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Ohio University
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Seal of Ohio University
Latin: Universitas Ohiensis
MottoReligio Doctrina Civilitas, Prae Omnibus Virtus
Motto in EnglishReligion, Learning, Civility; Above All, Virtue
Established1804; chartered 1787
227 years ago
EndowmentUS $447 million[1]
PresidentRoderick J. McDavis
ProvostPamela Benoit
Academic staff2,187
Students38,241 on all campuses
Undergraduates23,000 Main Campus (2013)
LocationAthens (main campus)
St. Clairsville
Campus1,850 acres (7.5 km²) on the Athens Campus
Former namesAmerican Western University
AthleticsNCAA Division IMAC
MascotRufus the Bobcat [1]
AffiliationsUniversity System of Ohio
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Ohio University
Ohio University seal.svg
Seal of Ohio University
Latin: Universitas Ohiensis
MottoReligio Doctrina Civilitas, Prae Omnibus Virtus
Motto in EnglishReligion, Learning, Civility; Above All, Virtue
Established1804; chartered 1787
227 years ago
EndowmentUS $447 million[1]
PresidentRoderick J. McDavis
ProvostPamela Benoit
Academic staff2,187
Students38,241 on all campuses
Undergraduates23,000 Main Campus (2013)
LocationAthens (main campus)
St. Clairsville
Campus1,850 acres (7.5 km²) on the Athens Campus
Former namesAmerican Western University
AthleticsNCAA Division IMAC
MascotRufus the Bobcat [1]
AffiliationsUniversity System of Ohio
Ohio University Logo.svg

Ohio University is a U.S. public research university located on a 1,850-acre (7.5 km2) campus in Athens, Ohio, United States. Ohio is the first institution of higher education chartered through an act of Congress in America, by the Northwest Ordinance in 1787; the first university in the former Northwest Territory, in 1804; and is the ninth oldest public university in the United States.[3][4][5] The Athens campus enrolls more than 21,000 students, who come from nearly every state and approximately 100 countries. Five regional campuses and e-learning programs further extend educational access and opportunity to students across southern Ohio and bring the total student population to more than 35,000.

Ohio University maintains a selective admission rate with further admission requirements for its schools. The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine maintains its own select admissions criteria. Ohio University offers more than 250 areas of undergraduate study. On the graduate level, the university grants master’s degrees in many of its major academic divisions, and doctoral degrees in selected departments. Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications designate Ohio University as a Research University (high research activity) under the Basic Classification category.

Ohio University has been cited for outstanding academic quality and value by publications Fortune,[6] U.S. News and World Report,[7] BusinessWeek,[8] Forbes,[9] America's 100 Best College Buys, Princeton Review's Best Colleges, and Peterson's Guide to Competitive Colleges. The John Templeton Foundation has also recognized Ohio University as one of the top character-building institutions in the country.[10] The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized the university as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright scholars by type of institution, with the highest number of recipients in the state as well as the Mid-American Conference in 2011-12.[11] Its total number of Fulbright winners frequently ranks the university first in the state and places the university in the company of Boston College, Princeton University, and UCLA.[10]

Ohio's Division I sports teams are called the Bobcats and compete in the Mid-American Conference in all sports. Ohio is host to the oldest football venue in the MAC and among the oldest athletic arenas west of the Allegheny Mountains. Ohio football has participated in 6 Division-1 Bowl Games within the past decade. Its men's basketball team has played in 13 NCAA basketball championships. The team defeated Georgetown 97-83 in 2010, and their 2012 victory over Michigan was followed with a 62–56 win over 12th seeded South Florida that saw them reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1964.


General Rufus Putnam, center-rear, was a trustee from 1804 to 1824

18th and 19th centuries[edit]

Ohio University was founded by Manasseh Cutler, a chaplain from George Washington's Continental Army. President Thomas Jefferson's policy initiatives included a westward expansion of the new nation, with the addition of several territories to U.S. statehood.

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 called for a public university as part of the settlement and eventual statehood of the Ohio Territory: "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." These words are enshrined on the university's main college gateway. In 1797, settlers from Marietta traveled upstream via the Hocking River to establish a location for the school, choosing Athens due to its location directly between Chillicothe (the original capital of Ohio) and Marietta. Originally named in 1802 as the American Western University, Ohio University was formally established on February 18, 1804, when its charter was approved by the Ohio General Assembly.[12] Its establishment came 11 months after Ohio was admitted to the Union. The first three students enrolled in 1808. Ohio University graduated two students with bachelor's degrees in 1815. The university grew rapidly throughout the 1800s, attracting students and faculty from across the nation and world.

Manasseh Cutler Hall, completed in 1819, was the first academic building in the Northwest Territory.

20th century[edit]

The 20th century brought unprecedented growth in student enrollment, academic offerings, and research facilities. Between 1955 to 1970, the university realized a tripling of undergraduate enrollment (from 7,000 to 20,000) in the post-World War II expansion of college education. University Presidents Baker and Alden served as the catalysts for such dramatic changes. During this era, the university's campus tripled in size, with the construction of 25 new dormitories located on two new residential college greens, radio and television stations, new research and classroom facilities, and the construction of a major 13,000-seat sports arena (Convocation Center).

The university's overall prestige and international prominence grew at spectacular rates, with the creation of international links and formal programs across the globe, new research efforts, and national media attention. Vernon Alden, America's youngest college president at the time and a Harvard alumnus, steered the institution's direction and refined its classic profile. The university was frequently referred to as Harvard on the Hocking River. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson first publicly announced his Great Society initiative on the university campus, raising the institution's national profile and garnering international attention. President Obama addressed a large university crowd, at the same location, in October 2013.

In 1975, Ohio University opened the College of Osteopathic Medicine (now known as the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine); today it is the only Ohio institution to award the D.O. degree. In 2011, the College received the largest private donation ever to be given to a medical school in the United States. Ohio University became classified as Tier 1 University by U.S. News ranking of "Best American Colleges" during this time. It was named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/High Research Activity institution to reflect its growing number of graduate programs. University libraries contain more than 3 million bound volumes.[13]

The Ohio Promise[edit]

Articulated by alumnus and university President Roderick McDavis in 2004, teaching, research and service at Ohio University are connected by a concept called The Ohio Promise. The Ohio Promise holds the borders of the state should be the borders of the university, and that the opportunities undertaken by citizens of the state and their research conducted at Ohio University should be applied to solve problems and improve environment, health, and way of life for everyone.[14] Based on Ohio's eclectic frontier, Union and bellwether history, The Ohio Promise continues to inspire the work of the faculty, staff, and students who seek to overcome global obstacles by working together across academic and geographic backgrounds.[15] The Ohio Promise permeates the university’s work such as with The Promise Lives Campaign, which has raised millions of dollars, and helps add to relationships between university faculty and students, and the state's services and government.[16] The university's central location in Appalachian Ohio has contributed to its reputation as a gem surrounded by old-growth wilderness. Ohio University inaugurated its bicentennial year in 2004 with several major commemorative activities, as well as a new president, the second to be an alumnus. A new $60,000,000 university center was completed in 2008.


Ohio University's main campus is located in Athens, Ohio on the Hocking River.[17] New England and Early Americana Federalist themes are prevalent in its architecture. Development of the campus began in 1812 with the erection of the university's remaining original central building called Manasseh Cutler Hall, which is a designated and registered national landmark. The Ohio originate Federalist architecture is evident in the campus' oldest buildings located on the College Green, and reflected throughout the entire campus. Campus dormitories and newer structures are planned and designed to integrate elements of this classic post-colonial era style. Frequently cited as one of the most beautiful residential campuses in America, the university has also adopted modern elements into its campus without displacing these early American period structures. The Ivy League feel of the campus and its early American roots, prompted Time Magazine to once describe the university as "Harvard on the Hocking", a reference which has grown in popularity through the years.

Ohio University in autumn
Ohio University in autumn

College Green[edit]

The College Green is the central university quadrangle lawn and is the location of historically significant campus buildings: Manasseh Cutler Hall, the Office of the President; Wilson Hall, the College of Arts and Sciences; McGuffey Hall, named for William McGuffey; and the College Gateway.[18] These three original primary structures are featured elements of the official current university logo. The College Green has remained virtually unchanged for the past two centuries which lends to the university's timeless appeal. The green is based upon the classic layout of traditional English and New England towns and similar to university quadrangles.[19]

The College Green features Galbreath Chapel, the spire of which, topped with a brass weather vane, is modeled after that of the portico of Nash's All Souls Church in London. Other buildings on the College Green include Chubb Hall, home to Undergraduate Admissions as well as the Offices of the Bursar and Registrar; Ellis Hall, home to the departments of English, Classics and World Religions, and Philosophy; Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium; as well as Bryan Hall, an upperclassman residence hall. The College Green is framed by two main university gateways. Alumni Gateway, built in 1915, features verses well-known to the university community which may be read upon entering and leaving campus.[20] The words over the gateway are borrowed from the Latin phrase inscribed over the main gateway to the University of Padua, Italy, and the gateway was dedicated at the beginning of the 20th century upon the 100th anniversary of the university's first graduating class. The newer College Gate, built in the 1960s, features words taken from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 regarding public education and its founding as one of America's first public universities. Melodious chimes from the Cutler bell-tower's cupola ring out on the hour and sound the university Alma Mater at noon, and can be heard throughout the surrounding town and valley, as they have since 1820. The city of Athens, well integrated with the university, has remained adaptive to the original architecture of the community, and is well known for its streets made of red Athens Brick which augment those found on campus.

There are two residence halls on the College Green.[21]

John Calhoun Baker University Center[edit]

The John Calhoun Baker University Center, which opened in January 2007, is named after John Calhoun Baker, the 14th president of Ohio University. The facility replaced the original Baker Center located on East Union Street across from College Green and serves as the center of campus activity, and is an integral component to Ohio University's mission in becoming America's premier transformative college experience. The $65 million student center is operated by the Division of Student Affairs and serves students, faculty, administrators, visitors and Athens community members. Electronic maps and virtual university e-tours, available at center information desks, direct visitors across campus.[22]

Baker University Center Grand Hallway

The five-story facility has been praised The Association of College Unions International for its extraordinary visual appeal and blending with the campus' historic overall classic theme. The building features Federal architecture, subtle stonework, and large windows that admit a great deal of natural light and afford expansive views of campus. In contrast to the exterior's red brick and white columns, the interior has a more contemporary style with high domed ceilings, ergonomic furniture and a color scheme of sage, plum and mocha. Terrazzo mosaics of aspects of the earth's globe are embedded in the floor of the main entrance to the building, which features an elegant rotunda with curved monumental staircase and large free-form chandelier which illuminates it. An unusual acoustical quality of the building is the fact that any individual standing at the center of the inlaid globes on the floor of the entering rotunda, when speaking, produces a unique reverberating echo, similar to same effact created at the center of the United States Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.. Another unique building feature is the incorporating of an escalator system, the only one in southeast Ohio, that intersects the main atrium, and literally connects the College Green and the West Green of the campus. An outdoor second floor, featuring terrace with dining tables, overlooks a picturesque natural pond as well as a partial view of the 23,000 capacity university football stadium and ice arena.

Baker University Center contains a main street theme and features a large food court called West 82, a fine dining restaurant called Latitude 39, a Grand Ballroom, a bookstore and student shop called Bobcat Essentials, a theater, study areas, computer labs, administrative offices and numerous conference rooms. The Front Room, a large coffee house named after a former popular university rathskeller, features a stage, artwork and a community fireplace. It serves Starbucks products and university bakery items and is housed on the fourth floor, which opens onto its own terrace as well as onto the intersection of Park Place and Court Streets, making it a hot spot for students between classes. Other amenities include a United States Post Office, the Trisolini Art Gallery, named after a prominent Italian-American fine arts faculty member, and the Tech Depot that sells computers and accessories, and offers students technological assistance.

Vernon R. Alden Library[edit]

Ohio University Libraries
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LocationAthens, Ohio
Size3,000,000+ volumes
Access and use
Population servedOver 20,000
Other information
DirectorDean Scott Seaman
Staffover 100

Vernon R. Alden Library serves the Athens campus as the central library facility and seats 3,000 people. The collection of the Ohio University library contains over 2.3 million units of microfilm material, 13,500 periodical subscriptions and 3 million printed volumes,[13] making it one of the 100 largest libraries in the United States. The university maintains a complex system of archives in its libraries.[23] A university archives center displays books and collections important to the university's two century history; along with a rare original hand scripted Gutenberg Bible. The Learning Commons, located on the building's second floor, is open 24 hours, 5 days a week allowing students to meet and use parts of the facility. Laptops and other accessories are available through technology services at the reference desk. The library is organized by the Library of Congress system and no longer by the Dewey Decimal system. Outside Alden Library and directly behind Cutler Hall is Wolfe Garden, a small outside enclave in the shape of the State of Ohio, and features native Ohio trees and plants, providing a contemplative respite for reading and thinking.

East Green[edit]

The oldest green. There are twelve residence halls on the East Green.[24] This area of the university includes three of the steepest walkways at the hilly Athens campus: Morton Hill, the Bryan Hall terrace and staircase, and Jefferson Hill. Each walkway is well-lit, and affords East Green residents easy access to classrooms if they are willing to walk or bicycle. The East Green's Scott Quad, as lore maintains, is a former residence hall that provides for a successful relationship to those who kiss beneath its gateway arch.

South Green[edit]

The South Green includes areas near Emeriti Park, and extends along the Hocking River valley. There are twenty residence halls on the South Green.[25] The South Green is home to several facilities, including:

Charles J. Ping Recreation Center[edit]

Charles J. Ping Recreation Center on South Green

The Charles J. Ping Center is one of the largest recreational facilities in the country. Covering 168,000 square feet (15,600 m2) on three floors, Ping houses a 36-foot (11 m), double-sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, an elevated four-lane indoor running track, eight racquetball courts and an enclosed glass fitness area. Ping Center also provides free weight and cardio rooms, aerobics and fitness classes, combative sports, dance, meeting rooms and personal training. The recreation center also houses club sports and intramural sports. Construction began in 1994 and it opened in January 1996. Ping was named in honor of the 18th president of Ohio University, Charles J. Ping. Ping is also one of the largest student employers on campus, allowing for the facility to be one of the few campus rec centers that is almost solely student run.

West Green[edit]

The West Green includes buildings around the western part of the Athens campus.[26] The Ohio University Athletic Mall spans the western portion of the campus, near the end of the Athens bike path at the Union street crossing. The mall features lacrosse, baseball, track, field and related athletic venues. Along the surrounding the Hocking River, are a series of sakura trees planted to commemorate Ohio University's historic partnership with Chubu University. Japanese Students sponsor an annual "Sakura Festival" each year, a cultural event celebrating the visually dramatic blossoming of the cherry trees and their evening lightings.

Anchoring the West Green quadrangle is the Stocker Center, which houses the Russ College of Engineering.

West Green Quadrangle

There are eight residence halls on the West Green. The West Green also includes:

Other facilities[edit]


University Gateway, on College Green, is the entrance way for freshmen upon their convocation


Manasseh Cutler, Founder of Ohio University

Ohio University pursues an enrollment process with selective admissions criteria, and a current admission rate of 70% of applicants. Total surveyed student demographic: African-Americans account for 5%; (1,061); Asian Americans 1.3% (270); Caucasians 84.6% (17,926); Hispanic 1.9% (411); International 6.8% (1,437); and Native American and American Indian 0.4% (77). The university honor code includes the traditional pillars of character, citizenship, civility, commitment, and community.[27] Freshman formally enter the university with their annual convocation and march beneath Alumni Gateway along with university officials.

The university is recognized for its national prominence as well as its student success rate in competing for nationally competitive awards. In the 2010 to 2011 academic year, Ohio University students received a total of 70 nationally and internationally competitive awards. Some significant honors received by Ohio University students in recent years include Fulbright Awards, the Marshall Scholarship, the Mitchell Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, the Udall Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, and the Hollings Scholarship. In 2006, twelve Ohio University students received Fulbright scholarships.[28] In both 2004 and 2005, Ohio University had nine Fulbright Scholars, besting the university's previous record of six awards.[29][30] The total university student enrollment is in excess of 35,000 on its main campus in Athens, including regional campuses. Students are organized into several colleges according to their interests. The academic organization of students includes the following areas of specialization.

University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[32]135

Arts and Sciences[edit]

The College of Arts and Sciences continues to provide the first degrees offered by the university, the B.A. and B.S., and is the largest college on the Athens campus with 18 departments and a variety of interdisciplinary programs, research centers, and institutes. The foundational instruction for the university, delivered through the general education and liberal arts curriculum, is centered in its departments. The college provides the primary instruction for approximately one-third of the majors on campus. At the graduate level, the college offers a variety of masters programs, and eight departments offer doctoral degrees. A range of scholarly pursuits, funded research projects, and creative activities are undertaken by the college’s students, staff, and faculty.

Incoming students with an ACT of 25 or higher may apply for The Scholars Program in Arts and Sciences. This integrated learning experience allows selected first-year scholars a jump-start towards their academic goals by offering an intensive year-long interaction with highly regarded faculty. Juniors or seniors who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA may be eligible to graduate with “departmental honors.” The opportunity to create a research project and/or write a thesis is provided by many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences for highly motivated students.

Some students elect to finish two majors or two degrees for optimum use of their undergraduate years, while others add value by completing a minor and/or certificate program from the many offered. A full language curriculum features programs in Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, German, Latin and Swahili.

The university faculty of Philosophy encompasses a variety of traditional and growing fields in the discipline. The department's M.A. program is ranked high nationally.[33] The department regularly hosts visiting philosophers for talks and lectures; conducts research in the history of philosophy, Kantian ethics, metaethics, political philosophy, and symbolic logic, among other fields; and contributes substantial amounts of literature through the Ohio University Press and Swallow Press.


The College of Business was established in 1927. It offers nine different majors and a general business minor for students with non-business majors. Following University-wide restructuring in 2010, it includes the Department of Sports Administration, which offers students an undergraduate degree in Sport Management and three graduate programs. Despite University measures to increase enrollment, the college is smaller than other national business schools, and all business classes are taught by professors instead of graduate students. The college also offers an MBA program for Indian students in Christ University Bangalore. The college requires students take four classes in a 'cluster' format, or simultaneous sequencing. In the cluster, students are teamed up and complete research projects. The students then receive a grade in all four of their classes on the project. This program is an opportunity for students of different majors to interact and is considered a good illustration of how situations are often structured in the business world.[34] The School of Accountancy is nationally recognized. The school promotes the Business Activity Model in its intermediate classes that has proven beneficial. Designed to mimic the experiences of an auditor, accounting students often credit the model with preparing them for internships. One of the authors of business activity model, Connie Esmond-Kiger, was named Director of the School of Accountancy in 2007. She is also the adviser for Ohio's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the financial majors fraternity. Ohio's chapter maintains Superior status and has won national awards.[35]

The Schey Sales Centre was initiated in 1997 by the Ohio University Board of Trustees and offers a professional sales certificate to students.[36] This certificate is open to any Ohio student, and requires students to complete 28 credit hours of sales classes as well as complete a 300-hour sales internship.[37] Three entities oversee the program: the Professional Sales Advisory Board (PSAB), which is composed of sales professionals who give back to the program with money or advice on the industry changes; the support staff, which includes professors at Ohio University who advise the students in the program; and lastly, a group of students who run the program and they are referred to as The Candidate Advisory Council, which was created in 2004.[38] The centre hosts a sales symposium each spring quarter where professional speakers address market changes, sales strategies and profit. Additionally, sales students took home first place at the National Collegiate Sales Competition in 2009. There are 16 active student organizations functioning within the college. Chapters of three national business fraternities, the Christian Business Leadership organization, and societies or fraternities for almost every major mark these.[39] Copeland Hall, seat of the college, maintains six computer labs and two study lounges with computers, as well as many conference rooms and small group rooms. The college's Student Equity Management Group, started in 2003, uses $1 million from the University to invest. Unlike many other schools, Ohio's group is open to all undergraduate students and is completely student run. The group's portfolio has increased by 51.29%, since its inception, beating the S&P 500 by 42.61%.[40] The Candidate Advisory Council is a student-centered organization is run by the students and entirely self-funded. They pay for their classes, professors, events and resources. The university does not assist with any of the financial responsibility. Money is collected from companies who invest in the program solely to recruit the 200+ students working towards a sales certificate.


The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication comprises five schools and one research lab (see 'Research Centers'): The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the J. W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Media Arts and Studies (formerly the School of Telecommunications), the School of Visual Communication, and the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab.

One of the renowned programs of Ohio University, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, is in the Scripps College of Communication, and recognized as one of the world's premier journalism schools. Undergraduates select from two academic tracks: News and Information, which includes coursework in broadcast news, magazine journalism, news writing and editing, and online journalism, and Strategic Communication, which includes coursework in advertising management, advocacy communication, and public relations.[41] The School of Visual Communication, also known as VisCom, has been recognized twice as a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents. The school offers students an interdisciplinary visual communication degree in one of four sequences: informational graphics and page design, photojournalism, commercial photography and interactive multimedia. VisCom is located on the third floor of Seigfred Hall. Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes gave a sizeable donation to Ohio University for a renovated student newsroom. The planned facility will double the size of the university's existing newsroom – last upgraded in the 1960s – and allow more students to participate in the school's WOUB radio station and television programs. Ailes majored in radio and television while at Ohio University and served two years as manager of the school's radio station. Since 1994 he has funded scholarships for Ohio University students in the school's telecommunications programs. The newsroom is a small part of a planned $34.4 million integrated communication facility for the college. That project is a new building that will have more than 118,000 square feet (11,000 m2) of assignable space, joining the adjacent, vacated former student union with the Radio-Television Building.

The College of Communications also houses Ohio University's Speech and Debate Team, the Speaking Bobcats. In existence since the 1900s, the team has competed at every National Forensics Association National Tournament, most American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournaments, and recently, have become prominent with the Novice National Tournament, Pi Kappa Delta National Conference and Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. The team has been the top team in Ohio for five consecutive years, and has won two Novice National Tournaments in 2008 and 2011, one Pi Kappa Delta National Conference in 2009, two Pi Kappa National Comprehensive Tournaments in 2010 and 2012, and three NFA National Tournaments in 1971, 1974, and 1975, as well as multiple event championships at all National Tournaments, including several Individual Sweepstakes Championships.


The Patton College of Education was established in 1959. It has a long and rich history dating back to May 11, 1886, with the founding of a Normal Department at Ohio University. The Normal Department – the predecessor to today’s College of Education – was the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio. The state’s first kindergarten opened on the Ohio University campus in 1907. Today, the College of Education is organized into three departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies, and Teacher Education. The College currently serves more than 2,100 undergraduate and 800 graduate students.[42] On July 1, 2010, The Patton College became the home of several programs previously housed in the College of Health and Human Services, creating two new departments: Human and Consumer Science Education, and Recreation and Sport Pedagogy.[43]

Engineering and Technology[edit]

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology was established in 1920. The college is home to the University's highly ranked programs in the traditional fields of engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level.[44] It enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduates and almost 300 graduate students. It is named in honor of Dr. Fritz J. Russ, an alumnus in electrical engineering and the founder of Systems Research Laboratories, a major bioengineering concern.[45] The Russ' left the college that bears their name approximately $91.8 million in real estate and securities, though details of how the money will be spent has yet to be determined.[46]


The Ohio University School of Film is “dedicated to providing an educational environment of creativity, diversity and excellence in which talented, motivated and disciplined students can examine and develop the art and craft of the motion picture as an art form, educational tool and a dynamic cultural force in the 21st Century.”

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program is a professional three-year program of study for talented individuals seeking advanced training in directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, editing and motion picture sound with a solid background in film history, theory, and criticism. The MFA is a terminal degree and is designed for students who wish to work as independent film artists, enter the film industry, or teach at the college or university level. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Film Studies is a two-year program in film history, analysis, and theory designed to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level or for careers in which a film studies background may be relevant, including film criticism; arts-related writing fields; administration of arts, museum, or academic programs; administrative positions in film or media production; and library, archive, or film preservation work. Coursework includes a two-semester sequence in film history and a range of electives on film theory and criticism, film genres, and, in particular, international cinemas.

Fine Arts[edit]

Kennedy Museum of Art

The College of Fine Arts was established in 1947. The college offers academic programs in art, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, and theater. The University's marching band, The Ohio University Marching 110, nicknamed "The Most Exciting Band In The Land," is based out of the College of Fine Arts, and is currently under the direction of Dr. Richard Suk, Associate Director of Bands. The band, well known for its distinctive dancing style and 'Diamond Ohio' formation, has been repeatedly designated America's best band by several publications.

The Kennedy Museum of Art, named to honor Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy, is housed at the Ridges in historic Lin Hall. It contains noteworthy collections including significant southwest Native American textiles, jewelry, and a celebrated contemporary collection of prints. This exceptional institution offers a wide array of exhibitions, a line-up of educational offerings, tours, and more.

Medical and Graduate Studies[edit]

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 1975.[47] It is currently the only osteopathic medical college in the state, and offers the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). The college is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.[48] In 1993, Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., was appointed to the position of dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; she was the first African-American woman to serve as the dean of a U.S. medical school.[49] As of the 2011-2012 academic year, there were 493 students enrolled.

In 2012, the college established agreements to build two new medical school extension campuses. Through a partnership with OhioHealth, a class of 50 OU-HCOM students will begin training in Dublin, Ohio, by August 2014.[50] In Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic and OU-HCOM plan to train 32 students by July, 2015, at the Clinic's South Pointe Hospital.[51]

The Graduate College is the college for graduate students at Ohio University. The college includes over thirty areas of post-baccalaureate concentrations, and awards M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Health Sciences and Professions[edit]

College of Health Sciences and Professions was originally launched in 1979 as the College of Health and Human Services, and was restructured in 2010. The School of Recreation and Sport Sciences offers an array of academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Sport Management Program is one of approximately thirty such programs in the country to have won program approval by the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC). Programs of study in the School emphasize an accommodating learning atmosphere that promotes high academic standards and a commitment to encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. The School is dedicated to creating, improving, and propagating theoretical and practical information through its distinct programs.

Honors Tutorial College[edit]

35 Park Place, home of the Honors Tutorial College

The Honors Tutorial College was established in 1972.[52] The college offers select students the opportunity to pursue a curriculum that incorporates the essential features of the traditional British tutorial system practiced for centuries at Cambridge and Oxford universities. The program generally accepts around 55 students per year from a large application pool. It offers programs in 34 disciplines, from journalism to astrophysics. The college was officially founded in 1972, although an Honors College had existed previously since 1964.

Leadership and Public Affairs[edit]

The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, named after alumnus and former Ohio Governor and Senator George Voinovich, is built around critical multidisciplinary programs that are primarily engaged in applied service or research in or into the region. The school is built around three areas: (i) Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, (ii) Policy Innovation and Strategic Leadership, and (iii) Energy and the Environment. In each area, students, faculty, and professional staff participate in a model of multidisciplinary education, blending rigorous classroom instruction and scholarship with applied service to the region, state, and nation. Collaborative partnerships with other Ohio colleges, Regional Higher Education, and business and government entities in Southeast Ohio and the state are also critical to the school.

The Global Leadership Center[53] offers a two-year undergraduate program in global leadership and accepts high-achieving applicants from any degree program on campus. The program offers students the opportunity to pursue a curriculum that incorporates the features of the traditional classroom setting with real world, global directives and communication. The GLC has recently been affiliated with Bangkok University, several United State Embassies abroad, the UNDP Liberia, Harvard University, Marriott International and numerous other government, NGO, and private organizations around the world. In 2009, the Center was recognized at the United Nations as one of the country's premier International programs.[54] Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honorary, serves as the organization which recognizes student leaders who have contributed to the life and student body at Ohio University.

The university is well known in Malaysia for its ties with MARA University of Technology from the 1980s.

Research Centers[edit]

The Contemporary History Institute housed in Brown House

Several research programs and institutes allow students to learn from scientists and scholars who are actively engaged in advancing their disciplines. Ohio University's Board of Trustees approved Research Centers and Institutes include:

University College and Affiliates[edit]

University College was established in 2004.[57] The college comprises students seeking to design a major program of study for their baccalaureate degree, and faculty from various disciplines.

More than 9,800 students attend Ohio University's five affiliated campuses:

Ohio University also has two affiliated educational centers:


Ohio Bobcat at Peden Stadium
Peden Stadium is the oldest football venue in the MAC and one of the oldest stadiums west of the Alleghenies.

Ohio University includes a 200-year athletic tradition. The university mascot is Rufus the Bobcat.[58] In 2006, Ohio University alumnus Michael A. Massa formally suggested that the university provide a proper name and identity to brand the generic bobcat mascot. The university held a university-wide competition to select a name and Rufus was the popular choice: the name reflects the scientific name of the North American bobcat, (Lynx rufus), and coincidentally also bears the name of an original trustee of the university, Rufus Putnam. A true-scale sized sculpture of the Ohio Bobcat, commissioned by a well known naturalist artist, stands poised at the entrance to Peden Stadium. The Ohio Bobcats' Division I football team plays in the 24,000 capacity Peden Stadium (an official Ohio Historical Site); the 13,080 seat Convocation Center serves as home to the university's basketball team. All university sporting events are open to students at no charge. Ohio's men's and women's athletics teams compete under the official colors of hunter green and white.

Intercollegiate athletics[edit]

Main article: Ohio Bobcats

University sports began in 1894 with an 8–0 loss to Marietta College in football. The university is a charter member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference, established in 1946, and remains the sole charter member competing in the conference. University intercollegiate athletics include six men's squads and eight women's squads and range from individual athletics to team sports. Most recently, Ohio University defeated 3rd seeded Georgetown in the 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and 4th seeded Michigan in the 2012 Tournament. They followed up that 2012 victory over Michigan with a 62–56 win over 12th seeded South Florida, reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1964. Peden Stadium, the oldest football venue in the Mid-American Conference, is a designated state historical site. The 13,080-seat Convocation Center is Ohio's basketball, volleyball, and Wrestling venue. Varsity Ohio serves as the alumni organization which recognizes former OHIO student athletes.

Club athletics[edit]

The are 36 active club sports programs at Ohio, run out of the Department of Campus Recreation. Club sports include sports for both genders, including co-ed sports.[59][60] Teams are assigned to instructional, white, green, or red tier depending on the number of members of the team, dues collecting, funds raised, and community service hours completed. The higher tier the sport is in, the more money that the team receives from the school and also the higher priority that team gets.

Student activities[edit]


Students operate a newspaper, television, and radio stations at Ohio University. The main newspaper, The Post, publishes five days a week while the university is in session and is officially independent of the university and its administration. Ohio University Public Television is a PBS affiliate broadcasting on WOUB Athens/WOUC Cambridge. In addition to national PBS programs, WOUB features Newswatch, a nightly news broadcast with student reporters. Other student produced programs include "Gridiron Glory" (following Southeastern Ohio football season, the recipient of to Emmys) and "Bobcat Blitz" (following Ohio Bobcats football team during football season). Wired for Books, an online educational project of the WOUB Center for Public Media, has received several awards. WOUB-FM 91.3 Athens, WOUC-FM 89.1 Cambridge, WOUH-FM 91.9 Chillicothe, WOUL-FM 89.1 Ironton, and WOUZ-FM 90.1 Zanesville broadcast the same programs throughout southeastern Ohio. Separate public radio programming is also heard in Athens on WOUB AM 1340. ACRN ("The Rock Lobster"), founded in 1971, is an Internet radio-only station and the university's only student-run radio station.[61] The University also publishes Compass, the institution's official online news and information resource.


Students maintain a variety of organized and independent service events.[62] The Community Service Leadership Council involves students to oversee a Project of the Week every Saturday. The projects have included work with Good Earth Farms, Last Chance Corral, Cadillac Ranch, Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, Pi Beta Phi, Project C, Rotaract, the Survivor Advocacy Program, and the Thursday Supper Volunteer Corps, among others. Charities at Ohio University have involved flag football tournaments and the 5K Flour Run, and have benefited O'Bleness Health System's Women's Health Fund and the Athens Backpack Program, respectively. Student Senate's Beautification Day regularly receives a large turnout and is particularly unique in the Spring.[63] In early 1962, President Vernon Alden signed the first of several contracts with the federal government to facilitate Peace Corps volunteer training programs. Today, Ohio University hosts a recruiting office for the Peace Corps in a tradition affiliated with that organization since Sargent Shriver's visit.[64]

Noted people[edit]

Ohio University has over 197,000 living alumni, approximately 105,000 of them in Ohio. Many have gone on to achieve success in a variety of fields, including art, athletics, journalism, engineering, business, and government; alumni have been recognized for their pursuits by a variety of awards, including one Nobel Prize–winning alumnus.[65] Ohio University presidents include twenty men:

Lindley Hall at Ohio University, named for first President Jacob Lindley
1stJacob Lindley(1809–1822)
2ndJames Irvine(1822–1824)
3rdRobert G. Wilson(1824–1839)
4thWilliam Holmes McGuffey(1839–1843)
5thAlfred Ryors(1848–1852)
6thSolomon Howard(1852–1872)
7thWilliam Henry Scott(1872–1883)
8thCharles William Super(1884–1896)
9thIsaac Crook(1896–1898)
10thAlston Ellis(1901–1920)*
11thElmer Burritt Bryan(1921–1934)*
12thHerman Gerlach James(1935–1943)
13thWalter S. Gamertsfelder(1943–1945)
14thJohn Calhoun Baker(1945–1961)
15thVernon Alden(1962–1969)
16thClaude R. Sowle(1969–1974)
17thHarry B. Crewson(1974–1975)
18thCharles J. Ping(1975–1994)
19thRobert Glidden(1994–2004)
20thRoderick J. McDavis(2004–present)

* Edwin Watts Chubb was acting president for one year in 1920 when President Ellis died and again in 1934 when President Bryan died.[66]


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