Ohio University in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is one of our oldest public institutions, founded in 1804. Located in the city of Athens, a 90-minute drive from Columbus, Ohio, the school is home to more than 18,000 undergraduates. The beautiful residential campus overlooks the Hocking River, often cited as "Harvard on the Hocking" thanks to a combination of early American period architecture, a large college green, and its colonial roots. Regularly ranked as one of the best college towns in the nation, the Athens campus intertwines with the city itself-- everything is close by and within walking distance. Students cheer on the Bobcats, the university’s athletic teams that compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.
Transportation: The John Glenn Columbus International Airport, formerly known as the Port Columbus Airport, is approximately 80 miles from Athens, approximately an hour and a half drive and the most convenient commercial airport to Ohio University. Athens Airport Express is a private vendor offering transportation to the city by appointment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Breakfast: The breakfast menu is served all day at old-school favorite Union Street Diner, open 24/7, also known as a late night haunt collegiate haunt. Another favorite spot for morning fare is fifties style Court Street Diner. For a quick bite before the tour Bagel Street Deli is a favorite with students not just for early morning bagels, but later in the day for sandwiches as well.
On-Campus Dining: You’ll find Ohio University’s flagship dining venue, Latitude 39 on the first floor of Baker University Center, at the heart of campus. Students gather for quick bites, drinks, lunch, dinner and pre-game festivities—it’s a great place to mingle with Bobcats during your visit.
Lunch: Look for the neon hot dog sign announcing O’Betty’s Red Hot, it’s an institution in Athens famous for cheese fries and a Dixie dog! Try one of their specialties such as the “Dixie Hubba Hubba ” topped with chili sauce, diced onions, aged cheddar, and stadium mustard. Make sure to peek in the Hot Dog Museum in the back of the restaurant with shelves lined with – yes – Weiner memorabilia! Students rave about the pizza at Avalanche Pizza, definitely known for Athens best pies, but Goodfella’s Pizza is not without its fans. It’s an all-day affair at Mexican inspired Casa Nueva, busy from breakfast through to dinner with many options for vegans and vegetarians. For quick burritos local chain Big Mama’s Burritos is also well liked.
A Step Up: One of Athens top tables, Salamm showcases Mediterranean fare with a global twist while Lui Lui features its unique blend of Asian fusion. Other top spots include Purple Chopstix and Zoe Fine Dining. Students love to take their parents to Cutler’s in the OU Inn when they’re visiting, indulging in steaks and the catch of the day, a wonderful fine dining experience. (Cutler’s is also an excellent choice for breakfast or lunch.)
Local Attractions: Is it haunted, you decide when exploring The Ridges on campus, formerly the Athens Lunatic Asylum, a mental hospital known for lobotomy procedures, as well as various paranormal sightings-- we hear remnants of the building still give some goosebumps. Part of The Ridges has been renovated as The Kennedy Museum of Art, showcasing a variety of American artwork and known for its impressive collection of Southwest Native American textiles. Walk the Ridges Trail for some exercise, follow the Y-shaped trail that will take you to one of Athens’ most popular sites: Radar Hill, the highest point in Athens and the former site of a WW II radar defense station. Experience more of the outdoors at Hocking Hills State Park where the biggest draw is several large and spectacular waterfalls and rock formations. If you’re in town on a Wednesday or Saturday, don’t miss a visit to the farmers market, one of the largest in the state. Alternatively, check the line-up at Dairy Barn Arts Center to see if any exciting music events or art exhibitions are taking place while you’re in town.
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Big - 18,000 Undergraduates
Athens, OH 45701-2979
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NCAA Division I
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