Ada, OH
Ohio Northern University


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Recent Reviews

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.

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Northern is a student's campus. Students are able to do whatever they dream to do and have the support of the faculty and ad...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Northern is a student's campus. Students are able to do whatever they dream to do and have the support of the faculty and administration to do it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes, but not really and they are changing! Ada, OH is in the middle of cornfields, but if a student says their isn't anything to do, they haven't tried at all to find something. There are always activities - ranging from card games to theatre performances to intramurals to world-famous speakers. While Northern's student body is mostly from Ohio, the out of state and international student population continues to grow.

What are the academics like at your school?

No TAs! 95% of the professors actually care if you pass and will help you if you ask for it.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Middle of cornfields which means nothing to do, average Ohio students

Jasmine
Describe the students at your school.

Highly intelligent,helpful, and nice yet sheltered

Describe the students at your school.

Highly intelligent,helpful, and nice yet sheltered

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

I suggest that students and parents begin the college process well in advance. Its very important to consider location, academic achievements, and job placement following graduation. Many students have a false vision of college life based on such popular films as "Animal House". However, this is not the case at accredited universities and its the responisiblity of both parents and students to evaluate what is most important to them long-term. I also believe that student-to-faculty ratio should be considered and diversity. The college experience is different for each individual. Your success and/or failure is in your hands!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

An academically savy student who is very career oriented should attend Northern.

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

I believe that finding the right school is based on the work ethic of each individual student. In order to choose the colleg...

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

I believe that finding the right school is based on the work ethic of each individual student. In order to choose the college right for you, one must decide if they need to focus on their work in order to do well, are up for a challenge or want to just slide by. I would say a university, such as Ohio Northern has gives the individual a challenge that creates you to think outside of the box, and do your own research to fully comprehend something that may have been discussed in class. There is really a lot of outside work that is typically done, so that the indivudual can succeed. As for other public schools, I have not attended, but I believe that the universities contain material that would allow one to just pass by without much excess research, although each public school varies. The decission should really be up to the student because, whether the parents like it ornot, the student will only try as much as they want to.

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

That college is MUCH harder than high school, and that you do need to study for tests and quizes.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One who doesn't like to attend class on a regular basis, and one who does not know what they want to do as a future career after their second year.

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