is more than satisfied. I have never met so many genuinely kind people in one place before. My favorite part about this campus is that students can be undeniably who they are, without any judgement whatsoever. With that being said, I cannot be talking about my opinion of Ohio University-Main Campus without mentioning the AMAZING food here. From Courtside pizza, to Big Mama's Burritos, to chicken & waffles and the food trucks, all the way to my personal favorite; Bagel Street Deli. Sadly, my wallet is definitely starting to feel the effect of my constant attendance at the awesome restaurants. I would also like to point out that there are twenty-two bars within a two mile radius on this campus, and that EVERY STUDENT definitely waits until they are twenty-one years of age to even think about stepping foot in one of those twenty-two alcohol-infused establismetnts. (Sike....sorry mom). In my first semester at this unbelievable school, I have found my own independence. I have also made some of my best friends in the short amount of time that I have been here. Ohio University is so much more than just my school, it is my home.

Kelsey

The sense of community and family on campus is incredible

Ohio University-Main Campus FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Ohio University-Main Campus?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Ohio University-Main Campus is 74%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell him to focus on school. After high school I wanted to enter into the work world and have fun, soon I realized how important it really is to have a college degree. I would tell my high school self that my academic performance shows great promise and to stick with it.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are the most determined people I have met on campus.

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  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Unique about my school? Easily the diversity of thought that occurs on campus. There is no campus, or even locale, I have ever experienced which is more open to different ways of thinking about, and living, life. You very rarely find people here who are openly intolerant of other people's viewpoints or opinions.

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  5. What are the academics like at your school?

    It really depends on the teacher. I've had some teachers that bore me to death and I never even really know what they looked like until I turn in my final because I had to sit in the back of the lecture hall everyday. But I had one teacher who noticed that I loved his class by my grades and apparent eagerness that showed just sitting in his class. He talked to me outside of class and eventually convinced me to change my major. He is now my unofficial academic advisor. I also feel like I have more opportunities here. After just one quarter of PSY 101, my professor pink slipped me into PSY 390 and I'm doing research as a freshman.

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  6. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The difference I found at OHIO when I transferred here was how involved the students are in everything. The administration really values the opinions of the students and are constantly trying to involve them in important decisions. I feel like OHIO really is run by the students.

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  7. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    For the most part, yes. But it's not really a bad thing. There are other people here too if you don't fit into those two groups.

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I was really surprised by how many people I met that didn't drink. If you don't drink, there are still so many things to do. My favorite thing to do is go to the Front Room in Baker Center every Friday night. I play board games with my friends and listen to the musicians playing until midnight, when a professional comedian performs. It's always a great way to end the week and start the weekend. Also, there are always performances and concerts and plays and speakers that actually have interesting things to say.

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  9. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I think the biggest stereotype about Ohio University is that it's a major party school and that all the students drink.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is that it is not more than 30% handicapp accessible. I am not handicap but I do wonder sometime, if I would be able to go to this University if I were. I go to class each day and I admire those who need wheel chairs or crutches in order to get around campus. I wish that there were more buildings equipped to cater to handicap needs.

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  11. What's unique about your campus?

    Beautiful campus, hundrends of student and community organizations, good art school, good journalism school, and great local town not far from hiking, camping, etc.

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  12. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The best school I will ever go to.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I guess I wish I had known I would have changed my major haha I dunno

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  14. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    OU is definitely a party school and that atmosphere is what makes it so much fun. However, because everyone is out to have a good time it is so easy to meet people on campus with similar interests and everyone is laid back and friendly. Making friends/ forming study groups is no problem and you will make the best friends of your life here.

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  15. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is motivated and willing to experience new things. There are so many opportunities available you have to be willing to try new things. you also have to be motivation and hard work.

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  16. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person that doesnt know how to manage there time and get their school work done. Also you should be able to get along with all races because OU is diverse and is a very open school the people are very friendly and except all races.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The beautiful campus! Ohio University is absolutely gorgeous in all seasons.

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  18. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about this school is the administration. The administrators at this school are, to boil it down to a few choice adjectives, a bunch of greedy, apathetic, money-grubbing scrooges. The top administration, from the Board of Trustees down to the Provost, are more interested, and I am tempted to say, solely interested, in squeezing every last penny out of students pockets. This manifests itself in various ways; food quality (poor), education quality (good, but could be much better) and athletics (more emphasized for benefit of the administration as a profit-generating tool, than student enjoyment).

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereotype of students at Ohio University is that we are only about partying. While we do like to have fun with our free time we do not consider partying our top priority. Yes we are ranked as the number one party school in the country but we also have very established and well-known programs for many different majors. I am in the business school and I know for a fact that the business program here is committed to giving you real world experience and preparing you for life after college. People that are in my classes work diligently on their school work and don't let the partying image effect their schoolwork. Yes we do like to have fun on weekends and on our spare time but the stereotype of students at Ohio University only caring about drinking and partying and not about schoolwork is not only offensive to us, it is wrong as well.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    "Ohio vs. Toledo, ""Bon Jovi Show"" (Full Show) November 4, 2005"

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  21. What are your classes like?

    Classes at Ohio University are typically lecture or discussion based.The general education class are typically lecture halls, while class protaining to majors are discussion and smaller sizes.

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Student Body

Students

60%

female

40%

male

23,585

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,924

Total Grad Students

12%

Out-Of-State

87%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

426

Student Organizations

18

Fraternities

10

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

30%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
3%
% White or Caucasian
83%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

93% of students attending Ohio University-Main Campus receive some sort of financial aid. 27% were awarded federal grants. While 63% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$20,429

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,030

Books and Supplies

$11,176

Room and Board

32,635

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$16,565
$30 - $48K
$18,259
$48 - $75K
$21,905
$75 - $110K
$23,769
$110K & UP
$24,919

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