The College of Arts & Sciences:
Accomplished scholars, teachers, authors, scientists, researchers, and mentors are at the center of the College of Arts & Sciences, the largest of Ohio Northern's undergraduate colleges. More than 50 areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and numerous concentrations and options offer Northern students considerable flexibility and opportunities in their career preparation. Most students complete a minor or second major or take classes in an additional field of interest. The college's curriculum fuses a lively and challenging classroom environment with many opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, study abroad opportunities and events such as guest lectures. The college's placement rate is 92 percent.
Chemistry/biochemistry is a signature program at the University with ACS accreditation, 13 full-time professors, abundant research opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities. Graduates go on to their choice of top graduate, medical or professionals schools.
The College of Business Administration:
The Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern is focused on creating entrepreneurial, ethical and engaged leaders. The college offers a rigorous academic curriculum with a signature major in pharmaceutical business and a forensic accounting option. Internships are required by the college and are available year-round, as are a variety of international programs, including study abroad, work abroad, and study tours. An office of experiential learning supports students who are looking for these opportunities.
Personal attention and mentoring from faculty, small intimate classes, and active student organizations combine with an emphasis on experiential learning, technological proficiency, global awareness and the entrepreneurial spirit. The college is accredited by the AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, making it "one of the best business colleges in the world." The business college's placement rate is 98 percent.
The College of Engineering:
Engineering at Ohio Northern University is focused on providing a premier undergraduate experience that inspires creativity and supports innovation. The college features six accredited, disciplinary majors in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering; computer science; and engineering education, a degree option supporting the demand for high school math teachers with engineering degrees.
With an emphasis on team projects, many students participate in design competitions such as the Concrete Canoe Competition and the Baja SAE off-road vehicle competition. Many opportunities are available for valuable work experience through the co-op, internship and Engineer-in-Residence programs, with an overall 97 percent job placement rate for graduates.
The College of Pharmacy:
For 130 years, the College of Pharmacy has offered a distinctive, comprehensive training for some of the nation's most talented pharmacists.
Pharmacy is a signature program of the University, which offers a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. The program is a direct-entry program (0-6) admitting students directly from high school into the college.
The program of study in pharmacy at Ohio Northern is distinctive, because from day one students take pharmacy courses in a rigorous curriculum that utilizes an innovative modular format. The modules organize learning around the human body systems and disease types and implement pharmaceutical science and patient care. Thus, upon graduation, students are well schooled in every aspect of pharmacy and have a 96 percent placement rate.
College of Law:
Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is the second oldest of the nine Ohio law schools. The college is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Annually, the college enrolls more than 320 students from more than 40 states in its full-time juris doctor degree and LLM programs. Dedicated to the rigorous pursuits of teaching and practicing law, the college's esteemed faculty is focused on providing one-on-one, personal training to students with a passion for legal scholastic excellence. State-of-the-art facilities, a top-ranked law library with more than 410,000 volumes, and numerous organizations and activities such as Moot Court, Law Review and Student Bar Association provide legal scholars with an excellent education and promising placement.
Ohio Northern University offers a selective Honors Program open to students of all undergraduate colleges. Each Honors student completes a series of Honors Seminars, contract courses and a final Honors Project. The project is a major research, performance or creative endeavor guided by a full-time faculty member. Acceptance into the ONU Honors Program is highly competitive, and its completion will be recognized on the student's diploma, transcript and at commencement.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Ohio Northern University offers the undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In addition to the undergraduate programs, ONU offers a Master of Professional Practice in Accounting; Juris Doctor; Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), which is an 0-6, direct entry program; and the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law.
Majors are offered in accounting, advertising design, applied mathematics, art education, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, communication studies, computer engineering, computer science, construction management, creative writing, criminal justice, early childhood education, electrical engineering, engineering education, environmental and field biology, exercise physiology, forensic biology, French, German, graphic design, history, language arts education, literature, management, manufacturing technology, marketing, mathematical statistics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory science, middle childhood education, molecular biology, multimedia journalism, music, music education, musical theatre, nursing, performance, pharmaceutical business, pharmacy, philosophy, physics, political science, professional writing, psychology, public relations, religion, risk management and insurance, social studies, sociology, Spanish, sport management, studio arts, technology education, theatre, theatre design and production, and youth ministry.
Special preprofessional programs are available in dentistry, law, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, seminary, and veterinary medicine. Teacher licensure programs are offered at the early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent/young adult, and multiage levels within 16 programs and two endorsement areas.
Changes in programs of study are updated at www.onu.edu
The fairly remote location of Ohio Northern University has done little to prevent the school from developing “a great academic reputation, especially in the Midwest.” This “great all-around school…really places an emphasis on life after college,” especially in “teaching students to think critically and out of the box.” Students admit the academics are “tough,” and that toughness “challenges us to do our best,” but they say the small class sizes and “personal attention from teachers” make the challenge one that “allows students the opportunity to be successful.” The cozy school size means “it is much easier to get to know your professors on a more personal level.” This benefits students since educators at Ohio Northern “are so willing to help you succeed in whatever way they can.” Indeed, the “extraordinarily friendly” staff “are always willing to help,” and “every professor has office hours and encourages you to utilize them.” The goal of the teaching staff, students say, is “preparing their students to be contributing members of society” and giving them “the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful throughout life.” The result is that the typical ONU student is “a hardworking individual who strives to do well in the classroom and gives back to the community.”