Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University situated on 342 beautiful acres in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio (population 5,500), which provides a small-town atmosphere that compliments the friendly environment found on campus. ONU is easily accessible by major highways and conveniently located near major cities such as Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Fort Wayne, Ind.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
ONU is located in a friendly, rural setting in northwest Ohio, about an hour from Columbus and other major cities. Situated on 342 beautiful acres, there's plenty of green space around 60 modern, major buildings, including the University’s own deluxe Inn. The University is strongly committed to developing policies and practices that are environmentally friendly. These initiatives are outlined at www.onu.edu/green.
The 95,000-square-foot Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences is a student-centered academic research and learning facility that strengthens signature programs in pharmacy and chemistry/biochemistry and blends hands-on teaching excellence with advanced technology in a functional modern environment.
Ohio Northern makes it easy for you to live and learn about another culture, travel and be a citizen of the world. The University encourages students to broaden their educational experiences with real-world opportunities. Students in most majors have the option of studying abroad; many such study experiences are planned by students with the help of professors and other affiliated universities. Students also choose to pursue internships and field experiences, which help expand their portfolios for future employment or graduate school. ONU-sponsored programs include places like Australia, London, Scotland, Cuba, Iceland and Northern Ireland. The Study Abroad Exchange programs include places like Finland, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, France, etc.
Student Organizations & Activities
Excitement, creativity and tradition are the cornerstones of campus life at Ohio Northern. Students of all backgrounds come together to form a common bond in and outside of the classroom. With more than 200 clubs and organizations, students have ample opportunity to develop leadership skills.
The ONU Polar Bears compete successfully at the NCAA Division III level in twenty-three varsity sports as part of the highly respected Ohio Athletic Conference. ONU has twelve men’s teams (baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling) and eleven women’s teams (basketball, cross-country, fast-pitch softball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball). Visit www.onusports.com.
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 ONU, where approximately 20 percent of the student body are members of the five national fraternities and four national sororities. Service and philanthropy are core values of the Greek organizations. In addition, members are involved in other student organizations on campus, adding a unique mixture of diversity to their chapters.
Monthly exhibitions of student artwork, 10 theatrical productions, and upwards of 40 instrumental and voice performances annually allow a myriad of opportunities for any and all majors within the University. Whether students see world-class entertainment at the Freed Center, attend art exhibits at the Elzay Gallery of Art or cheer along with the marching band, Ohio Northern University is a cultural epicenter for theater, art and design, music and dance.
Multicultural students contribute to the diversity and richness of the ONU student body. The Office of Multicultural Development 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. Student organizations include 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.