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The Ohio University System is chock full of excellent schools, and their Southern campus is a shining example. The Southern campus is home to a rather small student body of 2,000 students. For academics, Southern offers a strong selection of two-year degrees in a variety of fields. In fact, there are three broad tracks for associate degrees: applied business, applied science, and general associate degree programs. Interestingly, Southern also offers an Associate of Arts in Individualized Studies.

Overview of Ohio University – Southern

The Individualized Studies degree is whatever a student wants it to be. They can meet with faculty and design a course of study that matches the student's individual passions and goals. Given the open-ended nature of this degree program, students might include courses from other campuses, internships, or other innovative approaches. Depending on the subject the student pursues, they might opt to continue studying for their bachelor's degree or enter the working world with a unique background and a proven track record for innovation and self-motivation.

Southern also offers a wide range of bachelor's degree programs that students use to launch robust, satisfying careers. Choices include subject areas such as business, history, nursing, health services administration, criminal justice, and communications, to name a few.

General Information

School Type Primarily associate's, Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 20%
Year Founded 1956

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,235


Undergraduate Student

Male 383
Female 852

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Application Fee $20
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Application Deadline November 15
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Since Ohio University's Southern campus is a publicly funded institution, state residents have access to very low tuition costs. Students from Ohio find that a full year of tuition, books, and fees costs under $7,000, while their out-of-state peers still see a low gross cost of just under $10,000. Once room and board are factored into the equation, in-state students see total costs rise to $17,000 and out-of-state students' pay approximately $20,000. Since Southern does not offer on-campus housing, these numbers may vary depending on the deals students are able to find with area landlords.

These numbers are highly competitive with other schools, but that's before the financial aid office applies its magic. Once scholarships and grants are factored into the picture, the average net price for a year at Southern falls to a mere $7,000. Low-income households pay under $6,000 and households with income in the six-figures see an average net cost under $12,000.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $6,466
Average Total Aid $4,628
Students Receiving Financial Aid 88%
Room & Board $6,004

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,674
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $8,666
  • Books and Supplies - $962
  • Room & Board - $6,004
  • Other - $4,310


Academics are naturally a huge part of how students decide whether or not to attend any college or university. While many rely on word-of-mouth reputation, a simple list of potential degrees, or the presence of a varsity football team, there are more objective measures. Ohio University's Southern campus reports its educational statistics and those reflect strong academics.

One of the chief statistics is Ohio University - Southern's retention rate. Retention rate measures how many first-time, full-time students return for a second year. Retained students are thought to be happy with their academic experiences. Since Southern reports that they retain 68% of their students, it seems evident that the campus provides strong academic programs that students appreciate.

Meanwhile, Southern reports an overall graduation rate of 21%, with a 14% transfer-out rate. Southern also reports that approximately 25% of its full-time students decide to enroll in other institutions. That number rises to nearly 50% for part-timers. Thus, it seems that students are converting their academic foundation here into success at other schools despite the fact that this school has a relatively low graduation rate. Southern can thus be seen as a terrific kicking-off point in a student's journey through higher education.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,235

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Other Diplomas 0%

Outcome & Salary

Students and their families are perhaps just as concerned with how students from Southern fare after graduation as they are with the experience on campus. Since Southern is more of an incubator school that provides Ohioans with an excellent opportunity to start a college education, there are few numbers available for post-graduation earnings. However, it has been reported that the registered nursing students earn a median salary of $49,000 and students who complete an associate degree in criminal justice earn a median salary of $32,000.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $38,300
College Grads Average Salary $62,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $56,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $620,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,188,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $25,864
10 Year Projected ROI $594,136
20 Year Projected ROI $1,162,136
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840