Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

Those having an ACT composite of at least 20 or a re-centered SAT of at least 1000 and:

  • Weighted high school GPA of at least 3.00 or
  • Class rank in the upper half.

Conditional Admission

*Applicants may be considered for conditional admission if they do not meet the regular admission requirements

ACT composite of 17 through 19 or re-centered SAT of 880 through 990 and:

  • Weighted high school GPA of at least 3.00 or
  • Class rank in the upper half.

Pursuits Admission

Applicants who do not meet the criteria stated above may be admitted only by action of the Admissions Committee. Students wishing to be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee must submit the following materials:

  1. A copy of a senior English essay or a statement (approximately 250 words) expressing the student's goals and stating how attending OBU will help the student achieve those goals;
  2. After submitting these materials, the student must also complete a personal interview with the Dean of Admissions.

Learn more about the Pursuits Program.

The student's application for admission, transcripts, and test scores must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to consideration by the Admissions Committee.

Freshmen Granted Conditional Admission

  • Will be limited to an enrollment of 13 hours the first semester.
  • May be required to enroll in all or part of an academic enrichment program as part of the 13-hour load.

Applicants having gained recognition of high school equivalency by passing the GED may be admitted as a regular or conditional student according to the criteria stated above, at the discretion of the Dean of Admissions.

Graduates of Unaccredited High Schools

Admission of unaccredited high school students will be based on ACT or SAT scores and a written description or high school transcript, respectively. The standardized test composite score must be at the level OBU requires for regular admission, and subscores must meet OBU guidelines for regular class placement. Special assessments or class placement may be required at the discretion of the dean of admissions.