No. 2. Top 50. Best of the Midwest.
Ohio Northern University is well represented in a number of recently released college rankings. For the fifth straight year, ONU ranks among Washington Monthly’s top 50. ONU is included in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition.” According to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015,” Ohio Northern is No. 2 among Midwest regional colleges.
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“The No. 2 ranking is a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of our extremely dedicated, highly committed faculty and staff,” said Daniel A. DiBiasio, ONU president. “The U.S. News publication, together with the University being highly rated by other publications like Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review, affirms the quality and distinctive mix of academic opportunities offered at ONU.”
Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in “The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition,” which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. The Princeton Review reports the top 20 ranking colleges in these and 62 other categories on its website and in its guidebook. ONU is also one of the 158 institutions recommended in the “Best of the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2015 Best Colleges by Region.” Ohio Northern has appeared in the top 10 of the publication’s Regional College Midwest Rankings for the past 23 years and in the top five for the past 10 out of 11 years.
U.S. News and World Report offers its publication as a way for students to broaden their college search and make comparisons before visiting and interviewing at appropriate universities. For reporting purposes, the schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Those indicators fall into the following categories: peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving. The indicators are designed to reflect the school’s student body, its faculty and financial resources and to measure how well the institution educates its students.
In addition to the overall University rankings, the College of Engineering was recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in “Best Colleges 2015,” published by U.S. News & World Report. The college ranks 41st among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, marking the seventh time in eight years that U.S. News & World Report has listed ONU in its top-50 rankings.