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Ohio Northern University

Check whether Ohio Northern University is right for you as an international student.

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Ada, USA
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Study abroad at Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University (ONU) is a friendly and forward-thinking institution based in Ada, Ohio. Since its founding in 1871, ONU has nurtured creative, passionate, and ambitious graduates.

ONU’s five colleges combine to offer over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. Pharmacy, mechanical engineering, biology, and nursing and just some of the most in-demand majors.

ONU’s 342-acre campus features impressive teaching and research facilities, 19 residence halls, and several sports venues.

The University’s campus is full of leisure and volunteering opportunities too. With more than 200 clubs in everything from gaming to gospel choirs, you’ll never be short of things to do. The ONU Polar Bears battle it out in NCAA Division III. They compete in sports including baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer.

Why study at ONU?

  • Tailored learning experience

    An 11:1 student-staff ratio and average class size of 19 ensures you receive personalized teaching and support

  • Generous financial aid

    99.6% of ONU students receive financial support, with an average grant of $18,000

  • Student satisfaction

    90% of freshmen rated their ONU experience as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’

  • Graduate prospects

    ONU boasts a 96% job placement rate

  • Recognized for excellence

    Ranked as one of the nation’s top schools (The Princeton Review, 2021)

Life as an international student

The University’s outstanding international services are committed to making your study abroad experience as smooth and enriching as possible.

After touching down in the US, you’ll be welcomed by a friendly driver and transported to campus. This ONU shuttle service runs to and from the nearby Dayton, Columbus, and Detroit airports.

You’ll also benefit from one-to-one tutoring and writing support, free healthcare advice, regular trips to local attractions, and an array of on-campus job opportunities.

All international students are invited to participate in a peer-based mentoring program known as Polar Pals. You’ll be matched with a more senior ONU student who can answer your questions, show you around town, and introduce you to new friends.

Student reviews for Ohio Northern University

Overall rating
3.71666667 stars
Based on 12 reviews
Overall experience
4.1667 stars
3.4167 stars
4.25 stars
University facilities
3.5833 stars
University social
3.1667 stars
  • Biruk Gebru
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    University social
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    Ohio Northern University Biochemistry
    Tell us about Ohio Northern University
    Well, the University is very open to new people and new comers from what I've seen so far. The transport link has nothing to do with the school, Ohio Northern is located in a more of rural area. The facilities here are not bad at all they have a fully equipped gym, more than one dinning places, class are all in good handling and very neat. Communication is one of the main reasons I came to ONU they are more than polite and communication is there best trait I would say. They always want to help. Social life is a bit rocky not because of the school, but because of Covid-19 a lot of people seem to have lost interest.
  • Elaine Chiu
    Overall experience 3 stars
    3 stars
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    Ohio Northern University Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Tell us about Ohio Northern University
    They require you to live on campus for ~3 years unless you meet certain requirements. Expensive on-campus housing. Not much to do in Ada, but it helps you avoid being distracted.
  • Ikko Matsumura
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    Ohio Northern University Sports Management
    Tell us about Ohio Northern University
    A very peaceful and friendly university that gives you high-level education.
  • Joji Imatomi
    Overall experience 5 stars
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
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    Ohio Northern University Accounting
    Tell us about Ohio Northern University
    They gave me more time for exam and quiz because of second language. That helped me a lot.
  • Areej Daghistani
    Saudi Arabia
    Overall experience 4 stars
    5 stars
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    Ohio Northern University Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Tell us about Ohio Northern University
    Social organization are all about contacts; if a foreign student joins, it may be hard for them to fit in if no one knows them.
    Accommodation is not always given; I was once hospitalized and couldn’t turn in my assignment on time, I received a 0 and no one accommodated my situation even when I showed them the documents.

What Ohio Northern University says

  • Shawn Thomas Siferd

    Shawn Thomas Siferd

    Ohio Northern University Director of International Admissions
    Shawn Thomas Siferd says

    Ohio Northern University (ONU) is located in one of the safest places in the United States. International students do not need cars to get around town because everything is within walking distance of campus.

    All of our students live on campus, which makes life on campus a really great experience for our international students. Additionally, we have over 200 different student clubs and organizations for students to get involved while attending classes at ONU.

    With top-ranked programs and opportunities outside the classroom, any path you choose at Ohio Northern will be grounded in concrete applications for the future. But the best part is that you never really have to choose. Our campus is an open frontier where engineers can be artists and artists can be entrepreneurs. At ONU, we embrace the overlap in every field.

    Ohio Northern University (ONU) is set in one of the safest places in the United States, the rural village of Ada. It’s a small town, but we still do plenty of big things. ONU is at the center of it all.

    Without the distractions of a big city, we hone in on exploring what excites us, solving what puzzles us, and building strong relationships with our community. International Student Services cares about your success and happiness while you are living in the USA.

    We want you to make friends, explore new places and find success in the classroom. From tutoring to health care, social outings to campus jobs, we offer many campus resources for international students.

Student Life & Facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
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    • No. of Swimming pools 1
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    • No. of Tennis Courts 6
    • No. of Basketball Courts 2
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    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 200
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    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

  • Arts & Sciences - US$33,470 per year
  • Business Administration - US$33,470 per year
  • Engineering - US$38,320 per year
  • Pharmacy - US$39,570 per year
  • First-year Law (L-1) (includes January term) - US$30,130

Dean's Global Scholarship - US$18,000

Requirements: GPA 3.5 or higher

Dean's Distinction Scholarship - US$16,000

Requirements: GPA 3.0 - 3.49

International Award: - US$14,000

Requirements: GPA 2.5 - 2.99

ONU Award - US$12,000

Requirements: GPA 2.49 or lower

Talent Award (Competitive Scholarship) - US$4,000

Requirements: Available to students in the College of Arts and Sciences who choose a major in the Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Music (majors and non-majors), Musical Theatre, Theatre or English. Also, students who minor in dance or participate in any of the auditioned ensembles can qualify for a talent award. Talent award consideration in these programs requires an audition, portfolio review or interview.


Ohio Northern University

525 S Main St, Ada, OH 45810, United States

Ada offers students a close-knit community, beautiful scenery, and all the amenities they'll need. For those that want to travel, the four ‘big Cs’ of Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Chicago are all within easy reach.

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Visa requirements for Ohio Northern University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step in your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

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