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  • Welcome to ODU

    Greetings and welcome to Ohio Dominican University.  

    For nearly a century, Ohio Dominican University has served students as a private Catholic liberal arts institution, providing the highest quality education in a personal environment, guided by our university’s motto, “To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation.”  

    I encourage you to explore our website and learn all about our academic programs, campus life, admissions, athletics and our institution's new facilities; including The Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, our new residence hall – Lynam Hall and the new science building, Battelle Hall.  

    With more than 3,100 students from 16 states and 17 foreign countries in our undergraduate, graduate, dual-enrollment and adult education programs, ODU offers a highly personalized student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Our average undergraduate class size is 16, and our student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Our faculty members not only excel in their fields and enjoy teaching, but also care about students’ success. The student body is welcoming, and they empower one another to achieve their own personal goals. You’ll find that our university offers a variety of resources to ensure your success in a supportive environment.  

    You’ll discover plenty of hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom, through internships, field work, study abroad, community service and other opportunities enabling you to gain valuable work experience before graduation. As a result of Ohio Dominican’s academic reputation, many of our students are placed in jobs prior to graduation.  

    As part of the Dominican tradition, the university continues to offer the community opportunities to attend campus events through the year including athletic events, programs and lectures sponsored by the Center for Dominican Studies, seminars and programs sponsored by various academic departments and more. For a complete list of campus events, please visit myODU.  

    For close to a century, Ohio Dominican has been characterized by student success. I welcome you to become a partner in this legacy of success and achievement.  

    Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you on campus.  

    Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.  

    President 
    Ohio Dominican University