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Pistol Pete wants you to join the Cowboy family.

You're on your way to becoming an official Cowboy.

The first step is completing the online application — which covers admission to the university and all university-sponsored scholarships.

Who counts as a freshman applicant?

If you will have graduated from high school by the time classes start and you have attempted less than 7 hours of college credit post-graduation, you're in the right place.

What's required?You'll need these four things to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed Admission/Scholarship application
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official high school transcript reflecting unweighted GPA and class rank (if available)
  4. ACT or SAT test score*
    *Beginning in summer 2022, 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.

    *OSU will accept the official superscore provided directly from ACT for both admission and scholarship consideration.

Test optional admission & comprehensive review

At OSU, ALL students are encouraged to apply, no matter what your grades are.
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.
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 admissionStudents qualify for assured admission if they meet ONE of the following criteria:

Unweighted cumulative GPA

and top 33.3% rank in high school graduating class
GPA in 15-unit core**

and 21+ ACT / 1060+ SAT*



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