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Kenyon College

Gambier, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate37%
Acceptance Rate37%

Kenyon College Admissions

If you want to apply to Kenyon College, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Kenyon College for fall semester should hear back from Kenyon College by April 1.

Kenyon College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Kenyon College's admissions stats.

Kenyon College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 57%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 23%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 25%
Waitlist No

Kenyon College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Kenyon College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 1
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Applying Early to Kenyon College?

Kenyon College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Kenyon College is 62%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 37%. Last year, Kenyon College admitted 252 of the 407 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Kenyon College Admissions

Is Kenyon College Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Kenyon College is extremely difficult. Kenyon College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Kenyon College accepted 37% of students, approximately 2,778 from the 7,601 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Kenyon College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Kenyon College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Kenyon College

Kenyon College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Kenyon College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Kenyon College

What does Kenyon College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Kenyon College for more information on admission factors.

Kenyon College Application Requirements

To apply to Kenyon College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Kenyon College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements counselor recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Kenyon College?

Kenyon College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20% submitted a class rank. At Kenyon College 57% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Kenyon College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 56.3%
3.75 and 3.99 19.3%
3.50 and 3.74 11%
3.25 and 3.49 8.8%
3.00 and 3.24 3.1%
2.50 and 2.9 1.5%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Kenyon College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Kenyon College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Kenyon College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 23% of Kenyon College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Kenyon College?

To be competitive with other Kenyon College applicants, you should strive to score between 1360 and 1470 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Kenyon College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1470 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Kenyon College students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Kenyon College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Kenyon College?

To be most competitive at Kenyon College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Kenyon College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Kenyon College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Kenyon College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Kenyon College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Kenyon College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Kenyon College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Kenyon College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Kenyon College.

Does Kenyon College accept transfer credits?

✅ Kenyon College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Kenyon College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Kenyon College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Kenyon College?

✅ Kenyon College is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Kenyon College's acceptance rate?

✅ Kenyon College's acceptance rate is 37%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Kenyon College?

✅ Kenyon College's early decision acceptance rate was 62% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Kenyon College? Kenyon College is a selective institution. The Kenyon College acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.


Kenyon College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Kenyon College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Kenyon College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Kenyon College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1470


Math SAT Range

660 - 750


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

Kenyon College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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