Ohio University combines all the advantages of a major university with the appeal of a caring and personal atmosphere. If there ever was a college town, Athens is it. The university's intellectual and cultural environment blends well with Athens' lively small-town atmosphere to create a setting where students enjoy a quality of life that is difficult to match.
Ohio University is a residential campus, meaning that almost all students live on or near campus. All first- and second-year students live in one of the university's 42 residence halls. Ninety percent of all students living in the residence halls stay on campus over the weekend.
Ohio features many exciting opportunities to learn, perform, and enjoy the arts. Special campus events include Broadway-style shows and top performers as well as regular exhibits at the Kennedy Museum of Art. There's also a campus movie theater that shows feature films throughout the year and hosts an annual film festival every spring.
Ohio University has been cited for academic quality and value by such publications as U.S. News and World Report, 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. Currently, Ohio University ranks first in the state of Ohio for nationally competitive awards won by its students.