Admissions Criteria

Defiance's admission standards are competitive. Most admitted freshmen generally maintain at least a B average in academic coursework since ninth grade, score above the national average on the ACT, and complete a college preparatory academic curriculum.


Defiance asks students to submit an official high school transcript that demonstrates academic ability and promise. The General Educational Development (GED) tests scores may be substituted for this requirement.

Along with academic achievement, we consider other factors that influence performance, such as the caliber of your high school and difficulty of courses. Generally, successful applicants submit transcripts that include in-depth work in English, mathematics, foreign language, science, and social studies.


We have test optional admission for all undergraduate majors except for nursing, education, and the pre-health professions. Students can select to be considered for test optional admission on their application.
Students who are majoring in nursing, education, or pre-health profession programs must submit the ACT or SAT test score. For the ACT, the Defiance College code is 3264. For the SAT, the code for Defiance College is 1162.

If you have questions, please contact your admissions counselor.


Defiance College has a rolling admission policy. You may apply for admission at any time during the calendar year. We accept applications for fall semester, spring semester, or summer enrollment. You may submit an application for admission as soon as you have completed the eleventh grade. We encourage high school students to apply in the fall of the senior year.