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Parent & Families Hub

Parents & Families Hub

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Parent and Family Programs in the Office of the Dean of Students

Welcome, parents and families! We understand the pivotal role that parents and families play in students’ lives, and we stand ready to be your partner. Whether you are seeking connections to resources or feeling unsure about where to turn, make us your first call. Our inclusive philosophy embraces diverse family structures, be it families of origin, families of choice, or other supportive figures in the lives of Bobcats.

Phone: 740.593.1800

Email: deanofstudents@spraypaintequip.net

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Get Involved

If you're looking for another way to be involved in your student's Bobcat experience, consider applying for the Bobcat Family Council. Spearheaded by the Office of the Dean of Students, family members join in on the fun of planning for the future!

Learn About The Bobcat Family Council

Family Weekends

We love when Bobcat family members come to visit. With four different weekend options, come see your student in their element, attend engaging events, and get to know campus. 

Be sure to plan ahead for accommodations as lodging books up quickly.

Learn About Family Weekends

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Supporting Your Student

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Dates & Deadlines

Never miss an important date or the opportunity to nudge your student. From holiday breaks to the FAFSA deadline, the Academic Calendar has you covered.

View The Academic Calendar

Academic Assistance

  • Offers drop-in services, academic coaching, multimedia or peer tutoring, Homework Hubs, supplemental instruction, writing commons and study strategies

ACE Drop-in Services

  • From tutoring to career guidance, The Center for Advising, Career and Experiential Learning (ACE) provides resources for student success inside and outside of the classroom

Accessibility Services

  • Register and apply for accommodations on campus, ranging from academics to transportation and more

Financial Aid

  • Apply for financial aid, view the financial aid checklist, use the cost calculator, and learn about scholarships

Enroll in a Payment Plan

  • Enroll in a payment plan option for students who are unable to pay their tuition and fees by the first due date of a semester

Authorized User Access

  • View student account activity, make payments, enroll in a semester payment plan, manage waivable fees and view 1098-T information

Make a Payment

  • Make a payment toward tuition as an authorized user

Load Up Bobcat Cash

  • Bobcat Cash is similar to a prepaid debit card that can be used across campus

Meal Plans

On-Campus Dining Options

On-Campus Housing

  • Check out room configurations, move-in and out information, laundry services and how to send your student mail

Off-Campus Housing

  • Navigate finding off-campus housing. Housing and Residence Life provides tips for signing a lease, budgeting, utilities and more

Travel Like a Bobcat

  • Check out what parking options and bus options are available to your student

Heading Out of Town?

  • Students have access to the Go Bus, which travels regularly to several cities in Ohio

Mental Health Resources

  • Students have access to counseling and therapy options offered in virtual and in-person formats

Well-Being Resources

  • Your student can get active, connect with a well-being coach, explore essential needs resources and more

Student Health Insurance

  • Learn about OHIO's health insurance policy and how to waive the plan to avoid a fee

Campus Care

  • On-campus urgent care, primary care and pharmacy services

Accessibility Services

  • Accessibility Services coordinates accommodations and connects students with disabilities to the most relevant campus resources

Ohio University Police Department (OUPD)

  • OUPD is a full-service police agency serving Ohio University's Athens Campus

Athens Police Department (APD)

  • All off-campus occurrences will be managed by APD

Campus & Emergency Alert System

  • While our first step is to alert students via mass communications, we update campus emergencies and alert statuses on the Alert OHIO page

Concerned for Your Student?

  • The CARE Team in the Dean of Students Office is a team of professionals who will provide a timely response to students experiencing distress

Support Your Student's Engagement Journey

  • With more than 500 student organizations, a robust performing arts and concert series, cultural centers, and other opportunities, your student has plenty of options for engagement

Community Engagement

  • The Center for Community Engagement showcases volunteer and involvement opportunities in communities that surround Ohio University

University Event Calendar

  • Each year, thousands of events happen on Ohio University campuses. Browse the calendar to see what is coming up

Student Employment

  • A variety of student employment options exist for Ohio University students

Future Bobcat Parents & Families

This is your student's starting point to become a Bobcat, for life.

Admissions Visit Campus Tuition & Aid


Hotels can book up over a year in advance. So, make sure to plan ahead for the biggest celebration of your student’s time at OHIO! 

Details for Spring and Fall Commencement are updated early each semester. 

Learn About Commencement

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Have Some Extra Resources? Support a Bobcat!

Numerous funds are available to assist Bobcats, ranging from the Student Emergency Fund to our student food pantry, Cats' Cupboard. Our goal is to guarantee that Bobcats have access to the resources they need. The Office of the Dean of Students also utilizes the Parent and Family Endowment as needed to support students. 
We sincerely appreciate any support extended.

Donate to the Student Emergency Fund Donate to Cats' Cupboard Food PantryDonate to the Parent & Family Endowment

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We're in This Together

We want to be your partner during your student’s journey at Ohio University. Along the way, you may need our assistance as you support your student. Whether you are looking for a specific resource or seeking general guidance, email or call us!
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