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318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360

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Generally, freshman admission to Oakland University is based on a combination of criteria: 
  • Cumulative high school grade point averages of 3.2 or above. Applicants with cumulative grade point averages below 3.2, but above 2.5, may be admitted after consideration of the quality of academic preparation. Scholarship awards are based on a student's academic record at the time of admission. However, students may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline.
  • SAT or ACT scores are required. Oakland University looks for one of the following:
    • a total score of 940 or higher (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math sections) on the Redesigned SAT (2016 or later)
    • a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT (not including the writing section)
    • a total score of 860 or higher (Critical Reading and Math sections only) on the Old SAT (pre-2016).
  • Number and types of college preparatory courses
  • Positive trend of grades
Additionally, students must meet their state graduation requirements. First-year college students interested in applying to Oakland University's Honors College should check oakland.edu/hc for additional admission criteria. 

We strongly encourage students to follow a college preparatory curriculum that includes:
  • Four years of English
  • A minimum of three years of mathematics, including intermediate algebra
  • A minimum of three years in social sciences
  • A minimum of three years in biological/physical sciences
  • A minimum of two years in a foreign language

If you have graduated before 2008 and do not have SAT or ACT composite scores, contact an Undergraduate Admissions at (248) 370-3360.

Oakland University encourages the application and enrollment of undocumented students who are academically prepared and meet university admission criteria. Click here for more information.

incoming student profile: average high school GPA is 3.27, average ACT composite score is 22.4

You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year, prior to the deadlines listed below. To be eligible for merit-based  scholarships, be sure to  apply and submit all required materials by March 1 for fall entry. Scholarship awards are based on your academic record, including GPA and SAT or ACT score, at the time of admission. However, students may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline. Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the following dates:
  • Fall semester — by August 1
  • Winter semester — by December 1
  • Summer I session — by April 1
  • Summer II session — by June 1

Incoming freshmen who wish to be considered for Direct Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must apply by November 15 of their senior year in high school.

One thing you'll notice about Oakland University is that there are no fees — no application fee, no fee to use the Recreation Center, not even a graduation fee.

Follow these steps to complete your free admission application.

  1. Create an Admissions login and record your login and PIN so you can check your application status.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Have your official high school transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If your school utilizes the Parchment service for transcript requests, you can have your official transcripts sent directly to our office by following the instructions in this video. Please also arrange to have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If a final high school transcript reflects a significant downward trend in grades, Oakland University reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.
  4. Follow these links to request that your SAT and/or ACT results be sent to Oakland University.
  • ACT — OU’s school code is 2033
  • SAT — OU’s school code is 1497


Check your admission status

Once your application materials are received, Undergraduate Admissions will make a decision within 6-8 weeks. If applying less than four weeks before your intended term of entry, we will prioritize your application and make a decision as soon as possible.

Admissions decisions are sent by U.S. mail. If you receive a delay decision, you should contact Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360. To check your admissions status, return to the  online application system and select “Apply for Admission.” Enter the login and PIN you created when you first applied. You may also request a status check by calling Undergraduate Admissions.
Oakland University welcomes students who have gone above and beyond by earning college-level credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). The Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on AP, IB and CLEP. We also recognize the IB diploma. You should apply for admission and be sure to send your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.

Home School

Oakland University is proud to welcome home-schooled students to its campus. Home-schooled students applying for admission need to supply a transcript and meet regular admissions requirements, as well as have a minimum score of 1020 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) on the Redesigned SAT (2016 or later), or a minimum score of 20 on the ACT. You can print and submit this transcript form with your online application, if needed. 

Once Oakland University receives your application, we will:

  • Process your application to ensure all materials have been received
  • Determine your grade point average for admission
  • Make a decision regarding your application
  • Share the decision with you via U.S. mail

Many home-schooled students also choose to dual-enroll at Oakland University. 

GED students applying for admission to Oakland University must be at least 18 years old and have a GED score of 55 or 550, depending on the test scoring system. Have your official GED score sent to Undergraduate Admissions.
Admitted Freshmen
Now that you have been accepted, you can download and print the step-by-step  enrollment guide for freshmen to stay on track during the enrollment process (you should also receive one with your acceptance letter). 

Make sure you're ready for your first semester at Oakland University by going over your  New Grizzly checklist. You may have already done some of it during your admissions process, but the checklist will make sure you've covered all your bases.

Please note: if you are admitted for the fall semester you must have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions by July 1.

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