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How hard is it to get into Penn and can I get accepted? The school has a 8% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,446 out of 44,961 applicants were admitted making Penn an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. University of Pennsylvania typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 70% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by University of Pennsylvania is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Pennsylvania is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||700|
|SAT Math 25th||750|
|SAT Composite 25th||1450|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||760|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1560|
|Average SAT Score||1510|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Pennsylvania?
University of Pennsylvania typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1560 and Above||Good||>13%|
|1505 to 1560||Avg +||8%-13%|
|1450 to 1505||Avg -||5%-8%|
|1395 to 1450||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 1395||Low||<3%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||34|
|ACT Math 25th||32|
|ACT Composite 25th||33|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||36|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||34|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Penn?
Admission data indicates that Penn regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Pennsylvania.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>13%|
|34 to 35||Avg +||8%-13%|
|33 to 34||Avg -||5%-8%|
|32 to 33||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 32||Low||<3%|
What GPA do you need to get into University of Pennsylvania?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Penn. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Pennsylvania was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Penn extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.9 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.9 GPA.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||7%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.50||3%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||1%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||N/A%||Low|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
94% of University of Pennsylvania freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||94%|
|Top 25% of class||99%|
|Top 50% of class||100%|
|Bottom 50% of class||0%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||69%||71%||70%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Pennsylvania is $75.
What are the requirements for admission to University of Pennsylvania and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215062 IPEDS survey data for University of Pennsylvania.
54% of students submit their SAT scores to Penn. 46% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
8% of those who apply are granted admission to Penn. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1560. 54% 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 33 and 35. 46% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.