Asbury University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Asbury University

Asbury University is a private Christian institution situated in Wilmore, Kentucky, 20 minutes southwest of Lexington. The institution takes its Christian identity seriously, and the school’s Cornerstone Project emphasizes “scripture, holiness, stewardship, and mission.” Undergraduates can choose from 49-degree options with professional disciplines such as business, education, and communications being among the most popular. A 12:1 student/faculty ratio supports academics. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Asbury Eagles play in NAIA Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for most sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,946 (1,697 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male/59% Female
  • 76% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $30,952
  • Books: $1,300
  • Room and Board: $7,536
  • Other Expenses: $2,910
  • Total Cost: $42,698

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,236
    • Loans: $6,773

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business/Commerce, General; Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other; Elementary Education and Teaching; Educational Leadership and Administration, General; and Equestrian/Equine Studies

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 71%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Overview of Asbury University Admissions

Students who would like to apply to Asbury University should submit an online application, test scores, and high school transcripts. While scores from the ACT and SAT are accepted, most students submit scores from the ACT. Since the school is associated with the Christian church, students are encouraged to submit a “Christian Character Reference,” which allows a person to discuss the student’s character and spiritual commitment. As part of the application, students must write an essay on their relationship with the church, and what attracted them to the university.

Admissions Data

  • Asbury University Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/660
    • SAT Math: 470/620
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Overall: 21/28
    • ACT English: 21/30
    • ACT Math: 19/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Asbury University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Asbury University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, State University of New York at Fredonia, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Asbury University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

San Jose State University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Asbury University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of California, Davis, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Auburn University, and Temple University

Applying to Asbury University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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