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Undergraduate Admissions

North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

Office Hours
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Virtual Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Undergraduate Admissions

North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

Office Hours
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Virtual Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Make an appointment

Test-Optional Admission for Fall 2021

The SAT or ACT test I was planning to take was canceled. If I am applying for fall 2021, am I required to take the test and send you my scores?
The University recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in response, OU is temporarily suspending the standardized test requirement for students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 and above who are applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.

Can I take the SAT or ACT and submit scores if I want to?
Students applying for fall 2021 are not precluded from taking standardized tests (SAT or ACT) and sending scores if they are able. Doing so can support their institutional scholarship eligibility, application for certain scholarships and help them with course placement. This modification to the test requirement is not intended as an admissions policy shift but is rather a temporary accommodation driven by the current extraordinary circumstances.

Does this apply to applicants for later years (2022 and beyond)?
This modification to the test requirement is not intended as an admissions policy shift but is rather a temporary accommodation driven by the current extraordinary circumstances.

Should I choose the Pass/No Pass grading option for my high school coursework?
OU cannot instruct individual schools or districts on how to choose to implement their grading policy. If your high school allows different grading options for different courses, you can choose the grading option that you feel is most beneficial for each course. Keep in mind that Pass grades will not be included in the GPA calculation, nor will they receive an extra credit in the GPA if they are approved honors, AP or IB courses. However, graded AP and IB courses will be factored into GPA recalculation, if your school does not provide a weighted GPA.

Does this mean it will be easier for students to get into OU?
This does not lower the bar for OU admission, but accommodates the real barriers students have faced as SAT and ACT tests have been cancelled, and classes have moved to Pass/No Pass grading. Admission at OU is highly sought after and will continue to be just as competitive.

How does this admission change affect homeschool students?
Students who are homeschooled will also need to have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA to be considered for admission, but similarly will not be required to submit standardized test scores for admission consideration. They will still be encouraged to submit standardized test scores, when testing is available, as doing so can support their institutional scholarship eligibility, application for certain scholarships and help them with course placement.

How does this admission change affect University scholarship and need-based aid awards awards for incoming freshmen?
At this time, we plan to continue using SAT or ACT scores for scholarship consideration except for the University Recognition Award. This change has no effect on our institutional need-based aid awards for incoming freshmen. You can find more information about scholarships and financial aid for incoming freshmen students here.

How does this admission change affect consideration for the Honors College?
SAT or ACT scores will still be required for consideration for admission to the Honors College. For more information, click here.

How does this admission change affect direct admission programs?
SAT or ACT scores will still be required for consideration for both the Nursing and Business Administration direct admission programs.

How does this admission change affect prospective student athletes?
We encourage prospective student athletes to work directly with their coach or University Athletics regarding initial NCAA eligibility requirements. You may also reference the NCAA Eligibility Center website or view the NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQs.