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First Year Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The Baldwin Wallace community is made up of students with varied interests and diverse socioeconomic, geographic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The Admission Committee carefully examines the academic achievement and aptitude of every candidate for admission to Baldwin Wallace University.  The goal of the Admission Committee is to admit students who can best benefit from and contribute to the academic program and life of the College.

While no minimum grade point average, class rank or standardized test score is specified, these measures must provide evidence of your readiness for future success at Baldwin Wallace University.  Balanced consideration is given to all aspects of your college preparation.  The freshman class profile provides rank and test score ranges for the most recent admitted class.

Test Optional

For those students with above a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, SAT I and ACT scores are optional for admission to BW.  If you choose to submit those scores, we will consider them when reviewing your application.  If you choose not to submit your SAT or ACT scores, you must indicate this on your BW application or on the supplemental form if using the Common Application.  Please note that home schooled applicants and international students must submit their SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.

Your test results, while not used for admission purposes, will need to be submitted at the time of enrollment.  Results of the SAT and ACT are used for research and placement at BW.

We understand there is more to the admission process than your standardized test scores.  While some students feel their ACT or SAT scores reflect their past success and future potential, you may not.  Grades, strength of curriculum, and rank in class have always been the most important elements of our admission criteria.  The admission process and educational experience at BW is highly personal.  Allowing you to choose whether or not to submit your test scores is one way of demonstrating our commitment to a personal education.

More than 700 colleges and universities have adopted a test-optional process to date, including more than 25% of the top 110 national liberal arts colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report.   For more information on the test-optional admission process please contact your Admission Counselor at 1-877-BW-APPLY, (440) 826-2222, or admission@bw.edu.

Though not required, an on-campus interview with an admission counselor is highly recommended. A campus visit provides the applicant an opportunity to share personal insights with a member of the Admission Committee, as well as the opportunity to evaluate the programs and atmosphere of the College.

To make a qualified decision, the Admission Committee will review the following information for each applicant:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Quality of the high school curriculum/course work
  • Grade point average/grade trends
  • Results from the ACT/SAT or a graded writing sample in lieu of test results
  • Extracurricular activities/honors
  • Application Essay/Writing Sample
  • High School Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Optional interview with an admission counselor

The Admission Committee has determined that the following high school curriculum will best prepare most students for academic success at BW:




4 units

Mathematics (including Algebra II)

3 units*

Natural Science (with labs preferred)

3 units*

Social Science

3 units

Foreign Language

2 units

Academic Electives

3 units


18 units

*Candidates considering majors in the sciences or mathematics are encouraged to complete four units each of mathematics and science in their high school programs.

BW notifies applicants approximately 4-6 weeks after all required application information and forms are received by the Office of Admission.  A complete application is comprised of the following:

A $25 non-refundable application fee is required with applications not submitted online.  Checks should be made payable to Baldwin Wallace University.

Home School Students

Baldwin Wallace is a Home School Friendly Institution.  We welcome applications from student who have been home schooled for all or part of their secondary education.  All applicants are eligible for merit based scholarships and financial aid consideration.

In addition to the application, home school students must include the following documents:

  • ACT or SAT scores—These should be sent directly from ACT/SAT.  Home school students are not eligible to be Test Optional.
  • High School Transcript—Applicants must produce a transcript demonstrating courses taken, grades achieved and completion of high school, signed and dated by the parent educator.
  • Bibliography of High School Literature and Course Descriptions of each course taken as a home school student.
  • Letter of Recommendation—Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a non-parent teacher or from an outside teacher or instructor of an extracurricular activity
  • School Report Form—The parent educator may complete this form or submit a home school profile describing the home school structure, grade scale and resources used.