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Penn State Berks Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Penn State Berks

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
85.7%
Admission Difficulty for Penn State Berks
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Penn State Berks and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #100 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,097 out of 2,447 applicants were admitted making Penn State Berks an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 46 percent. Penn State Berks typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Penn State Berks SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1060-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
83%
SAT Scores for Penn State Berks
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1060
SAT Scores for Penn State Berks
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1160

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

Penn State Berks typically requires applicants to be in the top 49 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 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 960. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. The school ranks #51 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 83 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 Berks admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >91%
1160 to 1260 Avg + 86%-91%
1060 to 1160 Avg - 78%-86%
960 to 1060 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 960 Low <68%
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Penn State Berks ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
10%
ACT Scores for Penn State Berks
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Penn State Berks
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Penn State Berks regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #44 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 10 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Berks.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Penn State Berks admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >92%
23 to 26 Avg + 86%-92%
21 to 23 Avg - 80%-86%
19 to 21 Reach 72%-80%
Less than 19 Low <72%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.02
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Penn State Berks. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Penn State Berks was 3.02 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #73 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.02 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Penn State Berks accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Penn State Berks students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 6% Good
3.50 to 3.75 11% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Good
3.00 to 3.25 21% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 34% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 12% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

65% of Penn State Berks freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Penn State Berks students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 7%
Top 25% of class 27%
Top 50% of class 65%
Bottom 50% of class 35%
Bottom 25% of class 8%

Admission Statistics

Penn State Berks admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,090 1,357 2,447
Accepted 933 1,164 2,097
Acceptance Rate 86% 86% 86%
Enrolled 279 415 694
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 36% 33%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Penn State Berks and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Penn State Berks 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 Berks
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214704 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Berks.