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Ohio State Admission Requirements

Columbus, Ohio

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Chances of getting into Ohio State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
68%
Admission Difficulty for Ohio State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Ohio State and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Ohio State is 68%.  It ranks #25 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Ohio State is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 33,619 out of 49,087 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent (SAT 1210/1430 ACT 26/32). 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. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Ohio State application fee is $60 and applications are due by Feb 1.

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. 35% of students submitted SAT scores and 80% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Ohio State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1210-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT 
35%
SAT Scores for Ohio State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1210
SAT Scores for Ohio State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1430
Average SAT Score 1320

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 23 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1210 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 1100. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. Ohio State ranks #4 in Ohio and #107 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Ohio State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >80%
1320 to 1430 Avg + 68%-80%
1210 to 1320 Avg - 53%-68%
1100 to 1210 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 1100 Low <37%
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Ohio State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
26-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
80%
ACT Scores for Ohio State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Ohio State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

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 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Ohio and #122 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >80%
29 to 32 Avg + 68%-80%
26 to 29 Avg - 53%-68%
23 to 26 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 23 Low <37%
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Ohio State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.76*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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 #7 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 68% of students who apply.

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*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

60% 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 60%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Ohio State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 24,506 24,581 49,087
Accepted 17,451 16,168 33,619
Acceptance Rate 71% 66% 68%
Enrolled 4,580 4,099 8,679
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 25% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
63

Applicants have 63 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2023.

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

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

FAQs

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?

68% 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 1210 and 1430. 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 26 and 32. 80% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.