Ohio University is a prominent 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 Ohio, making it the first university in the whole Northwest Territory, and 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 nations. 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 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.