Academics

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

Academics: A lot of opportunities to gain experience.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Too much reading most of the time. Barely any homework so there are not alot of points for your grade. This makes exams and tests stressful because they can really hurt your grade and GPA. Most professors are understanding and willing to help. There are, however; a handful of professors that don't care, are rude, or won't spare time for you. To them you are just another dollar in their pocket.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: the accounting teachers are very good, there are many outside business club opportunities and help is always there through SI sessions etc. if you need it

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are great, although some of the professors can be hard to understand.

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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 20 responses

  • 27% Matt Lauer - co-host of NBC's "The Today Show"
  • 14% Paul Newman (expelled) - actor
  • 12% Nancy Cartwright (transferred) - voice actor, "The Simpsons"
  • 12% George Voinovich - former Ohio governor, U.S. senator
  • 8% Mike Schmidt - hall of fame third baseman
  • 8% Piper Perabo - actress
  • 6% Arsenio Hall (transferred) - comedian, talk show host
  • 5% Betty Thomas - film director/producer
  • 3% Sammy Kaye - bandleader
  • 3% Ed O'Neill - Actor
  • 2% Tony Rizzo
  • 0% Joe Eszterhas - screenwriter

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 71 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 71 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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