Chances of getting into University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
8.4%
Admission Difficulty for University of Pennsylvania
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

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, 3,740 out of 44,491 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 4 percent. University of Pennsylvania typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 67% 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 ten percent of their high school class.

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Penn SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1420-1550
Applicants Submitting SAT
54%
SAT Scores for University of Pennsylvania
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1420
SAT Scores for University of Pennsylvania
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1490

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Pennsylvania?

University of Pennsylvania typically requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 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 1350. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1490 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Pennsylvania admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >13%
1485 to 1550 Avg + 8%-13%
1420 to 1485 Avg - 5%-8%
1355 to 1420 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1355 Low <3%
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Penn ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
46%
ACT Scores for University of Pennsylvania
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for University of Pennsylvania
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Penn regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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 #3 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Pennsylvania.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Pennsylvania admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >15%
33 to 35 Avg + 8%-15%
32 to 33 Avg - 6%-8%
31 to 32 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 31 Low <4%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.9
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of Pennsylvania. 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Pennsylvania students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 89% Good
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

High School Class Rank

94% of University of Pennsylvania freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Pennsylvania students
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%

Admission Statistics

University of Pennsylvania admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,329 22,162 44,491
Accepted 2,040 1,700 3,740
Acceptance Rate 9% 8% 8%
Enrolled 1,377 1,141 2,518
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 68% 67% 67%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Pennsylvania and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Pennsylvania Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Pennsylvania
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 1420 and 1550. 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 32 and 35. 46% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.