How to Get into Ohio State: Average SAT Scores and ACT Scores

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What does your child need to get into Ohio State University-Main Campus? This article covers the objective criteria for admission to Ohio State, including SAT scores, ACT scores and GPA.

How to Get Into Ohio State: The Admissions Criteria

Ohio State is one of the most selective public colleges or universities in the US, with a 54.10% acceptance rate, an average of 1285 on the SAT, an average of 29 on the ACT and an rough average unweighted GPA of 3.7 (unofficial). In order to feel secure when applying to this school, it is incredibly useful to to score higher than 90% or more of US test-takers, above a 1285 on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT. Though of course all schools strive to look at a holistic image of each student, a high standardized test score can give you a competitive edge over other qualified applicants, making sure that admissions is able to focus on the most exciting aspects of your application.

Ohio State Admissions Scorecard

  • Columbus, OH
  • Public
  • Undergraduate students: 41,862
  • Estimated average unweighted GPA of admitted students (unofficial):  3.7
  • Average SAT Score of admitted students: 1285
  • Average ACT Score of admitted students: 29
  • Subject tests required: No
  • SAT Scoring policy: Score Choice
  • ACT Scoring policy: Score Choice
  • Scholarships based on test scores: Ohio State offers several merit-based scholarships in addition to need-based financial aid. They don't specify the test scores needed to qualify.

Ohio State Average SAT Score: 1285

The average SAT score of admitted students to Ohio State University-Main Campus is 1285. If you or your child is applying to Ohio State, scoring above 1285 means the SAT is working in your favor. Scoring below 1285 means the SAT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 1410, the 75th percentile score at Ohio State, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 12% of SAT test-takers score 1285 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 1285 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the SAT (or ACT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average SAT scores at Ohio State by section:

Math Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Total
680 605 1285

Ohio State SAT Essay Policy

Ohio State does not require that applicants submit an SAT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering Ohio State should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

Ohio State SAT Scoring Policy

Ohio State uses Score Choice for the SAT, meaning they consider the highest total score of any test attempt. This differs from superscoring, a policy where colleges combine the best section scores from multiple test attempts.

For more about Score Choice, read this article.

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Ohio State Average ACT Score: 29

The average ACT score of admitted students to Ohio State University-Main Campus is 29. That means, if you or your child is applying to Ohio State, scoring above 29 means the ACT is working in your favor. Scoring below 29 means the ACT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 31, the 75th percentile score at Ohio State, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 9% of ACT test-takers score 29 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 29 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the ACT (or SAT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average ACT scores at Ohio State by the English and Math sections:

Math English Total
30 30 29

Ohio State ACT Essay Policy

Ohio State does not require that applicants submit an ACT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering Ohio State should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

Ohio State ACT Scoring

Ohio State uses Score Choice for the ACT, meaning they consider the highest total score of any test attempt. This differs from superscoring, a policy where colleges combine the best section scores from multiple test attempts.

For more about Score Choice, read this article.

Whether you’re well underway in the prep process or just beginning, you likely have some questions. We try to answer them in How to Conquer ACT Prep (for Parents). Hint: it’s less complicated than you might think!

Does Ohio State Require SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests of individual academic subjects that some applicants submit to colleges. While some colleges require that all applicants submit a number of SAT Subject Tests, Ohio State does not. However, Subject Tests can improve your candidacy and some of Ohio State's departments may require SAT Subject Test scores in their area of study.

Interested in Ohio State? You might like these schools too…

If you’re underway in your college search, the schools below might be worth exploring. We’ve categorized each school based on how difficult they are to get into, relative to Ohio State.

Match Schools

These are schools that are the right fit for your student’s admissions criteria.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

  • A public university in Rolla, MO with 6215 undergraduate students, Missouri University of Science and Technology is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1282 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT.

University of Florida

  • A public university in Gainesville, FL with 31014 undergraduate students, University of Florida is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1275 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

The University of Texas at Austin

  • A public university in Austin, TX with 37234 undergraduate students, UT Austin is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1275 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

Safety Schools

These are schools where your student exceeds the average admissions criteria.

University of California-Santa Cruz

  • A public university in Santa Cruz, CA with 16509 undergraduate students, UC Santa Cruz is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1175 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT.

University of Central Florida

  • A public university in Orlando, FL with 38508 undergraduate students, UCF is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1175 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

University of Utah

  • A public university in Salt Lake City, UT with 17197 undergraduate students, Utah is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.1 GPA and a 1175 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT.

Reach Schools

These are schools that are particularly selective relative to your student’s admissions criteria.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • A public university in Champaign, IL with 32540 undergraduate students, Illinois is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1383 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

College of William and Mary

  • A public college in Williamsburg, VA with 6209 undergraduate students, William and Mary is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1360 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

University of Virginia-Main Campus

  • A public university in Charlottesville, VA with 15476 undergraduate students, Virginia is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1350 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

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