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Early Action (non-binding)  date: November 15

Submit your completed application materials by November 15 to receive your admission and scholarship decision by December 15.  Just in time for your holiday break! 

Rolling Admissions for Freshmen

Students who submit completed application materials after November 15 will be notified beginning in February.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis.  We encourage you to submit an application as early as possible in order to take advantage of financial aid opportunities, prepare for the co-op job search, and attend admitted student programs on campus. 

Freshmen Admission Requirements 

Kettering joined the Common Application. Save time and stay organized! The Common Application allows you to complete one application and essay to submit to Kettering, along with other universities you may be considering.

Apply now using the Common Application!

Admission to Kettering University is competitive. Emphasis is placed in rigorous courses completed in a college preparatory curriculum. We consider your high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and grades earned in math, science, English, and other college prep courses.

We are also interested in learning as much about you as possible-- your interests, experiences, and goals-- so tell us as much about yourself as you can. For more information, speak with an admissions counselor.

Required High School Coursework

  • 2 years of Algebra
  • 1 year of Geometry
  • 1 semester of Trigonometry or equivalent
  • 2 years of Lab Science, one must be chemistry or physics
  • 3 years of English

Recommended Coursework

  • Calculus or Pre-Calculus recommended (if available)
  • computers
  • foreign language
  • CAD and/or Drafting

Applicants for freshman admission are required to submit official test scores from either ACT or SAT. Scores should be sent to Kettering University from the testing agency.

Test Score Ranges (ranges represent the scores for the middle 50% of admitted students)

ACT Scores (Kettering's Code: 1998)

    • English 22 — 26
    • Math 25 - 30
    • Composite 24 — 28

SAT Scores (Kettering's Code: 1246)

    • Critical Reading 530 — 630
    • Math 590 — 680

Kettering does not have a fixed formula for admission, however, we do seek students who exhibit a strong record of achievement. We calculate a separate GPA for math, science and English coursework. 

We realize that some students' records do not reflect their true abilities, so please get in touch with us at 800-955-4464 ext. 7865 if you would like to discuss your application with one of our admissions counselors.

Freshman Application Materials

A completed admissions file includes:

  • Completed application (on-line)
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if dual enrolled)
  • Official ACT or SAT score
  • Personal Statement (see application)
  • Recommendation Form (or letter of recommendation from guidance counselor, teacher or principal)

Home School Applicants

Kettering University welcomes applications from homeschooled students. The same application and eligibility requirements apply. Students should submit official transcripts of grades, signed and certified by their home school instructor. Transcripts should clearly list the grade levels (9-12), course names, grade earned for each course. Students who have taken any courses in a formal high school or college/university setting are required to submit official transcripts from those schools as well.

Transfer Students

Students transferring to Kettering from another university should be taking 14 to 16 credits per semester of coursework similar to what is being taken by a Kettering University student. Some students may need to complete recommended science and math courses before transferring, to assure proper academic preparation for Kettering. We may request to view your high school grades and ACT or SAT scores as well.

Transfer Student Application Materials

If you are applying to Kettering University for the October 2013, January 2014 or April 2014 sessions, you may use the current Kettering University application. You are not required to fill out the Common Application, which has been put into place for first-time freshmen.

A completed transfer admissions file includes:

  • Completed application
  • Official college transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities
  • ACT or SAT scores (if you have completed less than 30 credit hours at another college or university)
  • Personal statement

Kettering University welcomes qualified students transferring from other universities. There are no deadlines to apply as a transfer student. We will offer admission on a space-available basis. Be sure to contact counselor Roger Smith for more information.

For more information, including transfer of course credit, visit our transfer student web pages or call our transfer student admissions counselor.

International Applicants

International students should visit the International Applicants page for application information, deadlines and requirements.