Penn Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Penn? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 3,787 out of 37,268 applicants or 10% were admitted making Penn a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. University of Pennsylvania typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Of those applicants which were admitted, 64% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by University of Pennsylvania is a prized outcome for many students.

Women Men Total
Applied 18,242 19,026 37,268
Accepted 1,960 1,827 3,787
Acceptance Rate 11% 10% 10%
Enrolled 1,249 1,186 2,435
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 64% 65% 64%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Pennsylvania 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 regularly accepts students with ACTs of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. 42 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Pennsylvania.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. 58 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 1450 1570
SAT Reading 720 780
SAT Math 730 800
ACT Composite 31 34
ACT English 32 35
ACT Math 30 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >18%
32 to 34 Avg + 10%-18%
31 to 32 Avg - 7%-10%
30 to 31 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 30 Low <5%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >16%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 10%-16%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 6%-10%
1390 to 1450 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 1390 Low <4%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of Pennsylvania. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Pennsylvania was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Meeting these GPA requirements is not enough to gain admission as Penn is a very selective school.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 89% Good
3.50 to 3.75 7% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 3% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 0% Low
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Pennsylvania and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
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 No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215062 IPEDS survey data for University of Pennsylvania.

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