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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions
Q: How soon can I apply to ONU?
A: The application for the Class of 2015 and beyond is available on the Ohio Northern website around Aug. 1, 2014.
Q: What is the deadline for admission?
A. For students entering in fall 2015: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering students are on rolling admission. Students are encouraged to apply in the fall of their senior year. Pharmacy students will have a deadline of Dec. 1, 2014. All materials must be received in our office by Dec. 1 for a student to be considered for admission. Transfer students have an application deadline of Feb. 1, 2015.
Q: Do I need to take the writing portion of the ACT or SAT?
A: No, ONU does not review the writing portion of either of these tests.
Q: Do all of my required admissions materials need to be sent at the same time?
A: No, these items do not need to arrive together. However, your admissions file is considered “complete” when all items have been received.
Q: What are the minimum requirements to be accepted to ONU?
A: Rather than examining all students against one ACT/SAT score or GPA, ONU considers students on an individual basis. As part of a holistic approach when reading a student’s application, the Office of Admissions considers the student’s high school curriculum, GPA and ACT/SAT scores in addition to a teacher or counselor’s recommendation, student interaction with the University, and high school leadership and community service activities.
Q: Whom should I ask to complete a reference form/letter for me?
A: We suggest that this form/letter come from a high school teacher or a guidance counselor. Additional letters can come from a mentor, coach, etc., but students should avoid asking family members.
Q: If I apply earlier, do I have a better chance at getting scholarships?
A: Any and all students completing their admissions file by the aforementioned application deadlines are guaranteed full scholarship consideration. Merit-based scholarships are awarded up to May 1 of the senior year in high school.
Q: Do I need to file the FAFSA?
A: You are not required to submit the FAFSA, but ONU strongly encourages that you do so. ONU does not have a FAFSA-submission deadline, but we recommend that you file by the end of March of your senior year.
Q: Do I have to submit an enrollment deposit?
A: A $200 deposit (refundable until May 1) is encouraged of all accepted students and signifies the student's intention to enroll in the University.
Q: What high school classes are suggested and/or required for admission?
A: Please visit our Suggested High School Curriculum page for details concerning high school course requirements and suggested courses for students entering each of our four undergraduate colleges.
Q: What are the benefits of entering a 0-6 pharmacy program?
A: Students who are admitted into our pharmacy program are not required to complete PCAT testing after two or three years of “pre-pharmacy.” They are admitted as first-year students into the doctoral program directly out of high school.
Q: Is there a foreign language requirement?
A: Yes, all students earning a Bachelor of Arts at ONU are required to complete one language sequence, or three language classes, as a graduation requirement. However, language placement exams are available and can allow a student to test out of one or all of these required classes. Pharmacy, Engineering, Business Administration and Bachelor of Science students are not required to take foreign language courses.
Q: Do you accept AP credit?
A: Yes. A complete listing of scores required to receive credits is available from the Office of the Registrar.
Q: Do you accept PSEOP credits?
A: Typically, yes. PSEOP credits are reviewed by each academic college dean on an individual basis.
Q: What is there to do on campus?
A: ONU currently has more than 200 student organizations, clubs and activities, including community service organizations, social groups, chapel-based organizations, Greek Life and many others. The Polar Bears compete in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference in 23 varsity sports (12 for men and 11 for women) and offer nearly as many club and intramural sports.
Q: Can a student bring a car to campus during their first year?
A: Yes, all students are allowed to bring their car to campus with them. A parking pass costs $65 for one academic year.
Q: I’m interested in speaking to a coach; how do I get in touch with them?
A: Visit http://www.onusports.com for team information and to complete the recruit questionnaire.