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'Washington Monthly' ranks ONU No. 24 nationally

Aug 23, 2010

Ohio Northern University has been ranked No. 24 in the nation by Washington Monthly in its 2010 baccalaureate college rankings. According to the magazine, “colleges and universities do as much to shape the future as any institutions you can think of. They conduct cutting-edge research that drives economic growth, provide upward mobility and mold the characters of tomorrow’s leaders.”

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 PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

“National rankings like this are measures of quality, value and position,” said Karen Condeni, vice president and dean of enrollment. “Many talented students find the rankings helpful in making choices about where to attend, and outstanding faculty often look to these institutions as desirable places to teach.”

According to Washington Monthly, Ohio Northern is the highest ranked baccalaureate college in the state of Ohio. This continues ONU’s status as a leader in higher education in Ohio, as the University has received notable accolades from across the nation and has attracted some of the region’s brightest students. 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 ranks among the top Midwest baccalaureate colleges and earned the No. 3 spot in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

“Ohio Northern is one of the only schools in Ohio to be named in the top 10 for more than 20 consecutive years,” said Dr. Kendall Baker, ONU president. “Our institution is committed to teaching excellence and to providing the kinds of educational opportunities that help our students become leaders in their respective fields and make meaningful contributions to society.”

A new PayScale study released by Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Ohio Northern among the top 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 Baker. “For students and their families, the investment is well worth it.”

ONU is joined at the top of the Ohio listing by Case Western Reserve University, Miami University and Denison University. Nationally, ONU placed 155 out of 852 rankings.

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