One of the key features of Ohio Northern is its small, intimate class sizes that allow for high-impact learning and mentoring. The 11:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 18 enables students to build close relationships with faculty and gain hands-on experiences. ONU’s faculty are committed to helping students explore their passions and develop practical skills they need for future success. There are 265 full-time and part-time faculty members. Of the 215 full-time faculty, 61 percent are tenured and 27 percent are on the tenure track; 91 percent have terminal degrees. ONU’s talented faculty have been successful in securing outside grant support, averaging more than $3 million per year over the last five years. The faculty are joined by an equally dedicated staff of 280 full-time and 28 part-time employees who are devoted to serving the needs of ONU’s students.
Ohio Northern is organized into five colleges – arts and sciences, business, engineering, law, and pharmacy – that offer more than 60 programs of study. While separate and distinct, there are many synergies across the colleges, and ONU students and faculty work collaboratively across the disciplines to take advantage of these opportunities. Unlike many smaller, private institutions, ONU has had professional colleges since shortly after its founding.
The Getty College of Arts & Sciences encompasses a wide range of undergraduate studies in the liberal and fine arts, sciences, and pre-professional programs. Hands-on learning, internships, mentorships, and student-guided research projects are essential parts of these programs. More than 50 majors are offered through six distinctive schools: Health and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities and Global Cultures; Science, Technology, and Mathematics; Social Sciences and Human Interaction; Teacher Education; and Visual and Performing Arts. Programs in the College are accredited by 11 different accrediting bodies, including Education, Music, and Nursing, which were recently reviewed and reaffirmed.
The Dicke College of Business Administration offers undergraduate majors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, pharmaceutical and healthcare business, public relations, and sport management, as well as a master of science in accounting. Internship experiences are required, and a student investment group manages real assets of more than $300,000, in keeping with ONU’s commitment to hands-on learning. The College is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The Smull College of Engineering is ranked one of the nation’s top 30 undergraduate engineering schools by U.S. News & World Report and offers degree programs in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering; computer science; and engineering education – the first of its kind in Ohio. Co-op learning programs and internships give students opportunities to gain real-world experience, as do the numerous intercollegiate competition teams. The bachelor’s degree programs in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering education and mechanical engineering are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The bachelor’s degree program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The Pettit College of Law, founded in 1885, is accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The curriculum emphasizes practical training and experiential learning to produce practice-ready attorneys. Students can participate in clinics and externships, the Student Bar Association, Law Review, a moot court team, or enjoy study abroad during the January term. ONU Law is supported by the Taggart Law Library.
The Raabe College of Pharmacy offers a direct entry six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, one of just a few 0-6 direct admission programs in the country. It also has a traditional four-year degree option for students with an undergraduate degree or pre-pharmacy coursework. Students get hands-on experience through the Drug and Health Information Center, On-Campus Pharmacy, Mobile Health Clinic, and a variety of community health outreach programs. The College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
In addition to the five colleges, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies houses those interdisciplinary academic programs that transcend the disciplinary boundaries. The Center currently houses programs in data analytics, environmental studies, gender and sexuality, leadership studies, medical humanities, and philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).
Ohio Northern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In the most recent five-year Assurance Review, conducted in July 2019, ONU met all 21 criteria and sub-criteria, with no monitoring reports required.