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Gambier, Ohio

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Chances of getting into Kenyon College

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
37%
Admission Difficulty for Kenyon College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into Kenyon and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Kenyon is 37%.  It ranks #8 in Ohio and #131 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Kenyon is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,440 out of 6,614 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent (SAT 1280/1460 ACT 30/33). Kenyon College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.98. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Kenyon application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Kenyon College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 54% of students submitted SAT scores and 56% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Kenyon SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1280-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT 
54%
SAT Scores for Kenyon College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for Kenyon College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1370

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Kenyon College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. Kenyon ranks #2 in Ohio and #69 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Kenyon College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1460 and Above Good >53%
1370 to 1460 Avg + 37%-53%
1280 to 1370 Avg - 24%-37%
1190 to 1280 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 1190 Low <14%
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Kenyon ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
30-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
56%
ACT Scores for Kenyon College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Kenyon College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Kenyon regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Ohio and #70 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Kenyon College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Kenyon College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >58%
31 to 33 Avg + 37%-58%
30 to 31 Avg - 28%-37%
29 to 30 Reach 20%-28%
Less than 29 Low <20%
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Kenyon GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.98
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Kenyon College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Kenyon. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Kenyon College was 3.98 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Ohio for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Kenyon will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Kenyon College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 49.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 15.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 9.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 5.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

55% of Kenyon College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Kenyon College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 55%
Top 25% of class 80%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Kenyon College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,524 3,090 6,614
Accepted 1,452 988 2,440
Acceptance Rate 41% 32% 37%
Enrolled 253 193 446
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 20% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Kenyon College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

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

Kenyon 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 Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Kenyon 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=203535 IPEDS survey data for Kenyon College.

FAQs

Does Kenyon College prefer SAT or ACT?

54% of students submit their SAT scores to Kenyon. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Kenyon College?

37% of those who apply are granted admission to Kenyon. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Kenyon College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1460. 54% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Kenyon College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 33. 56% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.