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Sterling College

Sterling, KS 4-Year Private

About Sterling College

Sterling College is a private, religous school located in the rural setting of Sterling, KS, less than an hour from Wichita KS.

Founded in 1887, the institution currently enrolls around 678 students a year, including 665 undergrads. The institution runs on a 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term) academic calendar.

Sterling College's endowment was valued at $15,682,596 in 2021.

Admissions Facts About Sterling College

Acceptance rate: 37%

Average GPA: 3.31

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 20

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Sterling College Acceptance Rate

Sterling College is a minimally difficult school to get accepted to. Sterling College accepts around 37 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Sterling College is 3.31 /4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Sterling College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

About 57 percent of students who start at Sterling College come back the next year. Out of the 188 students who started at Sterling College as first-time freshman, 74 graduate within four years.

Sterling College's six-year graduation for undergrads is 47 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $31,177 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Sterling College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Sterling College a good school for YOU?

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College Info

125 West Cooper Sterling, KS 67579-0098

Campus Setting: Rural

Sterling College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sterling College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sterling College is Continuous processing.

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

Sterling College ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


18 to 23


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sterling College is 21. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Sterling College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sterling College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

910 - 1040


Math SAT Range

450 - 520


Reading SAT Range

470 - 530

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1040 and Above


910 to 1040


910 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sterling College students is 975. Applicants with SAT scores of 1040 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sterling College, while applicants with SAT scores between 910 to 1040 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 910 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sterling College.

Sterling College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Sterling College is like? There are approximately 653 students enrolled at Sterling College, including 643 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 40% percent are from KS and 60% percent of students are from other states.


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