Ohio Dominican University

Who We Are

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.


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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Quick facts about ODU

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ODU is central Ohio's Catholic university, where students connect their passion with a purpose.

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Panther Stories

Our students come from near and far, bringing their unique stories to the ODU community.

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How it Started...

Learn more about our university's founding and our connection to the Catholic Dominican faith in the video below as WOSU's Columbus Neighborhoods explores the history of Ohio Dominican University, originally founded in 1911 as College of St. Mary of the Springs by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

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University Leadership

Acting President Dr. Shonna Riedlinger


Meet Dr. Shonna Riedlinger

Ohio Dominican University's acting president, Dr. Shonna Riedlinger, was appointed to her post in January 2024. Visit the Office of the President page to learn more about Dr. Riedlinger.

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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!

In recognition of its commitment to serving veterans, active duty servicemembers and military families, the State of Ohio has designated Ohio Dominican a Collegiate Purple Star campus. 

ODU now joins a select list of colleges and universities across the state that have received the designation, which recognizes campuses for their efforts to support military-connected students.

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Collegiate Purple Star Award

Ohio Dominican has joined Catholic colleges and universities around the world to answer Pope Francis’ call to develop action plans to better care for the planet and each other.

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ODU's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program class of 2021 achieved a 96 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). Read more about our PA Program's PANCE & program performance here.

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 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.
Ohio Dominican is an Ohio-based, independent, Not for Profit Corporation.