Ada, OH
Ohio Northern University


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Traci
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure they have what you're looking for and then some.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure they have what you're looking for and then some.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That is was in the middle of cornfields. Also that it was a village and not a town.

Tobias
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ohio Northern is a small campus with a lot going on.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ohio Northern is a small campus with a lot going on.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The only advice I can give is that you check out as many colleges as you possibly can that offer the education you want. Education comes first, so focus on that, but if extra curricular activities are important to you then find the school that's right for you that offers both.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who doesn't like to sit down and do homework or likes to coast by shouldn't attend this school. This school is very geared toward academics.

Maria
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college for you is sort of like dating: you need to get to know the college before you make any huge commit...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college for you is sort of like dating: you need to get to know the college before you make any huge commitment, and if something just feels incredibly "right", it probably is. Make as many college visits as you can - if possible, stay with a current student for a while to get the feel of the school. Never promise yourself you're going to go to one school and then completely dismiss the others. In my personal experience, I had my heart set on going to a different school - I had planned on it since 9th grade. When I didn't get into the program I wanted there, I was devastated. However, after a year at ONU, I'm thanking God that I ended up here, especially because my friend who went to my "dream school" is finding out that it's not as amazing as I thought it was. Try schools on. See if you fit into them. Remember: ultimately, YOU decide your college experience, no matter what school you go to.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about ONU is the genuine atmosphere of friendliness that exists here. Teachers actually care about how you are doing - when I was struggling to find motivation there were always people for me to talk to.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about ONU is probably the location, although it lets us have some really awesome grounds. The closest "city", Lima, OH, is about 30 minutes drive from campus, and the town of Ada is really small and quaint.

John
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ohio Northern University is a campus that is big enough to challenge any of it's students, but is small enough to care about ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ohio Northern University is a campus that is big enough to challenge any of it's students, but is small enough to care about every student individually.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't bank on applying to the one college of your choice and getting into the degree program you want. It typically cost absolutly nothing to visit different colleges and going on campus tours. Do this. Setup dates and go visit the colleges you are even considering attending. This will help you once you actually start to apply for schools. Look in to your degree program, the building you will spend most of your time in, and ask yourself if you can see yourself there for however long your degree program is. Once your at your new school, be open to making new friends, and trying new things. Don't be that person that sits in their dorm room with their door closed not willing to meet new people. Those that you live with/around will be your closest friends. Don't hesitate to make new friends, and attend mixers that your university may offer.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The dining hall experience is something else. Typically incoming freshman find the food to be wonderful, and as you get use to it you realize it isn't that great. However, as far as the selection of food, it is amazing compared to some campuses. Full buffet-style dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily. Dorm-life can really be different depending on where you live as well. They are currently renovating some of the housing so they will be better than when I was an incoming freshman. As you gain more credits housing gets nicer.

Kimi
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

ONU is a strong academic, personal, dedicated and student driven University where any of your goals can be achieved.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

ONU is a strong academic, personal, dedicated and student driven University where any of your goals can be achieved.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I find that at my school there are so many things that make it special and unique. The experince and memories you make on and off campus are ones that last a lifetime! At ONU, there is a distinct drive in everyone to do something with their lives, and to be somebody. No one wants to be anonymous in my opinon and that is what makes for such a wonderful student body, staff, and faculty. The interactions that I have with everyone are personal and genuine. This school has allowed me to be my own person.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Making a college decision is never an easy process, but it's not supposed to be! This school, in all of its entirety is where you will literally be living for the next four years. Its a place of new academic standards, friendships, and experiences. Some of the most helpful steps you can make in this process are to take campus visits and tours to delve deeper than just what you have read about the school. Often times there are little things that stick out in your mind as something that is either familiar or something that you find you would not have a hard time adjusting to. As an athlete I had to also make the crutial and unique decision of picking the team I wanted to join. An overnight visit isn't for everyone, but if you are open to the idea it is a great way to experience what the school is like after visiting hours. I know it helped me realize that I could see myself as a future teammate with the girls that I stayed with. Another one of the most important things you can do is to not be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS!

Jennifer
Describe the students at your school.

For the most part, my classmates are genuinely nice, caring, and accepting people who are attending college to get a degree s...

Describe the students at your school.

For the most part, my classmates are genuinely nice, caring, and accepting people who are attending college to get a degree so they can be successful in their lives after college.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The Pharmacy, Law, and Business programs.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell parents to support their children no matter what field they plan on studying in. Acceptance is key to a healthy relationship with a college student. To students, I would say when picking a college, remember that you will be living there (for the average college student) for four years. If you can picture yourself living and thriving at a certain college, big or small, then go with that one. It is where you will be the happiest and have no regrets when picking between colleges. Also, balance your social and acedemic lives; both are equally important.

Julia
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ohio Northern is pretty bland in terms of diversity of culture, race, religion, politics, and scenery, but I think that it is...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ohio Northern is pretty bland in terms of diversity of culture, race, religion, politics, and scenery, but I think that it is also open to change.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

At Ohio Northern, despite a shortage of things to do and see, the students are very involved and friendly, and for the most part, people stay on weekends. The faculty (including the president) are also very involved; most professors make the effort to learn their students' names and can usually tell when a particular student is struggling.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Selecting a college can be compared to planting a tree. In order to have the healthiest plant (or best college experience), everything about where the tree is planted, what it needs, and how it, in turn, will benefit you must be well thought-out. Students should start the entire process by identifying their strengths and weaknesses, as well as what type of environment would amplify and improve these, respectfully. Parents should also inform the student of what the family needs- is it inconvenient for the student to live on the opposite side of the country, or is it seen as a dive into independence? The process of growing a tree does not stop once the tree is planted, though. Students should stay involved with activities around their school. Parents should allow students some independence, but support and encouragement are sometimes necessary to fuel student motivation. The key to the best college experience is to just keep growing.

Brittany
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit. I worked as a telecounselor this year calling prospective students and I always encouraged them to visit. Not only to ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit. I worked as a telecounselor this year calling prospective students and I always encouraged them to visit. Not only to visit ONU but also to visit any other schools they were looking at. The more you're able to visit, the better a feel you get for each school and also of how each school compares to the next. ONU is in the middle of nowhere and very small, so if that's something that people didn't realize before they visited, it will impact their opinion of the school (good or bad). It is also the most friendly and personal school I visited, which had a great deal to do with my choice. Do an overnight visit if they are offered to get a feel of the college life and don't be afraid to ask current students ANYTHING. They'll tell you what it's really like, even what the party scene is like.

What's unique about your campus?

It is small so you really get to know the students and professors. No class (except for Pharmacy and some science classes) have more than 35 students on average, some as small as 5 depending on the class. Profs. really care about the students performance and make sure the students are doing well and if not, offer help.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Exactly how conservative it is. It has gotten better though.

Leeann
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Making a major decision is a strange kind of phenomenon. You swish the idea around in your head for such a long time and you ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Making a major decision is a strange kind of phenomenon. You swish the idea around in your head for such a long time and you weigh everything so carefully so that you never regret what you have chosen. And then, in the end, the decision usually comes down to which scrap of paper you pull out of a bowl. However, I feel that choosing a college that is best for you requires a different method of decision making: You must follow what your body tells you and trust your own conscience. If you are still alive and thriving at 20, then your body and your heart have not led you too far astray. More importantly, do not turn down an opportunity because of the price tags associated with it- in all honesty, we can no more afford 20,000 dollars a year than we can 40,000. However, considering that you are forking out your life?s savings, I insist that you take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself and meet every person who crosses your path. You only have 80 or so years on this planet. Four years of one lifetime is far too much to throw away.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Having been personally active in so many world issues including foreign relations and genocide provention, I would have liked to have known the activity level on campus. I was, and still am, continually disappointed with how little the majority of campus knows about anything outside of Ohio. Even within politically oriented organizations such as Amnesty Internation, there is little knowledge of outside events and such a minimal amount of passion for bettering the situations of people around the world. I think that had I known this prior to coming here, it would have wieghed heavily on my decision.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Ohio Northern is that the work load can sometimes get a little bit strenuous. It is proposed by the school that for every hour of class attended, you should spend two hours outside the classroom working on the material (homework, studying, research). With four hours of class every day, that is 12 hours alone on school work, plus any other activities you are involved in, including work and sports, which can add up hours also. Once you factor in necessary social time, you are sometimes looking at a 18 to 20 hour day.

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