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ONU Characteristics

Ohio Northern University is a private, selective, comprehensive, student-centered, United Methodist Church-related, co-educational university offering undergraduate, graduate, and first professional degrees in five colleges.  The campus is located on 342 acres in the rural northwest Ohio community of Ada (3,500 full-time residents).  Nearby communities include Kenton (8,300), Findlay (41,200), and Lima (38,800).

There is a vibrant campus life with nearly 200 student clubs and organizations.

The ONU student population (Fall, 2010) is approximately 3,570 representing 42 states and 23 countries.  The student-faculty ratio is 11:1 with a six month overall placement rate of 93% (2010).  ONU’s 11 men’s and 10 women’s varsity teams participate in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference.

Evidence of academic excellence includes the Washington Monthly’s College Rankings (No. 24 nationwide among baccalaureate colleges), eight consecutive years ranked among the top five baccalaureate schools in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, inclusion in Colleges of Distinction (2011) which profiles America’s most distinguished teaching-centered colleges and universities, inclusion as one of About.com’s Top Ten Ohio Colleges, among the top 100 private four-year colleges and small universities in Peterson’s Competitive College Guide (2011), and being listed in Princeton Review’s The Best 376 Colleges 2012 Edition. Ohio Northern University is also listed as one of the top 200 programs in the nation for creative students in Creative Colleges:  A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers. Students in the sciences have been honored for seven consecutive years by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.