Ohio State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The Ohio State University is a large, public university with an acceptance rate of 52%. Considering applying to Ohio State? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Why Ohio State University?

  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Campus Features: One of the largest universities in the U.S., the attractive OSU campus includes numerous green spaces and a mix of architectural styles. The school's stadium seats over 100,000 people.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
  • Athletics: The OSU Buckeyes compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.
  • Highlights: Ohio State ranks among the top 20 public universities in the country, and it is one of the best Ohio colleges. OSU has strong schools of business and law, and the political science department is highly ranked.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Ohio State University had an acceptance rate of 52%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 52 were admitted, making OSU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 48,077
Percent Admitted 52%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 32%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Ohio State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 35% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 690
Math 650 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of OSU's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Ohio State University scored between 590 and 690, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 650 and 760, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 760. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1450 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at OSU.

Requirements

Ohio State University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Ohio State does not superscore SAT results, however, there is no minimum SAT score requirement for admission.

ACT Scores and Requirements

OSU requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 80% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 27 32
Composite 27 32

This admissions data tells us that most of OSU's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Ohio State University received a composite ACT score between 27 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 27. The ACT is the most popular standardized test for applicants to Ohio State and admitted students have some of the highest ACT scores across colleges in Ohio.

Requirements

Note that Ohio State does not superscore ACT results, however, there is no minimum ACT score requirement for admission. Ohio State does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Ohio State University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Ohio State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Ohio State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. 

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Ohio State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Ohio State University has a holistic admissions process which takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not simply grades and test scores alone. AP, IB and Honors courses also carry extra weight. Ohio State is also interested in your leadership experiences, extracurricular activities, and work experience. Finally, if you are a first-generation college student or part of an underrepresented group, you may get additional consideration.

At a minimum, OSU wants applicants who have taken four years of English, three years of math (four recommended), three years of natural science including significant lab work, two years of social science (three recommended), one year of art, and two years of a foreign language (three years in the same language recommended).