The university is located in Athens, approximately 75 miles southeast of Columbus in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. It adjoins the Appalachian Mountain region and enjoys the benefits of a heavily wooded countryside.
Athens is a small college town; more than half of its inhabitants are members of the university community.
The university provides much of the cultural activity in the area, including the Performing Arts Series of music and dance performances, an excellent theater series, and a host of performances from the College of Fine Arts in art, music, and dance. The School of Film sponsors an International Film Festival each spring, and there also are two other film series, one popular and one for lovers of art films.
Sports range from intercollegiate (16 teams) to club sports to intramural and informal activities. Backpacking, camping, canoeing, bicycling, and jogging are especially popular.
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