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Athens, OH
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16,862
Tuition (in-state)
$19,246 ($10,282)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1913 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: We have so many options to get around campus from the cat cab, shuttles, and different buses. Thst can also take us to Walmart, which is almost too far to walk.

4 College Freshman

Computers: We have so many places that provide computers to students. There are computer labs in multiple buildings. The wireless access can be really bad at times but we get through it. For my major (publication design) it is necessary that I have my own computer but some people don't need them because they are so readily available around campus. I would recommend having your own printer, but the printers in the library and uptown are great too.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The people who play sports play sports and our student section at basketball games is so amazing. Besides that, they aren't a huge part of campus life. We are updating facilities now and they are very nice. We do have a lot of school spirit for a school that doesn't have huge sports teams.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We have average strictness here at OU. The RAs can be a little more strict about noise violations but don't care about drinking in the dorms as long as they don't see it. The one time that the visitation strictness is at its peak is for HallOUween because they just want to keep the residents safe.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive financial aid. I would like to but I guess I didn't qualify.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I have not been close enough to the group life activities go see how they work. My acquaintences that are in Greek life love it and have great community though.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into my program, Visual Communications, required and interview process where I had to talk about why I wanted to go to school here for this program and I brought a portfolio of my work. People told me that is was going to be a difficult process but I came through it with ease. It was over before I knew it. My only tip would be to be confident and to not stress out about it.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love being a VisCom major. Its almost as if I'm in a little family and we all stick together and help each other with our projects and homework. As a VisCom major, we do more hands on work than other majors might. We have to spend our time on computers and with cameras in hand, not sitting at a desk writing things. Also, job opportunities will come easier for us compared to students in other schools because Scripps is so well known. I've been told that we have a foot in the door just because we are associated with Scripps.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are old dorms and new dorms and dorms with or without air conditioning. I have not seen a dorm here that is too small for people to live in, but the dorms without air conditioning are unbearable. I live in James and I plan to live in James again next year. Our hall council provides us with parties and events, which makes up for the lack of amenities. James is a learning community building for communications students so we have a computer lab that other dorms may not have. Our floor and dorm is so social and I have gotten to know so many people in my building that I will be friends with for years to come. The cost is not bad at all. I have heard that OU is a place where you get most the "most bang for your buck."

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not a fan of the night life here at OU. It is actually a really popular thing. Underage drinking is a big problem and people rarely are punished for it. There are a lot of bars uptown and a lot if side street parties every weekend and even during the week.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a reason to feel unsafe on campus. Things happen uptown, but I don't spend time up there when it is dark. We don't have much campus crime, to my knowledge. I am very aware of all the services that are available to me such as the campus police and the Safe-T Patrol. And dorm security is great; we need keys to get in the building and into individual rooms. I feel very safe everywhere on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I really love our academics at OU. Our professors are so willing to help with whatever we need and are willing to take time out of their schedules to work with us students. I have never had a problem with the curriculum. I love how our classes are set up to be taken in order; that makes registering for classes so much easier. The workload is absolutely fine as long as people know that cannot procrastinate forever. There are tutors and SIs that are willing to help whenever the professor is not available and our student help center is great with helping students figure out their academics. Ohio University has great study spots ranging from our Scripps Amphitheater, Alden Library, and the 5th floor of Baker Center.

3 College Student

Transportation: Having a car on campus isn't very realistic (parking is a hassle, and you can't actually have a car until Junior year anyway), so services like the GoBus are really great to have. This makes traveling to Cincinnati and Columbus relatively cheap and easy, which is awesome for visiting friends at other colleges or for catching flights at some of the bigger airports.

3 College Student

Diversity: Like many other large state schools, Ohio isn't the most diverse. With most students coming from Ohio, the racial breakdown of the school is mostly white, and the students are mostly Christian. That being said, Ohio does have a fairly substantial international community, and if you're looking to meet people from a very different background it's not hard to do if you look in the right places. Also, being close to Appalachia, students at OU are exposed to a decent range of socioeconomic backgrounds, without even noticing it at times.

4 College Student

Scholarships: I don't have need-based financial aid, so I can't really comment on that, but the merit-based aid has been a smooth process overall. Scholarships are awarded automatically based on your application (SAT/ACT and GPA mostly) and claiming them required little more than a housing deposit. The terms of the scholarships are very clearly outlined, and thus far I haven't had any problems. I'm disappointed that OU has gotten rid of the Gateway scholarship, however the new scholarship system seems like it will benefit more students at different levels.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge, but it doesn't go unnoticed. Overall, it doesn't have a huge impact on campus and few people will treat you differently based on wether or not you rushed.

3 College Student

Weather: Athens weather is typical to Ohio. Fluctuating temperatures, four seasons in a week, freezing cold winters and blazing hot summers. Though you might have to pack clothes for all seasons for just one semester, Athens weather is oddly charming and never leaves your bored (on the plus side, experiencing all the seasons is great!)

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Athens is definitely unique. As a place more populated by college students than townies, OU obviously has a huge influence on the area, but the residents of Athens add their own flair. Though rural Ohio may be lacking some of the attractions of big city life, Athens never feels stifling. There is so much natural beauty to explore around the area, and believers in the supernatural won't be disappointed, as Athens is one of the most haunted areas in the US.

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5 College Student

Nightlife: If you're looking to party, OU is basically Mecca. We've got fest season, HallOUween, and one of the highest densities of bars on one strip of road. If partying isn't your scene though, Athens also has tons of great restaurants and an awesome movie theatre that plays mostly indie films. No one is ever bored in Athens.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: People at OU are all over the board. You've got everyone from your frat bros to your hipsters, but in general everyone is extremely friendly and looking to meet new people at every opportunity.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: Though most people know OU for its wild parties (see: HallOUween and fest season), the school is so much more than that. I've met amazing people from all walks of life, and everyone acts like one big Bobcat family. Most of the professors are excellent - very experienced and extremely willing to help you out with whatever you need - and the Alumni are involved and more than willing to help you make connections after graduation.

4 College Student

Athletics: School spirit is rampant at OU (Oh Yeah!) and huge numbers of students attend sporting events, whether to support the team, the marching 110, or just to get free OU gear at the convo. OU also has some excellent facilities for athletics, most notably Ping, where many students go to work out either on their own or in group classes.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I would say most non-Greek students view the Greek students as huge partiers and as thinking that they are better than everyone else who isn't Greek. Whether or not this is how Greek's feel, I don't know. I have never felt like this, but I am not around people who are involved in Greek life that often.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had pretty good grades from high school coming into my freshman year and felt that I should have been given a little bit of a larger scholarship. Throughout this year I did not think much about applying for more for this upcoming school year and by the time it was brought to my attention, the deadline had passed and I was not able to apply. The advertisement/awareness for it was very poor

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I almost always feel safe on campus. I have walked home by myself at night before, while this might not be the safest thing to do, I am always checking my surroundings and have my phone in my hand. There is a police station on campus which makes me feel that if something were to happen, they would be able to get to the scene quickly.

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Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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The majority of OU students can never envision themselves going to any other school but Ohio University. Whether it's the unique atmosphere, great classes, people they've met, or a combination of several factors, Bobcats are passionate about their school and feel confident about the choice they made. Once they graduate, it's inevitable they will return more than once to recapture the feeling of strolling along Court Street and hanging out with great friends over a beer or game of pool.

Though students may gripe over Friday afternoon classes, strict resident assistants, or how they can't seem to get any work done because they live above a bar, students are still happy to be there and know that the good times will greatly outnumber the bad. It's safe to say that OU is an excellent choice because it doesn't just offer a first-rate education, but also provides students with the necessary life skills needed to survive out in the real world. While not everyone may leave OU 100 percent satisfied with their college experience, most graduate from the University confident and ready for what lies ahead of them and also a little sad to be saying goodbye to some of the best times of their lives. What's most important about college is you make the most of wherever you choose to go. Thankfully, OU gives each individual many opportunities and amenities to enjoy this special phase of their lives.

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