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Ohio Northern’s Reputation for Excellence Continues to Grow

There is increasing evidence of the expanding awareness of Ohio Northern’s reputation, especially in the recognition that the University has received since the beginning of the last academic year. The University has received several accolades for the quality of its education and the benefits this education offers its graduates.

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. 

Ohio Northern University tabbed as one of nation’s best by Princeton Review

Ohio Northern University is once again featured as one of the nation’s top schools in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.” ONU also is one of the 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in the “Best of the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges by Region.”

Here are just a few of the other honors bestowed on ONU by national organizations in 2010:

'Bloomberg BusinessWeek' study ranked Ohio Northern University among best in Ohio for return on college investment
A new PayScale study released by "Bloomberg BusinessWeek" ranks Ohio Northern University among the top four colleges in the state of Ohio for its return on college investment. ROI is a function of two things: how much students spend to earn a degree, and how much graduates earn. “To be ranked as one of the top four colleges in Ohio is a significant measure of the value of an ONU college degree,” said ONU’s president, Dr. Kendall Baker. “For students and their families considering an ONU education, the investment is well worth it.”

ONU maintains it top ranking in 'U.S. News & World Report'
Ohio Northern University continues to rank among the top Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2010 (#2) and among the top Midwest Regional Colleges in 2011 (#3) editions of "U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges.” Ohio Northern has been ranked in the region’s top 10 for the past 19 years and in the top five for the past eight years. U.S. News defines baccalaureate colleges as institutions that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. For the fourth consecutive year, the T.J. Smull College of Engineering is in the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs.

ONU recognized among Ohio’s best
Ohio Northern University’s small class sizes, 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio, and “strong blend of liberal arts and professional programs” landed the University on The New York Times’ search site’s list of the top 10 colleges and universities in Ohio.

ONU recognized in ‘2011 College Access and Opportunity Guide’
Ohio Northern University has been recognized in the Center for Student Opportunity’s “2011 College Access and Opportunity Guide,” a comprehensive guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students make their college dreams a reality.

Law graduates tops in passage of state bar exam
One hundred percent of Ohio Northern University’s December law graduates passed Ohio’s February 2010 bar examination on their first attempt, and 86 percent of all ONU law graduates passed. ONU’s Pettit College of Law ranks above all other Ohio law schools in both overall passage rate and the passage rate of first-time takers.

2011 Goldwater Scholars
Two Ohio Northern University students have been selected as Goldwater Scholars by the trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Ohio Northern students have received this honor, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

ONU named to President’s Honor Roll
Ohio Northern University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.


View a complete list of ONU's evidence of excellence