The college search and application process can seem daunting. But OWU Admissions staff can help guide you through it:
start here, apply early, and don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor—we’re happy to help.

How To Apply

Ohio Wesleyan accepts the Common Application and the OWU Online Application. (If you are unable to apply using the online application please email The application fee of $35 is waived if you apply online.

To complete your application, we also require your:

Early Decision

What is Early Decision?

Early Decision allows you to start your application earlier in the process. As a result, you will receive an admission decision, along with scholarship and financial aid sooner. There are two Early Decision deadlines: submit all materials by November 15 for Early Decision I or by January 15 for Early Decision II. You must complete the Early Decision Form and submit to OWU with your application. 

Early Decision is a binding, early plan. Those accepted under the Early Decision plan must withdraw applications to other colleges and commit to attend OWU, with the caveat that our financial aid package is sufficient to allow you to attend. You may only apply to one college under the Early Decision plan.

Benefits of Early Decision

  • Applying early is the best way to show your interest in OWU. The Admission Office does take your demonstrated interest into account, as we want to create a community of students who are enthusiastic about attending OWU.
  • Hear about your admission decision earlier than our other applicants, along with scholarship and financial aid.
  • Receive priority in the campus housing selection process and signing up for orientation, as long as you pay your deposit by January 15th for Early Decision I or March 15 for Early Decision II.

2018 - 2019 Important Deadlines

Deadlines Notifications
November 15 – Early Decision I November 30 – Early Decision I
December 1 – Early Action  December 15 – Early Action 
December 1 – Priority FAFSA  
January 15 – Early Decision II January 30 – Early Decision II
March 1 – Regular Decision March 15 – Regular Decision
May 1 – Enrollment Deposit  

Test Optional

Ohio Wesleyan, like many of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges, no longer requires students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of the junior year to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration.

We believe your mastery of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum is a much more significant predictor of your college success than your performance on a single test on a single day. We also look closely at recommendations from your teachers and the quality of your extracurricular involvements at your school or in your community.

If you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of your junior year, you get to decide whether to include the standardized test scores with your application. However for scholarship purposes, you may wish to include them if they are above Ohio Wesleyan’s average test scores. And you will need to include them to be considered for a Schubert Scholarship (our top academic award) or for invitation into our Honors Program. But the choice is yours. They are not required by the Office of Admission, if your GPA is 3.0 or above.

Self-Reported ACT and SAT Scores

Students applying to Ohio Wesleyan are permitted to submit self-reported test scores as a part of their application.  Upon enrollment, an official copy of the student's test scores will be required.


In an effort to get-to-know our applicants, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. As part of a holistic review process, we are committed to learning about you! Copy and paste your link into the Ohio Wesleyan University application or on the Common Application. Sign up at Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.