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The Ohio Northern Promise Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Ohio Northern Promise?

Why is Northern offering such a program?

How does the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee work?

What academic programs are eligible for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee?

Who is eligible for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee program?

What is The Ohio Northern Promise?

The Ohio Northern Promise makes an ONU education more affordable, reduces student loan debt, sustains academic quality, and prepares students for career success. More specifically, The Ohio Northern Promise is about affordable excellence and contains three key elements:

  • A four-year graduation guarantee in most undergraduate programs to lower student debt
  • High-impact practices to deepen and enrich learning
  • An impressive record of job placement and graduate and professional school admission rates for graduates

A hallmark of an ONU education is engaged learning, learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom because of direct involvement in high-impact practices – internships, capstone courses, field experiences, study abroad and experiential learning. Ohio Northern University will continue to offer extensive opportunities for high-impact practices that enrich and deepen student learning and student achievement. Finally, Northern will continue its impressive record of job placement and graduate and professional school admissions rates for our graduates, rates that average 93 percent over the last four years.

The three elements of The Ohio Northern Promise will make the Ohio Northern experience more affordable and provide greater value to the students we prepare for lives of success and service.

Why is Northern offering such a program?

Unprecedented financial challenges exist for all sectors of higher education, including the private nonprofit sector, leading many to believe that the old ways of operating and managing are inadequate. We believe that the conventional high tuition and high financial aid model embraced for decades by most private colleges and universities is not working today and is no longer sustainable as the economy resets to a new normal. Despite this financial turbulence, Ohio Northern University remains academically strong and one of the top-ranked private universities in Ohio and in the region.

How does the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee work?

First-time freshman students who enroll in a major designed to be completed in four years are guaranteed that they will graduate in four years. If it takes longer (through no fault of their own), there will be no additional cost for completing the degree.

Requirements:

  • Student signs up for the guarantee prior to matriculation.
  • If a student switches majors, the guarantee may hold if the new major can be completed in the guarantee period.
  • Student must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits per year.

What academic programs are eligible for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee?

Ohio Northern University offers 63 majors and 51 minors. Of those programs, more than 70 percent qualify for our Four-Year Guarantee Program.

Who is eligible for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee program?

Students across most undergraduate programs will complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years. This is a campus-wide commitment from the University. Assigned academic advisors will continue to help students plan their coursework each semester, and, if the students commit to stay on track, the University guarantees that they will graduate in four years.

If, for any reason not related to student performance, a student is not able to complete their course work within four years, the University will offer 16 credit hours of tuition required for graduation. This, combined with our tuition-rate reductions, helps ensure that students who take out student loans to finance their higher education will minimize student debt.