Ohio Northern’s ambitious, pioneering attitude has been alive since the very beginning. The school started with a single person and a single idea. 在社区的帮助下, Henry Solomon 莱尔 founded the Northwestern Ohio Normal School in 1871. When the college’s curriculum grew to include pharmacy, 工程, 法律和商业课程, its name was changed to Ohio Normal University and, 最终, in 1903, 俄亥俄北部大学.
Many of the hallmarks ONU is known for today are rooted in our past. Adjusting the curriculum and programs to fit today’s needs; providing a diverse, well-rounded education; immersing students in hands-on learning – these are all values that have stood the test of time.
Because there was (and is) an ONU, the world will never be the same. From government to business to entertainment to scientific discovery, ONU has left traces of influence in so many different ways. In the future, we will continue this legacy while forging new paths into new frontiers. 新的太空竞赛, 可持续发展的时代, 对多样性的持续努力, equity and inclusion – these are just a few examples.
There should be a school patterned to the needs of the common people, and it must recognize God in all its teachings."
Henry Solomon 莱尔, founder 俄亥俄北部大学
Read about the notable individuals who left a indelible mark on ONU–and the world–through their contributions and accomplishments over the course of ONU’s history.
从小开始, regional teacher’s college to an esteemed institution of higher education, the evolution of 俄亥俄北部大学 has been marked by both success and struggle. Every milestone has played a role in making the University what it is today. We treasure our rich history and will continue writing the story of Ohio Northern to honor those who came before us.
In 1923, the University established the Polar Bear as the school’s official mascot. 多年来, there have been several iterations of the mascot – who now goes by the name Klondike. Read the fun history of ONU’s mascot, written in 2023 when Klondike celebrated its 100th birthday.
“理想之心” is a cinematic celebration of 俄亥俄北部大学’s founding and its 150+ years of success in preparing students to positively impact the world. The film showcases how founder Henry Solomon 莱尔 established a clear vision and enduring values that have lived on at Ohio Northern. Defining moments in the life of ONU are chronicled, weaving the University’s story through presidential eras following Dr. 莱尔’s, and presenting more than a century and a half of growth, trial, triumph and change. Included are interviews and footage not seen in nearly 50 years.