Ohio Northern University

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525 S. Main Street

Ada, OH 45810

Phone: (419) 772-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#2 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Ohio Northern University is a private institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,629, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 342 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ohio Northern University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 2. Its tuition and fees are $36,720 (2013-14).

Ohio Northern University, known as ONU, is located in the small town of Ada, 80 miles northwest of the state capital, Columbus. ONU undergraduates can choose from more than 70 majors and can usually expect small class sizes. There are several programs for graduate students as well, including those in the Claude W. Pettit College of Law and the Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy. Outside the classroom, ONU offers more than 150 clubs, about 10 fraternities and sororities and a Student Planning Committee. Members of the SPC prepare activities for their classmates, such as bowling nights and finals week massages. There are many intramural and club sports available to students, as well as more than 20 Polar Bears varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference. Notable ONU alumni include Pixar animator Bob Peterson, who co-directed the movie "UP" and also voiced the character Dug the dog.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ohio Northern University seeks to educate and graduate students accomplished in scholastic achievement, prepared for a useful life and meaningful career, inspired with a desire to contribute to the good of mankind consistent with Judeo-Christian ideals and committed to a quality of life that will result in maximum personal and social worth. Ohio Northern University offers the heritage of a liberal arts tradition within the College of Arts and Sciences and the diversity of four professional colleges: the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Law.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Ohio Northern University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 80.5%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ohio Northern University is 12:1, and the school has 61 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ohio Northern University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Engineering 17%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%

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Student Life

Ohio Northern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,629, with a gender distribution of 53.5 percent male students and 46.5 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus. Ohio Northern University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,557
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Ohio Northern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Ohio Northern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ohio Northern University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ohio Northern University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $36,720 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,520 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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