University Rankings


ONU has a rich history of academic excellence, and we’re always evolving to meet society’s ever-changing needs. We’ve most recently been recognized for teaching quality, high graduation rates, commitment to volunteer service and, most impressively, providing a high return on investment for our graduates.

  • Ranked Ohio Northern University third in Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest and No. 4 in the Midwest for Best Value

  • One of nation’s top schools in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition.

  • Ranked by Washington Monthly as No. 6 on the “Bachelor's Colleges” category of its 2021 college rankings. Also ranked no. 16 in the "Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: Midwest."

  • In its 2022 rankings, Ohio Northern was ranked nationally in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and no. 250 out of nearly 800 U.S. colleges and universities.

  • As reported by The New York Times, ONU ranks second out of all 76 colleges in Ohio, 10th nationally out of 578 national selective private colleges, and 84th out of all 2,137 colleges in the U.S. for “median student income at age 34.”

  • ONU ranked 219 on the Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges 2021 list.  Also, Ohio Northern was one of only 15 Ohio higher education institutions listed this year.

  • Included on the “Best Colleges in Ohio” list by College Choice for academic reputation, student diversity and return on investment.


    Ranked by PayScale among the top eight private universities, and in the top 16 overall in the state of Ohio, for return on investment.


    Ranked No. 10 in the state of Ohio by PayScale for salary potential.


    Ranked by career-guidance site Zippia as the most likely college or university in the state of Ohio (and third in the nation) to place its graduates into a job.


    Ranked the No. 1 Christian College in Ohio by the 2022 Best Colleges in America.


    Ranked No. 14 by in its list of “Best Colleges in Ohio.”


    Ranked among the top 50 in’s national “Best Small Town Colleges” rankings.


    Included in MONEY's "2020 Best Colleges" list.