ONU A to Z
A quick reference guide to Ohio Northern University
A – Alumni: ONU’s alumni base is 32,000 strong and includes graduates from all 50 states and 63 countries. They provide support and ongoing opportunities for current and future students.
B – Balance: 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.
C – Careers: ONU does a great job of preparing students for successful and lucrative careers. Just look at how many of USA Today’s top 25 highest paying careers can be had with an ONU degree.
D – Dining Services: The newly renovated dining hall in McIntosh Center is open seven days a week for all-you-can-eat meals. But that’s not all. Così at Northern features artisan sandwiches, soups and salads along with a signature flatbread baked fresh in an Italian-style hearth oven. WOW Café American Grill and Wingery serves the type of fare college students crave in a relaxed setting, specializing in their award-winning signature sauces and rubs. At Polar Espresso and the Northern Lights Café, students can enjoy Starbucks coffee, bottled beverages and baked goods. The Northern Lights Café also serves frozen all-natural smoothies.
E – Engagement: 96 percent of senior students participate in at least one high-impact practice (HIP): learning communities, service-learning, research with faculty, internship or field experiences, study abroad, and culminating senior experiences. 88 percent of those participated in more than one!
F – Financial aid: More than 90 percent of ONU students receive some sort of financial assistance. Last year, the University awarded $48.5 million in scholarships and aid. Additionally, ONU is proud to offer 453 endowed scholarships.
G – Graduation guarantee: Students across most undergraduate programs will complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years. This is a campus-wide commitment from the University. ONU guarantees that, as a first-time freshman enrolled in a program designed to be completed in four years, you will graduate in four years. If it takes longer than four years (through no fault of your own), there will be no additional tuition cost for completing your degree.
H – Hanyang: Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, and Ohio Northern have an exchange agreement that includes the Hanyang International Summer School. Each spring semester, ONU promotes the Hanyang summer program through the awarding of the Hanyang Fellowship. Each undergraduate college at ONU (Arts & Sciences, Business, Pharmacy, and Engineering) awards three fellowships each year. The fellowship also provides $750 toward the cost of airfare. The total value of this prestigious fellowship is approximately $7,100.
I – Interdisciplinary studies: The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies houses those interdisciplinary academic programs that transcend the disciplinary boundaries assumed in the divisions created between the four undergraduate colleges and the departments within the College of Arts & Sciences. The center currently houses the programs in public health, medical humanities and environmental sciences.
J – James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building: The College of Engineering’s new state-of-the-art home will open in fall 2019.
K – Klondike: No other college has a mascot quite like ONU’s polar bear Klondike.
L – Location: Our scenic, safe and modern campus rests on nearly 342 acres in the village of Ada, Ohio. Our location provides a quaint small-town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus. Ada offers an array of restaurants, shopping and culture.
M – Mission: Ohio Northern University’s mission is to provide a high-quality learning environment that prepares students for success in their careers; service to their communities, the nation and the world; and a lifetime of personal growth inspired by the higher values of truth, beauty and goodness.
N – Northern: Our students and alumni are just as likely to refer to the University as simply “Northern” as they are “ONU” or “Ohio Northern University.”
O – Organizations: ONU has more than 200 total active student organizations, and students are successful in creating new ones all the time.
P – Placement: ONU’s placement rates (percentage of graduates who either land a job or are accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation) have averaged more than 94 percent for each of the past seven years, a rate higher than the national average.
Q – Quantum yield: Chemistry professor Dr. Jake Zimmerman’s research group created new fluorescent molecules boasting an impressive .85 quantum yield. You can read more about it at www.onu.edu/front/glownu
R – Rankings: U.S. News & World Report ranked ONU No. 4 among Midwest regional colleges in Best Colleges 2019 and ranked ONU third in the Midwest for “Best Value Schools” and 10th in the “A+ Schools for B Students” regional category.
S – Sustainability: Ohio Northern has made several significant strides in sustainability and currently is making considerable efforts to realize the full benefits of a comprehensive approach in several areas of sustainability, alternative energy and environmental stewardship.
T – Tundra: ONU’s common green space is affectionately nicknamed the Tundra. The Tundra is surrounded by academic buildings and residence halls, making it the perfect place to get together with friends for an outdoor movie, play sports or listen to Tunes on the Tundra.
U – Undergraduate research: Working directly with faculty, ONU students gain invaluable research experience that gives them a leg up on graduate school.
V – Volunteerism: ONU averages 50,000 volunteer and service hours from 1,500 students annually.
W – WONB: 94.9 FM is a non-commercial, educational radio station that schedules more than 30,000 public service messages every year. Licensed to Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, WONB FM serves a potential audience of more than 325,000 people in West Central Ohio.
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Y – Young alumni: The Young Alumni Council is a volunteer advisory body designed to better engage and serve ONU’s graduates of the last decade. The council serves as ambassadors to the outside world and advocates for the interests of young alumni.
Z - Zoladz: Psychology professor Dr. Phillip Zoladz is a leading PTSD researcher who has received more than $1 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research. Learn more about his research here.