WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE SUMMER ORIENTATION?
As you prepare for your Summer Orientation experience, please be sure to complete the following items BEFORE your session:
(Some steps below require student ONU username and password.)
- Register for Summer Orientation!
- Activate your ONU email.
Be sure to regularly check your email account. ONU faculty and staff will use this email address to communicate important information to you.
- Review your information to ensure that it is correct.
Log in to Self-Service Banner. Please review the information available in each category and your Personal Information. This information will help you in day-to-day activities while at ONU. If you have already logged in to your ONU email, you will not be prompted to log in again.
- Take the Modern Language Placement Test online.
- Sign up for on-campus housing if you are living on campus.
- Complete the Medical History and Immunization History forms. These forms are available online. You can fill these forms out now and bring them with you to Summer Orientation.
- Bring a copy of any classes you have taken/completed through the College Credit Plus (CCP) Program.
- Sign up for your TREX online course (Arts & Sciences students only, beginning April 1).
- All incoming pharmacy students need to read the Technical Standards (Appendix G), then print, complete and return the Technical Standards Form at Summer Orientation.
- You're a Polar Bear now, so why not discover who else has joined the family? Join the New Polar Bears Facebook Group to connect and get to know each other before August!
Starting to think ahead to August? Additional details and the full list of items to complete can be found here.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR SUMMER ORIENTATION?
All students attending Summer Orientation must register online to reserve a date. To register, please click here.
Before registering, please make sure you know the following:
- First and second choice of the dates you would like to attend
- Names and the number of individuals who will be attending with you
- Name and city of your hometown newspaper (for press releases throughout your time at ONU)
WILL UPPERCLASSMAN STUDENTS ASSIST DURING SUMMER ORIENTATION?
Good News Bears (GNBs) are a group of energetic, dedicated and fun leaders who know firsthand what it's like to be a new student at ONU. Reflecting on each of their own personal experiences, the GNBs are ready to assist each new student with his/her concerns as they make the transition to Ohio Northern University. The 35+ GNBs are representing over 80 campus clubs and organizations in majors throughout all four colleges and bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences. The GNBs will help you throughout Summer Orientation with sessions and any questions you may have.
WHERE DO I GO FOR HELP WITH MY FAFSA AND FINANCIAL AID?
Our financial aid staff is here to guide you through the financial aid process, so please contact us with any questions you may have. You can reach us from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419-772-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our fax number is 419-772-2313.
As you prepare for your arrival in August, keep in mind the items you will need to complete for your financial aid and scholarships.
- Accept or decline your students loans in Self-Service Banner.
- Apply for any loans you may need, including Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or private loans.
- Click here for application links and instructions.
- Notify ONU of any community/external scholarships you will be receiving.
- Set up your eBill account and add any authorized users whom you want to have access to view or make payments on your student account. Instructions for adding authorized users are available here.
- Ensure all loans are approved and ready for fall semester.
- Fall billing statements will be available to view online through the eBill site. Students and authorized users will be sent an email notifying them when the bills are able to view.
- Log in to the eBill site to view your billing statement, make payments on your balance due and sign up for a payment plan if you are planning to use one for the fall semester
- Ensure that your fall semester bill is covered in full before the start of the semester by paying your account online, setting up a payment plan to cover the balance due or ensuring you have enough financial aid in place to cover the balance due.
- Check your student Self-Service Banner account (click "Financial Aid Services" and then "View Requirements for My Financial Aid") for any additional requirements for financial aid eligibility.
- If you desire an on-campus job, search and apply for job openings.
DO I NEED TO TAKE THE MODERN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM?
The Humanities Division strongly recommends that all students who will study Spanish at ONU take the placement exam. Students of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian should contact Dr. Jen Moore, Humanities Division.
All students who have foreign-language requirements (see list below) must take and pass a foreign-language course to satisfy the requirements.
1. To take a placement exam, visit http://bit.ly/30cXUVy.
2. Create an account (leave the student ID blank).
3. Log-in to access the test.
4. Answer the questions as well as you can, without using a dictionary or other outside help.
5. At the end of the test, you will receive a score that indicates where you should begin language study at ONU. Please bring this information with you to your summer orientation.
If you have questions or believe you should be placed at a level different from what your score indicates, please consult Dr. Jen Moore, Humanities Division.
The following majors have foreign-language requirements:
- Art Education
- Communication Studies
- Creative Writing
- Criminal Justice
- *Education – Early Childhood
- *Education – Middle Childhood
- *Exercise Physiology
- *Graphic Design
- Language Arts Education
- *Mathematical Statistics
- Multimedia Journalism
- *Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
- Political Science
- Professional Writing
- *Psychology (excluding Behavioral Neuroscience concentration)
- Social Studies
- *Studio Arts
- Youth Ministry
*A foreign language is required for students choosing to complete a Bachelor of Arts in this major.
HOW DO I SUBMIT THE RESULTS OR SCORES FROM COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS COURSES, AP CREDIT OR PLACEMENT EXAMS?
Modern Language Placement Exam:
At the end of the test, you will receive a score that indicates where you should begin language study at ONU. Please bring this information with you to your summer orientation.
College Credit Plus Courses:
Ohio Northern University accepts coursework for transfer credit from accredited institutions if a grade of C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better was earned in the course and the content applies toward the student's intended course of study at ONU. Only credit, not grades, transfer. Transfer credit can be accepted from institutions lacking regional accreditation but having accreditation by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- It is the applicant's/student’s responsibility to provide the required documentation necessary for determining the acceptability of work for transfer credit at ONU.
- Credit may be accepted only upon the recommendation of the specific ONU department or college in which the coursework is appropriate.
- Transcripts from each College Credit Plus institution previously attended are required. Please have them sent directly to the Office of Admissions by U.S. Postal Service to 525 S. Main St., Admissions Office, Ada, Ohio 45810
- For additional information, visit the Registrar's Office.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit:
The University grants credit for College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Tests to those high school students achieving at least the minimum score established by the department in which credit is being sought.
- Test results should be sent directly from the AP Testing Center to the University registrar.
- 525 S. Main St., Registrar’s Office, Ada, Ohio 45810
- The final decision rests with the chair of the department. Some courses are major-specific.
- A combined maximum of 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of AP, CLEP, IB and/or ONU Institutional Examination credit can be counted toward graduation.
- Any credit received will not be posted until mid-July.
- For additional information, visit the registrar or the Advanced Placement webpage. You can also contact the registrar’s office at 419-772-2024 with any questions.
WHAT IS FERPA?
Ohio Northern University recognizes its responsibility to protect students and former students against improper disclosure of information. The University will comply with all applicable state and federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), that relate to retention and disclosure of information about students and former students.
Students can sign an Academic Information Release Form to allow others the right to obtain confidential information from their student record, such as GPA, grades, financials, etc. Students can also choose to sign a Nondisclosure/Confidentiality Form if they wish to have no information shared. You should think very carefully about choosing who may or may/not have access to your educational record.
For additional information, including a Frequently Asked Questions section, please click here. Questions regarding FERPA can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 419-772-2024.
ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES TO REFRESH MY KNOWLEDGE IN SCIENCE COURSES BEFORE THE FALL?
ONU provides two courses as summer refreshers for those students entering in the fall.
College chemistry is not an easy course. It needs to be rigorous in order to properly prepare students who will use chemistry in their major field of study and/or their professional careers. However, any student who has the ability and motivation to prepare for such careers should be able to master the fundamentals of chemistry.
We offer an opportunity to experience a smooth start into college chemistry. Most of you have had no chemistry since your junior year in high school. Much of the specialized vocabulary, symbolism, basic theory and fundamental calculations can easily slip from your mind. To alleviate this problem, we offer a chemistry refresher course during the summer.
This four-day course is an intensive (six hours per day) interactive review of the materials ordinarily found in a good high school chemistry course. The intent is to prepare students for a successful start in general chemistry at ONU.
The Chemistry Refresher will be held July 25-30 and August 1-5. Additional information is available here.
The biology professors at ONU understand that the conversion from high school biological sciences to college-level science can be a daunting task. We found that one of the most difficult adjustments is the fulfilling of the expectations of your professor in terms of what we assume you already know in our areas of expertise. Therefore, reviewing that material before the first semester begins will put you in a good position to start the year even if you do not register for the Biology Refresher course.
If you want to improve your biology base knowledge; review your biology basics; forge ahead in acquiring much needed lab skills for Biology 1211 or 1301; hone your basic bio math and statistics aptitude; review the cell structure; gain some knowledge for the first time concerning protein structure, enzymes and enzymatic reactions; enjoy an opportunity to obtain your own data; and review basic techniques of graphing followed by descriptive statistics, then this is the course for you! You could also benefit if it has been some time since you had a great review of the biology subject matter previously listed.
This course has been developed for incoming students majoring in biology and its sub-disciplines within the pre-professional majors, along with molecular biology, forensic biology, environmental-field biology, medical laboratory science majors and pharmacy majors.
Dates for the Biology Refresher will be announced soon.
CAN I BRING A CAR TO CAMPUS? HOW DO I GET A PERMIT?
Yes. All students are permitted to bring a vehicle to campus and are required to register their vehicle by purchasing a parking permit from the security office. All students wishing to purchase a parking pass can click here. Permits will go on sale on July 1. Questions can be directed to the security office at 419-772-2222.
WHERE WILL I LIVE ON CAMPUS? WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING IF I AM LIVING ON CAMPUS?
All first-year students residing on campus will complete a housing application and be matched based on their interests, sleep patterns and other factors. Remember to complete the application completely and honestly so that we can pair you with your most compatible roommate! Housing applications are due June 28.
If you know who you would like to room with, you can select a roommate when submitting your housing application. Each student will need to complete the housing agreement and emergency contact information prior to roommate selection. Both students must select and accept each other to be paired as roommates. The request must be mutual in order to be fulfilled.
All first-year students will be assigned to one of four residence halls on campus: Founders (co-ed), Maglott (co-ed), Park (co-ed) or Stambaugh (co-ed). You will receive your housing assignment in July.
WHAT ONU WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU:
Provided in the Residence Hall Rooms:
- Bed (loft or bunk)
- Closet space
- Desk chairs
Provided in Common Areas:
- Microwave oven
- Recreation equipment
- Vending machines
- Washer and dryer