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Ohio Dominican University
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Former names
College of St. Mary of the Springs (1911-1968)
Ohio Dominican College(1968-2002)
Motto"Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" ( Latin)
Motto in English
To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation
Affiliation Roman Catholic ( Dominican Order)
PresidentRobert Gervasi, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Location, ,

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

39°59′34″N 82°56′28″W / 39.992727°N 82.941123°W / 39.992727; -82.941123
CampusUrban, 75 acres (300,000 m2)
ColorsBlack and Gold [1]
Athletics NCAA Division IIGMAC
Nickname Panthers
Affiliations ACCU
Website www.ohiodominican.edu

Ohio Dominican University is a private four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican traditions. The main campus spans over 75 acres (300,000 m2) in the North Central neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, United States just minutes from downtown Columbus and Easton Town Center. The university has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs.


Ohio Dominican University is a private Catholic liberal arts university, guided in its educational mission by the Dominican motto, taken from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, "Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere," which means, "To contemplate and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation." Today, embracing the Dominican ideals of " Veritas," or Truth, the University holds to a slightly modified motto, "To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation." The Dominican tradition of spirituality used to be rooted in common life at the university: liturgical prayer and meditation, study, and ministry of the Word. These values no longer guide the steps of the majority of faculty, students, or staff at Ohio Dominican University.

Ohio Dominican University was chartered in 1911 as the College of St. Mary of the Springs. It was founded as an all-women's school, becoming coeducational in 1964. The college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College on July 1, 1968. Ohio Dominican became a university on July 1, 2002, under an ambitious strategic plan to become one of the country's preeminent small Catholic universities. [2]

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Ohio Dominican offers 40 undergraduate degree programs, including programs in Software Engineering and Insurance & Risk Management, and nine master's programs that prepare you for an exciting career in a high-demand field. ODU's most popular majors include Business Administration, Biology, Exercise Science and Early Childhood Education. Ohio Dominican offers a variety of pre-professional programs and early acceptance opportunities, including into its Physician Assistant master's program and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. ODU's Honors Program is perfect for students who want to deepen their understanding of important issues.

Ohio Dominican offers a wide range of majors
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Campus life

Ohio Dominican has 1,700 students and is located less than 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Columbus – the nation's 14th largest city – giving you easy access to internships in a variety of expanding industries. ODU's 75-acre tree-lined campus is also located just minutes from Easton Town Center, one of the region's top entertainment, shopping and dining destinations. Student organizations and 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. ODU is also minutes from Easton Town Center, one of the most popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the region.

The Charles School

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University opened in 2007 with the goal to significantly improve college success for young people in Central Ohio. The public charter high school is part of a nationwide network of Early College High Schools initiated through funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations. The Charles School (TCS) is open to all Ohio students entering the 9th grade, with a target population of students who have a desire to go to college and would be the first in their family to do so.

Students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit and/or an associate degree, at no cost to the student. TCS curriculum is enriched by extensive technology and online support in all aspects of teaching and learning. Several students from the inaugural TCS class are now successfully taking ODU courses.

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The Ohio Dominican teams, nicknamed the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division II as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). [3] ODU joined the GMAC on July 1, 2017, as part of the transition to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). [4] The university offers 18 varsity sports including: men's and women's basketball, baseball, cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field (indoor and outdoor), and women's volleyball.

Notable alumni and faculty



The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace) were founded in Somerset, Ohio, in 1830 and moved to Columbus in 1868. In 1911, the sisters received a charter from the state of Ohio to establish a women's college. A successful teaching congregation for almost 100 years, the Dominicans wanted to build on the excellence of their academy and provide college classes in an area where there was no Catholic higher education available to their graduates and to the candidates for the order. After a decade of experimenting, the Sisters opened the College of St. Mary of the Springs in 1924 as a Catholic four-year liberal arts college for women. Until the college formally separated from the congregation, the congregation's prioress, who served three-year terms, also served as the college's president. In 1968, under Sister Suzanne Urhane's leadership, the college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College. In 2002, under the leadership of Ohio Dominican's first male and first lay leader, Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., the college changed its status again to become Ohio Dominican University.

Name Dates
Sister Stephanie Mohun 1911–1914
Sister Constance Keelty 1914–1917
Sister Justina Hogan 1917–1920
Sister Maria Theresa 1920–1923
Sister Regina Murphy 1923–1926
Sister Adele Heffley 1926–1932
Sister Bernardine Lynam 1932–1935
Sister Aloyse Fitzpatrick 1935–1944
Sister Anacletus Oger 1944–1947
Sister Angelita Conley 1947–1964
Sister Suzanne Uhrhane 1964–1978
Sister Mary Andrew Matesich 1978–2001
Jack Calareso, Ph.D. 2001–2007
The Most Rev. James A. Griffin 2007–2008
Brian Nedwek, Ph.D. 2008–2009
Ronald J. Seiffert 2009–2010
Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. 2010–2017
Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. 2017-Present


  1. ^ "The ODU Brand". Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  2. ^ "About ODU". Ohio Dominican University. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Pickle, David (June 30, 2015). "Ohio Dominican switching conferences". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ohio Dominican switching conferences". GMAC. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

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