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IT Support for Students

The Office of Information Technology offers a wide range of technology services and resources for Ohio Northern University students.

IT Help Desk Phone: 419-772-1111         Email:

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Computer Repair and Support

If you need help with your personal computer, please contact the IT Help Desk at 419-772-1111 or Walk-ins are also welcome (located inside the Information Technology Building - SouthWest Entrance).

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Basic troubleshooting
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Software installation
  • Operating system installation
  • Virus/malware removal
  • Mobile device setup
  • Data backups
  • Data restoration
  • Network your gaming device
  • Password resets


Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (phone support only)



Software Downloads

ONU offers various free and paid software downloads to students.

Recommended Mobile Apps:

G-mail   Google chrome   Google drive app   The ONU app   Microsoft excel   Microsoft powerpoint   Microsoft word



Technology Recommendations

The Office of Information Technology does not recommend a specific vendor for computer purchases. Both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh systems are supported. However, the following minimum requirements should be met when purchasing a new computer. The College of Law and the College of Business Administration recommend a laptop.

Ohio Northern University students are eligible for special educational pricing from the following vendors:



  • Processor: Core i5 (4th Gen) or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB of RAM or greater
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB or greater

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft: Windows 10
  • Apple: macOS 10.14 Mojave

Software Provided by the University:

  • Current Microsoft Windows Operating System (upgrade license)
  • Microsoft Office (Windows and macOS) - Get Office 365

Extra Considerations:

  • Wired network ports are available in residential rooms (ethernet cable provided at the IT Help Desk).
  • For devices without built-in Ethernet, consider an external Ethernet adapter.
  • Wireless: 802.11g/n is available in academic and residential areas.
  • Printers are accessible in academic labs. Consider purchasing a personal printer (wireless printing not supported).
  • Android Tablet or iPad
  • Headphones
  • A USB flash/thumb drive (16 GB or greater)
  • Wireless mouse for laptop
  • Extra phone charger

Cellular Coverage:

  • Verizon Wireless (4G on campus)
  • ATT Wireless (3G on campus)

Please install the latest operating system updates and anti-virus definitions before you arrive on campus.



Computer Labs

Please see the map below for campus computer lab locations and details.

A map of ONU computer labs



ONU Cable TV System

All ONU residence halls are digital cable-ready. A digital/HDTV with a QAM tuner is required to receive digital channels. Most televisions purchased after 2008 will have this tuner. A QAM digital tuner allows your TV to receive high-definition digital TV programming without the need for a set-top box. Unfortunately, some low cost TVs come with NTSC and ATSC digital tuners, but not QAM digital tuners. NTSC and ATSC digital tuners are not compatible with the ONU cable TV system.

ONU Cable TV Channel Lineup

Equipment Needed:

  • Cable-ready television with a QAM tuner. In order to view the high-definition channels, you will need an HDTV. If your television does not have a QAM tuner, you must purchase a separate digital set-top converter. (Digital converters are available at many online retailers.)
  • Coaxial TV cable


  • Connect one end of the coaxial TV cable to the coax jack on the wall-plate and connect the other end to the IN or ANTENNA jack on your TV
  • Set your tuner to CABLE
  • Run your TV’s scan or auto-program feature to discover all available channels

Cable TV Issues:

Please call the IT Help Desk at 419-772-1111 for assistance.



Information Technology: Help Desk

IT Help Desk

Information Technology Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.