2. Four-Year Guarantee
Pledge to stay on track, and we promise that you will graduate in four years.
Students across most undergraduate programs will complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years. This is a campus-wide commitment from the University. ONU guarantees that first-time freshmen, who enroll in a program designed to be completed in four years, will graduate in four years. If it takes longer (through no fault of their own), there will be no additional tuition cost for completing the degree.
To maintain eligibility, you must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits per year (fall and spring). If you switch majors, the guarantee may hold if the new major can be completed during the guarantee period. Please note that the four-year graduation guarantee is not available to transfer students.
If you meet all the conditions of the four-year guarantee but are unable to graduate after eight semesters, ONU will offer one of the following alternatives:
- Allow the fulfillment of your degree requirements (and enable you to graduate in four years) by substituting different courses or an independent study assignment as determined by the department and the college offering your major.
- Allow you to delay a four-year graduation path, in which case ONU will waive the tuition and mandatory fees applicable for you to complete up to 16 semester credits within the next academic year.
Most of the University’s degree programs are designed to be completed in eight semesters. Some degree programs may involve either higher credit hour requirements, a ninth semester for a required internship, or the passing of an external examination for licensing. If you choose one of these programs, you will not be eligible to participate in this guarantee.
Details and guidelines
If you are a first-time freshman, you will receive information about this program before Welcome Weekend so that you can explore the guarantee’s details and guidelines. A copy of the guarantee's terms is available here.