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Your chances of getting into Ohio Northern University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Ohio Northern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at ONU is 68.9%.  Its admission rate is the 25th lowest in Ohio.

Admission Selectivity

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

ONU is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 3,586 out of the 5,205 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 43 percent on standardized admission tests. Ohio Northern University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.78. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into ONU?

69% 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 Ohio Northern University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.78 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1200 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Ohio Northern University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into ONU are to have around a 3.78 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as ONU accepts 69% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at ONU is 3.78 on the 4.0 scale. 34% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #5 in Ohio for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since ONU 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 3.8 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 Ohio Northern University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 33.82% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.42% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 16.37% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.01% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.37% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.32% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.55% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.14% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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ONU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Ohio Northern University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 15% of students submitted SAT scores and 72% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Ohio Northern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 540
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1090
SAT Scores for Ohio Northern University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1300
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at ONU is 1200 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1090-1300. Students who get into Ohio Northern University score in the top 43 percent of all SAT test takers..  ONU ranks #14 in the state of Ohio for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1200 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. ONU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1090, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 980, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Ohio Northern 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 1200 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 1195, you have around a 69% chance of being admitted. A 1300 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 81% chance of getting in.

Ohio Northern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1300 and Above Good >81%
1195 to 1300 Avg + 69%-81%
1090 to 1195 Avg - 54%-69%
985 to 1090 Reach 38%-54%
Less than 985 Low <38%
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ONU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Ohio Northern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for Ohio Northern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 28
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to ONU is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 28.  The school ranks #15 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. 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 18.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 72 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Ohio Northern University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Ohio Northern 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 ONU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 69% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 82% with a 28 ACT score.

Ohio Northern University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >82%
24 to 28 Avg + 69%-82%
21 to 24 Avg - 56%-69%
18 to 21 Reach 43%-56%
Less than 18 Low <43%
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Admission Statistics

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

Ohio Northern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,498 2,707 5,205
Accepted 1,818 1,768 3,586
Acceptance Rate 73% 65% 69%
Enrolled 338 400 738
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 23% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 172 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2024.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Ohio Northern University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because ONU is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.78 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1200 on the SAT and 24 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204635 IPEDS survey data for Ohio Northern University.


Does Ohio Northern University prefer SAT or ACT?

15% of students submit their SAT scores to ONU. 72% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ohio Northern University?

69% of those who apply are granted admission to ONU. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Ohio Northern University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1300. The average SAT score is 1195. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Ohio Northern University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.