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Northern Student Life

Northern is on a 342-acre campus in a small town setting in Ada, Ohio. There are many activities and organizations for Northern students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, and more.

Northern also has fraternities and sororities.

Northern has a thriving Habitat for Humanity. In fact, more students participate in Habitat for Humanity than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Northern include Student Planning Committee, Student Senate, Northern Christian Fellowship and Marching Band.

Northern students' favorite campus traditions are Homecoming, Hypnotist and Mud Volleyball.

Northern Housing

Northern offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through junior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of Northern students live on campus. In 2021, 69% of undergrads at Northern lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 31% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Northern. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Northern offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Northern Athletics

At Northern there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Northern:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Golf NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Lacrosse NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Tennis NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3

Safety at Northern

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Ohio Northern University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Northern campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Northern

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Northern, take Interstate 75 to Ada, OH. If you need to fly, book your flight to John Glenn Columbus International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Ohio you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Northern's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Northern Students

44%

Women

56%

Men

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

84%

In State

16%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

79%

11%

4%

3%

1%

1%

1%

0.19%

0.15%

Undergraduate Students

2,127

Graduate Students

687

Non-Resident / International Students

19

Northern Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Women's Center
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,814

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

65%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$35,380

Out-of-State

$35,380

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 15
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