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Ohio Northern University Guide

Experience Our Eclectic Campus

Conveniently located on the Ohio Northern University campus, The Inn at ONU is the perfect place to experience the excitement of a university campus. Step out our hotel doors and experience Division III Athletics, performing arts center and more as detailed in our Ohio Northern University guide.

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is one of the few private universities to offer a distinctive blend of nationally-ranked liberal arts and professional programs in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Check out things to do at ONU below.

Ohio Northern University Colleges

Arts & Sciences:

The College of Arts and Sciences offers its students opportunities for general and disciplinary-specific programs. The areas of study include Education and Professional Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Social Science.

Business Administration:

The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration's rigorous, applied academic program creates tomorrow’s leaders who are ethical, entrepreneurial and engaged. The college is one of Business Week’s top 111 undergraduate business colleges in the nation and is internationally accredited (AACSB)


The T.J. Smull College of Engineering is ranked as one of the top 50 undergraduate programs in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). This premier academic program begins with a dynamic first year program and provides an overall top notch education that puts graduates on a path for successful careers in engineering and computer science.


For over 125 years, The Raabe College of Pharmacy has trained the nation’s most talented and service minded pharmacists. From day one in the pharmacy program, students take professional courses. It’s no wonder there’s a 100% placement rate for graduates of the 0-6 year program.


Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is the second oldest of nine Ohio law schools and a founding member of the Ohio League of Law Schools.

ONU Observatory:

The Inn at ONU encourages guests to visit the ONU Observatory. Astronomy professor Dr. Jason Pinkney explains that “Our campus has a big advantage in regards to light pollution. On a clear night, without the moon, you can see the Milky Way pretty easily here. And there aren’t many locations, really, where you can do that,” he said.

The ONU Observatory gives the university the tools to take full advantage of Ada’s dark skies. It will serve as a valuable teaching laboratory for students, a base of operations for the ONU Astronomy Club and a popular form of public outreach.

Located on the northwest corner of campus near Wander Field, the observatory features a roll-off roof, three permanently mounted telescopes, and high-tech CCD equipment to connect the telescopes with computers and monitors.

Read more information about the ONU Observatory and upcoming public events here.