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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)
65% Acceptance Rate

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Ohio Northern University Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, ONU is ranked #84 out of 1,672 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 68 colleges in Ohio, it is ranked at #1.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

ONU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

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Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at ONU.

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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?

65% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
24% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at ONU is 65%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

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 English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Ohio Northern University  ( 22 to 28 )

Can I Afford Ohio Northern University?

$30,423 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
2.8% 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 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 2.8%. 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

2,037 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,130 undergraduate students at ONU, with 2,037 being full-time and 93 being part-time.


There are also 687 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,037 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 30
Black or African American 66
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 1,591
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 320

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

1 Took All Classes Online
790 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 790 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.

Ohio Northern University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Registered Nursing 0


*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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