What does it take to be a Warrior?

First-time freshman:

  • For full admission, first-year students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students below a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be required to submit an academic recommendation from a counselor or teacher along with a personal essay to the Office of Enrollment Services. The recommendation may not be from a coach. Once all documents have been received the student’s record will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Should a student be accepted on academic probation they will be required to enroll in GD104 Academic Support and limited to 15 credits for the first term of enrollment. 

Students may still use the ACT/SAT for admission, scholarship, and course placement purposes in addition to acceptance into specific programs (if required). A student who has an ACT of 18 or SAT of 960 or above will be fully admitted with a GPA of 2.2 or above.  

Transfer students:
Transfer students are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores but must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for full admission. Transfer students below that may be considered for probationary acceptance. 

Athletics Note:
A student may be admitted to Sterling College but not be eligible for NAIA intercollegiate athletic competition. It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to be aware of the eligibility requirements of the NAIA. Go to www.playnaia.com for more information.


Traditional High School Students

  • A 2.2 cumulative high school GPA (on a 4-point scale)
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 960
  • The ACT - Sterling College code is 1466 and the  SAT – Sterling College code is 6684

Transfer Students

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • At least 12 transferrable credits with a C- or better from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Other details outlined on transfer students page

Home-School Students

  • Academic transcript
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 960
  • Other details outlined on home-school students page
GED Recipients
  • Official General Education Development certificate
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 960

If you have any questions or do not meet the requirements listed above, please contact your admissions counselor.

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