Oakland University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Oakland University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 84%. One of Michigan's 15 public universities, OU occupies a 1,441-acre campus in Rochester, Michigan. Students can choose from 130 baccalaureate degree programs. Preprofessional programs in business, nursing, engineering, and communications are popular among undergraduates. Student life is active, and the university boasts of 300 student organizations including 17 with Greek affiliations. In athletics, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

Considering applying to Oakland University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Oakland University had an acceptance rate of 84%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 84 students were admitted, making Oakland's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 12,309
Percent Admitted 84%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Oakland University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 90% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 620
Math 500 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Oakland's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Oakland University scored between 510 and 620, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 620, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Oakland University.

Requirements

OU does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Oakland does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score from a single test date will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Oakland University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 30% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 29
Math 19 27
Composite 21 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Oakland's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of Oakland University's admitted students received a composite ACT score between 21 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Oakland University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Oakland does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for Oakland University's incoming freshmen class was 3.47, and over 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Oakland University have primarily high B grades.

Admissions Chances

Oakland University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.2, an ACT of 18 or above, or a combined SAT of 960 or higher are likely to be admitted to Oakland University. OU is looking for students who have completed a rigorous course schedule including college preparatory classes and have an upward trend in grades. Note that an application essay is optional for admission to Oakland University, but will be considered if submitted. Oakland does not require letters of recommendation as part of the admission process.

Note that some majors have additional requirements. Applicants to Oakland University's School of Music, Theater, and Dance are required to participate in an audition. The Business Honors Direct Admit program requires a supplemental application after students are admitted to the university. To be eligible for merit-based scholarships, freshmen should apply and submit all required materials by March 1 if applying for fall admission. Applicants with a GPA below 3.2 but above 2.5 are considered based on the quality of their academic preparation. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Oakland University's average range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Oakland University Undergraduate Admissions Office.