Ohio Northern University

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 areas of study.

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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).

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Ohio Northern University
525 S. Main St
Ada , OH 45810-1599
General Phone: (419) 772-2000

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Ohio Northern University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Law102law, foreign lawyers
Engineering78civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Business and Management77accounting, finance, international business, management science, marketing
Science48biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics
Education and Teaching36middle school teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, health teaching, industrial arts teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching
Media26communication studies, journalism
Liberal Arts26German language, French language, Spanish language, creative writing, English literature, technical and business writing, international studies, political science, sociology, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy24sports and fitness management, exercise science, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Computer Science and Engineering20computer science, computer engineering
Nursing and Emergency Medicine20registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling19psychology
Security and Law Enforcement18criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Engineering Technician16industrial tech
Mathematics13mathematics, statistics
Music9music, music performance, music theory and composition, music management
Art Studies6art studies
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion, youth ministry
Medical Support and Technology3clinical lab tech
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental studies
Medical Administration2pharmacy courses

Number of programs and degrees for Ohio Northern University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44858
Doctor's degree - professional practice2772
Master's degree81
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Ohio Northern University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ohio Northern University had a total enrollment of 3,603 students (3,567 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 92%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 35%
20-21 34%
22-24 23%
25-29 4%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York2%
(International Students)1%

Ohio Northern University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %

Ohio Northern University Room and Board (2007)

Ohio Northern University offers campus housing for 2,176 of its 3,567 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Ada, Ohio for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Ohio Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Ohio Northern University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500620
SAT Math630650
SAT Writing500630
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2329
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT38%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Ohio Northern University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,765
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,765
Room and board $ 7,890
Room charge $ 3,945
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,945
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 1,920

Financial Aid:
Ohio Northern University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 308900)

Ohio Northern University Faculty

Ohio Northern University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*3$99,649
Assistant professorcalendar year1*3$87,516
All faculty totalcalendar year2*6$93,583

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year44$96,17712$92,082
Associate professoracademic year40$71,05821$68,510
Assistant professoracademic year53$62,77133$59,058
Instructoracademic year6$53,34010$48,168
Lectureracademic year2*6$48,146
All faculty totalacademic year145$74,61382$64,185

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ohio Northern University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Athletic Conference
Basketball Ohio Athletic Conference
Baseball Ohio Athletic Conference
Track Ohio Athletic Conference

Ohio Northern University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Molecular Biology
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Top 17%Ohio Northern University Student SAT scores
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Top 19%Ohio Northern University Male % of student body
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Top 20%Ohio Northern University Number of students

checked United Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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