Kenyon College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Leonard Hall at Kenyon College
Leonard Hall at Kenyon College.

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Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 34%. Located in the village of Gambier in rural Ohio, Kenyon College is one of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the country. Kenyon prides itself on the strength of its faculty, and with a 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio and average class size of 15, undergraduates will have extensive interaction with their professors. The attractive campus features gothic architecture and a 380-acre nature preserve. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Kenyon was awarded a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Considering applying to Kenyon College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Kenyon College had an acceptance rate of 34%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 34 students were admitted, making Kenyon's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 6,662
Percent Admitted 34%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Kenyon College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 640 720
Math 630 740
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Kenyon's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Kenyon scored between 640 and 720, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 720. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 630 and 740, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 740. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1460 or greater will have particularly competitive chances at Kenyon.

Requirements

Kenyon does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Kenyon participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At Kenyon, SAT Subject tests are not required, but will be considered if submitted.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Kenyon requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 29 35
Math 26 31
Composite 29 33

This admissions data tells us that most of Kenyon's admitted students fall within the top 9% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Kenyon received a composite ACT score between 29 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 29.

Requirements

Kenyon College does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many schools, Kenyon superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Kenyon's incoming freshmen class was 3.9, and 52% of incoming students had average GPAs of 4.0 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Kenyon College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Kenyon College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Kenyon College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Kenyon College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Kenyon College, which accepts just over one-third of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with high average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs. However, Kenyon also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Kenyon strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Kenyon's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1300 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances, and many admitted students had straight "A" averages in high school.

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