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Common Application

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Print Application

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Application Instructions

BW notifies applicants approximately 4-6 weeks after all required application information and forms are received by the Office of Admission.

In addition to completing an application, students must submit:

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

If you are applying for admission as a Conservatory of Music student, please apply through the Conservatory application.

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 University.

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.

Recommended High School Curriculum

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

English4 units
Mathematics (including Algebra II)3 units*
Natural Science (with labs preferred)3 units*
Social Science3 units
Foreign Language2 units
Academic Electives3 units
Total 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.

Test Optional

For those students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and above, 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. As previously noted, BW accepts scores from both the old and revised versions of the SAT. BW will superscore each section of the SAT to give you the highest overall composite score. For more information about converting old and new SAT scores, students can use College Board's SAT Score Converter.

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 course 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 (877) BW-APPLY, (440) 826-2222, or

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 University.

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
  • School report form
  • Teacher recommendation (optional)
  • Optional interview with an admission counselor

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—The parent educator may complete this form or submit a home school profile describing the home school structure, grade scale and resources used.

Notification of Admission Decision

Students may begin applying to BW for the following fall term as of August 1, though the first notifications for admission will not be sent until early October. Beginning in October, applicants are notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis within four to six weeks upon the completion of their application to BW. The priority application review deadlines are November 1 and February 1, and the priority scholarship deadline is March 1. Although students are encouraged to apply before May 1 so they are in a position to meet the priority student deposit deadline, applications will continue to be accepted on a space available basis until the start of the fall semester.