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Ohio University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Ohio University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Ohio University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Ohio University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 89%
Waitlist No

Considering Applying Early to Ohio University?

Ohio University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast!

Ohio University accepts about 79% of early action applicants and 87% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Ohio University admitted 1,751 of the 13,677 who applied 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 University

Getting into Ohio University is moderately difficult. Ohio University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Ohio University accepted 87% of all applicants, around 19,700 of the 22,518 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Ohio University, 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. Admissions to business and honors tutorial college programs is program very difficult.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Ohio University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider 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 choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Ohio University

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

Ohio University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Ohio University must submit the following items. Double check with Ohio University'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
Other Requirements Audition required for dance and music programs. Interview required of selected Honors Tutorial College candidates. Portfolio required of visual communication applicants
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ohio University?

Students admitted to Ohio University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 60% submitted a class rank. At Ohio University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 49% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Ohio University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 60%

Ohio University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Ohio University 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, 25% of Ohio University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 89% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Ohio University?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ohio University students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ohio University students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Ohio University?

To be most competitive at Ohio University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ohio University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ohio University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Ohio University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Ohio University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 15.

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

Ohio University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Ohio University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Ohio University.

Does Ohio University accept transfer credits?

Ohio University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Ohio University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • Life Long Learning Credit
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Excelsior College Examinations

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to Ohio University?

No, Ohio University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your standardized test scores. 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 it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Ohio University's acceptance rate?

Ohio University's acceptance rate is 87%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Ohio University?

The early action acceptance rate at Ohio University was 79% in 2021.

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Ohio University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

87%

How hard is it to get into Ohio University? Ohio University is a somewhat selective institution. The Ohio University acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.

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Ohio University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ohio University is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ohio University is Jun 15.

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

Ohio University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above

Good

21 to 26

Avg

21 and Less

Low

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Ohio University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

520 - 620

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Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

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Ohio University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.58

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Ohio University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. 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

25,343

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

87%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,660

Out-of-State

$22,810

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Application Deadline

Feb 1
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