Ohio University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Ohio University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 78%. Established in 1804 and located in Athens, Ohio, OU is the oldest public university in Ohio and one of the oldest in the country. The university has a 17-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 29. The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism wins high marks for its quality, and its programs are extremely popular among undergraduates. In athletics, the OU Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Considering applying to Ohio 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, Ohio University had an acceptance rate of 78%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 78 students were admitted, making Ohio University's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 23,385
Percent Admitted 78%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Ohio University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 21% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 640
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Ohio University'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 Ohio University scored between 540 and 640, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Ohio University.

Requirements

Ohio University recommends, but does not require, the SAT writing section. Note that Ohio University does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Ohio University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 91% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 26
Math 20 26
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Ohio University's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Ohio University received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Ohio University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. OU recommends, but does not require, the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for Ohio University's incoming freshmen class was 3.54, and 57% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Ohio University have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Ohio University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Ohio 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 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 University, which accepts just over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Admissions are based primarily on academic preparation in rigorous coursework that includes four units of English and math; three units of natural science and social studies; two units of foreign language; one unit of visual or performing arts; and four units of other electives. OU reviews each application holistically considering strength of curriculum, performance in curriculum, class rank, GPA, and SAT/ACT scores. Note that some programs at Ohio University have more selective admissions.

Applicants may submit optional materials such as application essays (required for honor program and some majors), letters of recommendation, resumes, lists of extracurricular activities, portfolios, or samples of work to supplement their application. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Ohio University's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students accepted to Ohio University. Successful applicants typically have high school averages of "B" or better, combined SAT scores of 1000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 20 or better.

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