Ohio Northern University, originally founded in 1871, is a selective, private, comprehensive university, comprising five colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law) with high-ranked arts, sciences and professional programs.
The school's bucolic, scenic campus rests on nearly 342 acres in the village of Ada
, Ohio (population 5,582). Its location provides a quaint small town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus, while still offering some of the finest restaurants, shopping and culture the midwest United States has to offer just a short drive away. Located in northwest Ohio, Ada is 69 miles from Toledo, Ohio, to the north, 80 miles from Columbus, Ohio, to the south and 15 miles to Lima, Ohio to the west.
The university currently has more than 3,500 students from more than 20 countries and 40 US states. The university boasts over 650 faculty and staff of which over 80% of faculty have PhD or terminal degrees. Current student/faculty ration is 12:1 allowing for close personal teaching and interaction between teachers and students and has been named in Colleges of Distinction (2011), a guide profiling America’s most distinguished teaching-centered colleges and universities.
Ohio Northern University is consistently devoted to developing a greener University environment. The SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) have developed a list of tips that can be used by those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. There are also on-site wind turbines that generate almost 10% of the University’s electricity and there are 3 University Green Organizations. In recognition of ONU’s green efforts, the Arbor Day Foundation honored ONU for a second straight year as a 2010 Tree Campus USA university for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.