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Colleges / Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate54%

Northern Admissions

Ohio Northern University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 54% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 6,625 applications received in 2023, 3,602 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Ohio Northern University, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Ohio Northern University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Ohio Northern University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 73%
Waitlist No

Ohio Northern University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Ohio Northern University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 15

Want to Apply Early to Ohio Northern University?

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

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

More on Ohio Northern University Admissions

Is Ohio Northern University Hard To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Northern accepted 54% of students, around 3,602 from 6,625 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Ohio Northern University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Ohio Northern University

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

What Does Ohio Northern University 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 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 Northern University

What does Ohio Northern University consider 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
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

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

Ohio Northern University Application Requirements

To apply to Ohio Northern University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Ohio Northern 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
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ohio Northern University?

Students admitted to Ohio Northern University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Ohio Northern University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

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 Northern University 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, 17% of Ohio Northern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 73% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Ohio Northern University?

To be competitive with other Ohio Northern University applicants, you should aim to score between 1110 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ohio Northern University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ohio Northern University students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ohio Northern University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Ohio Northern University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ohio Northern University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

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

More Information on Transferring to Ohio Northern University

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

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 Ohio Northern University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Ohio Northern University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Ohio Northern University?

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

Does Ohio Northern University accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to Ohio Northern University?

❌ No, Ohio Northern University is test optional, so you can choose whether to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Ohio Northern University's acceptance rate?

✅ Ohio Northern University has an acceptance rate of 54%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Ohio Northern University?

❌ Ohio Northern University does not offer early decision.

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Northern Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1280


Math SAT Range

590 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Northern GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.84. 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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