Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

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Consider what a university can do for you—and what separates the right college from the rest. At Ohio Northern University’s Dicke College of Business Administration, that distinction is real world business experience via internships and interactive learning—a unique Northern offering that gives you so many ways to learn.

The Dicke College of Business Administration
The Dicke College of Business Administration creates tomorrow’s leaders who are ethical, entrepreneurial, and engaged. The College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. This is the highest and most sought-after accreditation for business programs in higher education. The College offers five majors and minors, and Accounting majors can add a fifth year and earn a Master of Science in Accounting.

We have a 99% job and graduate school placement rate. Our long-standing success is due to our excellent professors, ambitious students, and our dedication to always been rooted in the future. Here you can get moving toward a career long before you graduate—our successful alumni prove it.

You bring the passion—we’ll bring everything else
Acceptance into the Dicke College of Business Administration is an invitation to craft a lifetime of success. Here,
you're not just a student. You're a future partner. You're an entrepreneur with an idea that could revolutionize an industry. You're a well of untapped potential ready to go forward and change the world.

Learning in the classroom is valuable, but true preparation and adaptability come from experience in the field. The College is not a stuffy environment where everything is dictated from a textbook. You’ll be able to dive into programs like Polar Innovation Exchange, which focuses on creative innovations and entrepreneurial spirit by challenging you to present a new business idea to a panel of judges. Or take part in the Student Investment Group.

Student Investment Group
Imagine managing a real investment portfolio—valued at more than $600,000—as a college student! The Student Investment Club provides a unique opportunity for ONU students to learn firsthand what it takes to be a professional investment manager. Members research, follow stocks, and work together to make investment decisions. When members realize an outstanding return on investment, they get to award scholarships to deserving ONU business students.

Our mandatory internships give you a chance to work in your field and build your résumé. We'll set you up with an internship that matches your interests and career aspirations. While many students intern in Ohio, others choose to complete an internship in another state or even internationally. Most internships are paid, and some result in an offer of full-time employment upon graduation.

Student organizations
In the College of Business, we have a variety of active and award-winning student organizations. Through participation in one or more of these groups, you’ll have the opportunity to network, be a leader, make lifelong friends, gain knowledge about your chosen profession, volunteer, travel to regional and national conferences, and more. 



Ranked #3 among Midwest regional colleges | U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022


Ranked #1 most likely in Ohio (and third in nation) to place its graduates into a job | Zippia


One of the top 12 small Midwest colleges | The Wall Street Journal


Ranked #2 in the “Bachelor's Colleges” list | Washington Monthly


One of nation's top schools | Princeton Review's The Best 387 Colleges: 2023


Welcome to clear skies, open spaces, and fresh ideas
Ohio Northern University is set in the rural village of ADA, OHIO. It’s a small town that offers plenty of big things—and ONU is at the center of it all. Without the distractions of a big city, we hone in on exploring what excites us, solving what puzzles us, and building strong relationships with our community.

The ONU Advantage

At the end of your time in the Dicke College of Business Administration, you’ll be fully prepared for the workforce. Our graduates land competitive and highly compensated positions at some of the best companies and organizations in the world. That’s because employers know an ONU Business degree means excellence. Our placement rate is just one of many statistics that highlights the value of an ONU business degree.

placement rate of 2020 Business graduates within six months of graduation

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An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Coming to a school as small as Ohio Northern, I was initially nervous about the opportunities, or lack thereof, that would be available to me. Now, I can look back and see I've had more opportunities and been exposed to more networking in the business world than I ever could have at a large state school.”

    • Jill Kowalski
  • “ONU not only prepared me with an excellent academic experience but also helped me build the important soft skills that ultimately brought me success.”

    • Ariana Tomasula '17