Access to Education

Types of Admissions Practices

Eric Hilton,
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
The Ohio State University

There are over 3400 hundred colleges and universities in the United States and over 120 in the State of Ohio. They all have different missions and serve vastly different types of students.

Many colleges and particularly community colleges and technical schools are considered "Open Admission" institutions, and only require a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) diploma. The ACT or SAT Standarized tests are not required for admissions.

Schools are considered “Traditional Admission” institutions if they require some academic requirements, but still admit the majority of the students who apply by the stated and published admissions deadline. Most colleges are either open or traditional admissions.

"Competitive Admission" institutions generally have rigorous academic admission standards, and frequently have considerably more applicants than admissions slots. The ration of applicants to admits typically is between 40 – 70%. The likelihood of a student being admitted is based in part on the pool of applicants that year.

Finally, there is a small percentage of colleges that are considered selective or highly selective receive considerable media attention and are considered elite schools. These schools may admit as few as 8% to 10% of their applicants.

Parents do not think for a moment that your child can not find a good college that will meet their needs. There are enough seats in all the two and four year colleges and universities to meet the needs of all our graduating high school seniors each year.

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