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Ohio Dominican University
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Motto To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation
Established 1911
Type Private
President Ron Seiffert (Interim)
Faculty 163
Students 2,942 (all campuses)
Location Columbus, Ohio, United States
Campus 62 acres (25 ha) Suburban
Athletics NAIA
14 varsity sports
Mascot Panther
Affiliations Roman Catholic

Ohio Dominican University is a coed, four-year private Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Columbus, Ohio, USA, with nearly 3,000 students from 24 states and 20 foreign countries. The University was founded in 1911 by the congregation of St. Mary of the Springs, Sisters of the Dominican Order. Ohio Dominican is currently funding and supporting an early college high school called The Charles School.



Ohio Dominican University was chartered in 1911 as the College of Saint Mary of the Springs. It was originally founded as a women's college, becoming co-educational in 1964. The name was changed to Ohio Dominican College in 1968. Ohio Dominican became a university on July 1, 2002, under an ambitious strategic plan to become one of the country's preeminent small Roman Catholic universities, under the direction of Dr. Jack Calareso, who was inaugurated as the school's 13th president in December 2001. Dr. Jack Calareso left the University in summer of 2007, and beginning on July 1, 2008, President Brian Nedwek has taken leadership. Dr. Nedwek serves as the 14th President of the University. The University was previously led by Bishop James A.Giffin, Interim President and retired Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus. Dr. Brian Nedwek left his post effective February 27, 2009. Ohio Dominican University’s Board of Trustees has appointed Ron Seiffert as interim president.


ODU offers a range of options: graduate programs, online programs, four-year Bachelor's degrees, two-year Associates degrees, 4+1 Masters degree programs and certificate programs. The university generally has small class sizes (with an average size of 17 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1)


Honors Program

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The Ohio Dominican University Honors Program is designed to enrich the academic experience of talented and motivated students. The program fosters critical thinking, intellectual inquiry, and an appreciation for arts and culture. In addition, ODU's Honors Program is an excellent foundation for students who may continue on to graduate school.

In keeping with the spirit of Ohio Dominican University's mission statement, "To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation," the Honors Program also encourages students to interact with others collegially, grow spiritually, and participate actively in their communities.

Students and Student Development

The University is significantly expanding the level of on-campus student extracurricular activities and improving residential life. At the same time, Ohio Dominican has expanded its extracurricular offerings, providing a greater number of on-campus activities for residential students. A central focus has been the expansion of athletic programs, which attract student athletes and non-athletes alike, foster alumni participation, and enhance fundraising.

Student organizations & activities at ODU offer events and activities that relate to areas of academic interest, student government, performance, multicultural, media, athletic, social, honorary, religious and service organizations. Ohio Dominican student activities and events are open to all students.

Campus and Campus Development

ODU currently operates three campuses, the main in eastern Columbus as well as two others primarily for their LEAD program, aimed mostly at adults.

Under the direction of previous ODU President Jack Calareso, Ohio Dominican has embarked on an aggressive growth plan, and expects to have approximately 3,700 students enrolled on its main campus by 2007, compared to 1,900 in 2001.

To accommodate the projected growth, a team of campus and community members, city planners, and Columbus business leaders worked with international design firm Sasaki Associates, to design a campus Master Plan. The plan encompasses the critical elements of campus organization: land and building use; vehicular and pedestrian circulation; infrastructure; open space; and the University's relationship to the community. Major components of Phase One focus include expansion of student residences; additional sports and recreation facilities; development of Sunbury Road as a gateway to the campus; and creation of a new campus center and study center.

More residence halls were needed to meet the housing needs of the increasing number of traditional students. As a result, Ohio Dominican opened two new student resident buildings, Siena Hall and Aquinas Hall, in Fall 2004. ODU also opened the doors to another new student residence in the Fall of 2008. The newest hall is named Lynam Hall and it features 8 student suite style living accomodations.

On top of new student housing ODU has also welcomed the opening of the brand new Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center in the Fall of 2009. The building is much more modern than previous communal areas on the main campus. This new student center features multiple dining choices, including a deli and a cyber cafe, and it is also the new home to the expanded ODU Bookstore. Most student organizational offices can be found in this new structure as well.

Currently, another construction project is under way at ODU. The new science building, Battelle Hall, broke ground in the Fall of 2009. It is expected to be completed and ready for use by the Fall semester of 2010.


The University currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Ohio Dominican offers Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Softball, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Cross Country. The Ohio Dominican American football Panthers began play in the Mid-States Football Association of the NAIA Fall 2004. The team has a record of 3-17 during its first two seasons, which is expected out of any new program. In 2006 the football team climbed into the top 25. The team finished the season with a record of 7-3 and ranked 17th in the nation after the final NAIA regular season poll was released, narrowly missing the NAIA playoff for the first time in school history. In 2007, the football team had a perfect record of 11-0 and finished 3rd in the final NAIA regular season poll. The team went on to win the MSFA Mideast Division and qualified for the postseason tournament. They went on to win their 1st round game and lost their 2nd round game. Also the men's soccer team advance to the NAIA national tournament. The women's soccer team finished the year ranked #20 in the NAIA. The Men's baseball team made the National Tournament as well in the Spring of 2008.

ODU is currently in the process of joining NCAA Division II.[1] They are currently in the provisional stages of membership, but will join the Michigan and Ohio based Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference when their transition is completed, which is expected to take place on July 1, 2010.[2]

Notable alumni

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Coordinates: 39°59′34″N 82°56′28″W / 39.992727°N 82.941123°W / 39.992727; -82.941123


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