Welcome, Military Service Members

Regularly recognized as a military-friendly university, Ohio Dominican is proud to support our military service members – welcoming America’s military members, veterans and spouses as students. We provide flexible degree options, financial assistance and campus services through ODU's PATRIOTS Program to ensure your success on campus and in the classroom.

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Military Financial Aid

Financial assistance through the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 helps makes earning a degree more affordable.

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Train for your military career while you pursue a degree at Ohio Dominican through ROTC (Reserved Officers Training Corps).

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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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Scholarship for Military Students

Ohio Dominican's Salute to Service Scholarship covers up to $3,000 in tuition per semester that is not already covered by military education benefits, or other state and federal grants and scholarships. The scholarship benefits current military service members, veterans and military education benefits-eligible dependents.

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Sua Sponte Student-Veteran Association

Bridging the gap from combat to classroom to career, Sua Sponte's purpose is to aid Veterans separating from the military have a smooth transfer into civilian and student life. Using discipline, structure, and motivation—Sua Sponte strives to be a positive and impactful presence on campus and in our communities. Sua Sponte's mission is to create a thriving environment for Veterans while helping to bridge the gap between students, faculty and staff in support of transitioning veterans. For more information, contact Sua Sponte at suasponte-sva.org.

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About ODU's PATRIOTS Program

Ohio Dominican first launched the PATRIOTS Program more than 25 years ago to meet the educational needs of returning Vietnam veterans. Through PATRIOTS, veterans can achieve their academic goals, pursuing either an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree. The University reintroduced the PATRIOTS Program in response to the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

ODU's PATRIOTS Program offers free academic and mental wellness counseling to veterans to ensure their smooth transition from combat to classroom to career. Veterans enjoy priority registration, and can sign up for classes on the first day that registration opens. The program is reinforced by an active advisory committee made up of faculty, veteran alumni and student veterans. The entire University community celebrates the service and sacrifice of our veterans twice each academic year with Veterans Appreciation Day linked to home football and basketball games. ODU is a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and has a full-time liaison with the Veterans Administration. The program is led by a retired Army Major General.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


PATRIOTS Program Mission Statement

The Ohio Dominican University Patriots Program is recognized as the premier veteran friendly institution of higher education in Central Ohio.

Policies and Practices to Achieve Mission Accomplishment

Inform – Inform veterans of the value of higher education and the educational benefits they have earned from the federal and state governments and additional benefits offered by Ohio Dominican University.

Recruit – Attract veteran students to ODU by understanding their education/career objectives. We will forego application fees and maximize transfer credits and financial assistance such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and ODU’s Salute to Service Scholarship Program. 

Nurture – ODU is committed to insuring that every enrolled veteran graduates as planned. Free academic tutoring, in-house mental health counseling, and a committed faculty that is aware of student veterans issues support this commitment. Additionally, ODU commits to never penalize a veteran student financially or academically for absence due to activation or deployment orders. 

Outreach – The Patriots Program will serve as a link to military and veterans organizations (state and federal veterans affairs, military branches including reserve and National Guard, and volunteer organizations). The Program will also sponsor military related educational programs open to the public and serve as a resource on military and veterans issues for all the Catholic high schools in Central Ohio.

Campus Facilities

Ohio Dominican University's beautiful 84-acre campus features 20 buildings totaling 588,000 gross square feet. ODU's campus features both historic and modern architecture with buildings built between 1910 to 2010. Campus buildings include academic classrooms, administrative offices, student housing, dining halls, student service offices, chapel, houses and athletic facilities. In addition to its physical buildings, a number of improvements and enhancements have been made to campus, including to its 1,250 parking spaces, roadways, sidewalks, athletic fields and garages and storage facilities. 

Highlights of ODU's campus include:

  • Labs for science-related courses, experiments and research, including in ODU's Chemistry and Biology programs
  • Computer labs that are available for instruction, individual student use, and to provide required tools for instruction
  • Academic classrooms available in Battelle Hall, Erskine Hall, Spangler Learning Center, St. Albert Hall, and Wehrle Hall.
  • All of ODU's classrooms provide students and faculty with access to high-speed Wi-Fi, include an instructor's station with computer and projector, and are equipped with chairs and desks for students and faculty. Classrooms also have the potential to provide online-only instruction, if needed.
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Griffin Student Center
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

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