Ohio Northern University

525 S. Main Street - Ada, OH 45810
  • Region: Great Lakes
  • Campus Setting: Small Town
  • Size: Small

Ohio Northern University (ONU) has a 96 percent job and graduate school placement rate. Its long-standing success is partly because of excellent professors, partly because of ambitious students, and partly because the University has always been rooted in the future.

At ONU, students move toward a career long before they graduate – and ONU's alumni successes prove it. With more than 60 top-ranked programs and numerous opportunities outside the classroom, any path our more than 3,100 students choose at ONU will be grounded in concrete applications for the future.

Established in 1871 and comprised of five colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law), ONU's 342-acre, residential campus in Ada, Ohio is made up of more than 60 modern residences and academic buildings and provides a vibrant campus experience.

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About Ohio Northern University

At Ohio Northern University, we know the quest for answers can come in many forms--and the challenges on each person's path will be different--so we offer the individualized mentoring and support students need to discover where they want to go and who they want to become. Our approachable faculty and staff act as their compass, steering them toward a life of purpose that is as unique as they are. In the process, students gain a better understanding of no only themselves, but of each other and the world around them. 

Having the freedom to explore allows students to expand their critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities and to forge solutions that are all their own. Our limitless experiential learning opportunities reward students' curiosity through real-world involvement and insightful answers. By empowering students to pave their own road to success, we send graduates into the world who are inspired, introspective and fulfilled.

We are proud to give students the support they need to think boldly about the future they're designing for themselves. Our high-impact learning approach instills the confidence students need to lead the way forward, to think outside the box, and to create collaboratively in unexpected ways. This quest to do what has never been done before ripples from the laboratory to the stage and creates lives that are authentically original. Let's inspire something brand new, together.

This is Ohio Northern University. 

Mission Statement

Influenced by a unique history and an enduring affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Ohio Northern University's mission is to provide a high-quality learning environment that prepares students for success in their careers, service to their communities, the nation, and the world, and a lifetime of personal growth inspired by the higher values of truth, beauty and goodness. The University's distinctive academic program includes mutually supporting liberal and professional education components that integrate practice with theory, complemented by excellent co-curricular offerings that enrich the Northern experience. To fulfill this mission, faculty and staff engage with students so they can learn to think critically, creatively and entrepreneurially; communicate effectively; gain practical experience; solve problems collaboratively; and act as ethical and responsible members of a global community.