See what students say:


Many students are attracted to Ohio Northern University‘s “prestigious” Raabe College of Pharmacy, a “six-year program” that “is focused on developing the next generation of clinical pharmacists who are well rounded leaders, clinicians, and members of society.” But this comprehensive university offers its 2,900 students lots of other outstanding academic options: “The accounting program is highly ranked,” “it has a great political science program that has sent many students to graduate school and politics,” and “the engineering college is great.” An ONU education provides practical applications for knowledge as well as theoretical ones, with a “wonderful incorporation of current events and timeless business principles.” Students are also drawn to ONU‘s “good financial aid” and “varsity sports,” with one athlete noting that ONU “was my most affordable option of Division III schools where I could play soccer and receive a quality education.” Undergrads feel that their “renowned faculty” “are outstanding and all influential in the field,” but also that their “professors are very friendly and down to earth” and that they “are real and treat students like people not as if they are beneath them, so it is easier to understand material.” In addition to academic performance, “professors care about the student‘s well-being and future endeavors” and “they are always available to help.” “It‘s great that even though there are 170-plus senior pharmacy majors, the professors still know my name.” ONU‘s “classes are tough, no doubt about it,” but “my overall academic experience has been above and beyond anything I could‘ve expected.” As a whole, students call ONU “a top-notch education with a family-like atmosphere that is very conducive for learning and excelling in many disciplines.”

Student Body

As you might expect, “in a small town, students must get along because there are high chances they will see one another again,” so at ONU, “everyone is very caring toward each other.” The typical ONU student “is committed to academics, to service, and has leadership potential,” and students appreciate that “everyone here finds a supportive group of friends.” Many students are Midwestern and “some denomination of Christian,” with a majority of ONU’s population hailing from “instate, some surrounding states and internationals.” Students see themselves as involved and conscientious: ONU students often belong to “several clubs and organizations,” are “always willing to help or mentor younger students, and very concerned about academic success.” One undergrad offers this bit of advice: “Most students are friends with other people in the same activities that they’re involved in, so join something you’re interested in and don’t be shy!”

Campus Life

ONU’s hometown of Ada, OH, is a “small town,” but one with “good places to eat and a movie theatre.” There’s also a “big town,” Columbus, ninety minutes away “with a lot of attractions so always something to do if you have the time to drive.” “Because we are in a small town, the students bond together to find fun things to do,” including D3 athletics and “pick-up sports games,” “fraternity house parties and local bars (The Regal Beagle and The Cask Room),” as well as “several university-sponsored events throughout the year.” Socializing and academics mix freely: “People love hanging out with each other, especially when they are trying to get things done.” Social life can be a “mixed bag” of “students who spend all of their time focused on school” and “a good number of students who enjoy having a good time and hanging out with friends”; still “people here are very relaxed—you do what you want and everyone is fine with you being who you are.” “Students usually party on the weekends,” but “hard drugs are rare.” Dorm life is also popular: “It’s easy to have fun in the dorms, especially during winter.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Jane Crace
Executive Secretary to VP of Enrollment

Office of Admission
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
ONU Sports Center
Mathile Natural Sciences Center
Performing Arts Center
New Student Apartments
James F. Dicke Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Northern on Main Coffee Cafe
El Campo Mexican Restaurant
Viva Maria's Italian Restaurant

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:00-4:30 M-F; 8:00-12:00 Most Sat.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Interview is an information session.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Must be applied and accepted to ONU.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports are located in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo which are all about 1.5 hours from campus. Greyhound Bus Station located in Lima, OH - 20 minutes from campus. Train Station located in Fremont, OH.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Detroit MI (2.5 hrs.) From Toledo OH (1 hr 15 mins.) Take I-75 south to Mt. Cory/Ada exit; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Chicago, IL (5 hrs.) Take I-90 east to Toledo, Ohio; then I-75 south to Mt. Cory/Ada exit; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. Or take I-90 to 65 south then US 30 east to Fort Wayne, IN (see Fort Wayne directions). From Fort Wayne, IN (1.5 hrs.) Take US 30 east to State Route 235;then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Indianapolis, IN (3 hrs.) Take I-70 east to Dayton, Ohio, then I-75 north to Lima, Ohio; then State Route 81 east to State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Cincinnati, OH (2.5 hrs.) Dayton, OH (1.5 hrs.) Take I-75 north to Lima Ohio; then State Route 81 east to State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Columbus, OH (1.5 hrs.) Take I-270 northwest to US 33 west to Marysville, Ohio; then State Route 31 to Kenton, Ohio; then State Route 309 west 13 miles to the intersection of State Route 235; then State Route 235 north to Ada, Ohio. From East Cleveland (3 hrs.) Take I- 271 south; then I-71 south to Route 30; then Route 30 west to State Route 235; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From West Cleveland (2.5 hrs.) Take the turnpike, Route 80, west to Route 53 south exit, follow Route 53 south to Route 6 west; then Route 6 west to I-75 ; then I-75 south to Mt. Cory/Ada exit; then State Route 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Pittsburgh, PA (north) (4 hrs.) Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) west to Ohio Turnpike (I-76) west; then I-76 west continuing through Akron, Ohio; then I-71 south; then US 30 west; then SR 235 south to Ada, Ohio. From Pittsburgh, PA (south) (4 hrs.) Take I-70 west to Columbus; then I-270 northwest; then US 33 north to Marysville, Ohio; then SR 31 north to Kenton, Ohio; then SR 309 west; then SR 235 north to Ada, Ohio.

Local Accommodations
The Inn at Ohio Northern University - Ada, OH Comfort Inn - Bluffton, OH Holiday Inn Holidome - Lima, OH Hampton Inn - Lima, OH Motel 6 - Lima, OH Amerihost Inn - Kenton, OH


Applicants: 3,108
Acceptance Rate: 69%
Average HS GPA: 3.60



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