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Ohio University’s main campus was founded in 1804 as the first public university in Ohio and remains a public university to this day. The university is located in Athens, Ohio, which is surrounded by state parks and outdoor adventures. And it is not far from Columbus. The student body is made up of nearly 21,000 undergraduate students and over 6,000 graduate students. The entire network of Ohio schools has almost 40,000 students throughout all eight campuses in the region.

Overview of Ohio University–Main Campus

Some of the most popular degrees are in traditional areas, such as business and health sciences. Other less common degrees are also quite popular, like fine arts. All students will have access to over 500 clubs and organizations as well as Division I sports. For those who appreciate nature, hiking and biking trails are always nearby.

In addition to the prestigious academic offerings, Ohio is home to some of the best research opportunities in the country. The Carnegie Foundation has rated the university as a High Research Activity Institution, and it has produced one of the highest rates of Fulbright Award winners. Researchers from the university hold over 250 global patents and alumni have access to lifetime career counseling and dedicated scholarships to encourage continuing education.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1804

Student Enrollment

Total Students27,367


Undergraduate Student

Male 8,396
Female 12,593

Graduate Student

Male 2,551
Female 3,827

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Ohio Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 10,062
Female 14,117


Male 8,050
Female 11,717

Acceptance Rate82%

Male 80%
Female 83%

Enrollment 3,767

Male 753
Female 678
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Ohio Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Much like most public higher learning institutions, Ohio University has varying tuition rates for non-residents and state residents, which are $22,406 and $12,612 each year, respectively. However, 94% of students receive financial assistance to provide some relief from the steep price tag of higher education. Another $17,000 will be necessary for books, supplies, room and board, and food each year.

Many students pursue financial aid that does not have to be paid back, such as scholarships and grants. Others choose student loans, which do have to be paid back. But don’t discount the option of scholarships for service. It’s also possible to offset expenses by working full-time or part-time jobs while students are in school. These jobs can be on-campus, online, or for local employers and paid internships can also help. Remember, these costs do not include extracurricular activities, entertainment options, sporting events, trips, dining out, etc.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $22,521
Average Total Aid $6,903
Students Receiving Financial Aid 94%
Room & Board $13,332

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $12,612
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $22,406
  • Books and Supplies - $962
  • Room & Board - $13,332
  • Other - $3,074


A wide range of academic opportunities are available to Ohio students on-campus, online, and internationally. Students can pursue bachelor’s degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees, medical degrees, regional degrees, and participate in distance programs. Specialized colleges are offered in arts and sciences, international studies, business, fine arts, health sciences and professions, osteopathic medicine, engineering and technology, leadership and public affairs, and an honor college.

To ensure each student graduates with hands-on experience to boost employability, a number of centers and institutes are available in air quality, community engagement, scientific computing and immersive technologies, tropical disease, teaching and learning, literacy and language, law, and dozens more. It’s also possible to participate in academic competitions, study in another country, and secure a mentor.

Students enjoy a 17 to 1 student-to-educator ratio. The retention rate at Ohio University is a reasonable 82%. The graduation rates are lower than most public state schools with a four-year rate of graduation at 45% and a six-year rate at 65%. Part of the reason for the lower graduation rates could be due to the more difficult curriculum in a variety of degree offerings or it could also be partially due to the fact many degrees are of a professional nature that require longer time frames to complete in full.

Student Population Total

Student Population 27,367

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 2,798 Total Graduates / 40%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2,464 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 152 Graduates
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 62 Graduates
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 42 Graduates
All Business Majors 925 Total Graduates / 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 272 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 217 Graduates
Finance, General 175 Graduates
Accounting 92 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 674 Total Graduates / 10%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 259 Graduates
Journalism 181 Graduates
Radio and Television 179 Graduates
Photojournalism 29 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 311 Total Graduates / 4%
Political Science and Government, General 82 Graduates
Sociology 64 Graduates
Criminology 52 Graduates
Geography 40 Graduates
All Education Majors 301 Total Graduates / 4%
Secondary Education and Teaching 142 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 134 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 24 Graduates
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 29%

Outcome & Salary

OU students are awarded the opportunity to take advantage of the Career and Leadership Development Center to assist with career planning and securing the right job for them after graduation. Within the center, students can begin as early as their first year to start taking advantage of the various services offered including career coaching, workshops, webinars, training programs, leadership coaching, and mock interviewing.

Ninety-three percent of students are in grad school or employed with a year of graduation. Internships are widely available as a tool for career development. Companies that offer internships to OU students are some of the best including Tesla, Whirlpool, NASA, the New York Times, Fortune 500 companies, and the National Institute of Health. And some lucky students even internship on Capitol Hill. Over 200 employment activities and events are held annually as just one way to help match students with employers before they graduate.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $45,800
College Grads Average Salary $65,686
College Grads Mid Career Salary $64,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $656,860
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,302,860
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $90,084
10 Year Projected ROI $566,776
20 Year Projected ROI $1,212,776
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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