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Ohio University (informally known as "OHIO") is a major U.S. public research university located on a 1,850-acre (7.5 km2) campus in Athens, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1804, it was the first university established in the former Northwest Territory, the first university in Ohio, and is the ninth oldest public university in the United States. 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 of 70%, with further admission requirements to its competitive Colleges of Communications (a designated "Center of Excellence") and Engineering.[citation needed] 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 and Ph.D. 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. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications designate Ohio University as a Research University (high research activity) under the Basic Classification category. The university was designated a center of excellence for energy and environment in 2009, and health and wellness, and communication in 2010.



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Ohio University was founded by Manasseh Cutler, a chaplain and land developer 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 chartered 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. 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.

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Ohio University is a public university providing a broad range of educational programs and services. As an academic community, Ohio University holds the intellectual and personal growth of the individual to be a central purpose. Its programs are designed to broaden perspectives, enrich awareness, deepen understanding, establish disciplined habits of thought, prepare for meaningful careers and, thus, to help develop individuals who are informed, responsible, productive citizens.


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.


Ohio University's main campus is located in Athens, Ohio on the Hocking River. 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.