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Keene, New Hampshire

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Your chances of getting into Keene State College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Keene State College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at KSC is 88.1%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in New Hampshire.

Admission Selectivity

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

Keene State College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 4,225 out of the 4,796 who applied were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 46 percent on standardized admission tests. Keene State College typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.1. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into KSC?

88% 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 Keene State College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.1 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1070 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Keene State College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into KSC are to have around a 3.1 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.1 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as KSC accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at KSC is 3.1 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #8 in New Hampshire for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since KSC 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 3.1 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 Keene State College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 3.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 10.0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 16.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 17.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 25.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 13.0% 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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KSC SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Keene State College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 16% of students submitted SAT scores and 1% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Keene State College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 500
Math 25th Percentile 470
Composite 25th Percentile 970
SAT Scores for Keene State College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 600
Math 75th Percentile 570
Composite 75th Percentile 1170
Average SAT Score 1070

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at KSC is 1070 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 970-1170. Students who get into Keene State College score in the top 66 percent of all SAT test takers..  KSC ranks #6 in the state of New Hampshire for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1070 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. KSC regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 970, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 870, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Keene State 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 1070 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 1070, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1170 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Keene State College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1170 and Above Good >93%
1070 to 1170 Avg + 88%-93%
970 to 1070 Avg - 79%-88%
870 to 970 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 870 Low <67%
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KSC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Keene State College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 23
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for Keene State College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 23
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to KSC is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 25.  The school ranks #4 in New Hampshire for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally.

1 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Keene State College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Keene State 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 KSC for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 25 ACT score.

Keene State College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >96%
24 to 25 Avg + 88%-96%
24 to 24 Avg - 88%-88%
24 to 24 Reach 88%-88%
Less than 24 Low <88%
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High School Class Rank

52% of Keene State College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 25% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Keene State College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 6%
Top 25% of class 25%
Top 50% of class 52%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

Keene State College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,850 1,946 4,796
Accepted 2,556 1,669 4,225
Acceptance Rate 90% 86% 88%
Enrolled 404 345 749
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 21% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Dec 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Keene State College is $50.

Application Requirements

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

Keene State College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Keene State College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Keene State College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.1 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1070 and ACT of 24 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=183062 IPEDS survey data for Keene State College.


Does Keene State College prefer SAT or ACT?

16% of students submit their SAT scores to KSC. 1% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Keene State College?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to KSC. 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 Keene State College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1170. The average SAT score is 1070. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Keene State College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 25. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.