#6 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

Ohio Northern University

Ada, Ohio

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Ohio Northern University overview
Location Ada, Ohio
Online onu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Ohio Northern University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Ohio Northern University (ONU), located in the small village of Ada, Ohio, offers a blend of liberal arts and professional programs to its student body. Founded in 1871, this private institution sits on a 342-acre residential campus marked by its distinctive blend of modern and historic architecture. ONU is approximately 80 miles northwest of Columbus, providing access to urban amenities while maintaining a close-knit, rural atmosphere. The university is recognized for its rigorous academics and boasts notable programs in pharmacy, engineering, and business. Admissions at Ohio Northern are considered selective, with an emphasis on a candidate's academic achievements and potential. The university also offers on-campus housing options to foster a residential learning environment. While Ohio Northern University participates in NCAA Division III athletics, it does not emphasize a sports-centric culture, instead prioritizing a comprehensive educational experience.

In the most recent statistical year 5,205 prospective students applied, and 3,586 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 738 enrolled in the school.  2,846 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 270 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $34,390 plus fees of $990. ONU is ranked 217 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












ONU is rated within the top 32% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Ohio Northern University overview
SAT 1090/1300
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.78

Applications Accepted

Ohio Northern University overview
Applications Due Aug 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Ohio Northern University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$990
Room and Board $12,650
Budget for Other Expenses$2,247
Total One Year Cost$52,077

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$71,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

65% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Ohio Northern University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 19%
Engineering 16%
Health Professions 11%
Biology 7%
Education 7%

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