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Promising a brighter future

The Ohio Northern Promise – a bold initiative launched by the University – will lower tuition rates by 20 percent at the Raabe College of Pharmacy for new students in 2014-15. “In the jargon of our day, our proposal says ‘We get it,’” says ONU President Dan DiBiasio.

ONU created The Ohio Northern Promise in an effort to make a college education more affordable and attainable. The economic downturn of 2007-08 continues to impact many American families who have experienced decreased wages. Families are concerned about debt and costs, especially those associated with higher education, according to DiBiasio.

Tuition at the Raabe College of Pharmacy will be reduced from $40,990 to $32,500 – a difference of $8,490. The price reduction will impact incoming students for the 2014-15 school year.

The Ohio Northern Promise also includes a commitment to high-impact learning and high-placement rates. “The Ohio Northern Promise has just put into words what we have been doing with students all along,” says Dr. Kelly Shields, assistant dean and director of pharmacy student services. “It has given us a chance to stop and focus and look at how we integrate high-impact learning and student engagement across the campus. With our teacher-scholar model and small campus community, students have always been, and will continue to be, our focus.”

The Raabe College of Pharmacy demonstrates high-impact learning with a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Pharmacy students don’t just sit in a classroom – they explore, experiment and experience. They complete more than 1,600 hours of hands-on clinical and instructional practice hours, which may include medical mission trips to Africa or blood pressure screenings at the local mall.

Additionally, 99 percent of ONU pharmacy graduates find employment or a post-graduate residency within six months of graduation. The median starting salary for an ONU pharmacy graduate is $106,000.