SMALL UNIVERSITY, HUGE IMPACT.
Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level in everything they do.
ONU has a rich history of academic excellence, and we’re always evolving to meet society’s ever-changing needs. We’ve most recently been recognized for teaching quality, high graduation rates, commitment to volunteer service and, most impressively, providing a high return on investment for our graduates.
LIFELONG GROWTH IS OUR EVERYDAY MISSION
Our values at ONU have been influenced by a unique history and an enduring affiliation with the United Methodist Church. We’re inspired by the higher values of truth, beauty and goodness. Above all, our mission is to prepare students for success in their careers and service to their communities, the nation and the world.
Students at ONU work closely with faculty so they can learn to think critically, creatively and entrepreneurially. The practical experience they gain at ONU, along with creative exploration outside of the classroom, prepares students for a lifetime of personal growth.
ONU AT A GLANCE
Ohio Northern University was established in 1871 in the Village of Ada, Ohio. Our scenic campus is located about 80 miles northwest of Columbus, Ohio. The University is made up of five colleges, each preparing students to take on whatever challenges they see in the world.
- 3,238 students
- More than 70 programs of study
- Representing 34 states and 25 countries
- 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Average freshman class size: 19
- 653 faculty and staff
- 83 percent of full-time faculty have Ph.D.s or terminal degrees.
- 31,357 alumni
- Daniel A. DiBiasio is the 11th president of Ohio Northern University.
- 342-acre campus
- Mascot – Polar Bear named Klondike
- NCAA Division III, Ohio Athletic Conference – 12 men’s and 11 women’s teams
- School colors – orange and black
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Ohio Northern University began with a single person and a single idea. In 1871, Henry Solomon Lehr, with support from the community, founded the Northwestern Ohio Normal School as a teacher training institution. Two other name changes would follow; first, to Ohio Normal University and second, in 1903, to Ohio Northern University. The evolution from a normal school to a true university reflects an impressive period of growth in both size and scope, one that distinctively combined traditional arts and sciences departments and education with the professional fields of engineering, pharmacy, law, and business. In 1899, the University affiliated with the United Methodist Church and more intentionally embraced the Judeo-Christian values of becoming church-related. From these beginnings, Ohio Northern University has developed a focus on teaching, learning, scholarship, and professional practice, and a campus environment that is student-centered, service-oriented, and values-based.
OUR PIONEERING ATTITUDE IS OUR OLDEST TRADITION.
Ohio Northern’s ambitious, pioneering attitude has been alive since the very beginning. The school started with a single person and a single idea. With the help of the community, Henry Solomon Lehr founded the Northwestern Ohio Normal School in 1871. When the college’s curriculum grew to include pharmacy, engineering, law and business programs, its name was changed to Ohio Normal University and, eventually, in 1903, Ohio Northern University.
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.
Ohio Northern University’s vision is to be among the best private, comprehensive universities in the nation, known for programs of excellence and distinction and recognized for effectively integrating arts and sciences disciplines, professional studies, high impact learning, and civic engagement.
To achieve higher levels of excellence and distinction and greater national recognition, the University will build on its current strengths and pursue the following key elements of a shared strategic vision:
- We will identify and implement opportunities for both new and existing academic program growth with programs in the allied health professions among the first to be considered.
- We will adopt technology resources that enhance student learning and improve administrative functioning.
- We will align our financial aid policies, curriculum, and support services to become a peer leader in graduating students in four years.
- We will build strategic partnerships and expand opportunities to serve our local communities, the region, and beyond.
- We will develop a new campus master plan to meet academic and co-curricular needs, focusing first on a new engineering building and enhanced student services.
- We will incorporate sustainable practices to be better stewards of our environmental, energy, and financial resources.
- We will improve the financial state and fiscal strength of the University.
- We will develop a more compelling brand promise for the University that will advance and enhance our national reputation.
By successfully implementing these key strategies, Ohio Northern University will be poised to celebrate its sesquicentennial year in 2021 and be prepared for continued 21st century success.
- Collaboration: We encourage the development of unique collaborations that further distinguish the university
- Community: We are a community that strives to be “purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring, and celebrative” (Boyer, 1990) and that is strengthened by engaging all members of the community in the life of the University
- Diversity: We value the core belief expressed in the University’s motto, “Ex diversitate vires, “out of diversity strength,” and provide experiences and programs that prepare graduates for success in a diverse nation and world.
- Excellence: We aspire to achieve the highest standards of performance in our professional fields and our roles at the University.
- Faith: We celebrate the University’s historic relationship and active affiliation with the United Methodist Church and welcome persons of all faiths by providing a supportive environment for their moral and spiritual growth.
- Integrity: We expect individuals to conduct themselves with honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for others.
- Service: We encourage service to others and civic engagement, both as a commitment to community involvement and as a responsibility of democratic citizenship.
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, 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 hone in on exploring what excites us, solving what puzzles us, and building strong relationships with our community.
SEE FOR YOURSELF
The best way to get a feel for the friendly atmosphere of Ada is to come experience it for yourself. The Inn at Ohio Northern University is our beautiful full-service hotel located right on campus. And when you visit, don’t forget to come hungry. Some of our favorite local restaurants are Padrone’s Pizza, El Campo, and Viva Maria’s.
Once part of the Great Black Swamp and then American Indian territory, Hardin County was organized in 1833 and named after John Hardin, a Revolutionary War officer. Kenton is the county’s largest town and the county seat. With rich farmland and abundant timber, the county’s main industry is agriculture. But the county also boasts many successful small and large businesses powered by a hardworking and resilient workforce. The county also is home to an Old Order Amish community. These private and plain people travel by horse and buggy and do not have electricity or telephones in their homes. Visitors can traverse scenic roadways past Amish farms and stop to purchase fresh produce, honey, baskets, quilts, soaps and more.
The village of Ada is a place where you can breathe and just be. The kind of place that, when you move away, you feel nostalgic for your entire life. Experience all that small-town living has to offer – the friendly people, the festivals, the varied restaurants and shops, and the memories that last a lifetime.
Ada is a short road trip away from many prime destinations. Check out the distance from Ada to four big “C” cities: Columbus is 1½ hours, Cleveland and Cincinnati are 2½ hours, and Chicago is 4 hours. Bluffton, located about 15 minutes away, offers main street shops offering everything from sports gear to crafts from developing countries. Findlay and Lima, both mid-sized cities, are 20 to 30 minutes down the road from Ada and offer expanded opportunities for shopping, culture and dining.
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