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Sterling, Kansas

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Your chances of getting into Sterling College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Sterling College
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Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at SC is 47.4%.  Its admission rate is the lowest in Kansas and the 188th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into SC and can you get accepted?

SC is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,220 out of the 2,574 who applied were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 62 percent on standardized admission tests. Sterling College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.46. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into SC?

47% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Sterling College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.46 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1080 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Sterling College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into SC are to have around a 3.46 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SC will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at SC is 3.46 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Kansas for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since SC is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Sterling College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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SC SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Sterling College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 12% of students submitted SAT scores and 33% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Sterling College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 498
Math 25th Percentile 498
Composite 25th Percentile 996
SAT Scores for Sterling College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 573
Math 75th Percentile 593
Composite 75th Percentile 1166
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Sterling College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at SC is 1080 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 996-1166. Students who get into Sterling College score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  SC ranks #4 in the state of Kansas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1080 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. SC regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 996 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 996, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 910, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Sterling College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1080 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1081, you have around a 47% chance of being admitted. A 1166 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 63% chance of getting in.

Sterling College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1166 and Above Good >63%
1081 to 1166 Avg + 47%-63%
996 to 1081 Avg - 32%-47%
911 to 996 Reach 20%-32%
Less than 911 Low <20%
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SC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Sterling College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Sterling College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 25
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into SC?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to SC is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 25.  The school ranks #7 in Kansas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

33 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Sterling College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Sterling College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into SC for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 47% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 65% with a 25 ACT score.

Sterling College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >65%
21 to 25 Avg + 47%-65%
18 to 21 Avg - 34%-47%
15 to 18 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 15 Low <23%
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High School Class Rank

69% of Sterling College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 33% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Sterling College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 33%
Top 50% of class 69%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Sterling College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 364 2,210 2,574
Accepted 169 1,051 1,220
Acceptance Rate 46% 48% 47%
Enrolled 60 146 206
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 14% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 17, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 173 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 17, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Sterling College is $25.

Application Requirements

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

Sterling College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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 Sterling College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because SC is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.46 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1080 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1166 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 21 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155937 IPEDS survey data for Sterling College.


Does Sterling College prefer SAT or ACT?

12% of students submit their SAT scores to SC. 33% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Sterling College?

47% of those who apply are granted admission to SC. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Sterling College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 996 and 1166. The average SAT score is 1081. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Sterling College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.