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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 admission options below to see how you can become an OSU Cowboy. Please note that some academic colleges may have additional program-specific admission criteria


Comprehensive Review

At Oklahoma State University, ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to apply because we individually review each application through 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.


Test Optional

Students have the option to apply to OSU without consideration of a test score. Students may indicate on their application for admission that they would like to be considered as test optional and submit their high school transcript for review. This also applies to home school, private, parochial, or other non-public high schools which are not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. 


Currently, consideration for most university scholarships requires an official test score from ACT or SAT, and we encourage students to provide us their test scores as soon as they are available for complete scholarship consideration. 


Assured Admission Criteria 

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**

*In accordance with Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education policy, the cumulative GPA used at Oklahoma State University for admission purposes is based on a 4.0 unweighted scale. Transcripts not using a 4.0 unweighted scale will be recalculated. New transcripts received after the student has applied or been admitted will be processed for updated information; however, only the highest GPA will be used for admission and scholarship purposes.


**All official ACT and SAT scores received by OSU will be added to the student’s application, but only the highest score will be used for admission and scholarship purposes. Test scores received for students who choose test optional admission will still be added to the student’s file for scholarship purposes. OSU will only accept the official superscore provided directly from ACT for both admission and scholarship consideration.


Assured Unaccredited and Home School Criteria

Graduates of a private, parochial, or other non-public high school which is not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency, are eligible for assured admission to the university if:


  • The student has graduated from high school or a home study program, AND
  • The student has attained an ACT composite score of 24 or higher*, or a total SAT composite score of 1160 or higher*, AND
  • The student has satisfied the high school curricular requirements as certified with an original signature by the school official or, if home study, the parent.

*Home school students are eligible for test optional admission



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.


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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