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Chances of getting into Ohio State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Ohio State University
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Ohio State and can I get accepted? The school has a 54% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 25,634 out of 47,703 applicants were admitted making Ohio State a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 15 percent. Ohio State University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Ohio State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Ohio State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for Ohio State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1360

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Ohio State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Ohio State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1460 and Above Good >67%
1355 to 1460 Avg + 54%-67%
1250 to 1355 Avg - 41%-54%
1145 to 1250 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 1145 Low <29%
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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
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Ohio State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Ohio State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 80 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Ohio State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Ohio State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >67%
30 to 32 Avg + 54%-67%
28 to 30 Avg - 41%-54%
26 to 28 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 26 Low <29%
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Ohio State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Ohio State. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Ohio State University was 3.76 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Ohio for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Ohio State accepts 54% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.76 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

54% of Ohio State University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Ohio State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 54%
Top 25% of class 89%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Ohio State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 24,327 23,376 47,703
Accepted 13,520 12,114 25,634
Acceptance Rate 56% 52% 54%
Enrolled 3,953 3,763 7,716
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 31% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2021
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

Ohio State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores 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

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?

35% of students submit their SAT scores to Ohio State. 80% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ohio State University?

54% of those who apply are granted admission to Ohio State. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional 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 1460. 35% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 28 and 32. 80% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.