If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at Ohio State University is 49%. For every 100 applicants, 49 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at Ohio State University is 3.72.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.72, Ohio State University requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.72, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Ohio State University. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
Ohio State University SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1330 (Old: 1878)
The average SAT score composite at Ohio State University is a 1330 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1878.
This score makes Ohio State University Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.
Ohio State University SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1240, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1440. In other words, a 1240 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1440 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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Ohio State University SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1730, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 2050. In other words, a 1730 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 2050 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
Ohio State University has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Sitting."
This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider the SAT score from your single highest test date (the sum of math, reading, and writing).
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Ohio State University only considers your highest score on a single test date, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit your strongest score. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT score is currently below a 1878, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You don't have much to lose, and you can potentially raise your score and significantly boost your chances of getting in.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and SAT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
Ohio State University ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, Ohio State University likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 29
The average ACT score at Ohio State University is 29. This score makes Ohio State University Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 27, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 31.
Even though Ohio State University likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 27 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 29 and above that a 27 will look academically weak.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 29 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Ohio State University, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 29.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
Ohio State University requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that Ohio State University requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Tips for Completing Your Application
Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to apply to Oklahoma State University. The first step in your journey to joining the Cowboy family is completing the application. So where should you start?
- We encourage all students to complete the online application. It’s a much quicker process for you, and we can contact you with your admission status in a shorter amount of time.
- Answer the essay questions. They are used for admission and scholarship consideration, so make sure you put some thought into them. Follow our tips for crafting a powerful essay to ensure you're presenting yourself in the best light and maximizing your opportunities at OSU.
- Take your time to complete the entire application accurately. While our application isn't long, it's important to take your time completing it. You can always log back in to the application to complete and submit it at a later date. It is in your best interest to give OSU as much information as possible.
- Ask for help. If you have questions about the application process, ask a parent, a guidance counselor, or call the OSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 405-744-5358. We will help guide you through the process if something is confusing or unclear.
- You aren’t finished after completing the application. We also need your $40 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver, your high school or college transcript, and your official ACT or SAT scores (for students with less than 24 college credits).