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A Winning Combination

As an ONU student, you’ll do more. You’ll forge connections and solve problems. You’ll explore new paths and innovate strategies. You’ll network, lead, communicate, research, travel and brainstorm. We call it high-impact learning. It’s a full immersion experience with proven success.

The best complement to high-impact learning is a balanced student experience. That’s why Ohio Northern is committed to producing students who are practical, passionate and involved. All three characteristics are important in building a fulfilling and successful future, and rest assured: if you become a Polar Bear, you’ll have found a winning combination.

Be practical

We believe the best way to learn is by doing. That’s why we provide you a multitude of opportunities to do hands-on research, complete real-world projects and gain skills through internships and co-ops.

As an undergraduate, you could land a paid research assistant position, trudge through wetlands to study flora and fauna, or pursue a dream experience at NASCAR or the Smithsonian Institution. Whatever it is you want to do, we’ll help you get there.

Be passionate

A positive student experience is all about balance. Here, we know the importance of pursuing your passions, whether it be music, art, Greek life, athletics, or one of our more than 200 student organizations.


Your passions are just as much a part of you as your career aspirations. Therefore, you'll be encouraged to continually foster what you’re passionate about, in addition to honing your professional skills.

Be Involved

Expanding your horizons is a personal mission for everyone involved in your education at ONU. Learning to interact with and learn about the world outside your door can open up new ways of understanding and forge paths to new opportunities. We’re well aware of this, and that’s why ONU students learn how to be involved through community service, studies abroad, and diverse people and experiences.

The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal arts education, professional studies, and civic responsibility.
Learn more about NAC&U and High-Impact Educational Practices.

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