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Ohio University Student Life

Ohio University is on a 1,800-acre campus in a small town setting in Athens, Ohio. There are many activities and organizations for Ohio University students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Ohio University also has fraternities and sororities.

Ohio University has a thriving Student Senate. In fact, more students participate in Student Senate than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Ohio University include Student Alumni Board, International Student Union, University Program Council and Black Student Cultural Programming Board.

Ohio University students' favorite campus events are Homecoming, Involvement Fair and TBT Concert.

Ohio University Housing

Ohio University offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Ohio University students live off campus. In 2021, 43% of undergrads at Ohio University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 57% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Ohio University. There are 7,321 spots available in on-campus housing for all 18,913 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 3,146 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Ohio University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Ohio University Athletics

At Ohio University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Ohio University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cheerleading Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Golf Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Safety at Ohio University

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Ohio University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Ohio University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Ohio University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Ohio University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Ohio University, take U.S. Route 33 and U.S. Route 50 to Athens, OH. If you need to fly, book your flight to John Glenn International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Ohio you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Ohio University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Ohio University Students

56%

Women

44%

Men

78%

Full Time

22%

Part Time

88%

In State

12%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

Undergraduate Students

18,913

Graduate Students

6,430

Ohio University Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

25,343

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

87%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,660

Out-of-State

$22,810

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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