Can I get into Penn? The school has a 9% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,757 out of 40,413 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, 65% 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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||720|
|SAT Math 25th||750|
|SAT Composite 25th||1470|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||770|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1570|
|Estimated Average SAT||1520|
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 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 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 1420. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. 46 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1570 and Above||Good||>14%|
|1520 to 1570||Avg +||9%-14%|
|1470 to 1520||Avg -||5%-9%|
|1420 to 1470||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 1420||Low||<3%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||30|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Estimated Average ACT||33|
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. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Pennsylvania.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>17%|
|33 to 35||Avg +||9%-17%|
|32 to 33||Avg -||6%-9%|
|31 to 32||Reach||5%-6%|
|Less than 31||Low||<5%|
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. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Penn extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.9 GPA..
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
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)||64%||67%||65%|
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to University of Pennsylvania and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||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.