In 1803, Ohio became a state and on February 18, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing "The Ohio University." The University opened in 1808 with one building, three students, and one professor, Jacob Lindley. One of the first two graduates of the University, Thomas Ewing, later became a US senator and distinguished himself as cabinet member or advisor to four presidents.
Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students. Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines.
The Ohio University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) supports faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to seek, secure, and manage extramural funding in the most accurate and efficient manner. ORSP is responsible for endorsing all proposals submitted to external agencies by the Ohio University community. ORSP staff aid in proposal development and award negotiation, ensuring alignment with sponsor guidelines and university, state, and federal policies.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life is committed to undertaking assessment and benchmarking projects that aid us in ensuring that we are providing students with a safe, supportive, comfortable and educational environment.
A member of the Association for Research Libraries, the Ohio University Libraries are central to learning, teaching, and research activities of students and faculty. The main library on the Athens campus is Alden Library, located on the College Green. Other facilities include the Music & Dance Library in Glidden Hall and the Library Annex.
Health Promotion helps Ohio University students become and stay healthy. We can provide you with up-to-date information, help you research health topics, and let you know when and where to attend peer-presented programs and alcohol and drug diversion programs. You can even request a workshop or presentation for your organization, residence hall, or class.
Providing access to "the nation's best transformative learning community" for students throughout southeastern Ohio and beyond, that's the regional campus mission. Five campuses and two satellite centers help meet that mission.
Student organizations are an integral part of the OHIO community and offer students rich, interdisciplinary opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. The Campus Involvement Center strives to provide a structure and guidance for students to join together for a common purpose. Individually, student organizations provide a platform for students to develop leadership and organizational skills. Collectively, student organizations enrich campus life by enhancing the cultural, social, and intellectual life of the University.