The Best & Worst

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

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    Court Street is the epitome of fun in Athens. It's the reason that the city gets its reputation as a transplanted Mardi Gras and why OU is known as a top party school.
  2. 2
    The people. OU is loaded with attractive, outgoing people. It's easy to meet friends who will stick with you for a long time.
  3. 3
    Even though there are few clubs, the nightlife still rocks. Bobcats know how to party, and they love their bars.
  4. 4
    Ping. Ping. Ping. Can you say, "One amazing fitness center?" Rock climbing anyone?
  5. 5
    The classes. With classes like Philosophy of Sex and Love and MediterraneanĀ  Food Culture, students are given ample reason to wake up on time.
  6. 6
    Family weekends are insane. Nothing compares to bars full of partying moms
  7. 7
    Homecoming weekend is unlike any other experience, especially if you manage to hit the bars at 9 a.m.
  8. 8
    Cheap drinks and local concoctions put the flavor in the bar scene. Be sure to have a Black Widow and a Junction Punch as soon as you turn 21.
  9. 9
    The Marching 110. Why watch the game when you can watch one of the best marching bands around? Fans seem to show more loyalty to the band than the team, but they deserve it.
  10. 10
    Sometimes you've simply got to relax. That is where cooking out and playing beach volleyball at Stroud's come in. Take your mind off of classes for a while and make sure to enjoy any spring day without rain.

Facts & Statistics

Knowledgeable Professors
97% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
62% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
56% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
68% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Campus Pride
57% of students surveyed said that they love everything about the school and have a lot of campus pride.
Highly Satisfied Students
84% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
57% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Vibrant Social Scene
70% of students surveyed agreed that there are lots of popular activities around campus every day.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 47/53 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
89% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.

Worst Of

Lowest Grades

  1. 1
    Parking is without a doubt the worst thing at OU. You're better off driving some sort of tunneling machine than trying to find a spot sometimes.
  2. 2
    My legs can't take it anymore. Some of the hills on campus are unbearable, and just because the cars don't have to go up all of them, it doesn't mean you can avoid them.
  3. 3
    William Shakespeare once wrote, "For the rain it raineth everyday." He may have visited Athens. There are few things worse than waking up day after day to rain.
  4. 4
    On-campus dining hours aren't all that convenient.
  5. 5
    They make you take some pre-requisite classes that have nothing to do with your major.
  6. 6
    "But there is no joy in Mudville, mighty Casey has stuck out," Ernest L. Thayer wrote in his classic poem "Casey at Bat." The problem at OU isn't that our athletes strike out, it's that the student body doesn't seem to care one way or another.
  7. 7
    Location; sometimes it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. And sometimes you are actually quite literally in the middle of nowhere.
  8. 8
    Unless you are a construction worker, the constant construction work can get annoying.
  9. 9
    Landlords are troublesome, and rent costs are high.
  10. 10
    There seems to be a lack of true diversity.

Facts & Statistics

Students Can't Wait to Get Out of Town
51% of students surveyed said that there's no way they would live here after graduation.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $11,048.
Not Much Diversity
One of the least racially diverse campuses-only 17% of students are minorities.
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