The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law values the academic, professional, and social benefits of having a diverse and inclusive student body. The educational experience is enhanced by a student body that is heterogeneous with respect to economic circumstances, ethnicity, gender, and viewpoint, as some of many markers of diversity. A diverse student body also serves the legal profession’s future needs for a diverse body of practitioners.

Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and world views that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. Diversity is integral to ONU Law’s achievement of excellence and enhances its ability to accomplish its academic mission.

Diversity broadens and deepens both the educational experience and environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic profession and society. ONU Law is committed to recognizing and nurturing merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in all its educational activities.

ONU Law particularly acknowledges the need to focus on the recruitment and admission of qualified applicants from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in the legal profession. This is why we have made an unwavering pledge against discrimination by actively recruiting members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the LGBTQ community, geographically diverse areas, a variety of undergraduate institutions, and all ages.  It is by our differences that we create a rich academic and social environment where we can better understand ourselves, the law, and society by learning from one another.


ONU Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.