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  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 1 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to get involved in their college experience

    Tips for prospective students

    Beautiful campus. Don't be put off with the small town around the campus. There seems to be a lot to do since just about all the students live on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good scholarship opportunities

    Will learn a lot

    Smaller school but a lot of majors to choose from. Teachers will take an interest in their students

  • 06/03/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that plan to play sports and like to socialize.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ONU is great for students who are looking for personalized education and a tight-knit campus community. The university has top-ranking pharmacy, engineering, and business colleges. There are also many unique degree programs, such as a 6-year Pharm D, Pharmaceutical Business, Forensic Accounting, and Forensic Biology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as you reach campus! Ada is a small community, but once you meet friends and participate in campus organizations, you will forget that you are surrounded by corn fields!

    Bang for the buck

    It can't be denied that ONU is an expensive private school, but don't let that discourage you! Financial Aid is readily available and the quality degree programs are well-worth the investment.

    Am enjoying being here

    Students, faculty, and staff at ONU are warm and welcoming from the moment you step foot on campus. No matter where you go, you will be greeted with a smile and a helping hand. The small school atmosphere makes it hard to not enjoy your time here...you are sure to run into a friend around every corner!

    Am learning a lot

    Professors at ONU take an incredibly hands-on approach to teaching. Their dedication and support can't be ignored, helping students to achieve excellence and find their True North.

  • 05/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the school scholarships such as the presidential, dean scholarships. These can pay up to half of your expences.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say this only if you get a scholarship. If you are paying the whole 45K a year, then no it is not worth it. But just about any scholarship nets you a very managable payment, only a little higher than the state schools in the area. With the quality and people, I would say that it is definately worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ohio Northern has some of the best peole around. Everyone is friendly and the lady at the cafeteria always knows your name. The professors are always happy to help. The campus is beautiful and even though Ada is very sparse, I like being here on weekends.

    Am learning a lot

    I am only a freshmen, so most of my classes are sort of repetitive. However, I have learned alot.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I am in the pharmacy program, and it is one of the best in the nation. ONU has an extremely high pass percentage on the boards, which is comforting to students.

    Am enjoying being here

    You meet tons of fun people from all over. It is a smaller campus, so everyone knows everyone, which makes it just like your hometown.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are extremely helpful and accomodating. Many of them leave in Ada and don't mind making time for students individually. Class sizes are around 30, which is benefitial.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Love Ohio Northern and have never felt like I was in any danger here.

    Food and Dining

    There is the main cafeteria hall- buffet style. There is Northern On Main and White Bear that will take your dining points. There is also McDonald's down the road, subway, East of Chicago, Taco Bell, local pizza places and Chinese food.

    Dorm Life

    Some areas can be small but with proper organization it is fine. Make sure to get along with your roommate. Dorms are kept clean and well taken care of.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent programs, challenging and educational.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to bring warm clothing for the winter months. It's really cold! Ohio Northern has many extra curriculars to offer students. The first week there is Welcomefest to check out all the activities. I highly encourage you to check everything out, and try new things! Just don't spread yourself too thin.

    In three sentences

    Great college in a small quiet town. The professors are amazing at their jobs and are very personable. I definitely recommend checking out Ohio Northern University as a choice for future students.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students in the top of their class looking into engineering or pharmacy who don't need a big city to stay occupied.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be put off by the small town of Ada. ONU is an amazing school, especially if you want to go into pharmacy.

    Bang for the buck

    kinda expensive

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    55 percent of campus is greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs and activities to chose from.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like small schools.

    What to do for fun

    you have to make your own fun in ada, but it can be done.

    Food and Dining

    the food could be better, but it is pretty good for cafe food.

    Dorm Life

    the more seniority you have the better living arrangements you get.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are tough academically, but as long as you study hard you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for the hardwork and the extra studying you will have to do. but above all else enjoy your time here.

    In three sentences

    the professors at onu tend to each student on a high level. they really care about the student's success. onu is a wonderful school.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Ada is a safe town and that aspect of safety comes into Ohio Northern.

    Greek Life

    We have the standard Greek life on campus and we have honors ones for specific majors to join. All the Greeks get along and there's no hazing when you're going through rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone here and if there isn't something here that peaks your interest you can start your own club. The various clubs and activities introduce you to all kinds of different people.

    Great for these types of students

    It's good for students who want to become involved with their campus because there are many ways for individuals to become involved and truly become a member of the Polar Bear Community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mud Volleyball at the beginning of the year is always fun and so is Greekapalooza. Greekapalooza is when you meet all of the sororities and fraternities and they normally have inflatables and refreshments for everyone to enjoy.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience is well worth it and the education is worth the price. The professors take an interest in all of their students which is extremely helpful.

    What to do for fun

    There's always an event planned for students to take part in. There's also plenty of organizations to become involved with. You can also get a group of friends together and go to Lima or the Ada movie theater or even just walk around the beautiful Ohio Northern campus.

    Food and Dining

    You can always find something to eat in the main dining hall. If you don't want to eat there you can choose to spend the points the university gives students at the on campus convenient store or at the other on campus dining restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    Since it's a small college you make friends fast and the campus always has things going on for it's dorm residents. The dorms are pretty spacious and sizable.

    Academic Rigor

    The professor's are nice and fun. They also know what they're talking about since they are required to have work experience in their field of teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit, some people don't realize it's in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you bring clothes for all kinds of weather, especially rainboots because it rains often.

    In three sentences

    Campus is really nice and there's always something to do here, meaning there are always events being planned for everyone to enjoy. The campus has plenty to get involved in. The professor's are amazing and they actually have experience in what they are teaching so that makes them more knowledgeable about your perspective field.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security that is patrolling at all times. Additionally, there are emergency buttons placed throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few clubs on campus. At the beginning of the school year there is this an event called Welcomefest. All of the clubs and organizations are there and hand out free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say tuition is a little high for what we get. However, many changes are being made on campus, so it is understandable that fees start to rise.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few dining establishments in Ada. Also, Findlay and Lima are about a 20 minute drive and there is quite a bit to do in those cities. There is a bowling alley about 5 minutes away from campus, and a movie theater within walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of different dining options, so usually you will be able to find something that suits you. The main cafeteria serves decent food. You get 21 meal swipes a week, which can be difficult to use all of them. Additionally you get 250 points, which you can use at various locations on campus or in town.

    Dorm Life

    There are public bathrooms for freshman, but after freshman year you have your own, or you share it with your roommate. Each year the dorm you can stay in improves. Dorms are a little small, at first, but you are by no means cramped.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty tough often times. They are definitely more challenging than most public schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard from the very beginning. Start freshman year off strong, the harder you work then, the easier it will be the rest of your college career.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is strong, both academically and athletically. They have pretty tough classes, but professors are fair. Professors are very passionate about their jobs, and the material they are teaching.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    onu is a very safe place!

    Greek Life

    alpha xi delta kappa theta alpha zeta tau alpha delta zeta sigma pi theta xi

    Clubs and Activities

    greek life habitat for humanity gospel ensemble black student union

    Great for these types of students

    students who do not mind living in a rural area

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    el campo - great food! padrones pizza! nom! (northern on main cafe)

    Bang for the buck

    it's expensive here, but apply for scholarships early & get creative if you do not want to take out loans!

    What to do for fun

    go bowling for $1! (student discount) late night trips to wal-mart with friends. audition for the school musical! greek life!

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for scholarships early! visit the school before you make your decision!

    In three sentences

    ohio northern is a welcoming campus. the university provides many opportunities to get involved. the class sizes are small, so you get to know your professors well and they get to know you.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe environment

    Great for these types of students

    Pharmacy

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends. There are not many things to do in town.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely challenging classes.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is a great school to go to if you are interested in pharmacy. It is very rigorous, but this level of difficulty fosters strong future professionals. I would not attend however if not majoring in pharmacy.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    13 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always around.

    Greek Life

    I don't want to be biased, so I'll just say completely worth it!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons to do if you look for it and actually attend! Finding friends always helps as well! :)

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like small environments and rural areas.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions: Greekapalooza! Get to meet students involved in the local sororities and fraternities on campus and see if it is something you are interested in. Locations: El Campo!

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive for what you get in my opinion (again, depends on major).

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! Get involved! Get involved!

    Food and Dining

    MAC has few very good days. Most days you have to go back 2 and 3 times to find something that tastes good enough to satisfy your appetite. And then there are days when you just make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and call it a day.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are small, so pack lightly. The bathrooms can be messy, but the staff does a fantastic job in cleaning them often. Making friends is fairly easy though because you really get to know everyone on your floor in your building.

    Academic Rigor

    The liberal arts curriculum in some subjects are very demanding. Stay on top of your work, and you should be fine. Classes in your major also take hard work and discipline.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before you apply. Make sure you get all of your questions answered, and try the cafeteria food. Try to sit in on a class or two in your intended major.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is a nice quaint school in the small village of Ada, Ohio. The campus is beautiful and the professors are great! You get to know them personally and they get to know you.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Again, Ada is a small town, so the most trouble you are going to have will come from other college students.

    Greek Life

    There are several social organizations, faith based organizations, music-related service, and just plain service groups that are considered part of greek life- check them out!

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm only involved in music and APO, but my experience with both has been phenomenal!

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who can deal with the small town lifestyle, that can be crazy and different, and not be ashamed of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After the mud volleyball games, it is a tradition to jump into what is often a freezing cold lake. We also have the tundra- you can guess what that would mean in the middle of winter. We're the polar bears, of course.

    Bang for the buck

    ONU is an extremely expensive university, but overall I can't imagine having a better college experience elsewhere.

    What to do for fun

    Join lots of organizations. Ada is a small town, so unless you like to party, I suggest bringing a car or finding ways to have fun (like game nights) with your group of friends.

    Food and Dining

    See above: too much of greasy food (as always) will make you sick, and that is the bulk of what the dining hall serves. There are much better options, of course, if you know how to work the system.

    Dorm Life

    See above: it can be fun if you have a great roommate, but this doesn't always happen. Over weekends the cleanliness of freshmen dorm bathrooms leaves a lot to be desired, but for the most part it's decent.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not ivy league, but due to its small size teachers have a lot less to grade and can give you a larger and more rigorous workload. I rate it as a bit more difficult than the average.

    Tips for prospective students

    *Take great care when filling out the roommate survey- it may seem like no big deal, but despite res life's claims it has a lower than expected success rate for incoming freshmen. *Be very involved in activities, be they social or service (APO is a great organization!) and get out there and make new friends. *Take care when selecting food- you can eat well and eat healthily via the meal swipes, permitted you know the schedule of when different places are open and spend your points wisely.

    In three sentences

    It's a school where you know everyone, and just about everyone is extremely nice. The teachers, for the most part, are willing to work with you in every respect for you to succeed. It has its problems, but so does every school.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 34

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    While Ada seems like a place of little to do, there really is more to this town than meets the eye. There are so many food places, and there's always something going on at school or a friend's room or apartment you can go to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into college prepared to meet new people, try new things, and change. Everyone changes in some way or another, and you won't realize it as it's happening. The people at Ohio Northern will help you embrace who you are and who you become.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is a great place to be. The campus is beautiful year round regardless of the weather, and the people are always friendly and ready to help out. There isn't anywhere else I would want to be.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can always find a security guard driving around campus, and crime is fairly uncommon. Some car break-ins have occurred, but no major violence has occurred during my time at ONU. Safety lights and phones abound on campus, and the security team has drills throughout the year. Also, the Ada police is only a block or two down the road.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty popular on campus. There are a variety of fraternities and sororitites, so you can find one that meets yours expectations. Beyond social fraternities and sororities, Ohio Northern has a large number of service and academic oriented greek organizations. These groups are more like a high school National Honor Society.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are no clubs in the area, but the local bar and restaurants serve as great meeting places. Many groups have activities throughout the year, meaning that there is usually at least one major event each week.

    Great for these types of students

    ONU is great for students who worked really hard in high school and want to maintain that lifestyle. Pharmacy majors especially benefit at ONU.

    Bang for the buck

    The vast majortiy of teachers are great at their jobs, and you get actual teachers, not assistants or student teachers. The campus is beautiful, and the dorms are acceptable. It has a very high placement rate, making the loans worth it. The only reason I did not give ONU a five is due to the shoddy meal plan.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many groups on campus that you can plan an activity almost every night. Some are group-member only, while others are for the entire campus. The Ada movie theater sells $4 tickets, and the larger city of Lima is only 30 minutes away. Even though it is a small town, you are never bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely awful. It is not very healthy, and the vegetarian line is only open on weekdays. The meal plan is mandatory, so don't expect to get off it any time soon. The desserts are quite delicious, however.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are your typical dorms. However, the water pressure in the bathrooms is low, and they are not cleaned as often as one would wish. There is plenty of room for two people in the rooms, and lots of activities are brought via resident assistants directly to the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio Northern is surprisingly hard for most majors. My friends (of equal academic ability) at other private colleges are having a much easier time. Plan for at least 4-8 hours of homework night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring lots of snacks and as large of a fridge as possible. The meals in the cafeteria are not very good. Rainboots are a must due to the unpredictable weather on campus. Dome umbrellas are a good plan as well.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern has a beautiful, welcoming campus year round. Various groups bring tons of activities to campus since it is located in a very small town. The only downside is the dining plan.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I don't think there isn't a few hours where I don't see security or Ada police driving by. I feel comfortable walking around in the early hours of the morning by myself with no problems.

    Clubs and Activities

    Organizations are extremely active on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, creative, enthusiastic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mud Volleyball. Harvest Fest.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends. Attend events put on by student planning committee. Harvest Fest in the fall.

    Food and Dining

    My mom is a great cook. So nothing can compare.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a fan of dorms in general.

    Academic Rigor

    The school will definitely challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT procrastinate. It always will catch up with you. Get to know your professors; it will make the experience 10x better. Try something new!

    In three sentences

    Very friendly school. The professors are exceptional. I am really glad that I decided to attend school here.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 34

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activites that the student organizations for the students that are there.

    Food and Dining

    At the university there are plenty of choices that the students can chose from. In the dining hall we have a hot fresh bar, vegetarian bar and a salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very close with one another in the dorms. The RA's keep everyone informed with campus activities or anything else.

    Academic Rigor

    The students of ONU are very rigorous about academics. ONU is rated excellent for there acadmemics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors they will help you with whatever you need. Join extracurricular activities so you get to know your fellow ONU students.

    In three sentences

    This university is one of the top private universities in the nation. Even though the location is in a small town called Ada, the community and university work as one to support one another. It is also the home of the Wilson Football Factory.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 34

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the free campus events or go to any of the free sporting events! The football and basketball games are always packed.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food at the dining hall is pretty good for college food! Some people may say otherwise, but I enjoy it. You just can't eat the same thing everyday!

    Dorm Life

    On-campus housing is so much fun to be a part of! All of the freshman live together, which is really fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were definitely a challenge for me, but the main aspect that helped me through them were the professors. Each and every one of them is more than willing to help you if you are willing to put in some extra effort. Utilize their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet new people! The campus is small enough that you can get to know everyone, but it is big enough that you do not have to see them everyday. Go to the free events on campus, especially the beginning of the year comedians!

    In three sentences

    Deciding to come to this university was the best decision of my life. Not only have I made incredible friendships, but I have gotten the most out of the academic side of ONU. I have had so many opportunities already and I still have three more years here!

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely apply for scholarships, and if you get those then this school won't have a problem with providing you with a great education for your money.

    Food and Dining

    The food has room for improvement, but there is plenty of variety at the cafeteria for anyone to eat well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great, especially with the great RA's that the school ha on staff.

    Academic Rigor

    We're only a couple weeks in and I'm learning so much from my teachers and they know who I am.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come for a visit! You and anyone you come with will find it beautiful.

    In three sentences

    This school feels like just the right fit for me! Being a freshman, I can easily get involved in anything I want or even start something that doesn't exist.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very safe, I have never had any problems, even at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot to choose from!

    What to do for fun

    Hangout out with friends, football games, going to surrounding towns, etc. There is not much to do in Ada so you have to find other things to do outside of the town.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options but the main cafeterias food is not really that good. It has its days but usually overall its sub-par.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really friendly at first and it is easy to meet people. Sometimes however, the dorms are loud so studying in the library is probably the best bet.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are difficult, but not unreasonable. Remember college is supposed to be more difficult as it is higher education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! You never know if you will like something and college is a big decision, so you want to make sure that ONU is a perfect fit for you. I knew as soon as I stepped on the campus!

    In three sentences

    ONU is a great small school! It provides great student to professor interaction and the staff is always willing to help you if you would need them. The campus is beautiful and the education is second to none!

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emergency poles are found throughout the whole campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is offered at the school, but a student is not left out of any activities or parties just because the person is not Greek. Every student is accepted and treated equally.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs are offered at Ohio Northern University and provide good reviews for future applicants for jobs.

    What to do for fun

    Different activities are always going on and planned each week. Although Ohio Northern University might be in the middle of nowhere, there is no need to leave the school due to the amount of activities and fun you will experience right there at the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, but could be better.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fit for a typical college student. They provide the appropriate space and facilities a student needs to enjoy their stay.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are top-notch at Ohio Northern University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any high schoolers out there ready to experience college at a whole new level should consider Ohio Northern University. ONU not only has the people to make a person's experience better, but earned a well-respected reputation around the nation. The education a person will receive at Ohio Northern University will benefit greatly in the future. A simple quality is found throughout the school, whether that's in the classrooms or athletic fields, but a competitive nature is in the eyes of all students. A competitive person will achieve success through perseverance and dedication towards their goal. Ohio Northern University is a ground work for a student's success in the future.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere of Ohio Northern University is overwhelmed with a positive vibe invigorated in every student. The people at the school make Ohio Northern University what it is, which is an incredible educational experience. Not only are the students overcome with a passionate desire to succeed in all aspects of life, the professors show a similar pattern.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Incredibly safe. There have been no accounts of aggressive crimes. People feel safe leaving out valuables for moments at a time.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life groups are very active on campus. They account for most of the public events in the area.

    Bang for the buck

    Many of the majors there probably do not pay up well for students who do not have most of their tuition covered by scholarships. The school is very expensive, and many students find themselves transferring from just realizing it.

    What to do for fun

    You'll have to get creative. But, every day there is some event to busy yourself with. Organizations are holding events all of the time. There are parties on the weekends. And, there are plenty of opportunities to get away from everybody and just hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The quality and availablity of the food is acceptable, but the choice is slim to none.

    Dorm Life

    People are very friendly, but some get out of hand.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying is required. If you don't need to study, you'll have to put work in anyway. A lot of time can be spent studying, but passing is more than possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Overestimate the class rigor to make sure you're in a good position academically. Grades stick with you. You can participate in organizations anytime.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a homey place. The students are welcoming, the teachers are helpful, and people can relax and study at the same time. Be prepared to work hard, and enjoy it.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    24 of 34

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I love the campus at Ohio Northern! It's small, relatively quiet and extremely friendly. I always feel extremely welcome when I'm on campus.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 34

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ohio Northern University has one of the safest campuses around. As many think that Security only cares about parking tickets, they are always around to help if something is wrong. Additionally, there are many emergency poles on campus, which have a phone to call security. When speaking to my peers, the worst thing that has happened here is a few stolen bikes.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a major part of Ohio Northern University. As the freshman first arrive on campus, many events are set up in order to raise Greek Life awareness. There are social, academic, service, and professional fraternities and sororities. It is important to take some time and look into all of your options, including the benefits of not being involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    On campus, there will always activities to join. There are shows, including a famous hypnotist that comes every year, lectures which are tailored to specific professions (ex. engineering, business or pharmacy), and pick-up games of basketball and other sports in the Kinghorn Sports Facility. Unfortunately, on weekends this campus can sometimes become quite dull, as many students who live close to the campus tend to visit home. However, if you look for activities and have a positive attitude, you will never be bored on campus. Off campus, the town can seem small and uneventful. Even though it is safe, there is not many off campus activities to do as a student. The town consists of a small grocery store, a dollar store, a rite ate, a convenient store, and a few restaurants. Most students, including myself go to Lima, the closest town 15-20 minutes away where they have everything that any student would need.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio Northern University is great for students who are serious about their education and major. With top of the line education, these students need to realize that academics are at a higher priority than other things (ex. dining, off-campus activities, etc).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This campus is pretty standard. The main dorms are in a very central location, making it easy for any major to get to class. The buildings are separated by major (ex. Pharmacy, Engineering, Sciences, Writing, etc) but with the Gen Ed's requirement, you will have classes in all buildings at some point.

    Bang for the buck

    This Bang for the buck relies on which major the student in. For example, the characteristic 0-6 Pharmacy program may be worth more money, compared to the 2-4 program that most other Pharmacy schools offer. With a hefty price tag, it may seem daunting for students to even attempt to apply. However, admissions and financial aid end up giving lots of scholarship to those deserving.

    What to do for fun

    On the weekdays, many students workout, play sports, play video games, attend certain organizations, and study. On the weekends, many students do the same things. However, many students tend to go home on weekends. It becomes useful to own a car or find a friend that has a car in order to go into Lima, the closest town that has many things to stay entertained.

    Food and Dining

    When coming to visit Ohio Northern University, you may think that there is a decent food selection. I will tell you that the food stays the same and it can sometimes be unbearable. On many websites, Ohio Northern University is ranked one of the worst dining halls in the United States. I tend to disagree with the rankings, being able to eat healthy food most of the time. They have begun to change the dining hall slowly by adding nutrition facts to all foods and serving up daily specials, but in my opinion, as long as Sudexo is in charge of the dining, the food will never change for the better

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are something that every incoming freshman worries about. The residence life at Ohio Northern is like no other, being able to have your own room by your 2nd year of school. The only rough year will be your first. Be prepared for having a roommate and sharing a bathroom with the floor. Usually the bathroom is well maintained, but, on weekends, when the janitorial staff is not around, things can get out-of-hand. In the second year, you will still have a roommate, but you will have your own room. You will only be sharing the bathroom and living area with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found the Academics to be quite the challenge but not unsurmountable. The coarse load is enough to keep you busy throughout the semester while still giving you time to be yourself. For example, I am still able to go to the gym everyday and still complete all of my assignments. While some classes will be easier than others, the overall academic experience is uncomparable to any other school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should check out every college without looking at the tuition cost. In many cases, the merit scholarships will be a lot higher at the higher costing schools. Therefore, I would advise to look at every school as if they cost the same and then wait to make any decisions until the award packages come in from every school. Additionally, I would try and talk to as many students as you can when you visit campus. The guides usually say nothing but good things about the college but if you ask students for their personal opinion, I'm sure you will be able to uncover all of the cons about the particular school. Lastly, I would bring a camera and take pictures of the campus before going back home. Also, on the way home I would make a pros & cons list for every college while it is fresh on your mind. When financial aid packages come in, these pictures and charts will be a huge help.

    In three sentences

    The academics for the Pharmacy program are incredible because of the teacher-scholar model and class size. The campus is large enough to get the college feel but small enough to be able to get to know your peers. Overall, with some downsides including the meal provider (Sudexo) and off-campus activities, this campus is just right for a student looking for Pharmacy education.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Highly motivated to exceed.

    What to do for fun

    Exercise on the Green Monster or work out in an exercise facility. Join a club or organization. Volunteer at tons of different events/opportunities. Watch movies with friends at the local cinema in town. Go out to Lima on a weekend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study a lot. Be prepared for all-nighters. Have an open mind, and get involved with excurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    The school has great academic programs. The residence life is very positive and has many activities to keep students living here engaged. The food that the cafeteria serves could be much healthier than it is.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club (or several) for everyone!

    What to do for fun

    Study

    Food and Dining

    School food is not very good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are typical college dorms, but the school apartments are nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring warm clothes and rain boots.

    In three sentences

    A small school in the middle of nowhere where the teachers take the time to get to know you and truly want to help you succeed.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    From what I saw, the nearby restaurants were very good. The food court was great. I could very easily get used to it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I saw looked like a decent size and is right across from the school buildings. I also stayed in one of the apartments, which was also very nice and had a nice view of one of the lakes on the walk over.

    Academic Rigor

    I plan on going into Pharmacy, and from what I can tell, Ohio Northern has one of the best programs around. They have a high job placement rate across the university, and the new Promise plan helps to gurantee what they already give.

    In three sentences

    Wenever I visit I aways feel at home. The campus feels small and cozy, like I could very easily fit in. Everyone there was was very nice, and it's a very easy drive.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus as well as the city of Ada is a very safe place. Security works to make sure that students are constantly aware of any potentially dangerous activities on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an option for anyone interested. It's a great way to meet people that you would otherwise never come in contact with. It's a wonderful way to obtain leadership positions and service opportunities. Greek life doesn't have a negative image on our campus like it does at many other schools. Also, it is a wonderful source of networking. We also have a variety of Greek chapters ranging from social to professional to religious.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like most universities, there are groups for every type of person. The student planning committee works hard to come up with unique activities to put on.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a sorority or fraternity. The Greek community is one of the most active groups on campus. Greek life here isn't anything like the stereotypes you often hear. You can join a variety of clubs, or start your own. Intramural sports are popular as well as varsity sports. You can go to nearby cities like Findlay or Lima for shopping and dining.

    Food and Dining

    You have two places to use your meal swipes, the dining hall and white bear. Then you get dining points to use at places like northern on main or the c-store. You have plenty of meal swipes a week, but you will never use all of them. The food is basically the same from day to day. It's not very good. At all. Don't worry about gaining the freshman 15, because you probably won't be eating that much.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorms are small, but livable. All of the freshmen live in the same building so it is a wonderful opportunity to meet all sorts of people. Upperclassmen dorms have their own bathrooms and are larger, so it only gets better after freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very challenging. You will soon realize it is nothing like high school. The gen. eds are tough but they just prepare you for your core classes you will take in your later years. I am in the pharmacy program here and it is a wonderful program.

    Tips for prospective students

    The price tag may be high but don't let that scare you, there are plenty of sources of financial aid offered. Don't get too caught up in your social life. Remember, you are here to learn. Make sure you have an umbrella, warm clothes, and a waterproof backpack. Stay away from the black swans.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is a relatively small private school in a very small town. The academics are rigorous and very challenging. However, a degree from Northern has a wonderful return on investment and you will be prepared for the work force.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since Ada is a very small town, all there really is to do around here is on campus. If that doesn't appeal to you, find a friend with a car, or bring your own car so you can go to Lima. There are parties close to campus sometimes as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of food, and it available almost all the time. Though it is made in the buffet fashion, so it is sometimes better looking than it is tasting. Bring your own seasonings.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are alright, though they are kind of far away from everything, so wear a jacket. Also don't expect to be able to fit a lot of stuff in your room, they're a tad bit small.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are excellent and require work, you can't just party all week and study the night before an exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because people are willing to help you, doesn't mean you can avoid studying. You still have to do work on your own and the professors do hold you at a high standard.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is a great school with a lot of available opportunities. The professors are always willing to talk to you during their office hours and help you if you need it. The wide range of majors and small class sizes make it easy to learn and get to know the people in your classes.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus security building right at the edge of campus that is easily accessible. There are constantly security guards driving around in vehicles and riding around on bicycles. Not to mention there are emergency posts all around campus, so if something goes wrong or you feel your in danger, just run to the blue light, hit the button, and someone will to be your rescue!

    Greek Life

    There are gobs of different sororities and fraternities on campus. And no, recruiting and initiation are not like they show on television. They are all very inviting and welcome those who are interested, with open arms.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again, there are constantly activities being help on campus. There are so many different types of activities it's almost hard to say no. There are an outrageous amount of clubs to choose from, it'll take you awhile to sift through your options and choose ones that best fit you. But, if you already have a general idea of the types of clubs you'd like to be involved in, I'm sure they have it for you. Along with clubs you'd never know existed.

    Great for these types of students

    Relatively religious and hard working students. With a strive and determination to better their futures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can really account for.

    Bang for the buck

    In the academic aspect of everything, it is definitely worth the money. However, the food and such.. well.. not so much.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities that go on around campus. Most activities are sponsored by campus sororities and fraternities, but some activities are held according to what hall you live in. Be active and have fun! It's all about the college experience right?

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunately the food here isn't all that satisfying. It rarely every changes from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even day by day. It's not exactly what your expecting when you're paying such a hefty bill.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are newer then others. Unfortunately, some are not so new. However, they are relatively organized and easy to maneuver. The newer dorms have pretty close quarters, but hey, what can you expect? It's simply a great way to meet to friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I cannot continue to express how great the curriculum is here. Each and every major have a vast variety of concentrations. No matter what major you decide on, you will get the best of the best education and your degree will be worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the annual tuition scare you too much. While some of the aspects of the school don't seem to be worth $50,000+ a year, the academic quality is fantastic. Fortunately your degree is your main priority in college and the curriculum offered here will make your 4 years worth your while.

    In three sentences

    The academic aspect of the school is phenomenal. Not to mention the staff and faculty are very generous and helpful. However, the annual tuition is a pretty penny.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campus's in the country.

    Greek Life

    Multiple factions of Greek life on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports programs are top notch Division 3 programs.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who aren't afraid to live in a small town and focus on their work in order to benefit their future.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio Northern is a private school that really delivers on it's promise to get you a job upon graduating, and has the numbers to prove it. Just look it up for up to date numbers that typically are around 95% job placement within 6 months

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities on campus including sports games, and there are also many student led activities throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    Freshman are put on the unlimited food plan so its easy to get lots of food when you want it, but like any college the food isnt home cooked meals by your mom.

    Dorm Life

    The University is in a very small town so dorm life becomes much more important. Everyone is very friendly and lots of good friendships and memories are made in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and your year you will be faced with some very difficult classes that take significant time to study and work for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors because they can be your biggest resource whether it is for last minute exam help, recommendation letters, or even professional help.

    In three sentences

    Ohio Northern is a small school in an even smaller town where you can have personal relationships with your professors. The professors are all highly regarded and very willing to assist you in both academics and outside issues. Overall a great school to help you get a meaningful degree and a Job you want.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved on campus

    Food and Dining

    Dining options appear to be average plus.

    Dorm Life

    Rooms are average.

    Academic Rigor

    Apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and take the ACT as many times as possible. Study for the ACT!!

    In three sentences

    My visit went really well. I loved the tour and meeting the department chair. I had lunch in the dining hall with the baseball coaches and met with a player

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Swimming

    Great for these types of students

    Out going, socially active

    What to do for fun

    Mud Volley Ball, Attend sport events

    Food and Dining

    Good Cafeteria, could have more dining options however.

    Dorm Life

    RA's keep the students active

    Academic Rigor

    Great programs. Get students involved

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus that has great academics. Their students and faculty seemed really nice. Overall, I think it will be a great experience for me.