University of Northwestern Ohio

The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) is a private, open admissions university in Lima, Ohio, founded in 1920. As of 2020, the school has an enrollment of approximately 4,500 students on a 210-acre (85 ha) campus. The university, accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and associate degrees in over 50 programs.[1] The school colors are burgundy and gray and the athletic teams, known as the Racers, compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as members of the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference.

University of Northwestern Ohio
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Typeprivate, coed
PresidentJeffrey Alan Jarvis
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBurgundy and Gray


  • Northwestern School of Commerce 1920–1970, North Elizabeth Street, Lima, OH
  • 1972 Moved to Cable Road Campus
  • Northwestern Business College 1970-1973
  • Northwestern Business College-Technical Center 1974-1990
  • Northwestern College 1990-2000
  • University of Northwestern Ohio August 1, 2000


The university is organized into five colleges:

  • College of Business offers Masters, Bachelor and associate degrees
  • College of Occupational Professions offers Bachelor and associate degrees
  • College of Health Professions offers Bachelor and associate degrees
  • College of Applied Technologies offers Bachelor and associate degrees, as well as Diplomas and post-Associate Certificate programs
  • Graduate College offers a Master of Business Administration degree


  • HLC – Higher Learning Commission
  • CAAHEP – The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • NATEF – National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
  • PAHRA ARI – Partnership for Air Conditioning Heating Refrigeration Accreditation – Air-Conditioning Refrigeration Institute


Certifications and approvalsEdit

  • The University of Northwestern Ohio is approved for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. NC-SARA is a multi-state consortium that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.
  • State of Ohio Bureau of Vocation Rehabilitation (for the training of disabled students)
  • State of Ohio Department of Education (for the training of veterans)
  • In 1994, The University of Northwestern Ohio was designated by the United States Department of Energy as one of six original Alternate Fuels training facilities in the United States
  • National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium Training Center.

Student lifeEdit

UNOH is home to four dorm communities: College Park, Northwestern Park, Sherwood Park, and Racers Village. The dorms are apartment-style and feature bedrooms, common living areas, and some have kitchens and laundry facilities. The UNOH Indoor Athletic Complex is located across Cable Road from Campus and free for use by all current students. There is also Racers Station which serves as a home base for all Student Activities on campus such as movie nights, pool tournaments, dances, club meetings, and special events like Oktoberfest, May Daze, Welcome Week and more. Students can join several clubs during their tenure at UNOH such as the Race Club, Off-road Club, American Marketing Association, Optimist Club, Rotaract Chapter, Drag Club, and many more.


UNOH teams, nicknamed the Racers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, primarily competing in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). The Racers formerly competed as a member of the American Mideast Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. There is also a Co-Ed motorsports team that races stock, modified, or drag-style cars.

Honor societiesEdit

Kappa Beta Delta International Business Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.


University of Northwestern Ohio helps to accommodate the interests of the entire student body by offering a wide variety of clubs and organizations for students. They include the American Marketing Association, Auto-Cross Club, Business Professionals of America, Crossroads Bible Group, Diesel Club, Digit - Digital Graphic Imaging in Technology Club, Drag Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Health Careers Club, Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society, Motorsports Team, UNOH FFA Collegiate Chapter, National Truck Equipment Association, Off-Road Club, Over-the-Wall Club, Politics Club, Race Club, UNOH Rotaract Chapter, SEMA Intern Program, Student Veterans of America Chapter, and the Technical Support Team.[2]


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