Ohio University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Ohio University

Ohio University is a public research institution situated in Athens, Ohio. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The OU Bobcats play in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 28,446 (22,275 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40 percent male/60 percent female
  • 76 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,612 (in-state); $22,406 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $962
  • Room and Board: $13,332
  • Other Expenses: $3,074
  • Total Cost: $29,980 (in-state); $39,774 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84 percent
    • Loans: 66 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,186
    • Loans: $6,423

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other; Journalism; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81 percent
  •  Transfer-Out Rate: 25 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 45 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Ohio University Admissions

Ohio University, which accepts just over three-quarters of applicants, has a moderately selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Ohio University had an acceptance rate of 78%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 78 students gained admission, making Ohio University’s admissions process moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 21% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Ohio University’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Ohio University scored between 540 and 640 for the evidence-based reading and writing part, while 25% scored under 540 and 25% scored over 640. 50% of students scored between 530 and 630 on the math part, while 25% scored under 530, and 25% scored over 630. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Ohio University.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 91% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most Ohio University’s students score within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Ohio University received a cumulative ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored over 26, and 25% scored under 21.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA for Ohio University’s freshmen class was 3.54, and 57% of students had mean GPAs of 3.5 and over. Successful applicants to Ohio University have primarily high B grades.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Ohio University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Ohio University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Ohio University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Oregon, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Ohio University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Ohio University

Application Deadline: February 1

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