Ohio Dominican University was chartered in 1911 as the College of St. Mary of the Springs. It was founded as an all-women’s school, becoming coeducational in 1964. The college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College on July 1, 1968. Ohio Dominican became a university on July 1, 2002, under an ambitious strategic plan to become one of the country’s preeminent small Catholic universities.
Roman Catholic. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, which became the Dominican Sisters of Peace on April 12, 2009.
“To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation.”
St. Dominic de Guzman, an itinerant preacher, founded the Order of Preachers in 1216. Dominicans are formed throughout their entire lives according to the four pillars St. Dominic established:
The Dominican tradition of spirituality is rooted in common life: liturgical prayer and meditation, study, and ministry of the Word. These values continue to guide the steps of faculty, students and staff at Ohio Dominican University.
Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.
Main Campus: 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219Dublin Campus: 5550 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017 (Adult & Continuing Education)
*The Adult & Continuing Education program is also offered at the Main Campus.
Undergraduate degrees: 45 majors
Graduate degrees: 11 programs
* Available in a "4+1" format
Ohio Dominican University is the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II university in Central Ohio. The University became a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in July 2010.
Ohio Dominican University has a wide variety of student extracurricular activities that enhance the quality of residential student life. A central focus has been the addition of the Bishop James. A. Griffin Student Center. The university's 18 varsity-level athletic programs attract student athletes and non-athletes alike, while providing opportunities for alumni participation and fundraising.
Student organizations and activities at ODU provide events and opportunities that relate to areas of academic interest, student government, performance arts, multicultural interests, media, athletic, social, honorary, religious and service organizations. Ohio Dominican student activities and events are open to all students.
The vision of Ohio Dominican University is to be recognized as a preeminent Catholic institution of higher learning, providing quality programs in the liberal arts and the professions, committed to the fundamental value of liberal education, and deeply rooted in our Dominican tradition.
Ohio Dominican will be known for its student-centered and innovative approaches to teaching and learning; its commitment to excellence in academic and co-curricular programs; its commitment to service and community responsibility; its outstanding campus facilities and resources; its global outreach in response to educational needs; and its reputation for distinction in values-based higher education.
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