Ohio Northern University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern is a small comprehensive institution associated with the United Methodist Church, situated in Ada, Ohio. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The ONU Polar Bears play in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 3,039 (2,297 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male/45% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $33,440
  • Books: $1,800
  • Room and Board: $12,040
  • Other Expenses: $2,001
  • Total Cost: $49,281

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $21,633
    • Loans: $7,606

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Management Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 21%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 55%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Ohio Northern University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Ohio Northern University Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550/630
    • SAT Math: 540/660
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 22/27
    • ACT English: 21/27
    • ACT Math: 23/28

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Ohio Northern University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Ohio Northern University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Ohio Northern University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

San Diego State University, Howard University, University of Oklahoma, Florida International University, University of Oregon, University of Alabama, Colorado State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Ohio Northern University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Connecticut, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati

Applying to Ohio Northern University

Application Deadline: August 15

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