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Get the facts about Ohio Northern University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Ohio Northern University Ranked?

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2021 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 20 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

ONU is ranked #243 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

ONU is also ranked #8 out of 80 schools in Ohio.

See all of the rankings for Ohio Northern University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ONU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Ohio Northern University is a competitive 66%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 3% 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 550 and 630. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 550 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 580 to 680 )
ONU received ACT scores from 91% 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

At ONU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ohio Northern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 82% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Ohio Northern University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  82 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at ONU for first-time, full-time students is 50%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  50 out of 100

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

Average Overall Diversity at ONU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,239 undergraduates at ONU with 2,095 being full-time and 144 being part-time.

ONU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

ONU scored 48.45 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  48.45 out of 100
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How Much Does Ohio Northern University Cost?

The overall average net price of ONU is $22,854. 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 +
$20,277 $18,315 $19,925 $23,341 $27,778

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ONU, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $12,636 a year. That adds up to $50,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ONU is 3.7%. 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 $63,500 in their early years. This is good news for future ONU graduates since it is 60% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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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Location of Ohio Northern University

Contact details for ONU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 525 S. Main St, Ada, OH 45810-1599
Phone: 419-772-2000

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, 415 received undergraduate degrees and 219 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 44 $66,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 NA
Civil Engineering 24 $62,800
Accounting 22 NA
Health & Physical Education 19 $18,600
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 18 NA
Construction Management 18 NA
Nursing 18 $59,200
Marketing 17 NA
General Biology 16 NA

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 36 students took at least one online class at Ohio Northern University. This is a decrease from the 121 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 36 0
2016-2017 121 0
2015-2016 101 0
2014-2015 135 0
2013-2014 0 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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