How Hard Is It To Get Into These Well-Known Ohio Schools?

Ohio offers a number of respectable colleges and university of both the public and private varieties.

Whether you’re looking for a big school like Ohio State or a small liberal arts school like Oberlin, you’re sure to find something in-state that matches many of your needs.

There are basic factors colleges and universities consider when it comes to admissions: GPA, the rigor of your high school record, and test scores. Schools like to see that you’ve challenged yourself — getting As in all your classes is impressive, but they also look for whether or not you had the initiative to take some honors or AP classes.

Schools also prefer students who show they have other interests, which is why extracurriculars matter. You don’t have to be the captain of everything, or even try everything. But showing you’re passionate about something, whether its the school paper or volunteering for a cause you care about, also speaks to your qualifications.

Some schools, like Denison University and Kenyon College, also care about your recommendation letters and application essays, because it gives them more insight into who you are, how you would fare, and what you would contribute. Denison, for example, even does on-campus interviews.

It all seems very stressful, I know. I’ve been there. But do your best, and don’t drive yourself crazy.

Get the lowdown on well-known schools in Ohio, according to the most recent available data from the National Center for Education Statistics, COLLEGEdata, and the schools’ individual websites:

Public Colleges and Universities

Ohio State University — Main

via Wikimedia Commons

General

Setting: Large City
Admission Difficulty:  Very Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 49%
Average HS GPA: N/A
Number of Applicants: 40,240
Freshman Class Size: 7,000
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 62%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 95%

Retention Rate: 94%
Undergrads: 45,289
Student/Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 59%
6-Year Grad Rate: 83%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 27-31
SAT Critical Reading: 560-670
SAT Math: 610-720
SAT Writing: 560-660

Kent State University

via Wikimedia Commons

General

Setting: Large Suburb
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 85%
Average HS GPA: 3.36
Number of Applicants: 15,772
Freshman Class Size: 4,335
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 14%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 39%

Retention Rate: 81%
Undergrads: 23,607
Student/Faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 32%
6-Year Grad Rate: 56%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 21-25
SAT Critical Reading: 480-580
SAT Math: 470-580
SAT Writing: 460-560

Miami University — Oxford

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General

Setting: Rural
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 65%
Average HS GPA: 3.76
Number of Applicants: 27,454
Freshman Class Size: 4,002
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 36%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 68%

Retention Rate: 90%
Undergrads: 16,387
Student/Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 65%
6-Year Grad Rate: 80%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 26-30
SAT Critical Reading: 550-650
SAT Math: 590-690

Ohio University — Athens

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General

Setting: Rural
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 74%
Average HS GPA: 3.46
Number of Applicants: 21,000
Freshman Class Size: 4,332
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 16%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 43%

Retention Rate: 79%
Undergrads: 23, 513
Student/Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 48%
6-Year Grad Rate: 66%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 22-26
SAT Critical Reading: 490-600
SAT Math: 500-610
SAT Writing: 470-590

University of Cincinnati

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General

Setting: Large City
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 86%
Average HS GPA: 3.48
Number of Applicants: 15,286
Freshman Class Size: 6,900
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 21%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 47%

Retention Rate: 88%
Undergrads: 25,009
Student/Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 28%
6-Year Grad Rate: 65%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 23-28
SAT Critical Reading: 510-630
SAT Math: 530-660
SAT Writing: 490-620

Bowling Green State University

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General

Setting: Small Town
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Average HS GPA: 3.31
Number of Applicants: 14,632
Freshman Class Size: 3,542
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 12%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 36%

Retention Rate: 78%
Undergrads: 16,908
Student/Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 34%
6-Year Grad Rate: 56%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 19-24
SAT Critical Reading:  450-570
SAT Math: 450-580

Wright State University

via Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce

General

Setting: Large Suburban
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 96%
Average HS GPA: 3.26
Number of Applicants: 5,560
Freshman Class Size: 2,401
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 17%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 37%

Retention Rate: 67%
Undergrads: 12,722
Student/Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 21%
6-Year Grad Rate: 40%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 19-25
SAT Critical Reading:  460-600
SAT Math: 450-600
SAT Writing: 430-570

University of Akron

via Wikimedia Commons

General

Setting: Midsize City
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult 
Acceptance Rate: 97%
Average HS GPA: 3.16
Number of Applicants: 15,166
Freshman Class Size: 3,971
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 16%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 38%

Retention Rate: 74%
Undergrads: 19,093
Student/Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 13%
6-Year Grad Rate: 40%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 19-26
SAT Critical Reading:  440-580
SAT Math: 450-610

Private Colleges and Universities

University of Dayton

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General

Setting: Midsize City
Admission Difficulty: Moderatley Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Average HS GPA: 3.64
Number of Applicants: 16,968
Freshman Class Size: 2,165
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 25%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 58%

Retention Rate: 91%
Undergrads: 8,665
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 62%
6-Year Grad Rate: 79%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 24-29
SAT Critical Reading: 510-620
SAT Math: 520-630
SAT Writing: 520-610

Denison University

via Wikimedia Commons

General

Setting: Small Suburban
Admission Difficulty: Very Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 48%
Average HS GPA:  3.60
Number of Applicants: 6,110
Freshman Class Size: 645
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: N/A
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 82%

Retention Rate: 87%
Undergrads: 2,254
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 77%
6-Year Grad Rate: 80%

Submitting ACT and/or SAT scores is optional.

Kenyon College

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General

Setting: Rural
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 26%
Average HS GPA: 3.9
Number of Applicants: 6,644
Freshman Class Size: 487
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 61%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 84%

Retention Rate: 93%
Undergrads: 1,711
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 84%
6-Year Grad Rate: 87%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 28-32
SAT Critical Reading: 630-730
SAT Math: 610-690
SAT Writing: 620-720

Case Western Reserve University

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General

Setting: Large City
Admission Difficulty: Very Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 36%
Average HS GPA: N/A
Number of Applicants: 22,807
Freshman Class Size: 1,231
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 71%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 91%

Retention Rate: 94%
Undergrads: 5,121
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 63%
6-Year Grad Rate: 81%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 30-33
SAT Critical Reading: 620-720
SAT Math: 680-770
SAT Writing: 620-720

Oberlin College

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General

Setting: Rural
Admission Difficulty: Very Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 29%
Average HS GPA: 3.59
Number of Applicants: 7,815
Freshman Class Size: 736
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 61%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 85%

Retention Rate: 92%
Undergrads: 2,912
Student/Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 76%
6-Year Grad Rate: 88%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 29-32
SAT Critical Reading: 640-740
SAT Math: 620-720
SAT Writing: 630-730

College of Wooster

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General

Setting:  Small Town
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 55%
Average HS GPA: 3.70
Number of Applicants: 5,748
Freshman Class Size: 569
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 46%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 70%

Retention Rate:  88%
Undergrads:  2,050
Student/Faculty Ratio:  12 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 77%
6-Year Grad Rate: 82%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite:  25-30
SAT Critical Reading:  540-670
SAT Math:  560-680
SAT Writing: 540-650

Xavier University

via Xavier University

General

Setting: Large City
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 72%
Average HS GPA: 3.52 (weighted)
Number of Applicants: 10,661
Freshman Class Size: 1,135
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 23%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 53%

Retention Rate: 83%
Undergrads: 4,548
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 66%
6-Year Grad Rate: 74%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite:  22-27
SAT Critical Reading:  490-590
SAT Math:  490-590
SAT Writing: 480-590

Ohio Northern University

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General

Setting: Rural
Admission Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Acceptance Rate: 69%
Average HS GPA: 3.60 (weighted)
Number of Applicants: 3,108
Freshman Class Size: 598
HS Class Rank Top Tenth: 32%
HS Class Rank Top Quarter: 60%

Retention Rate: 86%
Undergrads: 2,401
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
4-Year Grad Rate: 50%
6-Year Grad Rate: 66%

Test Scores (25th – 75th Percentile)

ACT Composite: 23-28
SAT Critical Reading: 480-600
SAT Math: 530-640
SAT Writing: 508-590