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Ohio State Admissions

If you want to apply to Ohio State, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is February 1 and the fee for the application is $60. 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 fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

Considering Applying Early to Ohio State?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Ohio State will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31. Ohio State accepts about 79% of early action applicants* and 54% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, Ohio State admitted 25,283 of the 31,995 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.

Is Ohio State Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Ohio State is very difficult. Ohio State evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Ohio State accepted 54% of all applicants., around 25,634 of the 47,703 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Ohio State, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Ohio State waitlisted 5,801 students. Of those, 1415 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Ohio State Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Ohio State

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

Ohio State Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ohio State?

Out of all students that were admitted, 40% submitted a class rank. At Ohio State 60% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 93% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At The Ohio State University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 40%

Ohio State has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 39% of Ohio State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 78% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Ohio State?

To be competitive with other Ohio State applicants, you should strive to earn between 1300 and 1420 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ohio State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1420 and 25% of scored lower than 1300, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ohio State student is 1307.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ohio State students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ohio State students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Ohio State?

To be most competitive at Ohio State, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ohio State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ohio State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

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

Transferring to The Ohio State University

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 1.

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

Ohio State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Ohio State?

Students who are admitted to Ohio State must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Ohio State accept transfer credits?

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

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

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

Ohio State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Ohio State?

No, Ohio State is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to submit your 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 may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Ohio State's acceptance rate?

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What is the early action acceptance rate at Ohio State?

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

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Ohio State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

54%

How hard is it to get into Ohio State? Ohio State is a very selective institution. The Ohio State acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 53 out of every 100 applicants.

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Ohio State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ohio State is May 1.

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

Ohio State ACT Scores

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ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

28 to 32

Avg

28 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ohio State is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Ohio State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ohio State SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1420

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Math SAT Range

650 - 770

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Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above

Good

1300 to 1420

Avg

1300 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ohio State students is 1307. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ohio State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1300 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1300 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ohio State.

Ohio State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

61,391

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

54%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$31,627

Out-of-State

$53,611

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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