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About Ohio Northern University
Representing 34 states and 25 countries
12:1 student/faculty ratio
Average freshman class size: 19
Ethnic diversity: 15 percent (non-Caucasian)
676 faculty and staff
83 percent of full-time faculty have Ph.D., or terminal degrees.
ONU is on a semesters schedule.
About our students
Valedictorians and salutatorians - 321
Average ACT composite - 26
More than 96 percent of undergraduate students receive financial help in the form of aid, grants and scholarship.
20 percent of our students are from other states and foreign countries. 80 percent are from Ohio.
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’s beautiful, 342-acre residential campus is made up of more than 60 modern residences and academic buildings and provides a vibrant campus experience. Graduates leave prepared with an education that delivers one of the highest returns on investment in the state. The 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.
The Office of the President
Daniel A. DiBiasio is the 11th president of Ohio Northern University.
Evidence of Excellence
Ohio Northern’s reputation for excellence continues to grow. In just the last few months, ONU has received recognition for teaching quality, high graduation rates, commitment to volunteer service and, most impressively, providing a high return on investment (ROI) to its graduates.
Our scenic, safe and modern campus rests on nearly 342 acres in the village of Ada, Ohio (population 5,582). Our location provides a quaint small town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus. Ada offers an array of restaurants, shopping and culture. Located in northwest Ohio, Ada is 69 miles from Toledo, Ohio, to the north, 80 miles from Columbus, Ohio, to the south and 15 miles to Lima, Ohio to the west.
Don't wait for graduate school to get involved with cutting-edge research. At ONU, undergraduate research is a pillar upon which future success is built. Our students partner with faculty on research that expands the horizons of human understanding, and our annual Student Research Colloquium is a showcase that attracts researchers from across the country.
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 theater, 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. ONU has won the men's and women's OAC All-Sports Trophies. 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
ONU is firmly committed to sustainability and environmental awareness on campus. Our on-campus housing derive 30 percent of their heating and cooling from geothermal technology and three new 400-kilowatt wind turbines provide between five and six percent of our electricity needs. Our fleet of hybrid and electric campus vehicles reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and our many environmentally themed student organizations are consistently finding new ways make ONU a greener place to live, learn and work.
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. Guests of The Inn enjoy everything that the ONU campus has to offer: athletics, fine art, theatre performances and so much more.