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COLLEGE PROFILE

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Entrance Difficulty
Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is recommended
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English4 
Mathematics34
Science3 
Foreign Language23
Social Studies23
History  
Academic Electives1 
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredFebruary 1
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests Only 
ACT Writing Test PolicyWriting component required
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
AddressStudent Academic Services Building
281 W. Lane Ave.
City, State, ZipColumbus, OH  43210
Phone(614) 292-3980
Fax(614) 292-4818
E-mailaskabuckeye@osu.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Application Fee$60
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationRolling
Accept Offer of AdmissionBy May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent cannot defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedNo
Early Decision Deadline 
Early Decision Notification 
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Action DeadlineNovember 1
Early Action NotificationJanuary 15
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
x required for all freshmen
Other 
Financial NeedFinancial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate53% of 36,788 applicants were admitted
   Women54% of 18,166 applicants were admitted
   Men51% of 18,622 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled8,137 (42%) of 19,484 admitted students enrolled
   Women4,003 (40%) of 9,899 admitted students enrolled
   Men4,134 (43%) of 9,585 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate 
Early Action Admission Rate67% of 19083 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List 1,397
Students Accepting Wait List Position 239
Students Admitted From Wait List 239
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPANot reported
3.75 and AboveNot reported
3.50 - 3.74Not reported
3.25 - 3.49Not reported
3.00 - 3.24Not reported
2.50 - 2.99Not reported
2.00 - 2.49Not reported
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math668 average
620-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
39%
Score of 600 - 700
44%
Score of 500 - 600
15%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading605 average
540-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
14%
Score of 600 - 700
43%
Score of 500 - 600
32%
Score of 400 - 500
10%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing607 average
560-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
12%
Score of 600 - 700
45%
Score of 500 - 600
37%
Score of 400 - 500
6%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite29 average
27-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
41%
Score of 24 - 29
54%
Score of 18 - 23
5%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class RankTop tenth: 61%
Top quarter: 94%
Top half: 99%
Bottom half: 1%
National Merit ScholarNot reported
Valedictorian4%
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.52 3.81 619 595 591 28
Low 1.30 2.02 410 270 350 16
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 36
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