Ohio Northern University (Northern)

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Northern can be found in Ada, OH, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Northern has an enrollment of nearly 3,700 students.

Many of the students that got into Northern earned an SAT score within the range of 1520 - 1890, or got accepted with an ACT score between 23 - 29. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Northern average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.23 - 3.57. 68% of all those who apply are accepted to Northern, from which 27 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at onu.edu.

Overall Northern Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Ohio Northern University was reported as 67.8% in Fall 2013 with over 3,330 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Northern SAT Scores: 1520 - 1890
  • Northern ACT Scores: 23 - 29
  • Northern Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Ohio Northern University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Ohio Northern University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Ohio Northern University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 89.2%
  • 2010-2011: 81.0%
  • 2011-2012: 82.1%
  • 2012-2013: 80.5%
  • 2013-2014: 67.8%
  • Projected Northern Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 76.7%

How Does Northern Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Ohio Northern University is twenty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

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Bluffton University53.1%
The University of Findlay68.3%
Tiffin University38.6%
Defiance College71.6%
Ohio Wesleyan University75.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Northern (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 620
Math530 - 650
Writing500 - 620
Total Score1520 - 1890
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 29
Math24 - 29
Composite Score23 - 29
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