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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.
  • Quick facts about ODU

    ODU Quick Facts

    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

Ohio Dominican University's president, Dr. Robert Gervasi, joined the University in 2017. 

Visit the President's Office page to learn more about Dr. Gervasi and his leadership of Central Ohio's premiere Catholic university.

Awards, Recognition & Points of Pride

Ohio Dominican University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest — but don't just take our word for it!
  • U.S. News & World Report - Top Tier Midwest University

    For the fifth 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 2017 “Best Colleges” list.

    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.


  • Military Friendly School

    For the eighth consecutive year, Victory Media names Ohio Dominican University a Military Friendly School.

    The organization also ranked ODU in the top five military-friendly schools in the United States and best university in Ohio in 2017.

    The 2017 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Physician Assistant StudiesHighlights
    ODU's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program class of 2016 achieved a 98 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). The class now has a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent employment rate.
  • Physician Assistant Early Assurance Program
    ODU offers top high school seniors assured acceptance into its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program upon completion of their undergraduate studies.
  • ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program
    ODU and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine partner to offer top high-school seniors assured acceptance into medical school upon completion of their undergraduate studies at ODU.
  • Education Program Highlights
    Early Childhood Education, Special Education and AYA Secondary Education majors, on average, scored above the national average o the Praxis teaching exams in spring 2013.
  • NCAA D-II Women's Elite Eight Coming to ODU
    Ohio Dominican University was selected to host the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship. ODU also hosted the tournament in 2017.
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