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ONU Attracts Diverse, Academically Strong Incoming Freshmen

Sep 28, 2009
Ohio Northern University has enrolled more than 3,600 students and one of its most academically successful undergraduate classes for the 2009-10 school year.

ONU has a total headcount of 3,666, which is slightly lower than 3,721 in 2008-09 when the University enjoyed record enrollment. In 2007-08, the total count was 3,603.

The incoming freshman class of 641 is comprised of students with an average ACT score of 26, compared to last year's class that averaged 25.4. Forty-two percent of the incoming freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their class, compared to 40 percent last year.

"We are excited about the quality of the incoming class of freshmen," said Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Ohio Northern president. "We have one of the most academically strong and diverse student bodies in the history of ONU. We continue to attract some of the best and brightest students throughout the nation."

ONU also increased its diversity to record numbers with 279 students, compared to 273 in 2008-09 and 224 in 2007-08. The University saw an increase in international students with 94 attending this year. Last year, ONU had 88 international students. The University also is offering a special two-year program in prison management for 30 Saudi Arabian students.

For the third consecutive year, ONU was ranked No. 2 among Midwest baccalaureate colleges in "America's Best Colleges 2010," which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report. ONU also was featured as one of the nation's top schools in Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 371 Colleges, 2010 Edition."

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