#9 Best Public Universities in Michigan

Oakland Admission Requirements

Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Your chances of getting into Oakland University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Oakland University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Oakland is 92.1%.  Its admission rate is the 41st lowest in Michigan.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Oakland and can you get accepted?

Oakland University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 9,803 out of the 10,645 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 54 percent on standardized admission tests. Oakland University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.51. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Oakland?

92% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Oakland University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.51 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1100 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Oakland GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Oakland University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Oakland are to have around a 3.51 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.51 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Oakland accepts 92% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Oakland is 3.51 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #15 in Michigan for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Oakland is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Oakland University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.3% Good
3.75 to 3.99 19.9% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.2% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.7% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.8% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 16.1% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Oakland SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Oakland University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 60% of students submitted SAT scores and 10% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Oakland University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 480
Composite 25th Percentile 970
SAT Scores for Oakland University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 610
Composite 75th Percentile 1230
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Oakland University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Oakland is 1100 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 970-1230. Students who get into Oakland University score in the top 66 percent of all SAT test takers..  Oakland ranks #15 in the state of Michigan for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1100 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Oakland regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 970, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 840, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Oakland University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1100 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1100, you have around a 92% chance of being admitted. A 1230 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 96% chance of getting in.

Oakland University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >96%
1100 to 1230 Avg + 92%-96%
970 to 1100 Avg - 86%-92%
840 to 970 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 840 Low <76%
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Oakland ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Oakland University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for Oakland University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 29
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Oakland?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Oakland is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 29.  The school ranks #11 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 17.

10 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Oakland University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Oakland University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Oakland for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 92% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 29 ACT score.

Oakland University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >96%
25 to 29 Avg + 92%-96%
21 to 25 Avg - 86%-92%
17 to 21 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 17 Low <76%
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High School Class Rank

74% of Oakland University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 41% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Oakland University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Oakland University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,841 3,804 10,645
Accepted 6,326 3,477 9,803
Acceptance Rate 92% 91% 92%
Enrolled 1,157 868 2,025
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 25% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Oakland University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Oakland University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Oakland University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Oakland University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Oakland University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.51 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1100 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Oakland University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=171571 IPEDS survey data for Oakland University.


Does Oakland University prefer SAT or ACT?

60% of students submit their SAT scores to Oakland. 10% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Oakland University?

92% of those who apply are granted admission to Oakland. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Oakland University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1230. The average SAT score is 1100. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Oakland University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 29. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.