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Chances of getting into Penn State Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
75.9%
Admission Difficulty for Penn State Main Campus
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Penn State and can I get accepted? The school has a 76% acceptance rate ranking it #70 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 72,880 out of 95,970 applicants were admitted making Penn State Main Campus an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent. Penn State Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Penn State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1070-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
74%
SAT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1190

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Penn State Main Campus?

Penn State Main Campus typically requires applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #19 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Penn State Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >84%
1190 to 1310 Avg + 76%-84%
1070 to 1190 Avg - 65%-76%
950 to 1070 Reach 52%-65%
Less than 950 Low <52%
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Penn State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
22%
ACT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Penn State?

Admission data indicates that Penn State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Main Campus.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Penn State Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >85%
26 to 30 Avg + 76%-85%
23 to 26 Avg - 67%-76%
20 to 23 Reach 56%-67%
Less than 20 Low <56%
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Penn State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.59
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Penn State Main Campus?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Penn State. 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. The school ranks #18 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.59 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Penn State accepts 76% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Penn State Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

84% of Penn State Main Campus freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Penn State Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 41%
Top 25% of class 84%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Penn State Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 49,465 46,305 95,970
Accepted 37,053 35,689 72,880
Acceptance Rate 75% 77% 76%
Enrolled 7,347 8,642 15,989
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 24% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
4

Applicants have 4 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Penn State Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Penn State Main Campus Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at Penn State Main Campus
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.

FAQs

Does Penn State Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

74% of students submit their SAT scores to Penn State. 22% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Penn State Main Campus?

76% of those who apply are granted admission to Penn State. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Penn State Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1310. 74% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Penn State Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 30. 22% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.