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An Education of Value

Ohio Northern University is a private, comprehensive University, comprising five colleges, that blends liberal arts and professional education. Talented, motivated students engage in abundant activities in and out of the classroom and graduate with an education with one of the highest returns on investment in the nation. • Ranked No. 2 among Midwest Regional Colleges by U.S. News & World Report in Best Colleges 2014

• Ranked No. 37 nationwide among baccalaureate colleges in Washington Monthly’s College Rankings (2013)

• Named in Colleges of Distinction (2013), a guide profiling America’s most distinguished teaching-centered colleges and universities

• Listed in The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges 2014 Edition

• Recognized as Private University of the Year by The Washington Center

• One of the top universities in the state of Ohio for return on college investment

• Graduates rank in the Top 10 for median starting salary among private, nonprofit colleges and universities

Costs? Scholarships? Debt? Affordability? These days, the news is all about skyrocketing student debt. But the truth is this: There are many factors involved, and it’s wise for families to get all the facts before making a decision that can impact their student’s future. With knowledge about the real cost of the education and the return on that investment, students can fulfill their dreams without the burden of unmanageable debt.

Consider these five facts about an ONU education:

1. Ohio Northern University invests in the success of its students by offering more than $58 million in gift assistance annually.

2. After only six months, Ohio Northern’s 2012 graduates have an overall placement rate of 92 percent for jobs and graduate school.

3. Ohio Northern University’s graduates repay their loans at a remarkable 99 percent rate, meaning that only 1 percent has defaulted. The national default rate is more than 8 percent.

4. Ohio Northern’s “return on investment,” or ROI, as calculated by a 2012 PayScale study places ONU’s graduates and their earning power in the top 21 percent nationally and among the top six schools in Ohio. This ROI analysis is significant evidence that ONU graduates fare better than most in terms of earnings over time.

5. Ohio Northern is ranked third among schools in Ohio for its students’ greatest

lifetime return on investment (ROI) according to a “Affordable College Online: Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Ohio” ranking.

ONU’s professional financial aid staff offers an individualized approach to financial aid counseling, with a goal of making a Northern education possible while keeping students informed about their investment.


Our Mission: Your Academic Success. Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, we are introducing The Ohio Northern Promise, a significant commitment by ONU to improve the affordability of higher education for more families across the country.

The Ohio Northern Promise has four key components: 1. 20-25 percent reduction in tuition rates (based on 2013-14 rates) 2. A four-year graduation guarantee* 3. Hands-on high-impact learning, such as internships, capstone courses, field experiences, study

abroad, experiential learning and service learning. 4. Consistent job placement and graduate and professional school admissions rates for graduates –our graduates have an average placement rate of 93 percent since 2006.

*Available across most undergraduate programs

Scholarships and Awards Scholarships and Awards

All scholarship amounts listed below are annual, renewable awards.


$11,000 - $16,000 per year Average recipient GPA of 4.0 or higher and an average ACT/SAT equivalent of 29


$7,000 - $9,000 per year

Average recipient GPA of 3.75 or higher and an average ACT/SAT equivalent of 26


$4,000 - $6,000 per year

Average recipient GPA of 3.5 or higher and an average ACT/SAT equivalent of 24

Affordable Excellence. Tuition reset by college College

2013-14 2014-15 Reset Difference

Arts & Sciences




Business Administration $36,470




$38,950 $31,500 ($7,450)


$40,990 $32,500 ($8,490)

The average ACT composite score of incoming students at ONU is 26, and the student body includes 360 valedictorians and salutatorians. More than 90 percent of undergraduate students receive financial help in the form of aid, grants and scholarships.

“In addition to giving us great professors and a really excellent education, Ohio Northern gave us outstanding opportunities for leadership.”

AN EXPERIENCE TO Carla Bender Kim, BS ’97 Principal investigator Children’s Hospital Boston

Charlie Kim, BSBA ’98 Principal Mayfly Capital LLC

Ohio Northern has more than living alumni, many of whom are engaged in the life of


their alma mater today. They mentor, coach, teach, donate and reunite to renew friendships and reconnect with the University community.

“I credit ONU for many wonderful relationships in my life and an incredible education.” -Paul Carbetta II, BSBA ’90

“In the course of six years while earning my PharmD, I developed as a student, as a leader, and as a professional.” -Mehgan Davlin, PharmD ’09 Division director, Ambulatory and Care Transitions, Department of Pharmacy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

REMEMBER Bob Peterson, BSME ’83 Academy Award-winning director and animator, Pixar Animation Studios, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Up, Toy Story “When I came to ONU, I was a young kid looking through the window at the world. ONU opened that window to experience and knowledge. They cultivated me as a whole person. I was an engineering student by day and a cartoonist for the school newspaper at night.”


Joelle George Canton, Ohio

Major: Professional writing Internship: Sakae Institute of Study Abroad


LEARNING FOR BEGINNERS I went to teach at Sakae Institute of Study Abroad and ended up learning 10 times more than I could ever teach. I expected to learn some big things, like how to roll sushi or how to make an origami crane, but it’s the little things that take you by surprise. Going into my senior year, I was excited to accept my fancy piece of paper and move on with my life. However, working with these students made me passionate about learning again. Sakae helped to remind me why I chose Ohio Northern as well as how I came to fall in love with the English language.

Ohio Northern gives you the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives.

Northern Without Borders


What began as a routine medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic is now a campus-wide movement to connect ONU students with service opportunities around the globe. This year, the group returns to the Dominican Republic to organize medical clinics, engineering projects, education projects and much more.

The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus stopped at Ohio Northern University as part of its “Road to the White House� tour. Individuals were encouraged to explore the state-of-the-art C-SPAN bus, which featured an interactive, educational experience with the goal of providing resources to enhance thought and discussion of government and public affairs.

ITIES of A LIFETIME REAL CLIENTS, REAL PROJECTS Students complete a senior capstone project, integrating all the knowledge and skills they have gained into one final project. In the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, each capstone team tackles a real project for a real client, such as the Meijer Business Challenge.

High-Impact Practices Instilling our students with a passion for learning happens every day inside our small, intimate classrooms. But it goes beyond that; we also believe in engaging and empowering our students through an abundance of experiential learning opportunities that happen outside the classroom. We like to refer to it as high-impact learning – where students have the chance to roll up their sleeves, apply the knowledge they’ve gained, and actually solve challenges and develop solutions in a hands-on environment. It’s our hands-on “experiential learning” philosophy, and we build it into every academic program at Ohio Northern University.

Business competitions Baja engineering competition

Student teaching

EVIDENCE OF EXCELLENCE Barry M. Goldwater scholars Courtney Olson Chemistry Hayward, Wis.

Students in the sciences have been honored for eight consecutive years by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Morgan Hammer Chemistry and mathematics Findlay, Ohio

How to Begin BECOMING A POLAR BEAR IS EASY (THE THREE-STEP PLAN) No. 1. Visit campus. You’ll discover that Northern has exactly what you’re looking for.

During your visit, you’ll be able to:

• Tour the campus with a current student • Visit with a faculty member in your area of study • Meet with an admissions staff member • Meet with a financial aid staff member* • Meet with an athletic coach* • Attend a class* • Meet with the director of the Honors Program*

* Available upon request

A campus visit is highly encouraged for admission consideration. To schedule a visit, call 888-408-4668 or go to

No. 2. Apply Now - it’s FREE!

Review application requirements and apply online for free at DEADLINES Pharmacy: December 1 All other programs: rolling admission – apply anytime

No. 3. Investigate all possibilities for financial aid.

An Ohio Northern education is closer than you think; it’s within reach. In fact, more than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid from need- or merit-based sources. There are grants and awards available for siblings of ONU students and dependents of ONU graduates. Other scholarships reward musical, artistic and scholastic talents. Plus, a number of need- and non-need-based grants and awards are also available. To learn more, visit

That’s it. Three easy steps.

Office of Admissions 525 S. Main St. Ada, Ohio 45810



ONLY A CAMPUS VISIT WILL GIVE YOU THE COMPLETE EXPERIENCE Go online to schedule your visit at Email: Call: 888-408-4668

The programs of Ohio Northern University are open to all without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.



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