Are you a first-year student with questions about the application process at Ohio Wesleyan? Check out this list of FAQs. If you still need help, we're just an email or phone call away.

Applying as a U.S. First-Year Student

What are your entrance requirements?

The Admission Committee has determined that a college preparatory course of study in high school will best prepare students for academic success at OWU.  Minimum requirements include 4 years of English, 3 years of social science, 3 years of math and science, and 2 years of foreign language study (3 years recommended).

We accept scores for both the SAT and the ACT, although we require only one set of scores. We do not require the ACT writing test. If you’re interested in Ohio Wesleyan, ask that your scores be sent directly to us by indicating our institutional code on the score request form. OWU’s SAT code is 1594; the ACT code is 3316.

Note: OWU is test-optional for students with a 3.0 GPA or above. What does that mean for you?

Admission to the University is offered on a selective basis. To be considered for admission, candidates must submit an application, official high school or GED transcripts, results of the ACT or SAT examination, a teacher’s recommendation, a personal essay and a summary of school and community activities. OWU requires that applicants have earned either a diploma from an accredited high school or the GED Certificate prior to enrolling at the University. Students who have been home schooled should consult with the Office of Admission.

Successful candidates for admission typically rank in the top quarter of their high school classes, have earned a minimum B average in their academic course work and have demonstrated involvement and leadership in school or community organizations. Standardized test scores generally reflect commensurate achievement and ability; however test scores are optional in the admission process, if the student has a 3.0 GPA or above.

What does Early Decision mean?

If you decide that Ohio Wesleyan University is definitely for you, you are encouraged to apply for Early Decision to OWU prior to the November 15 deadline. Early Decision plans are binding. If you apply for Early Decision, you agree that, if admitted, you will attend OWU, submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit within two weeks of admission, and withdraw all applications to other institutions.

Students who submit all required application materials before the November 15 deadline will be notified of our decision by November 30. Admitted students must accept our offer of admission and pay a non-refundable $400 deposit by December 15 to confirm their places in the entering first-year class. Once admitted through Early Decision, students will receive a financial estimate, but will not receive an aid package until they complete the FAFSA.

The benefits of committing to an early decision include: early priority consideration; reducing stress by cutting the time spent waiting to hear about your selection; saving the time and expense of submitting multiple applications to colleges and universities; and having more time, once accepted, to prepare for college.

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What does Early Action mean?

If Ohio Wesleyan is one of your top choices, but you have not made a firm decision that you will attend OWU if admitted, the Early Action admission option can be helpful to you. You find out quickly if you have been accepted, but Early Action does not bind you to attending Ohio Wesleyan.

Early Action applications must be received by January 15.  Early Action applicants will be notified of their admission decision by January 30.  If you are not offered admission at that time, your application may be re-evaluated during the regular admission cycle. If you decide to attend OWU, you must pay your nonrefundable deposit by May 1.

If I apply regular admission, when will you let me know whether I've been admitted?

We begin our review of Regular Admission candidates in January. Depending on when you complete your application, it may take up to 3 weeks for you to hear from us, but if you meet our March 1 deadline, you will have a decision by April 15.

Do you give credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

Yes. A score of four or better is usually required in order to receive credit.  You may earn credit for AP courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, English literature and composition and/or English language and composition, environmental studies, art history and/or studio art, history (European, American, and World), human geography, Latin, mathematics, modern foreign languages, music history and /or theory, American government and politics and/or comparative government and politics, psychology, and statistics.

Need to know more? Please contact your Admission Counselor.

Do you offer concurrent enrollment for high school students?

Yes, for qualified high school juniors and seniors who live in Central Ohio. Concurrent enrollment provides the opportunity for these students to earn college credit for OWU course work taken on campus. For more information, proceed to the concurrent enrollment application or speak with your Admission Counselor.

Does Ohio Wesleyan accept transfers from other schools?

Yes. Every year, students from community, private and public colleges, and universities transfer to OWU. Students who transfer to OWU have strong academic records and are in good standing at the college they are leaving. Transfer students are welcome to begin in either the fall or spring semester. For further information, please contact the Transfer Admission Counselor.

Is it possible to defer my admission to Ohio Wesleyan?

Yes. If you need to defer, submit the $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit and indicate your intention to do so on your application, or contact your Admission Counselor.

Most of our bachelor’s degree programs can be entered in mid-year. If you intend to enter at that time, applications for spring admission are due December 1. For more information, please speak with your Admission Counselor.

What is the Access Program Scholarship? How do I apply?

Ohio Wesleyan is committed to providing a supportive and richly diverse culture on our campus. That is where the liberal arts can flourish and students can best grow, succeed, and achieve.

Our academic programs explore global issues and cultures from diverse perspectives. Social programs celebrate the diverse cultures on campus. We welcome students from all backgrounds, from across the nation, and from around the world. We provide services to help support the social and academic goals of all students. And we offer leadership opportunities through a wide range of student organizations.

OWU values our community partners that can help us provide access and opportunity to promising students. To that end, we have created the Access Scholarship Program. For admitted Access Scholars qualifying for need-based aid, Ohio Wesleyan will meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all four years as determined by the FAFSA.

Demonstrated need will be covered through merit and need based OWU grant, federal loans and work study. Students must file the FAFSA to be considered.

To apply for the Access Program Scholarship, start by submitting a complete application with the following materials:

  1. Application Form
  2. Essay
  3. At least one (1) recommendation letter
  4. Access Program verification of active participation

Students must apply to OWU by March 1st and have made a campus visit to be considered for the scholarship. When we receive your application, essay, recommendation letter(s) and verification document we will send an acknowledgment of receipt.

Access Programs we have partnered with:

  • Law and Leadership Institute
  • Breakthrough Charter Schools
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
  • I Know I Can
  • Schuler Scholars

Are students in the Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange, or the GLCA Exchange eligible for scholarships?

Students receiving Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange, or the GLCA Exchange benefits are eligible for University merit scholarships, but receive scholarships in name only. If your Tuition Remission or Exchange status changes, the scholarships you received at the time of admission will be applied.

The Tuition Remission program is available to students whose parents/legal guardians are employed by Ohio Wesleyan University. Tuition Exchange programs are open to children of employees at a participating college or university.