Penn State Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Penn State? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 27,440 out of 53,472 applicants or 51% were admitted making Penn State a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Penn State Main Campus typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 27,015 26,457 53,472
Accepted 14,654 12,786 27,440
Acceptance Rate 54% 48% 51%
Enrolled 3,723 3,903 7,626
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 31% 28%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Penn State Main Campus and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Penn State regularly accepts students with ACTs of 25 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. 20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Main Campus.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1085. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1275 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1180 1370
SAT Reading 590 680
SAT Math 580 700
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT English 25 31
ACT Math 25 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >64%
27 to 29 Avg + 51%-64%
25 to 27 Avg - 38%-51%
23 to 25 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 23 Low <26%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >64%
1275 to 1370 Avg + 51%-64%
1180 to 1275 Avg - 38%-51%
1085 to 1180 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1085 Low <26%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Penn State Main Campus. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Penn State Main Campus was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Penn State accepts 51% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 34% Good
3.50 to 3.75 31% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 23% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 3% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Penn State Main Campus and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214777 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Main Campus.

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