ACT Scores for Admission to the Main Campuses in the University System of Ohio

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

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Ohio has some excellent public universities, and admissions standards for the top schools have gone up measurably in recent years. If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of these four-year public universities, below you'll find a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission.

Ivy League SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
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Composite 25% Composite 75% English 25% English 75% Math 25% Math 75% GPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
Scattergram
University of Akron 19 26 18 25 18 26 see graph
Bowling Green 19 24 18 24 18 24 see graph
Central State 15 18 13 17 15 17 -
Cincinnati 23 28 22 28 23 28 see graph
Cleveland State 19 25 18 25 18 25 see graph
Kent State 21 25 19 25 6 8 see graph
Miami University 26 31 26 32 25 30 see graph
Ohio State 27 31 26 33 27 32 see graph
Ohio University 21 26 20 26 20 26 see graph
Shawnee State 18 24 17 24 16 24 -
Univeristy of Toledo 20 26 18 25 18 26 see graph
Wright State 18 25 17 25 18 26 see graph
Youngstown 18 25 17 24 18 25 -

If your ACT scores are below the lower numbers for your desired university, don't lose hope, It's important to keep in mind that 25% of admitted students had scores below the range published above. For some of the universities, holistic measures can help make up for less-than-ideal standardized test scores. A winning application essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation can all play an important role in the admissions process at some schools. Also, many of the schools have Division I athletic programs, so special talent in athletics can significantly strengthen an application.

Finally, as with nearly all colleges and universities, a strong academic record will be the most important part of your application. Success in challenging courses such as Honors, AP, IB, and dual enrollment can help convince a college that you are prepared for college-level work. 

Most data from the National Center for Educational Statistics