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Colleges / Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

About Northern

Ohio Northern University Overview

Ohio Northern University is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Ada, Ohio. Northern was founded in 1871 and now enrolls around 3,116 students per year year, which includes 2,426 undergrad students. Northern offers housing for up to 1,954 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Northern for Fall 2023 is August 15.

Student Involvement at Northern

Are you interested in music or performing? At Northern you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Northern students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Northern has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Northern has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northern on the Student Life page.

2022 Northern Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 15%
Tuition $35,480
Percent of Need Met 78%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $28,850

Is Northern a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what Northern offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Ohio Northern University

Northern is moderately difficult to get into. Around 69% of applicants get into Northern each year. Out of 5,205 applications received in 2022, 3,585 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northern, around 86% come back their sophomore year. Northern's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 73%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Northern Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 97% of graduates from Northern recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Northern directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Northern's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Northern's endowment was valued at $196.2 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northern

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northern meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $28,850 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $39,269 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northern.

Based on this information, how does Northern sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Northern a good school for you?

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Where is Ohio Northern University Located?

Northern is located in the small town setting of Ada, Ohio.

If you are interested in seeing Northern for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Ada, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Glenn Columbus International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northern and Ada are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Northern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Northern ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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28 and Above


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Northern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1330


Math SAT Range

550 - 660


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Northern Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northern is like? There are approximately 3,116 students enrolled at Northern, including 2,426 undergraduate students and 690 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 83% percent are from OH and 17% percent of students are from other states.


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Campus Setting

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