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).

Ohio Wesleyan is test optional. It is your decision whether you want to include your standardized test scores with your application. We will consider all student applicants – regardless of test score submission – for both admission to the University and merit scholarships. More about test optional.

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, 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 homeschooled 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. 

What does Early Decision mean?

If you decide that Ohio Wesleyan University is definitely for you, you are encouraged to apply for 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. Submit all materials by November 15 for Early Decision. You must complete the Early Decision Form and submit it 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.

The benefits of committing to an early decision include: showing your interest in OWU by applying early; hearing about your admission decision, financial aid, and scholarships earlier than other applicants; receiving priority in the campus housing selection process and signing up for orientation, as long as you pay your deposit by January 15 for Early Decision.

Download Early Decision Form

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 December 1.  Early Action applicants will be notified of their admission decision by December 15.  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 all candidates in late September and will start notifying students, on a rolling basis, by mid-October.  It may take 2-3 weeks for you to receive an admission decision once your application is complete.

Do I have to submit my SAT or ACT test scores to apply?

To put it simply, no, you don't have to submit your test scores to apply. Ohio Wesleyan is test optional. It is your decision whether you want to include your standardized test scores with your application. We will consider all student applicants – regardless of test score submission – for the full range of merit scholarships. More about test optional.

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.

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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 plan to defer, submit the $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit and inform your Admission Counselor, in writing, of your intentions no later than July 1. If the Admission Committee approves your plan to defer, the scholarship and/or financial aid award you received will be applicable for the spring semester. If you intend to defer for a full-year, your scholarship will be held for you, but you will need to reapply for need-based financial aid. Students are not permitted to defer for more than one year. Students will not be approved for a deferral if their intention is to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student elsewhere.

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 Program Scholarship. For admitted Access Program 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 for Admission to Ohio Wesleyan
  2. Essay
  3. A recommendation letter from your Access Program advisor confirming your participation in and contributions to the program. Please have your advisor send this to Make sure your name and home city and state are on the letter.

Students must apply to OWU by March 1 to be considered for the Access Scholarship. When we receive all of your application materials for the scholarship, 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.