Chances of getting into Sterling College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
52.5%
Admission Difficulty for Sterling College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into SC and can I get accepted? The school has a 52% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in Kansas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 923 out of 1,759 applicants were admitted making SC a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 63 percent. Sterling College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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SC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
980-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT
25%
SAT Scores for Sterling College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Sterling College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1060

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

Sterling College typically requires applicants to be in the top 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 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 1060 out of 1600. The school ranks #12 in Kansas for highest average SAT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Sterling College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1140 and Above Good >65%
1060 to 1140 Avg + 52%-65%
980 to 1060 Avg - 39%-52%
900 to 980 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 900 Low <27%
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SC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-22 
Applicants Submitting ACT
69%
ACT Scores for Sterling College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Sterling College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 22
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 22
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that SC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 22 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in Kansas for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 69 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Sterling College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Sterling College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
22 and Above Good >65%
20 to 22 Avg + 52%-65%
18 to 20 Avg - 39%-52%
16 to 18 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 16 Low <27%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.3
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into Sterling College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Sterling College was 3.3 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in Kansas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SC accepts 52% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Sterling College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 20% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 22% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 9% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

63% of Sterling College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Sterling College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 12%
Top 25% of class 29%
Top 50% of class 63%
Bottom 50% of class 37%
Bottom 25% of class 14%

Admission Statistics

Sterling College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 397 1,362 1,759
Accepted 221 702 923
Acceptance Rate 56% 52% 52%
Enrolled 63 155 218
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 22% 24%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Sterling College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Sterling 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 Sterling College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

Frequently Asked Questions

25% of students submit their SAT scores to SC. 69% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

52% of those who apply are granted admission to SC. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1140. 25% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 22. 69% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.