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Ohio Northern University (ONU)
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Address: 525 South Main Street
City: Ada
State Zip/Postal Code: OH 45810
Phone: 419-772-2000
Fax: 419-772-2821
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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.

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.

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
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

Type & Affiliation of School: Private College or University - Religious
Size and Mobility of School: Small (0-5K) - Residential
Actual Enrollment: 2,259
Type of Enrollment - Population: Mostly traditional age (18-22 years old)
Predominant Racial Makeup: White non-Hispanic
Political Classification: Conservative
Religious Affiliation: Methodist - United Methodist Church
Size of City: Small town (5-25K population without students)
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