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Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, OH


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Connect Passion with a Purpose at ODU

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's in-demand majors, graduate programs and an outstanding liberal arts foundation prepare students to succeed in today's ever-changing global marketplace. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.

In-Demand Majors and Graduate Programs

At Ohio Dominican, students can choose to study one of 40 majors and nine master's programs - each designed to prepare one for a career in a rapidly expanding field, such as education, science, government, business, technology and health care. Ohio Dominican has a degree that matches any student's passion.

Approximately 88 percent of ODU's classes have fewer than 30 students, so students have an opportunity to develop close relationships with their professors that last long after graduation. ODU's 75-acre tree-lined campus is conveniently located just minutes from the heart of downtown Columbus, giving students easy access to internships and other opportunities to gain hands-on experience. 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

Interested in pursuing pre-professional programs? Ohio Dominican has a wide range of options, including Pre-Health Professional, Pre-Law, and Pre-Nursing. 

ODU also has partnered with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer the Med School Early Assurance Program. This program gives high-achieving high school students an opportunity to be automatically accepted into med school 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.

Financial Aid

Approximately 99 percent of first-time freshmen 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. ODU also awards generous Merit Scholarships to students based on a holistic review. These scholarships are renewable each year, and include scholarships that cover the total cost of tuition. There are also work-study opportunities for those who qualify.

Students can get a better idea of their cost to attend ODU by using the Net Price Calculator at

Life as an ODU Panther

Ohio Dominican's beautiful campus is located just minutes from the heart of downtown Columbus. With ready access to abundant internship opportunities, ODU students have convenient access to some of the top entertainment, shopping and dining venues in the region.

ODU's campus is also diverse. In fact, Ohio Dominican's 1,700 students come from dozens of states and countries, which help to enrich the academic experience.

Ohio Dominican is home to dozens of student organizations, including service organizations, music groups, religious clubs and honorary societies. If one wants to start their own organization, it's easy to do. These clubs give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills, meet lifelong friends, and make a real difference on campus and in the community. 

ODU is the only NCAA Division II athletic program in Central Ohio, offering 16 men's and women's teams. Students can also choose to participate in numerous intramural sports.

Columbus - A Perfect Place to Study, Live and Work

Columbus - the 14th largest city in the United States - is a great college city that is full of fun and opportunities. Columbus regularly ranks at or near the top of polls conducted by national publications, including Forbes and Business Insider.

Columbus is also the perfect place to get hands-on experience. Central Ohio is home to 20 Fortune 1000 Companies, five Fortune 500 Companies, the big four accounting firms, four nationally recognized health care systems and four professional sports franchises.

Simply put - students not only love studying in Columbus, many stay in Columbus after graduation to launch successful careers in fields they love.

Recognized as a Top University

Victory Media has ranked ODU a Military Friendly School for nine consecutive years. The organization also ranked ODU in the top five Military Friendly schools in the U.S. and best small university in Ohio in 2018.

Take the Next Step

Experience what it's like to be a Panther. Schedule a campus visit soon by visiting or calling ODU's admissions office at 614.251.4500 or 800-955-OHIO. While here, students can take a tour of campus, meet with a professor in their field of interest, and even attend a class!

Location & Contact

Address 1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH  43219
United States
Contact Mr. Michael Halligan
Assoc VP for Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 614-251-4500
Fax: 614-251-0156

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required A minimum high school GPA of 2.3
Required for some programs

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 515 450 560
SAT Math 518 470 540
ACT Composite 21 19 24

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 4.38%
Black or African American 26.01%
White or Caucasian 51.35%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.67%
Asian 1.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 5.64%
Other 8.33%


Male (45.62%)
Female (54.38%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 43%

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Campus events:
Welcome Week, Homecoming Weekend and ODU Day

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Panther Activities Council, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Black Student Union, World Student Club and Panther Players

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Men's Sports

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Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
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Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
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Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
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Soccer No Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No No No
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Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
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Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
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Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Football No No No
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 2 Checkmark
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Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
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Volleyball No Division 2 Checkmark


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 61
Part-time - 102
Male - 92
Female - 71