From the School

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern is a competitive, private, coeducational University for 3,666 students (2009-10), offering nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs in its five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

From the beginning, students discover the personal attention given to them by faculty and staff. Ohio Northern appeals to highly motivated students who want to get more out of their education than simply a degree. Classroom participation is not only encouraged, but also expected. With a 12 to one student to faculty ratio, students have access to highly qualified professors -80 percent having terminal degrees in their respective fields. They create a can-do environment where students can customize their areas of interest with mentorship and inspiration from faculty who champion their success.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 620
SAT Math
530 - 650
ACT Composite
23 - 29


August 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

The College of Arts and Sciences:
Accomplished scholars, teachers, authors, scientists, researchers, and mentors are at the center of the College of Arts and 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.

Chemistry/Biochemistry is a signature program at the University with ACS accreditation, 13 full time professors, 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 James F. 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 available year-round as well as 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 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 five accredited, disciplinary majors in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science.

There is an emphasis on team projects and students participate in many 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 98 percent job placement rate for graduates.

The College of Pharmacy:
For 125 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 and offers a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree 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 100 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 also 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. Completion of the Honors Program will be recognized on the student's diploma, transcript and at commencement.

Students Say

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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

John Bishop
President & CEO, Motorists Insurance Group

Bob Peterson
Pixar, Award-Winning Director & Screenwriter

Clayton Mathile
Former owner of Iams

Mike DeWine
Attorney General, Ohio

Robert Cupp
Ohio Supreme Court Justice

George Killian
President of the International University Sports Federation


From The School

2010-11 Fees Per Year
Tuition & Fees Room Board Total
Arts and Sciences $32,859 $4,347 $4,347 $41,793*
Business Administration $32,859 $4,347 $4,347 $41,793*
Engineering $35,097 $4,347 $4,347 $44,031*
Pharmacy $36,936 $4,347 $4,347 $45,870*
*Total is based on tuition, double-occupancy room, 19-meal-per-week plan and a technology fee of $240 per year. The average student spends $900 per year on books and fees.


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Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


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Financial aid provided to international students

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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
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Scholarships and Grants
External Scholarships
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Excitement, creativity and tradition are the cornerstone of campus life at Ohio Northern. Students of all backgrounds come together to form a common bond in and outside of the classroom. There are nearly 200 clubs and organizations to get involved in and all provide opportunities for developing leadership skills.

At Northern, excellence in academics and athletics go hand in hand. ONU participates in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division III. Teams include 11 men's sports and 10 women's sports. During the 2008-09 season, ONU won both the Men's and Women's OAC All-Sports trophies for the third consecutive year. Northern's NCAA tournament teams were: Men's Cross Country, Soccer, Wrestling, Indoor Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, Outdoor Track and Field. The women’s tournament teams were: Volleyball, Softball, Tennis and Outdoor Track and Field. Twelve of 21 teams were nationally ranked during the 2008-09 season. Overall, there were 25 First Team All Conference honorees, 44 OAC individual champions, and 138 individuals (71 men and 67 women) who earned All Conference Honors. Visit!

The culture of the campus is one of respect, friendship, and community. ONU offers ecumenical and interfaith opportunities for spiritual growth and development. Active religious life programs include groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Northern Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chapel Band and Choir and the Newman Club.

Greek life is an active part of campus life at ONU where approximately 20 percent of ONU's student body are members of the six national fraternities and four national sororities. Service and philanthropy are core values of the Greek organizations. In addition, members are also involved in other student organizations on campus, adding a unique mixture of diversity to their chapters.

The arts are the most exciting and rapidly expanding programs at Ohio Northern University. Monthly exhibitions of student artwork, ten theatrical productions and upwards of forty instrumental and voice performances annually by the respective departments allow a myriad of opportunities for any and all majors within the University.

Multicultural students contribute to the diversity and richness of the ONU student body. The Office of Multicultural Development (OMD) encourages students to take an active role in all University activities and seeks to develop an identity for multicultural students. A variety of programs are hosted each year including regular cultural celebrations that feature speakers, performers, music, films, dinners, exhibits and workshops. There are many student organizations students can be a part of including: Asian American Student Union, The Black Student Union, The Indian Student Association, The Latino Student Union, The Muslim Student Union, Men of Distinction, Sister Circle, The Gospel Ensemble, Open Doors, World Student Organization, and Vision Builders.

Students Say

Ohio Northern is not a campus teeming with diversity. Its students are “typically middleto upper-class white students,” though students are noticing efforts to address this in recent years. ONU students share other common traits. They are “intelligent and outgoing,” a “very friendly and easy to talk to” group who tend to have “strong leadership skills and is outgoing, compassionate, intelligent, and very involved on campus.” Though it is true that “students often tend to hang out with other students similar to them,” this is not a sign of divisions on campus. “There is definitely no tension between any groups of people.” The school’s size means “you don’t go anywhere without seeing someone you know,” a direct result of the “close-knit feel of the campus.” Those attending recognize that “being a student at Northern requires dedication to academics,” but they also acknowledge, “it helps to have a balanced social life on campus.” Overall, “students interact well with one another and work well together.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



48% female
52% male
14% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time


From The School

Ohio Northern University is located in Ada, Ohio, a safe, scenic, modern campus that covers nearly 300 acres in a town of 5,000 residents. The town of Ada provides a small town atmosphere that compliments the friendly environment found on campus. Services include restaurants such as McDonlad's (Fall 2008), Subway, Taco Bell, and Northern on Main Cafe, pizzerias, Rite Aid pharmacy, grocery, banks, and a 15-mile drive to Lima malls, shopping, and other cultural opportunities. Larger metropolitan cities (Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Ft. Wayne, IN) are within easy driving distance.

Students Say

The “cozy village” of Ada, Ohio, “provides all the essentials, from groceries to a movie theater to bowling lanes to bars.” However, it doesn’t provide the kind of vibrant nightlife of an urban setting, so students often have to make their own entertainment. And they do. “There are tons of on-campus activities provided by the student planning committee,” such as open music nights, music, “a ghost hunt around Halloween, a comedy show, or a foam party.” Relaxing and studying consumes plenty of free time. “Education comes first,” one student notes, while another says, “School is my number one priority, and I spend quite a bit of time in the library.” Many students take to leaving town for things to do. Nearby Lima, for instance, has “a shopping mall, movie theater, and tons of restaurants and grocery stores.” Ada itself provides “a small bowling alley, movie theater that plays one movie a week at discounted prices, a ferocious pizza parlor, and a Mexican restaurant.” And, of course, there are parties. “If students are looking to find parties,” students note, “they will.” That said, “people who never drink have plenty of options for having fun, and ONU often brings entertainment to campus, too.” Dorm luxuries increase as students climb through the grades, and Ada’s small town feel means that “the campus is also very safe.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

21% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Polar Bears)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Polar Bears)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Bowling Green State University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Bowling Green State University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Jane Crace
Executive Secretary to VP of Enrollment

Office of Admission
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
ONU Sports Center
Mathile Natural Sciences Center
Performing Arts Center
New Student Apartments
James F. Dicke Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Northern on Main Coffee Cafe
El Campo Mexican Restaurant
Viva Maria's Italian Restaurant

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:00-4:30 M-F; 8:00-12:00 Most Sat.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Interview is an information session.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Must be applied and accepted to ONU.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports are located in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo which are all about 1.5 hours from campus. Greyhound Bus Station located in Lima, OH - 20 minutes from campus. Train Station located in Fremont, OH.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Detroit MI (2.5 hrs.) From Toledo OH (1 hr 15 mins.) Take I-75 south to Mt. Cory/Ada exit; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Chicago, IL (5 hrs.) Take I-90 east to Toledo, Ohio; then I-75 south to Mt. Cory/Ada exit; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. Or take I-90 to 65 south then US 30 east to Fort Wayne, IN (see Fort Wayne directions). From Fort Wayne, IN (1.5 hrs.) Take US 30 east to State Route 235;then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Indianapolis, IN (3 hrs.) Take I-70 east to Dayton, Ohio, then I-75 north to Lima, Ohio; then State Route 81 east to State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Cincinnati, OH (2.5 hrs.) Dayton, OH (1.5 hrs.) Take I-75 north to Lima Ohio; then State Route 81 east to State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Columbus, OH (1.5 hrs.) Take I-270 northwest to US 33 west to Marysville, Ohio; then State Route 31 to Kenton, Ohio; then State Route 309 west 13 miles to the intersection of State Route 235; then State Route 235 north to Ada, Ohio. From East Cleveland (3 hrs.) Take I- 271 south; then I-71 south to Route 30; then Route 30 west to State Route 235; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From West Cleveland (2.5 hrs.) Take the turnpike, Route 80, west to Route 53 south exit, follow Route 53 south to Route 6 west; then Route 6 west to I-75 ; then I-75 south to Mt. Cory/Ada exit; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Pittsburgh, PA (north) (4 hrs.) Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) west to Ohio Turnpike (I-76) west; then I-76 west continuing through Akron, Ohio; then I-71 south; then US 30 west; then SR 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Pittsburgh, PA (south) (4 hrs.) Take I-70 west to Columbus; then I-270 northwest; then US 33 north to Marysville, Ohio; then SR 31 north to Kenton, Ohio; then SR 309 west; then SR 235 north to Ada, Ohio.

Local Accommodations
The Inn at Ohio Northern University - Ada, OH Comfort Inn - Bluffton, OH Holiday Inn Holidome - Lima, OH Hampton Inn - Lima, OH Motel 6 - Lima, OH Amerihost Inn - Kenton, OH
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