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Penn State Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Penn State Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
50.3%
Admission Difficulty for Penn State Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Penn State and can I get accepted? The school has a 50% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 28,233 out of 56,114 applicants were admitted making Penn State a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 21 percent. Penn State Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Penn State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1230-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
65%
SAT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1320

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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 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. The school ranks #12 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Penn State Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >63%
1315 to 1400 Avg + 50%-63%
1230 to 1315 Avg - 37%-50%
1145 to 1230 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 1145 Low <26%
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Penn State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
30%
ACT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

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 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Main Campus.

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 >65%
27 to 30 Avg + 50%-65%
25 to 27 Avg - 40%-50%
23 to 25 Reach 30%-40%
Less than 23 Low <30%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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. The school ranks #18 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Penn State accepts 50% of students who apply.

 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Penn State Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 28,270 27,844 56,114
Accepted 15,300 12,933 28,233
Acceptance Rate 54% 46% 50%
Enrolled 3,938 3,925 7,863
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 30% 28%

Admission Requirements

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

Frequently Asked Questions

65% of students submit their SAT scores to Penn State. 30% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

50% of those who apply are granted admission to Penn State. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1400. 65% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. 30% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.