|Admission Standards||Very High|
Can I get into Penn State? The school has a 56% acceptance rate. Last year, 29,878 out of 52,974 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 26 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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||580|
|SAT Math 25th||580|
|SAT Composite 25th||1160|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||660|
|SAT Math 75th||700|
|SAT Composite 75th||1360|
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 31 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1360 and Above||Good||>68%|
|1260 to 1360||Avg +||56%-68%|
|1160 to 1260||Avg -||43%-56%|
|1060 to 1160||Reach||31%-43%|
|Less than 1060||Low||<31%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||24|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||25|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||30|
|ACT Math 75th||30|
|ACT Composite 75th||29|
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 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. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Main Campus.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|29 and Above||Good||>68%|
|27 to 29||Avg +||56%-68%|
|25 to 27||Avg -||43%-56%|
|23 to 25||Reach||31%-43%|
|Less than 23||Low||<31%|
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 56% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||26%||31%||28%|
What are the requirements for admission to Penn State Main Campus and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.