In March 1866 a slight, 28-year-old man detrained at the Ada depot. A casual observer could easily have overlooked Henry Solomon Lehr, a recently discharged Union veteran. He had come to northwestern Ohio in search of a site for his projected university. That same observer might well have smiled if he knew of Lehr’s ambition since neither he nor the rough village of Ada showed obvious promise.
The University’s distinctive academic program includes mutually supporting liberal and professional education components that integrate practice with theory, complemented by excellent co-curricular offerings that enrich the Northern experience. To fulfill this mission, faculty and staff engage with students so they can learn to think critically, creatively, and entrepreneurially, communicate effectively, gain practical experience, solve problems collaboratively, and act as ethical and responsible members of a global community.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) will utilize state of the art tools to collect, analyze and interpret information to support the decision making of Ohio Northern University. OIR will be a visible, strategic partner to the university administration and faculty in providing adequate and appropriate direction to support the priorities and operations of the university.
Life after college can be uncertain for many graduates, but at ONU, you have an advantage. You’ll be prepared for a wide range of jobs with a strong liberal arts foundation. The relationships you build with your professors will open doors to the professional world. And no matter what career awaits you, the staff at Polar Careers will assist you with developing a variety of search strategies to find internships and co-ops, seek professional employment, or enter graduate or professional school and more.
The Dining Hall at McIntosh Center is open seven days a week for all-you-can-eat meals. Here, food stations are serving up home-cooked style dishes, fresh deli sandwiches, vegetarian options, pizza, desserts and more.
Heterick Memorial Library is the University's undergraduate library.
The Office of Information Technology provides various support services to the Ohio Northern University campus and community. It is our goal to enhance the overall learning experience for students, faculty and staff by introducing and maintaining the most current technology standards, procedures and equipment.
The ONU Health Center is a FREE, walk in clinic for ONU students. Any ONU student, regardless of insurance may utilize our services. The Health Center provides general health assessments, treatment, as well as referrals to specialist in the area.
We hope the next few years living at Ohio Northern are both comfortable and interesting. ONU is a residential campus with a three year housing requirement. You’ll find many different residence halls for students to choose from, all equipped with everything you need. Wireless Internet, kitchenettes, free laundry and exercise rooms are just a few of the many amenities you’ll find in ONU housing.
The ONU Sports Center was opened for use at the beginning of the 1974-75 academic year and was expanded to its current size of 18,000-square feet in 1991.Ohio Northern offers a very active and dynamic club sports program to meet the needs of the more than 200 students who want to stay active in previous sports they have participated in during high school or to explore the opportunity to try a new sport.
There are more than 200 student organizations on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Examples include:
Ohio Northern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.