If you are considering submitting an application to Penn State, the fee for the application costs $65.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.
Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.
|Penn State 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||77%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||18%|
Penn State - University Park does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
Mark your calendar!
The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Penn State will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 24.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Penn State is a very difficult school to get into. Penn State has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.
In 2021, Penn State accepted 54% of students, around 40,031 of the 73,861 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Penn State, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Penn State has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Work Experience||Not Considered|
|Extracurricular Activities||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Not Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
Double check with Penn State's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
Penn State considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Penn State does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 77% of Penn State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Penn State students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Penn State students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Penn State, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Penn State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.
A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Penn State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.
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Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
Transfer students can enroll in Penn State during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Penn State?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Penn State.
Does Penn State accept transfer credits?
Penn State accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Penn State accepts:
Does Penn State accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Penn State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Penn State?
Penn State is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is Penn State's acceptance rate?
Penn State's acceptance rate is 54%.
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How hard is it to get into Penn State? Penn State is a very selective institution. The Penn State acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 54 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Penn State is Continuous processing.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Penn State is Continuous processing.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
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