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3 College Freshman

Academics: Yeah...most people could care less about their education

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5 College Junior

Academics: I love being apart of the Scripps program and in the Theatre Performance Studio. I feel that there is a heavy workload, but it pushes me and it has made me better. When I go to an internship, once they learn that I am a Scripps kid, I am automatically in.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are always willing to help their students and are very diligent about replying to emails.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great people, great professors, a little costly but overall enjoyable.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are in your hands. They are challenging yet not impossible. It is really up to the student whether or not they want to get something out of OU.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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:
  • 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
  • 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 41 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% Piper Perabo - actress
  • 6% Arsenio Hall (transferred) - comedian, talk show host
  • 6% Mike Schmidt - hall of fame third baseman
  • 5% Betty Thomas - film director/producer
  • 3% Sammy Kaye - bandleader
  • 3% Tony Rizzo
  • 2% Ed O'Neill - Actor
  • 1% Joe Eszterhas - screenwriter
  • 1% Will Ferrel

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 72 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 73 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.

How often do you:    Based on 33 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 32 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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