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SAT scores needed to get into University of Pennsylvania

Average Score and SAT Requirements

University of Pennsylvania is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "considered but not required". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.

Average SAT Score 1525

The average composite SAT score for admitted University of Pennsylvania freshman is 1525 out of 1600. Penn students have the 9th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1525 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1480 to 1570

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1480 to 1570. The 75th percentile score is 1570 while the 25th percentile score is 1480.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Penn but we estimate it to be around a 1430 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 780

The average score for Penn students on the math portion of the SAT is 780 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 760 and the 75th percentile score 800.

Average SAT Reading Score 745

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 720 to 770 and the average score for University of Pennsylvania students is 745.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

49 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to University of Pennsylvania

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at University of Pennsylvania based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 5.9%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.95.

Can I get into Penn with a 1570 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1570 or higher is very competitive at Penn and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 11% or higher.

Can I get into Penn with a 1530 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1530 to 1560 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 6% to 10%.

Can I get into Penn with a 1480 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1480 to 1520 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 3% to 6% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Penn with a 1430 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1430 to 1470 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 3% chance of admission to Penn. SAT scores below 1430 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class
Admission chances to University of Pennsylvania by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 16%
1590 14%
1580 12%
1570 11%
1560 10%
1550 8%
1540 7%
1530 6%
1520 6%
1510 5%
1500 4%
1490 4%
1480 3%
1470 3%
1460 2%
1450 2%
1440 2%
1430 2%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215062 IPEDS survey data for University of Pennsylvania.