Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

Explore Ohio Northern University's Featured Profiles:

Undergrad Science & Engineering Health & Medicine Business

With top-ranked programs and opportunities outside the classroom, any path you choose at ONU will be grounded in concrete applications for the future. 

But the best part is that you never really have to choose. Our campus is an open frontier where engineers can be artists and artists can be entrepreneurs. At ONU, we embrace the overlap in every field.

At Ohio Northern University, we have a 97% job and graduate school placement rate. Our long-standing success is partly because we have excellent professors, partly because we have ambitious students, and partly because we’ve always been rooted in the future. Here, you can get moving toward a career long before you graduate—and our alumni successes prove it.

The Getty College of Arts and Sciences
The Getty College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 50 academic programs that provide excellent preparation for careers, advanced training, or top graduate schools. In addition to superior programs in the arts and humanities, the College’s outstanding science programs attract more than 60% of the student body. All of the arts and sciences offer valuable opportunities for research and internships. Student achievement in the sciences has been recognized with a Fulbright award and 13 Goldwater Scholarships over the past 11 years.

The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration
The James F. 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 several majors, plus minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and International Business. Accounting majors can add a fifth year and earn a Master of Science in Accounting.

The T.J. Smull College of Engineering
The T.J. Smull College of Engineering offers Engineering and Computer Science students the unique combination of a scientific and technically based major within the context of a liberal arts education. An optional five-year co-op program provides hands-on experience in research, development, or manufacturing; these experiences are integrated with classroom study, and participants earn a salary. Students participate in national competitions such as Baja SAE®, Micro Mouse, ASCE Concrete Canoe, and Robotic Football.

The Raabe College of Pharmacy
The Raabe College of Pharmacy has long been recognized as one of the premier colleges of pharmacy in the nation, producing graduates who have successful pharmacy practices and are active in local, state, and national health-related organizations. Students take professional pharmacy courses from day one in the 0–6 direct-admit program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy.

Student life and leadership opportunities
With more than 200 clubs and organizations, students can easily make new friends and lasting memories while pursuing opportunities for leadership roles in the many activities available on campus. Students from all disciplines participate in performing and fine arts, professional organizations, multicultural groups, intramural and club sports, religious organizations, Greek life, residential life programs, and much more.

Visit us!
There’s so much more to ONU—and Ada, Ohio. So come see our campus for yourself. The people you’ll meet—faculty members, admission counselors, athletic coaches—will help you understand for yourself how our firm foundation can launch you toward success.



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. It’s a small town, but we still do plenty of big things. And ONU is at the center of it all. Without the distractions of a big city, we home in on exploring what excites us, solving what puzzles us, and building strong relationships with our community.


• 3,116 students
• Students represent 50 states and 15 countries
• 19 average class size
• Student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1
• 588 faculty and staff members
• 33,421 alumni from 50 states and 69 countries
• Our scenic campus is located within 90 minutes of several major cities: Dayton, Columbus, Toledo and Ft. Wayne.
• Klondike is our mascot; our school colors are orange and black
• Melissa J. Baumann is the 12th president of Ohio Northern
• 342 acres make up our beautiful campus
• 23 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III, Ohio Athletic Conference

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “My most memorable moment as an ONU student would have to be the first ONUnity event we had on campus. It was very comforting seeing how many students and faculty truly cared about diversity on this campus.”

    • Limani Laster
      Construction Management
  • “The rural community setting allowed me to enhance and practice my classroom-learned clinical skills by providing health care services and health education to underserved populations that need it the most. This showed me that I, as an individual future pharmacist, have a huge role to play in the health and well-being of my community and that I can make a positive impact on someone's life, which in turn made me eager to embody that role."

    • Abdullah Alsamman
  • “When you tell employers you graduated from ONU, that just puts you above the other candidates. Additionally, the faculty are here for you. They give you their number if you have a question on a problem or just need to talk. All of the professors have worked in higher-profile companies and experienced it, and now they're teaching us.”

    • Xavier Williams
  • “There's been a huge 180-degree transformation in me. Before I came here, I used to be reserved and shy. If I would talk in front of people, I would literally cry, but with the exposure here, I feel confident talking now. I've always had that struggle of finding where I belong, but being here has made me realize that you can just be you.”

    • Amara Egbujor