McPherson College Admission Requirements

McPherson, Kansas

Chances of getting into McPherson College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for McPherson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into McPherson College and can I get accepted? The school has a 77% acceptance rate ranking it #14 in Kansas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 942 out of 1,222 applicants were admitted making McPherson College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent. McPherson College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at McPherson College, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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McPherson College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for McPherson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for McPherson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to McPherson College?

McPherson College typically requires applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Kansas for highest average SAT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

McPherson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1170 and Above Good >85%
1080 to 1170 Avg + 77%-85%
990 to 1080 Avg - 66%-77%
900 to 990 Reach 54%-66%
Less than 900 Low <54%
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McPherson College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for McPherson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for McPherson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into McPherson College?

Admission data indicates that McPherson College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #13 in Kansas for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 71 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to McPherson College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

McPherson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >85%
21 to 23 Avg + 77%-85%
19 to 21 Avg - 66%-77%
17 to 19 Reach 54%-66%
Less than 17 Low <54%
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McPherson College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need above average high school grades to get into McPherson College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at McPherson College was 3.33 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Kansas for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.33 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as McPherson College accepts 77% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted McPherson College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 15% Good
3.50 to 3.75 15% Good
3.25 to 3.50 35% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 24% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 11% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.33 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.


Admission Statistics

McPherson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 444 778 1,222
Accepted 339 603 942
Acceptance Rate 76% 78% 77%
Enrolled 41 134 175
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 22% 19%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Aug 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Aug 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to McPherson College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

McPherson College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at McPherson College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Kansas Wesleyan University

Salina, Kansas

Newman University

Wichita, Kansas

Baker University

Baldwin City, Kansas

University of Saint Mary

Leavenworth, Kansas

York College

York, Nebraska

Central College

Pella, Iowa

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155511 IPEDS survey data for McPherson College.


Does McPherson College prefer SAT or ACT?

23% of students submit their SAT scores to McPherson College. 71% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into McPherson College?

77% of those who apply are granted admission to McPherson College. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for McPherson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1170. 23% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for McPherson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 23. 71% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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