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Sterling College

Sterling, KS 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate47%
Acceptance Rate47%

Sterling College Admissions

If you want to apply to Sterling College, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 17 and the fee for the application costs $25.

Students who submit their applications to Sterling College for the fall semester should hear back from Sterling College by September 1.

Sterling College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Sterling College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 11%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 12%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 33%
Waitlist No

Sterling College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Sterling College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to Sterling College?

Sterling College does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on Sterling College Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Sterling College?

Getting into Sterling College is not difficult. Sterling College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Sterling College accepted 47% of all applicants, around 1,222 of the 2,574 students who applied.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Sterling College, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to Sterling College

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Sterling College

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

What's Most Important for Getting Into Sterling College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Sterling College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Sterling College 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
Class Rank Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Application Essay Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered

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

Sterling College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.2

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sterling College?

Students admitted to Sterling College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 47% submitted a class rank. At Sterling College 11% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 33% were in the top 25% and 69% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9%
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 22%
3.25 and 3.49 19%
3.00 and 3.24 13%
2.50 and 2.9 14%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

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 Sterling College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

Sterling College looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Sterling 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, 12% of Sterling College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Sterling College?

To be competitive with other Sterling College applicants, you should strive to earn between 978 and 1155 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sterling College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1155 and 25% of scored lower than 978, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sterling College students scored 493 or higher and 75% of students scored 498 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sterling College students scored 579 or higher, and 75% scored a 498 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Sterling College?

To be most competitive at Sterling College, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sterling College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sterling College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

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 Sterling College

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Sterling College.

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

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Sterling College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sterling College?

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

Does Sterling College accept transfer credits?

✅ Sterling College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Sterling College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to Sterling College?

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

What is Sterling College's acceptance rate?

✅ Sterling College's acceptance rate is 47%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Sterling College?

❌ Sterling College does not offer early decision.

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Sterling College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Sterling College? Sterling College is a less selective institution. The Sterling College acceptance rate is 47%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.


Sterling College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 17

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sterling College is Aug 17.

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

Sterling College ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


18 to 25


18 and Less


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Sterling College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

978 - 1155


Math SAT Range

498 - 493


Reading SAT Range

498 - 579

Sterling College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Sterling College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.46. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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

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