OU named a ‘Best Buy’ University in 2018 Fiske Guide


ATHENS — Ohio University has once again been nationally recognized for being an affordable, high-quality public university.

Ohio University ranked 21st among public 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 2018. The Fiske Guide is one of the oldest and most influential higher education guides that has produced its best buy list for more than 30 years, identifying schools that offer high academic quality and affordable cost. All of the schools on the list fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academic ratings.

According to the Fiske Guide, “With top-notch programs in journalism and business, Ohio University has become a competitive public research institution without shedding its small-town roots. Faculty interests range from dinosaur anatomy to rural diabetes rates. Students here love to hit the town for fun, but are quick to hit the books too. Those who chose to attend Ohio receive ample returns…including a quality education, lifelong friends, supportive faculty, and a beautiful campus.”

The Fiske Guide also noted that OU is encircled by winding hills, features neo-Georgian architecture, tree-lined red brick walkways, and white columned buildings clustered on greens that are like small neighborhoods. “Long walks are especially nice during the foliage season,” the guide shared. “The climate is laid-back… but people do work hard.”

“Our students and alumni already know that Ohio University is a nationally recognized university and one of the best buys in the country; it is encouraging to see a national publication also recognize such qualities,” President M. Duane Nellis said. “Ohio University provides affordable access to a transformative education, and we are committed to ensuring a great student experience through strong academics, devoted professors, and an administration that strives for excellence.”

This is the 33rd annual edition of the Fiske Guide, which lists about 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges and universities out of the nation’s 2,200 four-year schools. Edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times, the annual guide is based on academic ratings, price category, quality of student life on campus and other factors.

OU is achieving similar success in other important rankings. U.S. News & World Report rates OU 74th in the nation among public universities and tenth in best online graduate education programs. The university was also recently named one of the “Best Colleges” by MONEY Magazine – a longtime trusted leader in financial preparedness. OU students voted the university fourth in the nation student overall satisfaction in a myplan.com survey ranking more than 600 colleges and universities, and we have been designated a 2017 Military Friendly® university by MilitaryFriendly.com, a veterans’ advocacy organization that sets the standard for military friendly companies, schools and organizations.