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Your chances of getting into Ohio Wesleyan University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Ohio Wesleyan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at OWU is 74%.  Its admission rate is the 29th lowest in Ohio.

Admission Selectivity

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

OWU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 2,695 out of the 3,641 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 33 percent on standardized admission tests. Ohio Wesleyan University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.54. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

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

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.54 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1300 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Ohio Wesleyan University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 14% of students submitted SAT scores and 41% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

OWU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Ohio Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1210
SAT Scores for Ohio Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1300

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Ohio Wesleyan University is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

Students who get into Ohio Wesleyan University score in the top 23 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1210-1390 and the average score is 1300.  OWU ranks #7 in the state of Ohio and #159 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. You should target scoring 1300 or above to be competitive with most other applicants.

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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 1300, you have around a 74% chance of being admitted. A 1300 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

Ohio Wesleyan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1390 and Above Good >84%
1300 to 1390 Avg + 74%-84%
1210 to 1300 Avg - 60%-74%
1120 to 1210 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 1120 Low <44%
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OWU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Ohio Wesleyan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Ohio Wesleyan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Ohio Wesleyan University is test optional. Students are not required to submit ACT scores with their application. The policy on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

OWU regularly accepts students who score 21 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 43 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 21-28.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Ohio Wesleyan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >86%
24 to 28 Avg + 74%-86%
21 to 24 Avg - 62%-74%
18 to 21 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 18 Low <49%
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GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


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

You are required to have very good grades in high school to get into OWU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Ohio Wesleyan University was 3.54 on the 4.0 scale. This indicates that primarily B+ average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #29 in Ohio for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as OWU accepts 74% of students who apply.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

60% of Ohio Wesleyan University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Ohio Wesleyan University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 32%
Top 25% of class 60%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Ohio Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,948 1,691 3,641
Accepted 1,526 1,169 2,695
Acceptance Rate 78% 69% 74%
Enrolled 211 153 364
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 13% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Mar 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Ohio Wesleyan 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 Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204909 IPEDS survey data for Ohio Wesleyan University.


Does Ohio Wesleyan University prefer SAT or ACT?

14% of students submit their SAT scores to OWU. 41% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ohio Wesleyan University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to OWU. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Ohio Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1210 and 1390. 14% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Ohio Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 41% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.