The place where you live, learn, and grow is important. Students come to OHIO for an excellent education. And that’s only the beginning. Here they become scholars, leaders, researchers, and engaged citizens. They study abroad, volunteer, and form friendships that last a lifetime. You can, too.
Freshman Class Profile
(Fall 2008 middle 50 percent range)
- High school class rank:
— top 15-42%
- Composite ACT:
- Combined SAT (Math + Critical Reading):
- Average GPA:
— 3.4 (4.0 scale)
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Below are some of our most commonly requested statistics. Graduation and transfer-out rates as reported to the federal government, along with other important facts and figures, are available on our Institutional Research web site.
- Located in Athens, Ohio
- 16,738 undergraduate students on the Athens campus
- More than 250 undergraduate programs
- 950+ full-time faculty (Athens campus)
- 19:1 student to faculty ratio
- 29 student average class size
- 42 residence halls housing 7,800+ students
- 390+ registered student organizations
- 29 fraternities and sororities
- Nearly 1,000 students from other countries
- 210 buildings on 1,800 acres
- 16 NCAA Division I teams in the Mid-American Conference
- Average freshman total need-based gift aid: $6,141
Ohio University has been cited for academic quality and value by such publications as U.S. News and World Report, America’s 100 Best College Buys, Princeton Review’s Best Colleges, and Peterson’s Guide to Competitive Colleges. The John Templeton Foundation has also recognized Ohio University as one of the top character-building institutions in the country. Currently, Ohio University ranks first in the state of Ohio for nationally competitive awards won by its students.
Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by a number of professional accrediting agencies.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.
OHIO offers hundreds of academic choices to help you prepare for your future. Whether you’re interested in video production, magazine journalism, teaching, environmental issues, the biology of dinosaurs, or the works of Shakespeare, OHIO has more than 250 undergraduate majors to match your interests! And if you’re interested in graduate study, we also offer master’s and doctoral degrees in a range of disciplines.
A beautiful campus that will become your second home. At the heart of OHIO’s scenic campus is a welcoming academic community. We believe there is no better way to learn about the world than to create an environment where students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives—literally students from all over the globe—study, live, learn, and socialize together. Such preparation enables OHIO students to graduate well-educated and prepared to take on the complex challenges of today’s interconnected, global workplace.
The chance to earn a nationally competitive award.OHIO students have the opportunity to compete for national and international scholarships. Advised and encouraged by dedicated professors, our students continue to win an array of elite honors, including Fulbright, Truman, and Goldwater awards.
International study. Education abroad opportunities are available to OHIO students through a variety of partnerships with universities around the world. Our own campus is home to students from about 100 nations, and cultures from around the world are celebrated every year during International Week.
Life at Ohio
Caring and Personal Atmosphere
Ohio University combines all the advantages of a major university with the appeal of a caring and personal atmosphere. If there ever was a college town, Athens is it. The university’s intellectual and cultural environment blends well with Athens’ lively small-town atmosphere to create a setting where students enjoy a quality of life that is difficult to match.
Ohio University is a residential campus, meaning that almost all students live on or near campus. All first- and second-year students live in one of the university’s 42 residence halls. Ninety percent of all students living in the residence halls stay on campus over the weekend. With classes, friends, and academic resources all within walking distance, Ohio University is sure to become your home away from home.
The residence hall is not just a place to sleep at night. It is a great place to make friends, find study partners, and become part of a close living-learning community. Residential facilities have both freshman and upperclass halls. Most are coed. Students have the opportunity, upon completing a housing contract, to indicate their preference of room size and location. A variety of living environments are available to choose from, including academic emphasis and substance-free halls. You can even arrange to room with a friend.
Resident assistants (RAs) staff each residential hall. RAs oversee floor sections of about 25 students and exist as an important resource to residents. The residential housing staff is committed to students’ academic and social success.
Students with meal plans may access any of the four operating dining halls on campus with a valid student I.D. card. First-year and second-year students choose one of the following five meal plans to meet their needs: Flex 20, Flex 14, Traditional 20, Traditional 14, and Traditional 10 (not available for first year students). Students who have completed the two residential requirement, including those who live off-campus, have additional flexible meal plan options, including the Destination Dining, Block 20, and Block 10 Plus plans. Each dining hall offers a variety of food options including salad, wok, waffle, pasta, and potato bars. Three main courses, of which one is vegetarian, a fast-food line, and desserts are available at each meal. Other dining venues include grab-and-go options, the West 82 food court in Baker Center, Cafe Bibliotech in Alden Library, and the Atrium Cafe in Grover Center. OHIO students find quick, easy access for meals, snacks, and late night meals. Students with special diet needs may contact our Assistant Director for Menu Planning. We can accommodate almost all requests.
The Department of Campus Safety consists of the Ohio University Police Department and the SAFE-T patrol, our campus escort service. The SAFE-T provides safe, cost-free transportation around campus to all students. This service is especially useful to students who would like a walk or ride home from an evening class or a late night visit with a friend. Annual Security Compliance documents can be obtained by mail from the Ohio University Police Department or online at the web site below.
As an additional safety precaution, call boxes with emergency buttons are strategically positioned around campus, and each residence hall space offers multiple levels of security access. Ohio University wants you to feel safe in your community, so it is continuously improving and developing new methods to deal with safety on campus.
On any given day or night, you can walk to Court Street, the main thoroughfare through Athens, and find crowds of students at all the local hot spots. Whether it’s a game of cards at Perks Coffeehouse, a bite to eat at the Court Street Diner, or a night of jazz at Casa Cantina, there is always something to do uptown. Unique shops and restaurants, numerous cultural activities, and a centrally located movie theater all within walking distance make uptown the perfect place to unwind after a hard week of classes.
Ohio University Athletics strives to be a national level program through all sports participating in post-season competition, earning recognition as the premier athletic program in the Mid-American Conference, while renowned for academic excellence through outstanding graduation rates and scholastic honors. Athletics will provide exceptional value and benefit to the mission of Ohio University and community, demonstrate unrivaled pride and foster relationships with all constituents. The athletic department is committed to the utmost integrity through NCAA rules compliance, fiscal responsibility and student-athlete personal development.
One of the premier swimming and diving facilities in the Mid-American Conference, the Ohio University Aquatic Center opened in January 1984 at a cost of $4.7 million.
The Olympic-size pool has 22 25-yard lanes, 10 50-meter lanes and a pair of one-meter and three-meter diving boards. Approximately 645,468.75 gallons create 12,300 square feet of surface water. Located in the ceiling above the water envelope are 13 wooden timber beams of Douglas fir, Western Larch, Southern Pine, and California Redwood.
The shallow end of the pool is 3’6″ deep while the deepest part is 13’14” deep. There is an underwater window at the deep end and an outdoor sun deck on the second floor.
The 1,105-seat facility hosted the 1984-85 NCAA Diving Regionals and numerous conference championship meets, including the Women’s MAC Championships in 1986, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2005 and the Men’s MAC Championships in 1988, 1991, 1998, 2002, and 2006.
Planning for the center began in the summer of 1979. Financial support from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation permitted Ohio University to undertake an architectural design competition involving six architects and begin – once a design and architect were selected – with the development of plans and specifications in advance of the capital funding from the state.
Capital funding in the amount of $3,625,000 was provided by Am.Sub.H.B. 552, which was passed Nov. 24, 1981, by the 114th General Assembly. The planning for and design of the project involved individuals from the Health and Sports Sciences Department (formerly the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation) and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The committee involved in the planning – chaired by Dr. James Lavery, Harold McElhaney and Alan Geiger – consisted of students, faculty, coaches and staff.
Dan A. Carmichael provided architectural services for the project and bids were received Feb. 25, 1982.
The facility’s dedication took place on Jan. 27, 1984, before a dual meet against Youngstown State.
A strong athletics program begins in the weight room long before playing seasons start. Because of this, the Dr. Steve and Kathy Carin Strength and Conditioning Center located at Peden Stadium is an important catalyst in helping all of Ohio University’s sports teams prepare for successful seasons.
The $1.1 million facility was built as an addition to Peden stadium and located at the south-west portion of the facility. This location makes it easily accessible to all of Ohio’s student-athletes. The center provides state-of-the-art equipment and enough space to accommodate 100 student-athletes training at any given time. Built completely from donations by Ohio University alumni and friends, the center was dedicated on Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, and has since greatly enhanced the opportunities for and abilities of the 600 Bobcat student-athletes who use the facility each year.
“Ohio’s strength and conditioning program is designed to help our student-athletes realize their utmost athletic potential while helping them develop self-discipline and mental toughness,” says Sonny Sano, the Bobcats’ director of strength and conditioning. “We train hard and smart, and we employ a comprehensive approach utilizing strength training, plyometrics, speed and agility development, flexibility exercises and sport-specific conditioning.”
Featuring Eleiko weights and a Mondo sports flooring system, the center boasts 10,000 square feet of the best and safest training equipment in use today, as well as a $5,000 sound system. These features allow an optimum training experience and further the strength and conditioning program’s goal to develop bigger, faster and stronger athletes.
“Our goal is to outwork every single team we face,” adds Sano. “To accomplish that, we have to outwork our opponents in our preparation. This facility – the Carin Center – provides us with an outstanding opportunity to do so.”
Dr. Steve Carin has been an Ohio University team physician since 1983, all the while displaying the utmost dedication and loyalty to the Bobcat athletics program and providing excellent medical care for the student-athletes. Dr. Carin also serves Ohio University as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees and Athletics Major Gifts Committee. Since 1980, he has been a faculty member of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The leadership gift from Dr. Carin and his wife Kathy was one of 34 total donations that built the Carin Strength and Conditioning Center.
Chessa Field, located on the west end of the Athletic Mall, has served as the home to the Ohio women’s soccer programs since 2002.
The site, previously served as a practice site, was renovated and transformed into the competition facility. The Kentucky Bluegrass and Rye athletic turf grass mix sits atop a modern irrigation and drainage system. A soccer specific scoreboard is situated across from the press box and seating grandstand that can accommodate 750 fans.
Chessa Field could not have been made possible without the generous contribution of Ohio University employee Scott Blower and his wife, Crista, a 1985 Ohio University graduate. The couples recent contribution of $70,000 has been spent to renovate the playing surface of Chessa Field, making it the university’s largest private gift to women’s athletics.
A portion of their gift was also used to improve the landscape near ticket gates 2 and 3 at Peden Stadium. The soccer field renovations included the installation of a state-of-the-art laser-leveled and widened grass playing surface, an underground drainage system and an improved irrigation system. Other improvements at the soccer facility included the construction of a press box and the addition of a simulated wrought-iron fence adjacent to Shafer Street.
A resident of Lancaster, Ohio, Scott Blower was hired as athletics and West Green grounds supervisor in February 2001 after many years as a private-business owner. Since his arrival, he has been in charge of the maintenance of the soccer field and says he felt the team deserved a top-flight playing surface.
“I feel privileged to work at Ohio University and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a career change,” he said. “The people here, including the athletes and coaches, have been great so this was a way for me to show my appreciation. Since soccer is a new program, it didn’t have a lot of alumni to turn to for support, so I decided to help.”
The widening of the playing surface to the NCAA maximum allowable size will make the field more capable of hosting NCAA postseason games. “With the larger field, we will have an opportunity to adjust the dimensions of the field to better match our planned style of play against each opponent,” Bobcat Soccer Coach Stacy Strauss said. “This renovation will place our field among the best in the Mid-American Conference.”
Other facility changes included the grandstands being moved from the east side to the west side of the field and the scoreboard moving from the northwest corner to the northeast corner to increase visibility.
To honor the couples’ gift, Ohio Athletics renamed the facility’s playing surface Chessa Field, in honor of the Blowers’ 10-year-old daughter. Ohio Athletics also named the new renovated area outside Peden Stadium Drew Park in honor of Scott and Crista’s 8-year-old son.
The 13,080-seat Convocation Center, opened in 1968, is the home site for the Ohio University basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams. The $8.2 million facility still exhibits a first-class look with the very latest in modern facilities, equipment and comfort.
The Convo, one of the largest facilities in the region, can hold more than 15,000 for convocations. The facility is an ideal site for concerts, commencements and many other activities in addition to basketball, volleyball and wrestling.
Brubaker and Brandt Architects of Columbus designed the circular building with Knowlton Construction Company of Bellefontaine serving as the prime contractor. It houses athletic administration and coaches’ offices, locker rooms and a training room. Dormitory rooms above the concourse are home to students during the academic year.
The Convo is 328 feet in diameter with the top of the dome 134 feet, 10 inches above ground level parking and 123 feet, four inches above the playing floor. The roof is aluminum over wood fiber while the main arena floor is composed of a spring-supported two-layer maple wood system.
Thanks to a partnership with G&J Pepsi, four new scoreboards made their debut in The Convo during the 2003-04 season. Two of them feature eight-by-seven-feet video screens for viewing replays, graphics and statistics. A new playing court was also installed, making it an even more attractive venue for intercollegiate athletics.
Improved, television quality lighting, a permanent press row, and an expanded camera deck also highlight The Convo’s recent improvements. The showcase of Ohio Basketball is the Vern and Marion Alden Basketball Suite, completed in 1997. It houses both the men’s and women’s basketball offices, video rooms, and a conference room.
Improvements have been made in the locker rooms as well. The men’s area features a team meeting room, a player lounge, and individual wooden lockers. It connects directly with the training room, allowing easy access to medical attention. The women’s locker room was also expanded to create a larger lounge and meeting room area. A complete renovation of the interior components included the donation of a big-screen television and installation of new furniture and carpeting.
Since The Convo opened its doors nearly 40 years ago, the Bobcat men’s basketball squad has won more than 75-percent of its home games, including undefeated records during the 1969-70 and 1984-85 seasons. The Bobcats clinched their first conference title while in The Convo (eighth overall) against Bowling Green on Feb. 28, 1970 before a standing-room-only crowd of 14,102, a Mid-American Conference record that still stands today.
In volleyball, the Bobcats have posted a 47-0 record at home over the last five seasons, including all-time-best marks of 9-0 in both 2003 and 2004. Ohio owns the nation’s second-longest home winning streak.
Under head coach Geoff Carlston, the Bobcats have won the MAC regular season and MAC Tournament crowns for the last three seasons.
Since The Convo doors have openend, the Ohio wrestling program has fielded 12 of its league-high 15 Mid-American Conference championship teams. The Bobcats won consecutive titles from 1970 through 1976 and later from 1993 through 1995. It has hosted the MAC Wrestling Championships in 2004, 2001, 1992, 1985, 1977 and 1971.
Pruitt Field opened on the Ohio’s Athletics Mall in 2000 and serves as the home to the Bobcats’ field hockey team. It is named in honor of Dr. Peggy Pruitt, a key figure in Ohio Athletics from 1975 to 2001.
Pruitt served as Ohio’s head field hockey coach from 1975-77 and head tennis coach from 1975-82. She also became the school’s associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator from 1993 until retiring in 2001. Always focused on providing the most positive experience possible for the Bobcat student-athlete, Pruitt played an integral role in the progressive growth of Ohio Athletics.
The project was started in Spring of 1999. It was done in two phases. The first phase in 1999 installed the artificial turf field, running track, long jump pit, underground drainage system and under-field electrical conduits. The second phase in 2000 installed the field events venues across Shafer Street, grandstands/press box, storage building, well and main irrigation lines, fencing, landscaping, score board and sound system. The lighting was installed a few years later, in 2006. The multi-purpose facility features a top-of-the-line artificial playing surface trimmed with a signature red brick grandstand that seats up to 1,000 spectators. The facility, which also encompasses Goldsberry Track, is home to Ohio’s track and field teams as well.
The playing surface is made of Astroturf 2000 and has a layer of gravel for drainage and two levels of rubber granules with a gravel mix underneath.
The Ohio women’s field hockey team has seen great success at Pruitt Field in recent seasons. The first win for the Bobcats at their new home came against Central Michigan University on October 6th by a score of 8-0. The Bobcats have compiled a home record of 15-3 over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons and are currently riding a 9 match win streak on the Pruitt turf.
The program has gone on to win the MAC Championship in 2001, 2006 and 2007, while finishing as the runner-up in 2000, 2002 and 2003. In 2007 Pruitt Field was selected to host the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Tournament play-in match featuring Ohio and American University. A match that was won in double-overtime by the Bobcats 3-2. Pruitt Field lies on the west end of Ohio’s campus near Bob Wren Stadium, the 3,000-seat baseball stadium built in 1998, and Ohio Softball Field, which opened in 1999. Just across the street lies the newly renovated Chessa Field, home to the Bobcat women’s soccer team.
The Ohio Softball Field is one of the finest intercollegiate softball facilities in the region, with a state-of-the-art playing surface and drainage system.
Completed during the spring of 1999, the field stands alongside Bob Wren Stadium as just one of the venues that make up the Ohio Athletics Mall. Included among the amenities of the stadium are bullpens behind both the home and visitor sunken dugouts and a covered batting cage between the baseball and softball fields.
On April 2, 1999, the Bobcats swept a doubleheader (6-5, 6-4) from conference-rival Miami in the inaugural event held at the Ohio Softball Field. Ohio went on to win seven straight contests at the new facility before suffering a 9-2 defeat in the second game of a doubleheader against Kent State on April 9.
A 14-6 record at the facility in 1999 began a six-year run of success for the program at its new home. Since then the Bobcats have compiled a 81-51-1 record in Athens. Ohio completed the 2002 season with an all-time best 15-4 mark at the complex while the 9-2 record in 2004 constituted the program’s highest winning percentage (.818) at home.
In the summer of 2003, a new digital scoreboard was installed with more renovations being planned for the future. Included in those are a covered press box, permanent stadium bleachers and a state-of-the-art sound system. Much of the renovations will mirror the design and concepts behind Bob Wren Stadium.
Ohio’s Peden Stadium, was named after former Bobcat head coach Don Peen. A coach and director of athletics at Ohio University for 27 years, he was one of the founders of the Mid-American Conference and a national force in intercollegiate athletics, especially football and baseball.
The stadium, then known as the Ohio University’s Athletic Plant, was built in 1929 with two side units that seated 12,000 people. In 1986, major renovations enlarged the permanent seating capacity to 19,000. The stadium, in it’s original form, was built at a cost of $185,000 and was dedicated in 1929 with a 14-0 victory over Miami. As Ohio’s coach from 1924-46, Peden led his teams to 121 wins in 178 games, a record that still stands as the school’s best.
In 2001, a $2.8 million project removed the track, lowered the playing surface and increased the capacity to 24,000. Approximately 2,000 lower-level, bleacherback seats – called the Phillips Club – were added to bring fans closer to the action. Landscaping enhancements created seating for the Marching 110 at the north end zone and Victory Hill, a grass berm for overflow seating, at the south end of the field. A FieldTurf surface was installed in 2002, and in 2003, an upgraded scoreboard featuring a large video screen for replays and graphics was added.
In its 77th season hosting the Bobcats, the stadium underwent an ambitious makeover in 2005. The athletic training facility was renovated and expanded to include a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy room. Meeting space on the second floor was expanded and improved. Each position group meets in their own individual meeting room that is outfitted with the football industry’s most advanced and innovative digital video technology to better assist in the areas of scouting, game film analysis and game preparation. A large team auditorium where the entire team can gather and be addressed by Coach Solich was built to aid in communication between players and coaches.
Beyond the improvements made to the second floor team meeting rooms, a complete renovation occurred on the fifth floor housing the football offices. The layout of the floor was completely altered and re-planned. Offensive and defensive coaches conference rooms were added, an internal film viewing system was incorporated and the addition of a recruiting lounge overlooking the stadium were features of this project. The stadium’s tower, built in phases from 1989 to 1992, houses the football offices, athletic training facilities, team meeting rooms and the athletics department’s academic services division.
The Phillips Academic Services Center is located on the fourth floor of the tower. This space, equipped with a large classroom, two computer labs, multiple tutoring rooms and the staff office of Athletic Academic Services allows Bobcat student-athletes access to the finest in academic assistance and support.
In addition to the stadium itself, the facility also contains locker rooms for the football, track, field hockey and lacrosse programs, plus equipment and training rooms. The Carin Center, Ohio’s strength and conditioning facility, was dedicated on Nov. 12, 1999.
“The players and coaching staff feel that we have the best playing surface in college baseball, as well as one of the finest facilities in the nation,” said Carbone.
Ohio has gained a reputation for excellence not only in on-field achievements but also in the area of facilities. This proud tradition carries over to Ohio baseball’s “major league” locker facility.
Through the generosity of more than 40 alumni, the dream of a top-of-the-line clubhouse has become a reality. “Thanks to our alumni, who are simply the greatest, we have a first-class, big-league locker facility,” Carbone said. “It impresses everyone who sees it and will help us with recruiting.”
The fund-raising effort was Carbone’s undertaking in conjunction with the Convocation Center’s silver anniversary. With limited space in the team’s storage room, coupled with the amount of equipment that baseball requires, the facelift including large lockers was a necessity.
“We were able to raise $13,000 and now have the type of lockers we need, plus a video area and a Hall of Fame section,” said Carbone. Each locker, the video area and the Hall of Fame section bear plaques honoring the donors.
Carbone and associate head coach Bill Toadvine kicked off the fundraising drive by purchasing the first two lockers. Toadvine chose “12” – the number worn by his son, Brock, a former Bobcat – and Carbone selected the number “1” that he wore as an Ohio infielder.
The 39 light-oak lockers measure 80″ high by 37-1/2″ wide by 24″ deep and were crafted by Jonas Beiler, a local Amish carpenter who “did a tremendous job,” according to Carbone. As for the Hall of Fame section, Carbone said, “We wanted a special area to honor those who have brought distinction to our program.”
Without a doubt, the first-class Ohio locker facility brings distinction to the Bobcat program. “The Ohio baseball locker room is one of the best I’ve seen,” said former Bobcat Jeff Rook. “It is a place where the team can unite. It provides a common bonding ground for the players and it helps prepare them to reach their goals on the playing field.”
Thanks to a very successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by community leader John Wharton and Carbone, Ohio played under the lights for the first time in 2004. With the transition to night games such a success, the Bobcats played 15 of their 28 home games under the lights in the 2005 season.
Practice Fields – Athletic Mall
The Practice Fields on the Hocking River are located in the Athletic Mall, between Peden Stadium and the bikepath along the Hocking River. Installed in 2000, there fields allow for the football practice to occur on a natural turf surface as opposed to the FieldTurf surface that the team competes upon within Peden Stadium.
The fields are composed of a Kentucky Bluegrass and Rye turf grass mix. Over 14 zones are utilized to irrigate the two playing fields that sit atop a superior drainage system allowing for use in heavy rain.
There are two regulation sized fields at this site along with a 30 foot by 100 foot sand pit that is used for additional drills.
Joan and Wallace Phillips Center
The Joan and Wallace Phillips Center, located on the third and fourth floors of Peden Tower, houses the offices of Academic Services and Compliance. With more than 10,000 square feet of space, the Phillips Center offers two state-of-the-art computer labs, a 42-seat classroom, 10 private tutoring rooms, a 40-seat sound-controlled auditorium, administrative offices and a reception area.
The staff of the Phillips Center coordinates a multitude of programs involving Ohio student-athletes with the Mid-American Conference and National Collegiate Athletics Association. They also serve as the official liaisons between the athletics department and all academic units on campus. With a goal of providing maximum support for all student-athletes, daily contact with faculty allows the staff to monitor those individuals with the greatest need for assistance.
The Phillips Center has a staple of staff members plus numerous tutors in a variety of subjects. The Academic Services staff provides academic advising, career and resume counseling, and life skills programming.
Indoor Batting Cages
The Bobcats have seven batting cages at their disposal that provide many opportunities for off-season and in-season training. Four of the six batting cages to the northeast of Bob Wren Stadium are enclosed, allowing for year-round use.
The heated facility, encompassing 5,100 square feet was built to completion in 2003 and includes an Astroturf floor, mercury lighting and an equipment area for indoor workouts and drills. In the summer of 2007 the facility was expanded to allow for a golf chipping and putting practice area. The state-of-the-art facility allows the Bobcats year-round training opportunities.