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Chances of getting into Penn State Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
78%
Admission Difficulty for Penn State Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Penn State and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Penn State is 78%.  It ranks #56 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Penn State Main Campus is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 74,604 out of 95,321 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 37 percent (SAT 1070/1300 ACT 24/29). Penn State Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.68. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Penn State Main Campus is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Penn State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1070-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT 
74%
SAT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1300
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 prefers 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 average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. Penn State 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 
1300 and Above Good >87%
1185 to 1300 Avg + 78%-87%
1070 to 1185 Avg - 65%-78%
955 to 1070 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 955 Low <50%
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Penn State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
24-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
22%
ACT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Penn State Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 29
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 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 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 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Main Campus.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Penn State Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >88%
26 to 29 Avg + 78%-88%
24 to 26 Avg - 68%-78%
22 to 24 Reach 56%-68%
Less than 22 Low <56%
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Penn State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.68*
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 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.68 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Penn State accepts 78% of all applicants.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.68 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

Penn State Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 49,725 45,596 95,321
Accepted 38,683 35,921 74,604
Acceptance Rate 78% 79% 78%
Enrolled 7,334 8,280 15,614
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 23% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Penn State Main Campus is $65.

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor 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=495767 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?

78% of those who apply are granted admission to Penn State. Admission competition is and the college has difficult 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 1300. 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 24 and 29. 22% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.