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Penn State Berks

Reading, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate97%

Penn State Berks Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Penn State Berks. Around 97% of applicants get into Penn State Berks each year. Last year, 5,605 students applied to Penn State Berks and 5,453 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to Penn State Berks, the application fee costs $65.

Students who submit their applications to Penn State Berks for fall semester should anticipate a decision by October 1.

Penn State Berks Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Penn State Berks's admissions stats.

Penn State Berks 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 34%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist No

Penn State Berks Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Penn State Berks.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 24

Want to Apply Early to Penn State Berks?

Penn State Berks does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Penn State Berks will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 24.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Penn State Berks Admissions

Transferring to Penn State Berks

For more information on transferring to Penn State Berks, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Penn State Berks

Penn State Berks has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Penn State Berks?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Penn State Berks

What does Penn State Berks consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Penn State Berks for more information on admission factors.

Penn State Berks Application Requirements

To apply to Penn State Berks, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Penn State Berks's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Penn State Berks?

Students admitted to Penn State Berks have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34.65% submitted a class rank. At Penn State Berks 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 79% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Penn State Berks, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99 21.59%
3.50 and 3.74 17.77%
3.25 and 3.49 16.94%
3.00 and 3.24 13.62%
2.50 and 2.9 20.93%
2.00 and 2.49 9.14%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Penn State Berks directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Penn State Berks is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 34% of Penn State Berks's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Penn State Berks?

To be competitive with other Penn State Berks applicants, you should aim to earn between 1100 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Penn State Berks 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Penn State Berks students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Penn State Berks students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

To be most competitive at Penn State Berks, you should strive to earn between 23 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Penn State Berks's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Penn State Berks students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Penn State Berks

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Penn State Berks during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Penn State Berks Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Penn State Berks?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Penn State Berks.

Does Penn State Berks accept transfer credits?

✅ Penn State Berks accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Penn State Berks accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Penn State Berks accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Penn State Berks accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Penn State Berks?

✅ Penn State Berks is not test optional.

What is Penn State Berks's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Penn State Berks is 97%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Penn State Berks?

❌ Penn State Berks does not offer early decision.

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Penn State Berks Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Penn State Berks? Penn State Berks is a very selective institution. The Penn State Berks acceptance rate is 97%. This means that the institution accepts 97 out of every 100 applicants.


Penn State Berks Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Penn State Berks is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Penn State Berks SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1280


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Penn State Berks GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Penn State Berks, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.28. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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