Ohio Dominican University
Connect Passion with a Purpose at Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University is Central Ohio’s Catholic university. Founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition, ODU is committed to developing the whole person. ODU offers a wide range of high-demand bachelor’s and master’s degrees in growing fields, and its outstanding liberal arts foundation prepares students to succeed in today’s ever-changing global marketplace.
At Ohio Dominican, students can choose to study one of 40 majors (or of nine master’s programs)—each of which is designed to prepare them for a career in a rapidly expanding field—including education, science, government, business, technology, and healthcare. Ohio Dominican has a degree that matches any student’s passion. Approximately 88 percent of ODU’s undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students, so personal attention is guaranteed from professors, not teaching assistants.
Approximately 99 percent of undergraduate students at Ohio Dominican receive some type of financial assistance. When considering the actual out-of-pocket expense, the cost to attend ODU for many students compares favorably with some public universities in the region.
Ohio Dominican University was founded in 1911 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. ODU and/or its programs are accredited by numerous accrediting bodies, including The Higher Learning Commission, Ohio Department of Higher Education, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, The Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.
Get to know Ohio Dominican University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
OHIO DOMINICAN’S CORE CURRICULUM
All undergraduate students take Ohio Dominican’s Core Curriculum, which consists of a series of courses that provide a unifying academic experience throughout each student’s academic journey. The Core is a combination of four seminar courses along with general degree requirements. In the Core seminars, students draw from all of their courses to engage in thought-provoking interdisciplinary discussions, readings, and experiences.
Undergraduates take one seminar each year of college.
- First-year Seminar: What Does it Mean to be Human?
- Second-year Seminar: What is the Common Good?
- Third-year Seminar: What is Justice?
- Fourth-year Seminar: What Truths have we Learned?
These seminars are supported and supplemented with numerous activities, events, and presentations by guest lecturers. Ultimately emphasizing lifelong learning, critical thinking, strong writing, and ethics, the Core Curriculum provides students with a solid foundation for their careers and life experiences. It is this foundation that makes students valuable and competitive in today’s changing job market.
CONDUCTING RESEARCH AT OHIO DOMINICAN
Approximately 88 percent of ODU’s undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students, so there’s no doubt that they will each receive personal attention from their professor, not a teaching assistant. ODU’s professors are enthusiastic and invite students to participate in scholarly research, helping to enhance their undergraduate experience and preparing them for graduate studies.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 45 | 10-19: 92 | 20-29: 101
30-39: 31 | 40-49: 0 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 26%
White, non-Hispanic: 53%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 7%
HANDS-ON LEARNING AT OHIO DOMINICAN
At Ohio Dominican, students participate in a wide range of hands-on labs and activities to support and enliven the material they learn in the classroom. These activities could include participating in student teaching at a local school; walking to Alum Creek to study fish, birds, and other creatures; breaking a sweat as a participant in a Wingate test for an Exercise Science class; or presenting research at ODU’s annual Research Symposium.
At ODU, students won’t find massive lecture halls with hundreds of people; instead, they find professors who are passionate about teaching, not lecturing.
IN-DEMAND MAJORS AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS
ODU’s outstanding Honors Program is designed for high-achieving students who seek to engage in independent scholarly, scientific, and artistic endeavors.
Ohio Dominican also offers a variety of degrees in convenient evening and online formats, making it possible for working adults to complete their degree around their busy schedules.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL AND EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAMS
For students who are interested in pursuing pre-professional programs, Ohio Dominican has a wide range of options, including Pre-Health Professional, Pre-Law, and Pre-Nursing.
ODU’s commitment to professional development shows, in one way, through its partnership with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer the Med School Early Assurance Program. This partnership gives high-achieving high school students an opportunity to be accepted into med school automatically upon the completion of their undergraduate requirements at ODU. Students in the program do not need to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and can earn both their bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in as few as seven years. ODU also offers an early acceptance program into its Physician Assistant Studies master’s program.
ODU also has partnered with the University of Dayton to offer students an opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor or master’s degree in engineering in as few as five total years.
AVAILABLE 4+1 OFFERINGS
At Ohio Dominican, students have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five academic years thanks to its 4+1 program. ODU 4+1 grants participants a Master of Arts in English, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, and Master of Science in Sport Management. Students can apply to a program during their junior year and, come senior year, they take graduate-level courses. By the end of the fourth year, the students receive their bachelor’s degree and immediately enroll as full-time graduate students to complete their master’s in one year.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Early acceptance to DO and PAS programs
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
VIBRANT CAMPUS COMMUNITY
Ohio Dominican University has a vibrant campus community that offers countless ways to participate in community-based learning, be involved on campus, and make a difference in the community. There’s always something happening at ODU, whether that be an athletic event, a presentation by a guest lecturer, one of any kind of student activity, or a compassionate service project. ODU has dozens of student organizations that match anyone’s interests, such as Student Senate, Panther Activities Council, Campus Ministry, and ODU’s Chorus and Band.
ODU also offers numerous ways to volunteer, both locally and internationally. Students can participate in such activities as Make a Difference Day, distribute meals at the local YWCA Family Center, read to children in a local school, or even provide medical supplies and food to impoverished villagers in Haiti during the annual mission trip over spring break.
COLUMBUS – A PERFECT PLACE TO STUDY, LIVE, AND WORK
Located right by downtown Columbus, Ohio, students have easy access to some of the top dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations in the region. Four professional sports franchises call Columbus home: NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets; Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC; and the Cleveland Indians’ AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers.
Columbus is also the perfect place to get hands-on experience. Central Ohio is home to 20 Fortune 1000 Companies, six Fortune 500 Companies, the big four accounting firms, and four nationally recognized healthcare systems.
Simply put: students not only love studying in Columbus, but many choose to stay in Central Ohio after graduation to launch successful careers in fields they love.
Ohio Dominican University’s 75-acre tree-lined campus is located just minutes from the heart of downtown Columbus—the 14th-largest city in the United States.
Ohio Dominican University is the only NCAA Division II program in Central Ohio, and it competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). ODU’s 400 student-athletes compete on 16 varsity teams, including men’s teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track and field, and women’s teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.
ODU student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the field of play. In 2018, ODU student-athletes achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.1 for the eighth consecutive year. ODU has had 14 Academic All-Americans since 2014. Learn more about ODU Athletics at www.ohiodominicanpanthers.com.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 67%
Campus housing options.
ODU HELPS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR REWARDING CAREERS
Ohio Dominican’s Career Development Center offers comprehensive resources as a student-centered hub for access to meaningful internships and rewarding careers. Approximately 92 percent of students surveyed in 2017 were either employed full time or attending graduate school within six months of graduating.
Whether students have yet to decide on a major or are looking for an internship or job, the Center’s experienced and dedicated team ensure them a vast collection of resources—its network of corporate partners help any ODU alum stand out in a competitive job market. The Center helps students with:
- Résumé and cover letter preparation
- Exclusive job & internship opportunities
- Career decision-making
- Networking opportunities
- Graduate school application
- Major exploration
Students also have access to the ODU JobLine, an online job board that features internships, part-time and full-time employment opportunities, and such career events as job fairs and workshops. ODU JobLine is free for current students and ODU alumni.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview
Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 450 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 540
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $11,220
AN OUTSTANDING (AND AFFORDABLE) COLLEGE EDUCATION
Ohio Dominican University is committed to helping students afford an outstanding college education. ODU’s admissions counselors work every step to way to ensure that students have all the information they need as they make their college decision. Ohio Dominican’s financial aid staff helps to match students with all the financial assistance programs—loans, grants, and scholarships—that help them the most.
All first-time freshmen are considered for Ohio Dominican Merit Scholarships. These four-year Merit scholarships range from $52,000 to $76,000, while Honors scholarships range from $80,000 to $122,000.
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