Grades to Make

Public Colleges and Universities

When you apply for admission to an Oklahoma state college or university, the institution will look at either your score on a national test (ACT or SAT), your high school grade point average (GPA) and where your average ranks within your high school class, or your GPA in the 15 high school core courses required for college entry.

Oklahoma State College and University Admission Standards Effective Fall 2019

Research Universities

Oklahoma State University1 - Score a 24 ACT/1160 SAT2 or have a 3.0 GPA and rank in the top 33 percent of your class or have a 3.0 GPA and a 21 ACT/1060 SAT2.

University of Oklahoma - Applications are evaluated using a holistic admissions process that takes into account academic success as well as several other factors.3 You should fulfill the following requirements: take required high school classes and graduate from an accredited high school or have a GED and take the ACT exam.

Public Liberal Arts University

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma - Score a 24 ACT/1160 SAT2 and have a 3.0 GPA or rank in the top 50 percent of your class or have a 3.0 GPA and rank in the top 25 percent of your class or have a 3.0 GPA and an 22 ACT/1100 SAT2.

Regional Universities

Score a 20 ACT/1030 SAT2 or have a 2.7 GPA and rank in the top 50 percent of your class or have a 2.7 GPA.

Community Colleges

You don't need to make certain scores, but you should fulfill the following requirements: take required high school classes and graduate from an accredited high school or have a GED and take the ACT exam.


1Students who do not meet these requirements undergo a review of cognitive and noncognitive factors. Cognitive factors include noted academic admission standards; quality, quantity and level of course work throughout the entire high school program; completion of a progressively challenging math sequence, demonstrated by performance; and class rank taken in context with academic rigor and class size of high school attended. Noncognitive factors include positive self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, long-term goals, leadership experience, community and knowledge in an acquired field. Cognitive factors will be weighted at 60 percent and noncognitive at 40 percent.

2This score is valid for SATs administered on or after March 5, 2016. This score is based on the ACT/SAT Concordance Table that was published in 2018. It is subject to change.

3The application evaluation system is based on the admission standards and academic credentials and includes an integrated analysis and use of a point system noted below:

  • Academic Preparation and Performance (65 percent)
    • High school curriculum, GPA, and class rank
    • Standardized test scores
  • High School and Community Engagement, Leadership, and Other Factors (25 percent)
    • Responses to application essay and questions
    • Recommendations from teacher and high school counselors
    • Alumni relationships
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Work experience
    • Exceptional talents
  • Writing and Self-expression (10 percent)  
    • Application Essay
    • Additional writing samples

Note: If you want to go to a state university, but you don't meet the course and grade requirements, ask your counselor about right-to-try provisions.

For more information, contact your high school counselor or email kfoster@osrhe.edu.