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Your chances of getting into East Central University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for East Central University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at ECU is 64.7%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in Oklahoma.

Admission Selectivity

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

ECU is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 650 out of the 1,005 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 69 percent on standardized admission tests. East Central University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.31. Of those applicants who were admitted, 67% enrolled. This indicates that the school is a top choice for many students who apply.

Can you get into ECU?

65% 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.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to East Central University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.31 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 920 on the SAT
  • Score 19 on the ACT


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into East Central University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into ECU are to have around a 3.31 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as ECU accepts 65% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at ECU is 3.31 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #17 in Oklahoma for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since ECU 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 3.3 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 East Central University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 7.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 25.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 12.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0.0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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ECU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to East Central University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 1% of students submitted SAT scores and 97% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for East Central University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 418
Math 25th Percentile 463
Composite 25th Percentile 881
SAT Scores for East Central University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 430
Math 75th Percentile 530
Composite 75th Percentile 960
Average SAT Score 920

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to East Central University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at ECU is 920 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 881-960. Students who get into East Central University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  ECU ranks #14 in the state of Oklahoma for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 920 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. ECU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 881 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 881, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 840, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

East Central 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 920 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 920, you have around a 65% chance of being admitted. A 960 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 78% chance of getting in.

East Central University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
960 and Above Good >78%
920 to 960 Avg + 65%-78%
881 to 920 Avg - 50%-65%
842 to 881 Reach 34%-50%
Less than 842 Low <34%
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ECU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for East Central University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 14
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 17
ACT Scores for East Central University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 22
Math 75th Percentile 20
Composite 75th Percentile 22
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to ECU is 19, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 17 and 22.  The school ranks #13 in Oklahoma for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 19. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 17 and score in the score in the top 69 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 97 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to East Central University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as East Central 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 ECU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 19 score has around 65% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 80% with a 22 ACT score.

East Central University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
22 and Above Good >80%
19 to 22 Avg + 65%-80%
17 to 19 Avg - 53%-65%
15 to 17 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 15 Low <40%
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Admission Statistics

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

East Central University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 577 428 1,005
Accepted 378 272 650
Acceptance Rate 66% 64% 65%
Enrolled 239 199 438
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 63% 73% 67%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to East Central University is $20.

Application Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at East Central University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because ECU is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.31 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 920 on the SAT and 19 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=207041 IPEDS survey data for East Central University.


Does East Central University prefer SAT or ACT?

1% of students submit their SAT scores to ECU. 97% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into East Central University?

65% of those who apply are granted admission to ECU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for East Central University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 881 and 960. The average SAT score is 920. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for East Central University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 22. The average ACT score is 19. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.