Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is a small, private university located in Columbus, the largest city and state capital of Ohio. At ODU you will have a very personalised education experience – class sizes are small (on average you will have 18 -20 students in a class) meaning that you can get the attention that you need from the university professors.
It was founded in 1911 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. It proudly continues to embody a Catholic ethos but don’t worry if you are not a Roman Catholic – student of all religions are welcome here!
Despite its small size, Columbus offers 39 market-driven majors at Bachelor degree so you have plenty of choice. Popular fields of study include Business, Computer Science, Finance, Pre-Medical and Psychology but be sure to check the full list of available majors on the ODU website by clicking here.
For budding engineers, ODU has partnered with the University of Dayton, Ohio to offer a streamlined 3+2 route to a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Bio, Chemical, Chemistry Materials, or Computer Science Engineering, saving you one year of time and money!
ODU is a great option for students who have already started university studies in their home country as they make the process of transferring credits as simple as possible. Rather than having to undergo a credential evaluation through an organization such as WES, ODU will do an in-house evaluation that will quickly give you a good idea of the number of transferable credits you have.
Ohio Dominican offers a much smaller range of Master’s programs but its MBA program is extremely affordable and offers 7 different concentrations according to your personal requirements – Healthcare Administration, Data Analytics, Finance, Risk Management, Accounting, Leadership and Sports Management.
Like many private universities in the USA, ODU’s tuition fees at bachelor degree level look high at first, but the university offers a range of generous scholarships and it is possible to combine several different awards to really minimise your expenses.
Merit scholarships of $13,000 – $15,000 per year are guaranteed to all students with a GPA of 2.5 or above and there are a number of smaller awards potentially available. Overall, the average award is $17,000 – $18,000 per year, making ODU surprisingly affordable.
Graduate students are not able to benefit from any scholarships but, as you can see, their tuition fees are already highly competitive.
Ohio Dominican University is located in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio on a 75-acre campus. Columbus is a city of approximately 900,000 inhabitants, making it the 14th most populous city in the USA. And, as you may have guessed already, it is named after Christopher Columbus, the 15th century explorer who ‘discovered’ the continent.
Columbus is home to six Fortune 500 companies and 20 fortune 1000 companies, and ODU makes it a priority to create relationships with many of them. ODU hosts one of the most popular college job fairs in the area each year and many ODU students are able to gain real-world experience prior to graduation as well as to seek work opportunities through OPT after graduating
The city regularly ranks very highly for job opportunities for newly graduate students; recent accolades include #5 Best City for New Graduates (OnlineDegrees,com, 2018), Top 5 City to Start a Career (USA Today, 2017) and #1 City for Tech Workers (Smartassed.com, 2017).
If you’re a keen sports fan, you might decide to become a fan of Columbus Crew, the city’s Major League Soccer team, or Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.
There’s plenty to keep you entertained on campus when you have finished studying for the day.
Sporty types can make use of the fitness center, tennis courts, sand volleyball or one of the extensive playing fields. The Alum Creek Trail, part of the extensive Central Ohio Greenways Trails system, runs through campus and provides great access to nature for bikers, runners, and hikers. Or perhaps try out for one of the Ohio Dominican Panthers sports teams (football/soccer and basketball are among the sports in which the university competes against other student teams)?
Find your passion at ODU outside the classroom as well as inside. Join one or more of the many student-run clubs and organizations! You’ll find clubs related to music, sports, academics, science fiction and much much more and, of course, there is also the Black Student Union and the World Student Club, which aims at bringing students from all different backgrounds together.
ODU offers four different on-campus residences. Typically, these are arranged into four-person, two bedroom suites, common room and bathroom, though more senior students do have additional options available. Students attending a Bachelor program at ODU (whether Freshmen or Transfer students) will get the first year of on-campus housing free. There is also a $2,000 discount for each subsequent year that an undergraduate student decides to live on-campus, making it a very affordable housing option.
The campus offers a number of different restaurants for students and there are several different meal plans available. First year students are required to take a 280 or 320 meal/semester plan but, after the first year, students have greater flexibility as to the meal plan they can choose.
Further information about campus housing and meal plans can be found at https://www.ohiodominican.edu/current-students/student-life/housing-dining/residence-life/residence-halls
What comes next?
Upon completion of your Bachelor or Master’s program at ODU, you will be eligible for OPT (Optional Practical Training). OPT is an opportunity to work off-campus in an area related to your study for up to 12 months (or 36-months if you have chosen a STEM major): you will gain valuable work experience and, at the same time, you will be paid!
85% of ODU students complete an internship during their degree program and this is a great way to boost your professional network and enhance your skills, making it easier to benefit from OPT after graduating. Remember that you are not restricted to the Columbus area for your OPT – recent ODU students have pursued employment both in Ohio and throughout the United States.
If you have studied a Bachelor at ODU, you may also wish to stay for your Master’s. Just remember that you do have the right to choose OPT both after your Bachelor and again after your Master’s if you so desire.