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The Ohio Dominican community is lively, passionate and dedicated to the success of our students and the pursuit of truth, justice and peace.
As a Catholic liberal arts university in the Dominican tradition, ODU is guided in its educational mission by the Dominican motto: To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation.
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    ODU is central Ohio's Catholic university, where students connect their passion with a purpose.

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    Student Stories

    Our students come from near and far, bringing their unique stories to the ODU community.

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    Mission & Identity

    As a Catholic Dominican university, we embrace all who seek the truth. Learn about our rich history and traditions.

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President's Office

Dr. Peter Cimbolic has served as President of Ohio Dominican University since 2010. 

Learn more about Dr. Cimbolic and his leadership of Central Ohio's only Catholic university.

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Awards & Recognition


Ohio Dominican University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest - but don't just take our word for it!
  • One of the Top Midwest Colleges for Veterans

    U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio Dominican University in its 2015 Midwest “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.

    The list recognizes the top schools that offer benefits to help military veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for, and complete their college education.

    The rankings include schools that meet each of the following criteria: they are a member of the Servicemember’s Opportunity Colleges Consortium; they are certified for the GI Bill; and they participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    View ODU's PATRIOTS Program.

  • Top Tier Midwest University

    For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Ohio Dominican University (ODU) in the top tier of colleges and universities in the Midwest in its 2015 “Best Colleges” list. 

    The magazine also ranked Ohio Dominican as one of the “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the Midwest.

    U.S. News & World Report analyzes a number of factors in determining its annual list, including average freshman retention rate, average graduation rate and student-to-faculty ratio.

    “We are proud that U.S. News & World Report has again selected Ohio Dominican University as one of the premier universities in the Midwest,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.

    “This distinction reaffirms the excellent academic experience offered at ODU, and is a testament to our high-achieving students, faculty and alumni. ODU is experiencing immense positive momentum, and this designation by one of the most widely recognized resources for students and parents is evidence that our efforts are being noticed.” 

  • Continuing Education Named Best of Business

    ODU offers the “Best Continuing Education Offerings” according to readers of Columbus CEO magazine in its annual “Best of Business” survey. 

    Winners of the sixth annual readers’ survey were announced in the magazine’s November edition, published on Oct. 12, 2013. 

    “We take great pride in serving the greater Columbus area and providing our students the tools they need to enhance their knowledge and realize their full potential,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.

    “It is exceedingly gratifying to know that our peers believe, and have faith in, our mission to offer a quality, comprehensive and respected education to learners of all ages and experiences.”

  • Top Return on Investment Institution

    Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is one of the top institutions in the state when it comes to its lifetime return on investment (ROI) according to Affordable Colleges Online (ACO). ACO ranked ODU in the top 11 percent of Ohio colleges analyzed (40 of 389) for its “Highest ROI Colleges in Ohio” list.

    ACO’s rankings are based on multiple criteria, including net tuition price, graduates’ average starting salaries, and whether the institution is a fully accredited, four-year, not-for-profit institution. 

    “We are proud that Affordable Colleges Online selected ODU as a top institution in Ohio with regard to its students’ lifetime return on investment, and recognizes ODU’s dedication to providing its students a quality, valuable and fulfilling education,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.

    “This ranking is a testament to ODU’s record of providing students with an outstanding academic experience that prepares them for rewarding careers that demonstrate the true worth of their ODU education.” 

  • Women’s Basketball Leads Nation in GPA

    Ohio Dominican University’s women’s basketball program achieved a 3.699 GPA – the best GPA of all women’s basketball programs in the nation in every NCAA division – during the 2012-13 academic year.  

    This is the first time the Panthers have led the country in academic rating, as well as the first time leading their division. Overall, Ohio Dominican has appeared on the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) Top 25 list four times. 

    "I couldn't be more proud of the work that our student-athletes have put forth in the classroom," head coach Lynsey Warren said. "They have a tremendous work ethic and this is a great recognition of their efforts. I also want to thank all of our faculty and staff members for their efforts, support and encouragement throughout the year." 

    View ODU's Athletics website.
  • Named Military Friendly School

    For the fifth consecutive year, Ohio Dominican University has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

    The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

    Ohio Dominican first launched the PATRIOTS Program 20 years ago to meet the educational needs of returning Vietnam veterans. Through PATRIOTS, veterans can achieve their academic goals, pursuing either an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree.

    The University reintroduced the PATRIOTS Program in response to the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.