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Ohio University is one of the largest and allegedly most haunted college campuses in Ohio. Founded in 1804, it opened for classes just a few years later and was one of the first institutions of higher learning in southeastern Ohio. Located in Athens, the campus hosts a number of celebrations around Halloween. Students, faculty, alumni and even locals claim that the campus is home to two haunted fraternities and several other haunted spots. A supposedly haunted cemetery and a former tuberculosis hospital are also close to the campus. OU also hosts other events throughout the year for students celebrating homecoming and other events.

The main campus in Athens has an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, but more than 10,000 students also take classes from one of the other campuses that OU owns. Students also have the option of enrolling in its online system, which has an enrollment nearing 6,000 students. U.S. News & World Report picked OU as one of the best American colleges and put the university at number 128 on its list. It also has a strong reputation for its education program, which allows students to complete fieldwork to gain teaching experience. Forbes, Peterson's Princeton Review are just some of the other publications and organizations that named OU one of the nation's best schools.

Ohio University Accreditation Details

The main campus of OU has accreditation for all its degree programs from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). Not only is this a primary form of accreditation that allows OU to give its graduates their college degrees, but it also applies to both its traditional programs and the programs that it offers online. As a prospective OU student, you may want to look at whether there is any specialized accreditation available for the program that interests you. Some of the specialized accreditation that OU has comes from:

Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology, Inc. (ABET)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
American Physical Therapy Association
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
American Speech Language Hearing Association
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council on Rehabilitation Education
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Ohio University Application Requirements

Ohio has a program that allows students living in the state to take college classes and gain course credit while still enrolled in high school. If you earned credits from this program or a similar program in another state, you'll need to supply Ohio University with a transcript from any college you attended. The university will only accept credits listed on an official transcript. You must also provide a transcript from your high school. Accepted students typically have an ACT score of 22 or higher or an SAT score of 1000 or higher, and the university has an acceptance rate of more than 70%. Those accepted usually followed a college curriculum in high school that included four years of classes in English and math, three years of classes in laboratory science and social studies, at least one year of art and at least two years of a foreign language.

Ohio University now uses The Common Application, which lets you use one account to apply for multiple colleges in Ohio and other states, but you can also file an application directly with the university. The application requires information about any schools you attended, your parents names, your current address and any hobbies or interests you have outside of school. Once you complete the application, you must also submit your official standardized test scores and official transcripts.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at the Ohio University main campus in Athens starts at $441 per credit hour for Ohio residents, but if you take 12 to 20 credits per semester, you'll pay just $4,640. The university charges additional fees for any courses you take beyond this amount. Nonresidents, who are students from outside of Ohio, pay $941 per credit hour or $9,750 per semester for up to 20 credits. The cost for students taking classes online is much lower at $237 per credit hour. Online tuition for nonresidents is affordable at just $243 per credit hour. Programs in certain programs cost more.

Though you can save money taking OU classes online and living at home instead of on-campus, you're still responsible for miscellaneous fees as well as school supplies and personal expenses. OU recommends that students file the FAFSA by the end of spring, though you may want to complete this form earlier in the year. Depending on how much your family can help you, you may qualify for state or federal government grants as well as loans. The university also offers a work-study program for students living on or near campus, and it has some scholarships available for current students and incoming students too. Anyone who takes out a student loan must complete entrance and exit counseling through the university.

OU Online

Ohio University initially offered a distance education program for students who wanted to take OU classes without taking classes on its campus. The university later added a small number of online classes and then created an online learning program. Though there are seven programs available completely online, one of the most unique is its program in customer service. This allows students to earn a Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences degree in Customer Service. The program is available through the university's Patton College of Education. It prepares students for working in management positions and in customer service jobs.

Though students must complete 120 credits, this includes the general education requirements that the university has in place. You must take at least 16 credits from within the customer service core, which will include human resources for customer service professionals, families as consumers and career development for customer service professionals. The university also lets you earn up to 15 credits for one or more internships and up to three credits for completing customer service workshops. The university also expects you to take at least two classes on diversity, ethics and leadership. Some of the classes that Ohio University offers in these fields of study include convention and event planning, strategic retail policy, fundamentals of public speaking, techniques of group discussion and marketing principles.

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