WHO WE ARE
Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University that distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.
Established in 1871 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1899, Ohio Northern has an enrollment of more than 3,600 students, representing 38 states and 27 countries, and offers more than 70 programs of study. The beautiful, 342-acre residential campus is made up of more than 60 modern residences and academic buildings and provides a vibrant campus experience with nearly 200 student clubs and organizations.
The Polar Bears compete successfully at the NCAA Division III level in 23 varsity sports as part of the highly respected Ohio Athletic Conference. Graduates leave prepared with an education that delivers one of the highest returns on investment in the state.
Placement rates for graduates six months after graduation have averaged more than 93 percent for each of the past seven years, a rate higher than the national average.
- Named the Private University of the Year by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Programs in 2013.
- Ranked No. 2 among Midwest regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in Best Colleges 2014.
- Featured as one of the nation’s top schools in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. ONU also is one of the 153 institutions that The Princeton Review recommends in the “Best of the Midwest” section of its website feature, 2014 Best Colleges by Region.
- Ranked No. 37 nationally (2013) by Washington Monthly.
- Named in Colleges of Distinction (2013), a guide profiling America’s most distinguished teaching-centered colleges and universities.
- Placement rates for graduates six months after graduation have averaged more than 93 percent for each of the past seven years, a rate higher than the national average.
- PayScale ranks Ohio Northern University among the top three private universities, and in the top six overall in the state of Ohio, for its return on college investment (ROI).
- Ohio Northern graduates rank in the top 15 percent for median starting salary among private nonprofit colleges and universities in the Midwest region.
- 12:1 student/faculty ratio
- Average freshman class size: 18
- Valedictorians and salutatorians: 350
- Average ACT composite: 26
- Ohio Northern invests in the success of its students by offering more than $58 million in gift assistance as well as additional resources in the form of loans and work opportunities.
LEARNING WITH US MEANS ...
- Scholarship opportunities
- Choice of clubs and activities
- Campus employment opportunities
- Military and VA assistance available
- Tutoring available
- Traveling/learning-abroad opportunities
- Polar Careers
WE OFFER ...
The Ohio Northern Promise
The Ohio Northern Promise is a set of initiatives to make an ONU education more affordable, to reduce student loan debt, to sustain academic quality, and to prepare students for career success. Simply put, it is about ensuring that higher education, historically a key enabler of social mobility, remains accessible and affordable for bright young students and their families.
Key components of The Ohio Northern Promise
1. 20-25 percent reduction in tuition rates (based on 2013-14 rates)
2. A four-year graduation guarantee*
3. Hands-on high-impact learning, a core component of every academic major
4. Sustained job placement and graduate and professional school admissions rates for graduates
*Available across most undergraduate programs
A hallmark of an ONU education is engaged learning, which occurs both inside and outside the classroom because of direct involvement in high-impact practices – internships, capstone courses, field experiences, study abroad and experiential learning. Ohio Northern University has extensive opportunities for high-impact practices that enrich and deepen student learning and student achievement. At ONU, undergraduate research is a pillar upon which future success is built. Students partner with faculty on research that expands the horizons of human understanding.
Arts and Culture
Whether students see world-class entertainment at the Freed Center, attend art exhibits at the Elzay Gallery of Art or cheer along with the marching band, Ohio Northern University is a cultural epicenter for theatre, art and design, music, and dance.
ONU competes in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference. There are 23 varsity sports (12 for men and 11 for women) and nearly as many club and intramural sports. Our school colors are orange and black, and our mascot is Klondike the Polar Bear.
Students choose from a variety of campus activities, including 200 student organizations; four national sororities and five national fraternities; intercollegiate, intramural and club sports; music; and theatrical events.
Ohio Northern is more than just the buildings on our campus. We are partners in a wonderful community. Whether we are working with area business leaders in matters of economic development, the local school districts in bolstering education, or local charities and faith-based organizations, ONU is making a difference.
ONU Sustainability Initiatives
As an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA, ONU is firmly committed to sustainability and environmental awareness on campus. Our on-campus housing derives 30 percent of its heating and cooling from geothermal technology, and three 400-kilowatt wind turbines provide between five and 10 percent of our electricity needs.
The Inn at Ohio Northern University
Ada’s world-class hotel offers more than 70 deluxe guest rooms, luxurious amenities and more than 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces.
|Areas of Study|
• Early Childhood Education
• Middle Childhood Education
Engineering Education (Mathematics Licensure)
Environmental and Field Biology
Language Arts Education
Medical Laboratory Science
• Music Education
• Musical Theatre
Risk Management and Insurance
Theatre Design and Production
• General Sciences
• General Studies
SPORTS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE)
- • 23 varsity sports (12 for men and 11 for women).
- Students from across all disciplines participate in the arts at Ohio Northern – they sing, dance, act, play a musical instrument, work behind the scenes, attend a gallery opening and broadcast the news.
- Students participate in professional organizations available in their academic interests, multicultural groups, intramural and club sports, cheerleading, and the dance team.
- There is an active religious life on campus, including organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Northern Christian Fellowship, Gospel Ensemble, Chapel Band and Choir, and Newman Club.
- Approximately 20 percent of ONU’s student body participates in Greek Life.