Academics

Location
Athens, OH
Undergrads
16,862
Tuition (in-state)
$19,246 ($10,282)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am Undecided in Health Sciences and Professions still trying to find out what I am most passionate about. Most of the classes that I have taken have been a big help in getting me where I need to be. They have been helping me decide what I do and do not like. There have been a few pointless classes that have really been in the way.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Right now I am still deciding what I want to pursue. My academic adviser has been the biggest help to me. She has looked at my interest and has worked with my classes to get me one step closer to choosing a major I enjoy. She was very easy to talk to and there were multiple times when I could talk to her with out making an apt.

3 College Senior

Academics: BM is a great program to be enrolled in.

5 College Freshman

Academics: This is a selective school, and it has been around for over 200 years, the academics are high quality.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are multiple physical therapy majors offered at Ohio University, but for my specific one, in the College of Arts and Sciences, it is a biology focused major, and the rigor is difficult.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 70th
    Best Course Variety
  • 75th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 84th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 205th
    Smartest Professors
  • 291st
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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Most students agree that the academics at OU are pretty good. Professors, courses, lecture sizes, and workloads all seem to be easy to handle in students' opinions, but there are some classes that are extremely hard to pass-let alone do well in. Students really appreciate the opportunities to have a more personalized lecture, thanks to small class sizes, as well as the willingness of professors to help students outside of the classroom.

Basically at OU, each student will, without a doubt, have at least one experience with an awesome professor and one with a professor that just plain sucks. Some professors are enthusiastic and passionate about what they teach, understanding and helpful to students, and lead a fun class. But there are those professors who seem to regret being in the classroom more than some students do, and this makes it even harder to show up, let alone feel comfortable and confident. With any professor, especially the latter, students need to take the initiative to form a relationship-at least make sure that the professor knows your name. This makes future communication easier. Also, don't be afraid to ask advisors or other students what classes they recommend and which ones to avoid (if you can help it). As for class sizes, most introductory classes can be large, but once you get into the higher levels of a subject, the classes shrink. So it's easier to get to know the professor and go one-on-one for help. In all, the majority of classes are interesting and challenging (but yes, all are difficult to sit through on a Thursday evening during spring quarter or on an early Friday morning for that matter).

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
868
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
295
Total FT Faculty
933
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$74,128
Full-Time Retention Rate
79%
Part-Time Retention Rate
54%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
64%
Programs/Majors Offered
154
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 45%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 45%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Honors College (Tutorial)
  • Russ College of Engineering and Technology
  • Scripps College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Health Care Management: 2%
  • Health, Outdoor, and Physical Education: 2%
  • High School Education: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 9%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Coffee shops
  • College Green
  • Residence hall study lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Always check your OAK account (or have all campus mail forwarded to your regular e-mail address).
  • Don't be shy, whether it's with professors or fellow students.
  • Don't spend more time on Court Street than in class.
  • If you can, get a job (some great major-specific jobs are available through the University-money and experience).
  • Join at least one academic organization. They provide excellent networking, job opportunities, and information about your area of interest (not to mention great study buddies).
  • Meet with your advisor. They are there to help you.
  • Talk to professors. Take the initiative to make sure they at least know your name and don't hesitate to ask questions.
  • Work hard during the week and save the weekend for partying even harder.
Did You Know?
  • The Academic Advancement Center (AAC) provides tutoring for students who need a little extra help. Located on the bottom floor of Alden Library, the AAC offers academic assistance to students through credit courses, as well as individual and group study sessions. Also, students who excel in a subject can earn some money by tutoring other students. Visit the AAC Web site for more information: www.ohiou.edu/aac.
  • Ohio University has excellent study abroad programs, catered to students who want to work, study, and volunteer abroad for as little as two weeks to a whole year! Make sure to visit the Education Abroad office at 107 Gordy Hall to learn about the great opportunities, or visit www.ohiou.edu/studyabroad.
  • The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is ranked among the top 10 journalism schools by the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, while the J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management is the first of its kind in Ohio, and OU is the second nationally to offer a bachelor's degree in this field.
  • In 1994, Ohio University was designated a "Research University II" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Only 125 universities, about 3.5 percent, of the 3,600 schools assessed by the Carnegie Foundation are classified as research universities.
  • SI (Supplemental Instruction) sessions are offered for groups of students that are in traditionally difficult classes (economics, chemistry, and accounting) Check out the SI sessions because they are a great way to study and get personal attention and ask questions, which you might not be able to do in an Econ class with 400 people.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Matt Lauer - co-host of NBC's "The Today Show"
  • 13% Nancy Cartwright (transferred) - voice actor, "The Simpsons"
  • 13% George Voinovich - former Ohio governor, U.S. senator
  • 12% Paul Newman (expelled) - actor
  • 7% Arsenio Hall (transferred) - comedian, talk show host
  • 7% Mike Schmidt - hall of fame third baseman
  • 7% Piper Perabo - actress
  • 4% Betty Thomas - film director/producer
  • 4% Sammy Kaye - bandleader
  • 2% Ed O'Neill - Actor
  • 1% Tony Rizzo
  • 1% Will Ferrel
  • 0% Joe Eszterhas - screenwriter

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 71 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 72 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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