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Ohio University-Athens

Athens, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%

Ohio University Admissions

Ohio University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Ohio University is 87%. Last year, 24,978 students applied to Ohio University and 21,610 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Ohio University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/1 and the application fee is $50.

Ohio University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Ohio University's admissions stats.

Ohio University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23%
Mean SAT Score 1174
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 13%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
Waitlist Yes

Ohio University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Ohio University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15
Regular Decision Yes 2 1

Applying Early to Ohio University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15.

Ohio University accepts roughly 97% of early action applicants and 87% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Ohio University admitted 18,5 of the 19, who applied early action.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Ohio University Admissions

How To Get Into Ohio University

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

In 2022, Ohio University accepted 87% of students, approximately 21,610 from the 24,978 applicants.

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 Biological Sciences, the College of Business, the Russ College of Engineering & Tech, the College of Fine Arts, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is program very difficult.

Transferring to Ohio University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Ohio University

Ohio University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Ohio University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Ohio University

Wondering what factors are considered by Ohio University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Ohio University for more information on admission factors.

Ohio University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Ohio University, all applicants must submit the following items. 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
Other Requirements Audition required for dance and music programs as well as a theater performance for bachelor of fine arts major. Interview required of selected Honors Tutorial College candidates. Portfolio required for visual communication, production design & tech, and film. Writing sample required for playwright.
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ohio University?

Students admitted to Ohio University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 55% submitted a class rank. At Ohio University 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Ohio University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.82%
3.75 and 3.99 21.02%
3.50 and 3.74 18.61%
3.25 and 3.49 13.63%
3.00 and 3.24 10.02%
2.50 and 2.9 7.7%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Ohio University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 13% of Ohio University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Ohio University?

To be competitive with other Ohio University applicants, you should aim to score between 1100 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ohio University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ohio University student is 1174.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ohio University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ohio University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

To be most competitive at Ohio University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ohio University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

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

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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 • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit • Excelsior College Examinations

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

✅ Ohio University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Ohio University?

❌ No, Ohio University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting 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 has an acceptance rate of 87%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Ohio University?

❌ Ohio University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Ohio University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Ohio University was 97% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Ohio University?

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Ohio University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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 86 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1260


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1100 to 1260


1100 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ohio University students is 1174. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ohio University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1100 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1100 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ohio University.

Ohio University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Ohio University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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