Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

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Start your career somewhere unexpected

Whether you dream of becoming a Fulbright Scholar, a public leader, or an Academy Award winner, Ohio Northern University will prepare you to launch your future from a strong foundation. 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.

We have a 97% 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.

Student life and leadership opportunities
With more than 200 clubs and organizations available to participate in, students can easily make new friends and lasting memories while pursuing opportunities for leadership roles in the many activities available on campus.

Strength through diversity
We welcome diversity in all of its forms at ONU—in fact, 19% of our students are from other states and foreign countries. When you surround yourself with people from different backgrounds and cultures, you begin to look at the world through a new lens. The Office of Multicultural Development works to create an inclusive campus environment for everyone and seeks to develop an identity for multicultural students. Students take an active role in all University activities. A variety of programs are hosted each year, including regular cultural celebrations that feature speakers, performers, music, films, dinners, exhibits, and workshops. Student organizations include Asian American Student Union, Black Student Union, Indian Student Association, Latino Student Union, Muslim Student Union, Men of Distinction, Sister Circle, the Gospel Ensemble, Open Doors, World Student Organization, and Vision Builders.



Ranked #3 among the "Best Regional Colleges" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Ranked #1 in Ohio and #3 in the country among the "Best Colleges in Each Sate for Getting a Job" | Zippia.com, 2022


Ranked among the top 12 "Small Colleges in the Midwest"  | The Wall Street Journal, 2022


Ranked #6 in the “Bachelor's Colleges” list | Washington Monthly, 2021


Named one of The Best 387 Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2022


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.

ONU Dimension Award

Ranging from $1,000–$7,000

Find the support you need to excel at ONU! Our Dimension Award Scholar Program provides financial assistance, social programming, and academic support to freshmen and transfer students from underrepresented racial or ethnic backgrounds. Ohio Northern University is committed to recruiting students from all segments of society and supporting their retention to graduation. Award amounts are based on academic credentials and financial need.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “My most memorable moment as an ONU student is 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 who 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 [at ONU], I feel confident talking now. I've always struggled finding where I belong, but being here has made me realize that you can just be you.”

    • Amara Egbujor