Ohio Wesleyan University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Ohio Wesleyan University campus

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Ohio Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts university with an acceptance rate of 69%. Founded in 1842, the university is located 20 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio in the town of Delaware. The campus features 10 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places. OWU's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the OWU Battling Bishops participate in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Ohio Wesleyan 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 Wesleyan University had an acceptance rate of 69%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 69 students were admitted, making Ohio Wesleyan's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 4,705
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 14%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Ohio Wesleyan University has a test-optional standardized testing policy for applicants with average GPAs of 3.0 and above. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 28% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 1080 1320
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Ohio Wesleyan's applicants fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher is competitive for Ohio Wesleyan.

Requirements

Ohio Wesleyan University does not require SAT scores for admission for applicants with average GPAs of 3.0 and above. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Ohio Wesleyan participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Ohio Wesleyan does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Ohio Wesleyan University has a test-optional standardized testing policy for applicants with average GPAs of 3.0 and above. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 63% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 28
Math 22 27
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Ohio Wesleyan's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Ohio Wesleyan received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

For students with average GPAs above 3.0, note that Ohio Wesleyan does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Ohio Wesleyan participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Ohio Wesleyan does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Ohio Wesleyan University's incoming freshmen class was 3.54. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Ohio Wesleyan have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Ohio Wesleyan University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Ohio Wesleyan 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 Wesleyan 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 Wesleyan University, which accepts over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. However, Ohio Wesleyan also has holistic admissions and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Ohio Wesleyan's average range. Note that Ohio Wesleyan University gives special consideration to legacy applicants.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of admitted students had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, ACT composite scores of 21 or higher, and high school averages of a "B" or better. The university attracts many strong students, and a significant percentage of accepted students have average grades in the "A" range.

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