Ohio Northern University

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How Well Is Ohio Northern University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Ohio Northern University was awarded 48 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is engineering technologies.

Overall Quality

ONU landed the #594 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

ONU also holds the #22 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into ONU?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Ohio Northern University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 65%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 24% of students accepted to ONU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 650. Math scores were between 560 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 540 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 560 to 670 )
ONU received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 22 to 28 )

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Ohio Northern University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at ONU it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Ohio Northern University is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ohio Northern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Ohio Northern University has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At ONU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 55%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Ohio Northern University.

Ohio Northern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,130 undergraduates at ONU with 2,037 being full-time and 93 being part-time.

How Much Does Ohio Northern University Cost?

The overall average net price of ONU is $25,056. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ONU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$19,399 $19,038 $22,793 $26,299 $29,509

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ONU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At ONU, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $14,180 a year. That adds up to $56,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ONU is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do ONU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from ONU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $72,235 in their early years. That's great news for ONU students since it is 70% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Ohio Northern University make the most money.

Location of Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Ada, Ohio. Ada is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for ONU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 525 S. Main St, Ada, OH 45810-1599
Phone: 419-772-2000
Website: www.onu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OhioNorthern
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ohionorthern

Ohio Northern University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 55 majors graduated from Ohio Northern University. Of these students, 431 received undergraduate degrees and 171 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 42 $66,379
Nursing 30 $60,628
Accounting 25 NA
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 22 $39,800
Construction Management 18 NA
Civil Engineering 18 $56,895
Marketing 17 $38,820
General Biology 17 $30,524
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 17 $42,927
Industrial Production Technology 16 $66,764

Learn more about the majors offered at Ohio Northern University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ONU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 790 students took at least one online class at Ohio Northern University. This is an increase from the 144 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 790 1
2018-2019 144 0
2017-2018 36 0
2016-2017 121 0
2015-2016 101 0

Learn more about online learning at Ohio Northern University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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