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

$30,423 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
69% Acceptance Rate

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into ONU?

You can apply to ONU online at:

Admission Requirements for ONU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into ONU?

69% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 69%, ONU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 15% 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 640. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 550 to 660 )
ONU received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 20 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford Ohio Northern University?

$30,423 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ONU is $30,423. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At ONU, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $14,357 a year. That adds up to $57,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ONU is 1.1%. 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.

Ohio Northern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,158 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,426 undergraduate students at ONU, with 2,158 being full-time and 268 being part-time.


There are also 690 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,158 full-time undergraduates at ONU, 56% are male and 44% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ohio Northern University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 28
Black or African American 77
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 1,740
International Students 26
Other Races/Ethnicities 281

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Ohio Northern University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 20 countries are represented at ONU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Online Learning at Ohio Northern University

0 Took All Classes Online
399 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 399 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at ONU has changed over the last few years.


This is the #1,207 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at ONU regardless of major.


*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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