University of Northwestern Ohio


The University of Northwestern Ohio is a private, non-profit university offering career-based college majors to its students. The university has many programs geared to non-traditional students with work and life responsibilities, although it has a sizable contingent of traditional students as well. The region’s strong ties to the auto industry are echoed in the university’s programs, as it has a very strong auto program and actually offers motorsports as an athletic activity.


Information Summary

Ranks 126th in Ohio and 3201st overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 48.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $23,980
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 30 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 51% / 50%
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,420


The university was founded in 1920 as the Northwestern School of Commerce. The school went through several incarnations and was primarily a technical/business school for much of its history. The school became a college in the 1970s and earned university status in 2000, becoming the University of Northwestern Ohio.


University of Northwestern Ohio
University of Northwestern Ohio


The University of Northwestern Ohio’s programs skew heavily to practical degree offerings. You won’t find any philosophy or comparative literature majors here. The university offers about 60 certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and graduate programs. The university’s programs are divided among four colleges:

  • College of Business
  • College of Occupational Professions
  • College of Health Professionals
  • College of Applied Technologies

The university’s graduate offerings are an MBA program that students can take online or in regular courses.

The most popular academic offerings at the University of Northwestern Ohio include the university’s business and marketing program. The university’s most popular associate’s degree program is its mechanic and repair technologies program, which accounts for more than 70 percent of all its associate degrees awarded.

Online Learning

Like many colleges and universities, the university of Northwestern Ohio has increased its online programs in recent years, offering many courses online. The university even allows students to earn several of its degrees entirely online. This flexibility allows the university to reach out to potential students whose work and family responsibilities may otherwise preclude a traditional college schedule.

Specialty Programs

While business is big business at the university, there are a number of specialty programs that students may want to consider, such as the sports marketing and hospitality programs. Another unique program at the university is its alternate fuels training program, one of just a few in the country. Students in the program learn about how alternate fuels work, modern vehicles that use alternate fuels, and issues related to alternate fuels.


The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

One unique athletic program offered by the University of Northwestern Ohio is its motorsports program. The university is the only college in America to own its own race track and was the first college to offer motorsports scholarships. The university currently has four co-ed motorsports and stock car teams that compete in intercollegiate events.


The University of Northwestern Ohio has a very liberal admissions policy. Students who have a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission to the school. Home schooled student will need to provide proof of graduation and other documentation.

Applicants are asked to take an acceptance exam, which determines whether they will need to take remedial courses. Students with a score of 18 or higher on the ACT can be exempt from the acceptance exam and students who score a 450 in English or Math on the SAT will not need to take the exam for those courses.

Students are given full or conditional acceptance to the university. As of Sept. 2011, the school charges a $20 application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the University of Northwestern Ohio are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the university and other organizations that students may be eligible for.


Eligible University of Northwestern Ohio students can apply for the UNOH Opportunity Scholarship, which is available for first-time college students whose household income is less than $50,000 per year. The scholarship covers tuition and is available to residents of Allen County, Ohio. Honor scholarships are available to high-performing, recent high school graduates. A number of automotive-related scholarships are also available from the university.

UNOH has extensive information about scholarships on its website, including information on how to apply for these scholarships. The university’s office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.

Student Financial Aid Details

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UNOH has an an eollment of approximately 4,200 students and is located on a 200 acre campus in Lima, Ohio, a small city in northwestern Ohio.

Lima is a big automotive town with a major Ford facility located there, hence UNOH’s big emphasis on automotives. Lima has a few of the cultural and entertainment offerings that city life provides, but it is still a small city at heart. The nearest larger cities are Toledo (75 miles away) and Columbus (90 miles away).

The university offers housing for students that are up to 25 years old. As of Sept. 2011, there is a $100 deposit for housing. The university has about 17 student organizations, including professional and academic organizations. Many of the school’s organizations are auto-related, such as the auto-cross club, drag club and diesel club.

UNOH works hard to accommodate military students, working with them through distance learning to help them earn their degrees while they’re stationed all over the world.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Northwestern Ohio competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

The university offers men’s baseball, basketball, bowling, golf and tennis; and women’s volleyball, basketball, bowling, golf and tennis.

UNOH player Jeff Brown recently made university history by winning his 100th match.

The university’s teams are known as the Racers. Team colors are burgundy and grey.


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