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Northern Admissions

If you want to apply to Northern, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Northern Admissions Stats at a Glance

Northern 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Mean SAT Score 1194
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 23.5%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 88.6%
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Considering Applying Early to Northern?

Ohio Northern University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Ohio Northern University

Northern is a moderately difficult school to get into. Northern evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Northern accepted 65% of students, around 2,749 of the 4,218 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northern, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Northern Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Northern

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Northern 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Northern must submit the following items. Double check with Northern's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northern?

Students admitted to Northern have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Ohio Northern University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 23.66%
3.50 and 3.74 17.44%
3.25 and 3.49 11.05%
3.00 and 3.24 6.74%
2.50 and 2.9 6.22%
2.00 and 2.49 0.17%

Northern does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Northern is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 23.5% of Northern's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 88.6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northern?

To be competitive with other Northern applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northern 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Northern student is 1194.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northern?

To be most competitive at Northern, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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Transferring to Ohio Northern University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Northern.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Northern during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Northern Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northern?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northern.

Does Northern accept transfer credits?

Northern accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does Northern accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Northern accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern?

No, Northern is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Northern's acceptance rate?

Northern's acceptance rate is 65%.

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Northern Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

65%

How hard is it to get into Northern? Northern is a somewhat selective institution. The Northern acceptance rate is 65%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.

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Northern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Northern ACT Scores

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ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above

Good

22 to 28

Avg

22 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northern is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Northern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northern SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1330

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Math SAT Range

560 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above

Good

1140 to 1330

Avg

1140 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northern students is 1194. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northern, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northern.

Northern GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.79

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.79. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,814

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

65%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$35,380

Out-of-State

$35,380

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Application Deadline

Aug 15
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