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Colleges / The Ohio State University at Columbus

The Ohio State University at Columbus

Columbus, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

Ohio State Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Ohio State, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $60.

Students who submit their applications to Ohio State for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

Ohio State Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Ohio State's admissions stats.

Ohio State 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 64%
Mean SAT Score 1336
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 64%
Waitlist Yes

The Ohio State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for The Ohio State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 January 31
Regular Decision Yes February 1 March 31

Applying Early to Ohio State?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Ohio State will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

Ohio State accepts approximately 64% of early action applicants and 57% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Ohio State admitted 25,16 of the 38,936 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on The Ohio State University Admissions

Is Ohio State Hard To Get Into?

It is very difficult to get into Ohio State. 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 57% of all applicants, approximately 33,269 of the 58,180 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.

Transferring to The Ohio State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Ohio State

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

What's Most Important for Getting Into Ohio State?

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 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Ohio State

What does Ohio State 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
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered

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

Ohio State 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ohio State?

Ohio State has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Ohio State 64% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

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 State directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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 State looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Ohio State 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 2022, 21% of Ohio State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 64% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Ohio State?

To be competitive with other Ohio State applicants, you should strive to score between 1260 and 1420 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ohio State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1420 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ohio State student is 1336.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ohio State students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ohio State students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Ohio State?

To be most competitive at Ohio State, you should strive to earn between 26 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 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ohio State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

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

More Information on 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?

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

Does Ohio State accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Ohio State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and 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 send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Ohio State's acceptance rate?

✅ Ohio State has an acceptance rate of 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Ohio State?

❌ Ohio State does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Ohio State?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Ohio State was 64% in 2021.

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Ohio State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Ohio State? Ohio State is a very selective institution. The Ohio State acceptance rate is 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.


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


ACT Range

26 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


26 to 32


26 and Less


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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 26 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ohio State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1420


Math SAT Range

630 - 740


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above


1260 to 1420


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ohio State students is 1336. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ohio State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ohio State.

Ohio State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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