Greetings and Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year!
For over 100 years, 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.
With over 3,000 students from 19 states and 13 foreign countries, ODU offers a highly personalized student-centered approach. Our average class size is 17, 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 your success. You’ll find that our university offers a variety of resources, in a supportive environment, to ensure your success.
Research has shown that students who are involved in co-curricular activities -joining clubs, campus organizations, providing tutoring, and participating in athletics - are much more likely to succeed and graduate. There are more than 40 student organizations on campus, so get involved!
This continues to be an exciting time for our athletics program. At an NCAA Division II institution, a student athlete is first a student, then an athlete. Since our move to the NCAA in 2011/2012, student interest in athletics has skyrocketed.
Our total number of student athletes has increased from 250 athletes to an anticipated 415 athletes this year. One-third of our 2015-2016 freshman class will be new student athletes. If you’ve been active in high school athletics, I encourage you to consider trying out for one of our 14 intercollegiate sports teams, or participating in our intramural programs.
Regardless of which of our 40 plus majors you choose, 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.
With the excellent academic foundation provided by their undergraduate course of study, many ODU graduates continue post-graduate studies in our graduate programs.
Others go on to pursue graduate pro-grams in law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology, veterinary medicine, nursing and allied medicine at many of the nation’s most highly regarded colleges and universities.
At Ohio Dominican, we continue to create new and innovative academic programs to meet market demand. In July 2012, we launched our new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, to help meet the escalating need for well-educated and professionally trained health care professionals.
We also have a new Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science major and a new Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program, designed for principal licensure.
We have also launched a program in partnership with Ohio University in which freshmen majoring in pre-med will already have been admitted to medical school providing they have a successful academic career at ODU.
Our campus landscape continues to change. Battelle Hall, our 25,000-square-foot science building, provides state-of-the-art instructional, research labs, a weather station, and collaborative and in-formal gathering space for faculty and students.
Renovation has been completed on St. Albert Hall, which is the new home of our Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The 10,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art classroom and meeting space, student lounges, examination rooms, and a functional cadaver lab, among other features.
I invite you to become a partner in Ohio Dominican’s legacy of success and achievement. When we see each other on campus, please say hello!
Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.
Ohio Dominican University