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 No. 3 among Midwest regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in Best Colleges 2021, ranked fourth in “Best Value Schools” and among the “A+ Schools for B Students” regional categories.

  • One of nation’s top schools in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition.

  • Ranked by Washington Monthly as No. 4 on the “Bachelor's Colleges” category of its 2020 college rankings. Also ranked no. 7 in the "Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: Midwest."

  • In its 2021 rankings, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education lists ONU among the top 12 small colleges in the Midwest, and no. 165 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.”

  • Ranked by Forbes in its "America's Top Colleges" list.

  • 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 five private universities, and in the top 16 overall in the state of Ohio, for return on investment.


    Ranked No. 6 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.


    Named to the Creative College 2017 list based on strength of creative programs offered at ONU.


    Ranked No. 7 in WalletHub's 2019 Best College and University Rankings.


    Ranked the No. 1 Christian College in Ohio by the 2018 Best Colleges in America.


    Named a 2019-20 “Military Friendly School” by VIQTORY and published in G.I. Jobs magazine.


    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.


    Named one of the Best Regional Colleges-Midwest for 2018 by College Consensus.


    Ranked No. 124 on's "Best Colleges: Nationwide" list for 2019.


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