Ohio University is the oldest college in Ohio and the first of its kind in the Northwest Territory. A public university, it is comprised of 11 degree-granting units and five regional campuses. On the academic front, Ohio University is known for its strong Journalism and Visual Communication programs, as well as its Avionics Engineering Center, of which there is the only one of its type in the country. From its modest beginning in 1798 as American Western University with just three students, the college has grown over the years into one of the reputed universities in United States. It currently has more than 20,000 students enrolled for the more than 300 majors and programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels it offers. The academic programs at its various departments are supplemented by sufficient resources – in terms of references and books – in its libraries. Also provided are facilities for recreation and sports, which it feels is vital for the grooming of every student’s personality. The Athens, Ohio campus has residential facilities for students. On the media front, the Ohio University operates a number of public FM radio stations under the umbrella Ohio University Public Radio Station, and a PBS affiliate Ohio University Public Television. The campus newspaper - The Post - is officially independent of the university and its administration. Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by a number of professional accrediting agencies.