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About Northern

Ohio Northern University is a private, religious school in an small town setting in Ada, Ohio. Northern was founded in 1871 and now enrolls around 2,814 students a year, including 2,127 undergrads.

As of 2021, the total market value of Northern's endowment was $164.216 million There are 11 Northern undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Northern Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Average GPA 3.8
Mean ACT score 25
Mean SAT score 1194
Tuition $34,390

2022 Northern Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Northern

Ohio Northern University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Northern Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Northern. The acceptance rate at Northern is 65%. In 2021, 2,749 out of 4,218 total applicants were accepted.

Northern Waitlist

Northern reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Ohio Northern University?

Northern is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Northern, applicants must submit the following items.

Northern Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Northern Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.8 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Northern is 1194. The mean ACT score for Northern students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Northern.

Is Northern Test Optional?

Northern has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 23.5% submitted the SAT. 88.6% submitted the ACT.

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Does Northern Provide On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Northern provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Northern students are active in the school's Habitat for Humanity, Student Planning Committee and Student Senate. Homecoming, Hypnotist, and and Mud Volleyball are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Northern.

Financial Aid at Northern

Northern meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Northern full-time are awarded $28,850 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Northern a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern

About 84% of students who start at Northern come back for their second year of college. Out of the 455 students who started at Northern as first-time freshman, 268 graduate within four years.

Northern's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 71%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 95% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Students in the class of 2021 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.

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

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Where is Northern?

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

If you want to see Northern for yourself, 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

525 South Main Ada, OH 45810-1599

Campus Setting: Small Town

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


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Northern ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northern is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Northern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1330


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northern students is 1194. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northern, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northern.

Northern Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northern is like? There are approximately 2,814 students enrolled at Northern, including 2,127 undergraduate students and 687 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from OH and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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