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OSU welcomes and encourages applications from graduates of non-standard or unaccredited high schools and home-schooled students. You will be considered for admission based on a holistic assessment evaluating the following information:
OSU is test-optional. Students may elect to provide test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.) for us to evaluate as part of their file, particularly if they do not have other items listed below for us to evaluate.
Note: Only scores sent electronically from College Board (SAT) and/or ACT will be considered official. There is not an advantage to pay extra for "rush" scores from the testing agency, and in some cases may add to the time it will take to process the scores within our office.
Students graduating from non-accredited high schools and home-schooled students can improve their chances of admission by taking college-credit while in their high school years and providing these transcripts to OSU when they apply. Your performance in college work, even if just a few credits, helps us to better understand your chances for success at OSU.
OSU seeks to look beyond grades and test scores to determine if applicants bring the necessary skills and abilities to be successful here. Your answers to our application essay prompts, which is part of the OSU application for admission, provides us with:
Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions.
GED students will be considered for admission if they achieve an average GED score of at least:
Non-cognitive skills and abilities demonstrated via a GED applicant’s essay and personal statement (see above) are also considered in making admission decisions. Similarly, we are very interested to hear about your life experiences, work, and other factors that may indicate your preparedness and desire to earn your degree at OSU.
Applicants admitted on the basis of GED scores are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, but scores may be considered if available.
GED students, graduates of non-standard or unaccredited high schools, and home-schooled students who earn their diploma/GED in the 1996-97 school year and later must meet the foreign language admissions requirement. Foreign language taken at an unaccredited high school does not qualify. Additional ways to meet OSU's foreign language requirement.