Who gets in?
Applicants to The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus are considered for admission on a competitive basis. Each year, our most important charge in Undergraduate Admissions is to select from all applicants a freshman class that exemplifies the best characteristics of The Ohio State University.
Who we're looking for
Yes, we definitely seek individuals whose application proves to us that they are prepared for the academic rigor of the Ohio State classroom. But that’s not all we’re looking for. We’re looking for people who show evidence that they are not only smart but willing to lead; who see strength in diversity of people and ideas; who seek collaboration when solving problems; and who make use of all opportunities to figure out what kind of impact they want to have in the world.
How we evaluate applications
So how do we take those lofty ideals and turn them into criteria by which to judge an admission application?
We evaluate each applicant in terms of criteria that measure the merit of academic achievement as well as personal interests, talents, accomplishments and challenges. See the list of criteria below.
We review every application we receive. To arrive at the most appropriate admission decision, we thoroughly review each application and all submitted materials.
We evaluate each applicant holistically. We don’t select applicants based on any single criterion. All criteria are considered as part of our review of the whole person.
Selectivity and building the class
The challenge is that we receive applications from far more applicants than we can admit, and we must make difficult decisions. In building the class, then, our admission committee must also evaluate each applicant against all applicants in that year’s pool.
The committee’s judgment, and the holistic and comprehensive process described here, allow Undergraduate Admissions and the university to bring in an exceptional and diverse incoming class that will be successful at The Ohio State University, contribute to our campus, and make the most of what the university has to offer.
Criteria of our holistic review, in no particular order.
Successful completion of Ohio State's minimum college prep requirements (see table below)
High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
Ohio State has adopted a one-year TEST-OPTIONAL policy for most 2021 applicants. Read the Testing FAQs.
Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement (e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
Status as a first-generation college student
Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area
High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
Eligibility for and likelihood of benefiting from organized support services at Ohio State
Minimum college prep requirements
|Minimum required||Recommended||Additional consideration|
|Math||3 units||4 units||X|
|Natural science (with significant lab experience)||3 units||X|
|Social science||2 units||3 units|
|Foreign language||2 units of same language||3 units||X|
|Visual or performing arts||1 unit|
|Plus 1 additional unit in any of the above subjects|
Understanding this table
Enrollment in your intended major
Once it is determined that you are admissible, you will be considered for enrollment in the college of your intended major. Read about enrollment criteria.
A snapshot of last year’s admitted class
Most exceeded minimum college prep requirements
86% exceeded foreign language requirements
99% exceeded math requirements
88% exceeded natural science requirements
Most ranked in the top of their high school classes
89% ranked in the top quarter
53% ranked in the top 10%
Most performed very well on standardized tests
50% of admitted students scored between 27 and 32SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math)
25% scored below 27
25% scored above 32
50% of admitted students scored between 1270 and 1420
25% scored below 1270
25% scored above 1420