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Freshman Admission Requirements

At Oklahoma State University, we're committed to helping qualified students be admitted to OSU to begin earning their college degrees. Check out our four admission options below to see how you can become an OSU Cowboy.


Comprehensive Review

At Oklahoma State University, ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to apply because we individually review each application for our holistic and alternative admission programs. We consider many factors, including: high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, responses to application essays, academic letters of recommendation, leadership experience, community involvement and accomplishments.


Assured Admission

Students qualify for assured admission if they meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA or better unweighted cumulative AND top 33.3% rank in high school graduating class, OR
  • 3.0 GPA or better in 15-unit core AND 21 ACT/1060 SAT or better, OR
  • 24 ACT/1160 SAT or better


OSU does not consider the essay component of the ACT/SAT for admission criteria listed above. 


15-Unit Core Curricular Requirements: 4 units of English (Grammar, Composition and Literature); 3 units of Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and above); 3 units of History and Citizenship Skills (Must include 1 unit of American history and 2 units from the subjects of history, Economics, Geography, Government, Civics and/or Non-Western Culture); 3 units lab science (Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Physics or any lab science certified by school district) and 2 units of other courses selected from any of the sections above or computer science or foreign language.


Home study or Unaccredited High Schools: Graduates must satisfy the curricular requirements and have either a 1160 SAT or 24 ACT score. Grade-point average and class rank are not used to evaluate students who fall under either category.


Students who have been denied admission may appeal one time by submitting the Freshman Admission Decision Appeal Petition. Students are strongly encouraged to submit all updated academic information, including final high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any additional ACT or SAT scores, before completing the petition. The appeal petition and other application materials will be evaluated by the Admissions Review Committee, and the student will be notified of the outcome within three business days. In order to be considered, your petition must be submitted by noon the Thursday prior to the start of the term for which you have applied. If you have questions about the petition process, contact us at 405-744-5358.


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