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Study at Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University, also known as ONU, is a private, United Methodist Church-affiliated university located in Ohio, United States. It was established in the year 1871 by Henry Solomon Lehr, a public school master and former soldier in the American Civil War. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics.

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ONU's students compete in intercollegiate, intramural, and other sports clubs. Their official mascot is the Klondike, and the teams are nicknamed the Polar Bears. The teams compete in the Division III Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).

Profile of Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University is in a town not particularly near any major cities, in Ada, OH. The school has a United Methodist religious affiliation. Ohio Northern University is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at Ohio Northern University include law and medicine.

Ohio Northern University Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 510 to 630 for students at Ohio Northern University. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 550 and 660.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here the school does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at Ohio Northern University are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at the school are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

Ohio Northern University, in 2007, had 3, 603 students (3, 526 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Most students at the school attend full-time. Ohio Northern University is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Ohio Northern University makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Ohio Athletic Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Ohio Northern University, a United Methodist-related institution of higher learning, seeks to educate and graduate students accomplished in scholastic achievement, prepared for a useful life and meaningful career, and inspired with a desire to contribute to the good of humankind consistent with Judeo-Christian ideals. ONU's purpose is to help students develop into self-reliant, mature men and women open to dealing with the contemporary world, actively involved in their learning, capable of clear and logical thinking and sensitive to the higher values of truth, beauty and goodness. In keeping with these goals, students will study diverse ideas and influences and develop technology skills appropriate to the needs of an ever changing world. The University's academic program includes mutually supportive liberal and professional education components and integrates practice with theory and provides students with opportunities for research, internships, co-op and international study and work. "

Ohio Northern University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Law104law, foreign lawyers
Business and Management73management science, accounting, marketing, international business, finance
Engineering59mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering
Science51biology, biochemistry, physics, molecular biology, chemistry, chemistry courses
Liberal Arts43political science, history, sociology, creative writing, technical and business writing, English literature, international studies, Spanish language, . . .
Education and Teaching39early childhood education, social studies teaching, English teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, health teaching, industrial arts teaching
Media28communication studies, journalism
Nursing and Emergency Medicine28registered nursing
Engineering Technician24industrial tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counselling16psychology
Computer Science and Engineering15computer science, computer engineering
Security and Law Enforcement14criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Mathematics9mathematics, statistics
Art Studies6art studies
Music5music, music theory and composition, music management, music performance
Religion and Philosophy5youth ministry, philosophy, religion
Medical Support and Technology4clinical lab tech
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies

Contact: Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University

525 S. Main St

Ada, OH 45810-1599

General Phone: (419) 772-2000


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