ATHENS — Ohio University has received top marks in two ranking systems designed to provide students and parents with information about the overall quality and cost of higher education.
Ranked 464 among the world’s 22,000 degree-granting institutions by the Center for World University Rankings, Ohio University is in the top 2.2 percent of the world’s higher education institutions for its quality of education.
The university also ranked 14th out of 44 colleges and universities that qualify as “best buys” based on the quality of their academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance by the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015.”
“Ohio University is very pleased to be recognized for our commitment to excellence,” President Roderick J. McDavis said. “Our recent rankings speak to the value of transformative education, and we will continue to make strategic investments to support this unique learning community.”
The CWUR publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR aims to provide the most comprehensive rankings available, are trusted by students, academics, university administrators and government officials around the world.
“In an era when global talent has so many academic choices for work and study, it is of great value for our university to top the list of global rankings that are trusted world-wide, particularly to raise our visibility among those seeking high quality education and research in an internationally diverse, safe and welcoming community such as Ohio University,” said Lorna Jean Edmonds, vice provost for global affairs and a professor in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.
The 31st annual Fiske Guide is based on the most cost-conscious combinations of academics and affordability, and is originally created by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske. It features 319 schools from more than 2,200 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, in addition to eight from Canada and Great Britain.
“Ohio University is less than half the size of Ohio State and plays up its homey feel compared to the cast of tens of thousands in Columbus,” the guide states. “Honors Tutorial College is a sure bet for top students who want close contact with faculty. Communications and journalism top the list of prominent programs. With top-notch programs in journalism and business, Ohio University has become a competitive public institution without shedding its small-town roots. It has become known as an important research institution, with faculty interests ranging from dinosaur anatomy to rural diabetes rates. Students here love to hit the town for fun but are quick to hit the books, too.”
The Fiske Guide also noted that Ohio University is encircled by winding hills, features neo-Georgian architecture, tree-lined red brick walkways and white columned buildings clustered on greens reminiscent of small neighborhoods.
“Long walks are especially nice during the foliage season,” the guide said. “The climate is laid-back.”