Ashland University is pleased to offer merit-based scholarships to incoming first-time freshmen who qualify. Candidates should review this chart carefully when making the decision to apply using either the traditional (with test scores) or test optional (without test scores) admission process to maximize your merit scholarship award.

Please note that students who apply via traditional admissions, and submit test scores, must meet both the GPA and test score requirements to earn the corresponding merit award.  While the chart only shows ACT scores, we do accept the SAT and CLT tests and have established equivalent scores required at each level. 

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any questions about this process. We want to help you navigate the admissions and merit scholarship process as you take the next steps to becoming a member of the AU family!

Merit-Based Scholarships Available

In the absence of a test score, on-campus undergraduate applicants with a minimum 2.70 high school GPA are eligible for unconditional admission. Applicants choosing to submit a test score, as well as nursing applicants, will continue to follow the traditional admission policy.

Test-Optional FAQs

Why did AU decide to make test scores optional?

The global pandemic has created significant obstacles for students considering college. Consequently, AU has decided to make standardized test scores (ACT, CLT, SAT) optional for most programs for the 2021-2022 academic year to improve access and simplify the admission process for students while testing procedures remain a challenge.

How does AU evaluate applications for students who choose test-optional?

AU has always believed in taking a holistic approach to evaluating applications for admission. In the absence of a test score, we will continue to evaluate all other factors included on your application. 

Do all students have the option to apply without submitting test scores?

This policy applies to undergraduate applicants considering on-campus programs and is intended for students coming directly from high school or who have been out of high school fewer than three years.

Most programs will consider students for admission with or without a standardized test score (ACT, CLT, SAT), although there are exceptions. Nursing applicants are still required to submit a test score.

International students are also required to provide proof of English proficiency, as outlined on the international admissions web page.

Will test-optional applicants be considered for merit-based scholarships?

AU is committed to making scholarship opportunities available for all accepted students. Those who apply test-optional will still be considered for merit-based awards.

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at enrollme@ashland.edu or call 419.289.5052.

Can I still apply to the Honors Program or the Ashbrook Program if I apply test-optional?

Yes! Test-optional students may apply to both the Honors Program and the Ashbrook Program.

How do I indicate that I’d like to apply as a test optional candidate?

Applicants are able to select on the application whether they want their standardized test score to be included or excluded from the admission review process. The selection made at the time of submission cannot be changed.

If I have already submitted an application to AU can I still choose to be considered test-optional?

This policy was approved October 20, 2020, and only applies to candidates who submit applications from that point forward. Test scores for candidates who applied prior to that date will be included in the application review process.

What is the deadline to apply and deposit?

Ashland University has rolling admissions and accepts applications until the beginning of the semester.  However, we recommend that students apply as early as possible in the admission cycle.  Our priority deposit date is May 1, 2021 but we will continue to accept deposits and applications throughout the summer. 

When will the financial aid information be available to accepted students?


Who should I contact if I still have questions about the test-optional process?

Please contact the office of Undergraduate Admissions at enrollme@ashland.edu or call 419.289.5052.  


Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Minimum Requirements

Undergraduate: 2.5 GPA, 18 ACT or 960 SAT
Nursing Undergraduate: 3.0 GPA, 20 ACT or 1030 SAT

Our incoming undergraduate students obtain, on average, a 3.4 GPA and a 23 ACT score.

If you don't think you meet both automatic admission requirements, you should still apply as you may meet alternative criteria for admission.

Did you graduate from high school, or the equivalent, 3+ years ago? No standardized test score required.

Have AP or College Credit Plus credit?

College Credit Plus or dual enrollment students, send us your official college transcript to have it evaluated for Ashland credit. Plan ahead for College Credit Plus or evaluate credit unofficially here.

Office of Admissions
401 College Ave. Ashland, OH 44805