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Kettering University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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Kettering University is a globally reputed private institute offering 13 bachelor’s programs and 11 master’s programs to its aspirants across the globe. The schools operating under this coveted university of the US Education System include the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts, the School of Management, the Graduate School and Kettering Online that provide programs on subjects like engineering, data science, management, etc.

For the fall of 2018, the Michigan-based university received 2,237 applications. The university accepted them at a rate of 70% of which, about 23% students enrolled at the institute. Getting into the institute is thus lightly competitive and any candidate meeting the minimum academic requirements of the university with an overall decent profile is highly eligible for admissions.

Some of the salient points to be considered when applying for admissions at Kettering University are as listed below.

  • The institute takes fresh intakes in the 3 seasonal terms of fall, summer, spring and winter.
  • The university accepts applications for fall intake until August 30 and expects its students applying for the term to revert the admissions office about their decision before April 15.
  • International students are encouraged to submit their application at least six weeks prior to their term.
  • Students can apply for all the programs either through the college application portal or the common application.
  • The institute charges no application fee from its candidates and is totally free of cost, thus allowing fair and equal chance for all at quality education.
  • Graduate candidates must ensure that their letters of recommendation are outstanding with impressive GRE scores as these 2 parameters from heavy weightage during the application process.


Application portalCommon application
Kettering university application
Application feeN/A
Acceptance rate70%
Average SAT score1190-1370
Average ACT score25-30
Mode of paymentcash, personal/cashier cheque/money orders/credit cards (MasterCard, Discover, Visa and American Express)
Intake seasonsFall/winter/spring/summer
Academic calendarSemester based
Work experienceNot required
Financial aidfederal and state aid, scholarships, institutional aid and loans

Admission Deadlines

Admissions to a plethora of courses offered by the university observe different application deadlines. The students are all required to submit their application before the mentioned deadline to be considered for admission at Kettering. The deadlines are for four sessions, including fall, winter, spring and summer.

Undergraduate application deadlines.

FallAugust 30
WinterNovember 30
SpringFebruary 29
SummerMay 30

Graduate application deadlines

FallAugust 30
WinterNovember 30
SpringFebruary 29
SummerMay 30

International Student Admissions

Kettering University welcomes international students from all over the world, attracting them with the array of programs they have to offer. The university offers various programs including masters in business, data science and bachelors in computer and electrical engineering and many more. 

Whether applying as an undergraduate or a graduate student, the applicant must ensure they are equipped with all required documents prior hand. The admission requirements for international students are as compield below.

How to apply?

Application portal: Kettering University Online Application Portal or using the Common application

Application fee: N/A

Basic admission requirements 

  1. Official high school/college transcript (translated if not in English)
  2. Official test scores reports (Graduate admissions only)
  3. Letters of Recommendation (Graduate admissions only)
  4. Copy of passport identity page
  5. Financial affidavit of support/ certified bank statement.

Additionally, graduate international students are also encouraged to submit credential evaluation as a part of their documents.

Indian applicants must note that the university does not accept consolidated marksheets, they require the students to submit individual marksheets, however if the applicant is from IIT, this can be exempted.

The supporting credentials may be mailed at Kettering University, Office of Admissions, 1700 University Ave, Flint, MI 48504 or emailed to Dyan Robinson at

English Proficiency Test Scores

All international students are liable to submit an English proficiency proof which can be undertaken by three methods for the university. Firstly, the students can meet the minimum requirements of famous English language proficiency test scores like TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent. The minimum score for various tests is as mentioned below.

ACT (English section)18
SAT (verbal section)490

The students also have two other options, including,

  1. Completing the university’s ESL program
  2. Or, complete a level 112 under authorised ELS centre.

Visa Process for International Students

Students willing to study in the US, are required to have an F-1 student visa, which permits them to study in the states. To apply for an F-1 visa to study in the USA, students need to submit their I-20 form. The I-20 forms are issued by the university itself. 

Kettering issues the form right with the official acceptance letter of the student. In case the student already was on an F-1 visa, they are required to be let off from their previous institutions I-20 form, so that the institute could produce a new one.

The documents required while procuring a sydunet visa are as follows:

  • Electronic application form
  • Receipt of paid application fee
  • A passport.
  • One photograph
  • 1-20 form 
  • Transcripts 
  • Evidence of English proficiency
  • Financial statements

Kettering university Undergraduate Admissions

The organization offers 13 undergraduate programs to its aspirants. The topics of programs include, applied physics, chemical/electrical engineering, computer science/engineering, management, mechanical engineering and many more, offered through the three schools under the university banner, i.e., the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts, the School of Management. 

For freshmen to apply, students need to meet certain academic requirements, as follows,

Application portal: Kettering university portal/Common application

Application fee: N/A

Admission requirements:

  1. Required high school coursework
  2. Official high school transcripts (translated, if not in English)
  3. Standardized test scores
  4. Proof of English proficiency (international students)
  5. Copy of passport identity page (international students)
  6. Certificate of finances (international students)

Kettering University Graduate Admissions

The university provides 11 graduate programs of which 5 are fully functional online, accessible for students from different corners of the world seeking to study in the USA. The master’s degree offered at the institute varies over a range of subjects, including engineering, data science, MBA and more. The graduate requirements for all individual programs are the same, with little to no difference.

Some of the popular graduate programs at the institute with their course-specific requirements are tabulated below.

RequirementMBAMS in Data ScienceMSE Electrical engineeringMSA Electrical engineeringMSE Computer Engineering
Application feeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
GMAT/GRENot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
EssayNot RequiredNot requiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Work experienceNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Professional CV/ResumeNot RequiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot Required
Admissions interviewNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required

Kettering University starts sending out admissions and scholarship offers to the graduate students after January 1 for its fall term intakes. The institute also has options of financial aid for their international students and hence, all students enrolling in other sessions like the winter/spring/summer might contact the International Admissions Office to discuss all available scholarships, graduate assistantships, class scheduling and registration, and their visa terms.

The application review process usually takes around 4 weeks. An official acceptance letter is received in 6 weeks after the decision has been mailed to the applicants. The admissions policy at the university is moderately selective and hence, applicants are advised to provide all the required documents in time.

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