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Ohio Northern University

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

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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.

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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 Life & Facilities

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  • Praying Rooms
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    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 200
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    • On-Campus Shuttle
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    • Student Tutoring & Support
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    • 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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