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Penn State Harrisburg Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Penn State Harrisburg

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
87.8%
Admission Difficulty for Penn State Harrisburg
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Penn State Harrisburg and can I get accepted? The school has a 88% acceptance rate ranking it #106 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,026 out of 4,588 applicants were admitted making Penn State Harrisburg an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 42 percent. Penn State Harrisburg typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Penn State Harrisburg SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1050-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
78%
SAT Scores for Penn State Harrisburg
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for Penn State Harrisburg
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1170

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

Penn State Harrisburg typically requires applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 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 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. The school ranks #23 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Penn State Harrisburg admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >93%
1170 to 1290 Avg + 88%-93%
1050 to 1170 Avg - 81%-88%
930 to 1050 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 930 Low <72%
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Penn State Harrisburg ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
13%
ACT Scores for Penn State Harrisburg
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Penn State Harrisburg
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Penn State Harrisburg 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 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 13 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Penn State Harrisburg.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Penn State Harrisburg admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >93%
25 to 27 Avg + 88%-93%
23 to 25 Avg - 81%-88%
21 to 23 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 21 Low <72%
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Penn State Harrisburg GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.08
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Penn State Harrisburg?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Penn State Harrisburg. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Penn State Harrisburg was 3.08 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #87 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.08 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Penn State Harrisburg accepts 88% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Penn State Harrisburg students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 4% Good
3.50 to 3.75 12% Good
3.25 to 3.50 22% Good
3.00 to 3.25 21% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 34% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 7% 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

80% of Penn State Harrisburg freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Penn State Harrisburg students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 36%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Penn State Harrisburg admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,011 2,577 4,588
Accepted 1,745 2,281 4,026
Acceptance Rate 87% 89% 88%
Enrolled 402 585 987
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 26% 25%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
88

Applicants have 88 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 Harrisburg and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Penn State Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg
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=214713 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Harrisburg.

FAQs

Does Penn State Harrisburg prefer SAT or ACT?

78% of students submit their SAT scores to Penn State Harrisburg. 13% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Penn State Harrisburg?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to Penn State Harrisburg. 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 Harrisburg?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1290. 78% 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 Harrisburg?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 27. 13% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.