Do more, achieve more. As a Ohio Northern University student, you’ll do more. You’ll forge connections and solve problems. You’ll explore new paths and innovate strategies. You’ll network, lead, communicate, research, travel and brainstorm. We call it high-impact learning. It’s a full immersion experience with proven success. The best complement to high-impact learning is a balanced student experience. That’s why Ohio Northern is committed to producing students who are practical, passionate and involved. All three characteristics are important in building a fulfilling and successful future, and rest assured: if you become a Polar Bear, you’ll have found a winning combination. With a 96% job and graduate school placement rate, ONU is ranked as the #1 university in Ohio and #3 university in the country for job placement by the career guidance site, Zippia.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Pharmacy

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Study Abroad
  • Esports

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Ohio Northern University operates on a rolling admission for all first year programs except Pharmacy. In addition to the application, please submit a high school transcript and official ACT or SAT scores (unless you are applying test-optional). An interview is also required for Pharmacy admission. For priority scholarship consideration, you are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1, 2020. You should apply as a first year student if you have not graduated from high school at the time of application. This includes students that have completed or are enrolled in dual enrollment/College Credit Plus coursework while still in high school.


Ohio Northern University accepts transfer students for spring (January start) or fall (August start) semester. In addition to the transfer application, please submit your official high school transcript and official transcripts from all current or previous colleges/universities. At ONU, you should apply as a transfer student if you have completed a high school degree and have completed credits (or are currently enrolled) at another college/university after receiving your high school degree.

Visit us

Applicants to Ohio Northern University are encouraged to schedule and complete a fall campus visit at Your campus visit will include a campus tour with a current ONU student, time with an admissions counselor, and an individual appointment with a faculty member in your chosen area of study. Campus visits are offered during the week and on Saturday mornings. Students offered admission for Fall 2021 are invited to attend Orange and Black Accepted Student Days held in February and March. This is a special visit program designed to assist you in making your final decision.

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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810, United States of America

Phone number

(888) 408-4668