Ohio Northern University

Introduction

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.

MISSION

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.

VISION 2021

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.

CORE VALUES

  • 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.

THE AREA

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.

ADA

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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Bachelor Biochemistry

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

With a chemistry or biochemistry degree from our American Chemical Society-accredited department, you could end up working on a cure for cancer; monitoring the ozone layer that protects us from the sun; researching superior energy solutions (i.e., battery technology or solar panels); developing new textiles, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products; or solving water-pollution problems. [+]

GO FOR A POSITIVE REACTION With a chemistry or biochemistry degree from our American Chemical Society-accredited department, you could end up working on a cure for cancer; monitoring the ozone layer that protects us from the sun; researching superior energy solutions (i.e., battery technology or solar panels); developing new textiles, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products; or solving water-pollution problems. Our program combines rigorous academics with extensive opportunities for research and work in the lab. You’ll gain a solid foundation in the math and the physical sciences while developing your critical-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills are in demand in today’s workforce. Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention you’ll find here. Even as a freshman, you’ll have the opportunity to be in the lab working with real professors – not graduate assistants or lab instructors. Throughout your four years, you’ll have the chance to design and conduct your own experiments, work on independent projects, assist professors with grant-funded research, present your research at regional and/or national conferences, and possibly even co-author an article for an international chemistry journal. The opportunities open to you are truly incredible! Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be an elite chemistry/biochemistry student – part of our family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, co-ops, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and... [-]

Bachelor Computer Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

In the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the computer engineering field. You’ll take courses in electric circuits, embedded systems and computer architecture. If you’re passionate about a particular subject – like computer networks, digital image processing or robotics – you can choose from a variety of upper-level elective courses in these areas. [+]

CONTROL THE MACHINES THAT CONTROL THE WORLD In the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the computer engineering field. You’ll take courses in electric circuits, embedded systems and computer architecture. If you’re passionate about a particular subject – like computer networks, digital image processing or robotics – you can choose from a variety of upper-level elective courses in these areas. Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will open doors for you and help you succeed. Your computer engineering education will blend challenging coursework with hands-on, real-world learning experiences. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges for actual clients as early as your first year. You’ll apply the knowledge you learn in class, but, more importantly, you will have the opportunity to hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. These skills will help you find a job and land that promotion. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s working in computer security, designing software and hardware, or starting your own company! OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS MIGHTY MOUSE A-MAZES A mouse, a maze, a race to the center. At the Micromouse Competition – sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – students design, construct and program an autonomous robotic mouse to compete with... [-]

Bachelor Electrical Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

As an electrical engineering major in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the field. You’ll take courses on electronics, control systems, microprocessors and electric power. If you are interested in a particular area – like communications, power systems or advanced electronics – you can choose from a variety of upper-level elective courses in these areas. [+]

SPARK YOUR INGENUITY As an electrical engineering major in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the field. You’ll take courses on electronics, control systems, microprocessors and electric power. If you are interested in a particular area – like communications, power systems or advanced electronics – you can choose from a variety of upper-level elective courses in these areas. Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you. Your electrical engineering education will blend coursework with hands-on, real-world learning experiences. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges for actual clients as early as your first year. You will apply the knowledge you learn in class, but more importantly, you will have the opportunity to hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. These skills will help you find a job and land that promotion. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s designing the next generation smartphone, managing projects for a major energy corporation, building robotic systems or even launching your own company! OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS MIGHTY MOUSE A-MAZES A mouse, a maze, a race to the center. At the Micromouse Competition – sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – students design, construct and program... [-]

Bachelor Engineering Education

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

Our engineering education major is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The program will prepare you to become a licensed secondary math teacher but with a specialized engineering perspective. You’ll receive a solid foundation in engineering, mathematics and education. [+]

INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION Our engineering education major is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The program will prepare you to become a licensed secondary math teacher but with a specialized engineering perspective. You’ll receive a solid foundation in engineering, mathematics and education. You’ll take core engineering courses and then broaden your engineering knowledge through five technical electives in your areas of interest. Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you. The engineering education program blends challenging coursework with real-world learning. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges. You’ll go out into the community and the schools to work with children, introducing them to engineering with fun, hands-on projects that you design and develop. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with all age groups and design projects, lesson plans and curricula. These skills are essential for every successful teacher. Upon graduation, you’ll become an ambassador for the engineering profession – ready to have a positive impact on young people and to change the world! OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS SCHOOL DAYS, FUN DAYS Local schoolchildren claim it’s THE best day of the entire school year. And you’ll help plan it! The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy is a... [-]

Bachelor International Theater Production

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

Our unique program focuses on theatrical design, production and stage management – in the U.S. and internationally. You’ll graduate with a solid knowledge of the cultural and practical differences in theatre production, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers in theatre, opera and touring productions. [+]

GET BEHIND THE MAGIC Our unique program focuses on theatrical design, production and stage management – in the U.S. and internationally. You’ll graduate with a solid knowledge of the cultural and practical differences in theatre production, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers in theatre, opera and touring productions. We may be small, but our opportunities are big. In fact, our theatre program rivals what you’d find at a conservatory. Our international theatre production students stage dozens of campus and community productions. They interact with renowned designers, directors, playwrights and choreographers from the U.S. and countries like Scotland, Estonia, Ireland, Mexico and England. They travel each year to the United States Institute of Theatre Technology conference so our students can make contacts with employers and companies from all over the United States. They land incredible internships with theatre companies, and they study abroad. Here, you’ll be part of a family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our distinguished professors will bring out the best in you from the moment you arrive on campus until you graduate. They will become personally invested in your success. On campus, you’ll study and work in top-notch facilities with the latest equipment. The Freed Center for the Performing Arts includes a 550-seat proscenium theatre, a 132-seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, scenic and costume shops, smart classrooms, and a computer lab. Let’s be real; international theatre production is a competitive field. It won’t be easy to carve out a career. But... [-]

Bachelor Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you. [+]

MAKE THE WORLD BETTER At the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the field, learning about material science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, the design process and more. You’ll have the option of specializing in an area that you’re passionate about – like renewable energy, robotics, biomedical devices or manufacturing. Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you. Your mechanical engineering education will blend challenging coursework with real-world learning. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges for actual clients. You’ll not only apply the knowledge you learn in class, but also hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. These skills are essential to every successful mechanical engineer. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s designing the next-generation automobile, building a robotic system for a manufacturer, developing alternative energy solutions or starting your own company! OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS POWER IT WITH INGENUITY The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) – sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – is the ultimate test of ingenuity. Student teams design and build strong, lightweight and aerodynamic vehicles powered by humans. Then, the race is on! Which vehicle is the fastest? Which best meets design standards? Which is the most portable? ONU’s... [-]

Bachelor Risk Management & Insurance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

With this program, you’ll receive a solid foundation in all aspects of risk management – from loss and protection, to insurance regulation, to underwriting and claims adjusting. Professionals with these skills are in demand across a variety of industries. [+]

NAVIGATE THE FUTURE With this program, you’ll receive a solid foundation in all aspects of risk management – from loss and protection, to insurance regulation, to underwriting and claims adjusting. Professionals with these skills are in demand across a variety of industries. Networking is key in business, and it’s key here. With our small class sizes, you’ll get to know your professors, and they will get to know you. In fact, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor who will mentor you from day one until graduation. You’ll also interact with and learn from business leaders, entrepreneurs and ONU alumni who’ve forged amazing careers in many different industries. Your risk management and insurance education will blend rigorous coursework with real-world learning. You’ll work with actual companies to solve problems using risk assessment and mitigation strategies and tactics, including the use of a very important tool: insurance. You’ll engage in an internship that provides on-the-job training. You’ll hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, including jobs in fields such as risk management, insurance and insurance brokerage. OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS EXECUTIVE CLASSROOM Imagine traveling to a big city and meeting with senior executives from top companies – as an undergraduate student! The Executive Classroom is a special course that focuses on leadership and ethics. The course’s cornerstone is a trip to a major metropolitan area for intense days of meetings, networking and cultural activities. Past classes have traveled to Chicago and visited the... [-]

Bachelor Sport Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Columbus

If sports is your thing, why not make it your career? You don’t have to be a superstar athlete or coach to do it. The multibillion-dollar sports industry needs savvy individuals to work in sport management. Sports isn’t all about the athletes, coaches and competition. It’s also about business. Every sport and athletic enterprise needs people skilled in management, operations, public relations, marketing and sales to run things. [+]

GET ON THE BUSINESS SIDE If sports is your thing, why not make it your career? You don’t have to be a superstar athlete or coach to do it. The multibillion-dollar sports industry needs savvy individuals to work in sport management. Sports isn’t all about the athletes, coaches and competition. It’s also about business. Every sport and athletic enterprise needs people skilled in management, operations, public relations, marketing and sales to run things. At ONU, we’ll prepare you for a successful career in sport management. Our solid curriculum includes courses in sport management, sports law and ethics, communication studies and business. We also offer you the opportunity to complete a minor in an area that interests you, all while graduating in four years. We provide real-world learning through required internships and practicums within the ONU athletics program. With these experiences, you’ll learn to communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and lead. These skills are in demand in high school, collegiate and professional sports. Large institutions just can’t offer the individualized attention and opportunities you’ll find here. You’ll assist with promotions, media relations and facility management for our 23 NCAA Division III varsity teams. You’ll have the chance to get involved in professional organizations and attend regional and national conferences. You’ll go on road trips and complete an internship. You’ll build skills and confidence and figure out where you excel and what you’re passionate about. From day one, you’ll be part of our family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated... [-]

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