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Your chances of getting into Ohio State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Ohio State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Ohio State is 57.2%.  Its admission rate is the 14th lowest in Ohio.

Admission Selectivity

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

Ohio State is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 33,269 out of the 58,180 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 18 percent on standardized admission tests. Ohio State University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.76. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Ohio State?

57% 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 State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.76 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1350 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class

Ohio State GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Ohio State are to have around a 3.76 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 Ohio State accepts 57% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Ohio State is 3.76 on the 4.0 scale. 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 #9 in Ohio for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Ohio State 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.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.76 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Ohio State SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Ohio State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 21% of students submitted SAT scores and 64% 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 State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 620
Math 25th Percentile 630
Composite 25th Percentile 1250
SAT Scores for Ohio State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 700
Math 75th Percentile 740
Composite 75th Percentile 1440
Average SAT Score 1350

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Ohio State is 1350 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1250-1440. Students who get into Ohio State University score in the top 18 percent of all SAT test takers..  Ohio State ranks #4 in the state of Ohio and #117 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1350 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Ohio State regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1250 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1250, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1150, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Ohio State 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 1350 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 1345, you have around a 57% chance of being admitted. A 1440 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 72% chance of getting in.

Ohio State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1440 and Above Good >72%
1345 to 1440 Avg + 57%-72%
1250 to 1345 Avg - 41%-57%
1155 to 1250 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 1155 Low <27%
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Ohio State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Ohio State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Ohio State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Ohio State?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Ohio State is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 32.  The school ranks #5 in Ohio and #151 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 23.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 64 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Ohio State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Ohio State 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 Ohio State for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 57% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 72% with a 32 ACT score.

Ohio State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >72%
29 to 32 Avg + 57%-72%
26 to 29 Avg - 41%-57%
23 to 26 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 23 Low <27%
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High School Class Rank

64% of Ohio State University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Ohio State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 64%
Top 25% of class 94%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

Ohio State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 30,193 27,987 58,180
Accepted 17,751 15,518 33,269
Acceptance Rate 59% 55% 57%
Enrolled 4,534 3,889 8,423
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 25% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Ohio State University is $60.

Application Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Ohio State is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.76 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1350 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1440 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 29 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204796 IPEDS survey data for Ohio State University.


Does Ohio State University prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Ohio State. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ohio State University?

57% of those who apply are granted admission to Ohio State. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Ohio State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1440. The average SAT score is 1345. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Ohio State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 32. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.