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Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic college town 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.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:1,892 beds

Ohio Northern University offers a variety of housing to students based on their academic status. First-year students are placed in traditional residence halls by the Office of Residence Life. All students in the residence halls and suites must purchase a meal plan. New students may request a roommate when they complete the required housing forms online.
Upperclassmen live in suite style rooms or fully-furnished apartments.

Off Campus Housing

Any student that is applying for living off campus must meet one of the following requirements and receive approval from Residence Life.

  • Three years (six semesters) in the residence halls or apartments
  • 23 years of age
  • The student will be commuting daily from the permanent home address of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 30-mile driving distance of ONU; Please note that the Office of Residence Life considers the permanent home address of the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to be the address of record on file with federal, state and local tax agencies and where a minimum of one of the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) resides. This is the information that is on file through our Financial Aid and Admissions Offices.
  • Proof of an undergraduate degree
  • Proof of having served in the armed forces and qualified for veterans' benefits
  • Proof of marriage and proof that student is residing with spouse within a 30-mile driving distance of ONU


Ohio Northern offers a very active and dynamic club sports program meeting the needs of some 800+ ONU students who want to stay active in previous sports they have participated in during high school or to explore the opportunity to try a new sport. Activities for club sports range from practices to improve skills to competition against state, regional or national competition against other colleges and universities from across the U.S. For more information on any of ONU current club sports team, please contact team representatives listed below.

Club sports are overseen by policies administered by both the Athletics Department and the Student Affairs division of ONU and all club sports must complete the appropriate university paperwork to be an officially recognized ONU student-sponsored organization. If you are interested in starting a new club sport program at ONU, please contact Brian Hofman, Asst. Director of Athletics for Club Sports and Recreational Activities, at


With more than 200 clubs and organizations, there’s something for nearly every interest at ONU. Look below for a list of active campus organizations along with their contact persons.

And if you can’t find the club you’re after, start it yourself! Everything you need to know about forming a student organization at ONU can be found in the Recognition Packet (pdf). Guidelines for writing your constitution and bylaws are available here. Just submit an application for recognition once your group has accumulated all of these necessary items. Any questions? Contact

If you're a student leader and want a complete report of all of your student organization/club involvement at ONU, you can request a co-curricular transcript.

Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology provides various support services to the Ohio Northern University campus and community. It is our goal to enhance the overall learning experience for students, faculty and staff by introducing and maintaining the most current technology standards, procedures and equipment.


We welcome diversity in all its forms at ONU. When you surround yourself with people from different backgrounds and cultures, you begin to look at the world through a new lens. Nineteen percent of our students are from other states and foreign countries, and the Office of Multicultural Development works to create an inclusive campus environment for everyone. We encourage you to develop new, diverse relationships at ONU. Who knows what inspiration could come of it?

Special Services


Ohio Northern does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Accordingly, the school will provide reasonable academic accommodations when the student provides sufficient documentation describing his or her disability and the accommodation(s) requested in accordance with school procedures.

It is important to note that colleges and universities have different guidelines than high schools relating to what documentation is required for accommodations to be granted, and it is encouraged that students review all of the materials below thoroughly before requesting accommodations.

Information on the undergraduate colleges’ policy and the necessary forms are available below. Students interested in the College of Law’s Disability Services policies should click here.

International Involvement

Direct Exchange Programs are those in which Ohio Northern University has entered a bilateral agreement with the hosting institution to send and receive students and faculty. Students participating in direct exchange programs continue registration as Ohio Northern students and normal tuition/financial aid conditions apply. This option provides the smoothest possible method of academic credit transfer and resolution of billing issues.

Please contact the Study Abroad Office and examine the websites below for more information about studying in these locations.

Dankook University - Seoul, South Korea
Da-Yeh University - Changhua, Taiwan
Hanyang University - Seoul, South Korea
Kansai Gaidai University - Osaka, Japan
Ming Chuan University - Taipei, Taiwan
Ritsumeikan University - Kyoto, Japan

Aalto University School of Business - Mikkeli, Finland
Arnhem Business School - Arnhem, Netherlands
Glasgow Caledonian University - Glasgow, Scotland
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija - Madrid, Spain
University of Eastern Finland - Joensuu, Finland

Campus Tour


  • Sign up for an individual campus visit, hosted by the Office of Admissions, on weekdays and most Saturday mornings. Morning and afternoon options are available.
  • Admissions office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. A limited number of Saturday visit options are available in the summer. Visits are available most Saturdays during the school year.
  • Campus tours are offered as a regular part of all campus visits and group-visit events (e.g., Polar Preview Days).
  • Please note that we request a one-week advance notice prior to your scheduled campus visit/tour.


  • A campus tour with a current student
  • A visit with a faculty member in your area of interest
  • A meeting with an admissions counselor


  • Attend a class (when classes are in session)
  • Meet with a financial aid staff member
  • Connect with an athletics coach


Saturday visits are offered in fall and spring with a limited number offered in the summer. Admissions and faculty information sessions will be conducted in a group setting; however, staff members are available to answer any individual questions.

Modified on September 18, 2020

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