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ONU ranks second overall, in top 10 in ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ in U.S. News & World Report

Sep 24, 2009

US News & World ReportOhio Northern University maintained its No. 2 ranking among Midwest baccalaureate colleges in “America's Best Colleges 2010,” which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report.

Ohio Northern has been ranked in the region’s top 10 for the past 18 years and in the top five for the past seven 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.

Under the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, ONU was ranked seventh overall among baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest. Schools recognized in this category offer the best value as it relates to their academic quality. The higher the quality of the program in relationship to the investment made by students, the greater the value.

“We are very pleased with the continuing recognition this ranking provides,” said ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker. “The No. 2 ranking is a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of our extremely dedicated, highly committed faculty and staff. We also are proud to be recognized as one of the top 10 schools in the Midwest offering a great education of value.”

ONU ranked third highest in the Midwest “Graduation Rates” category with 66 percent.

For the third consecutive year, ONU’s T.J. Smull College of Engineering placed in the top 50 best undergraduate engineering programs in the United States. The college is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and ranked 38th among engineering schools with bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.

“America's Best Colleges 2010” ranks 319 baccalaureate colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Karen Condeni, ONU’s vice president and dean of enrollment said, “The U.S. News publication can be a valuable resource for students looking for the distinctive mix of opportunities offered at ONU. The rankings indicate that we do an excellent job of meeting the needs of our students. We are also pleased to be listed as a great value, as it reflects the excellence we have at ONU in relation to the financial commitments of students to attend.”

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 are 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.

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