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Penn State University Park

University Park, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate58%
Acceptance Rate58%

Penn State Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply to Penn State for fall semester should anticipate a decision by October 1.

Penn State Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Penn State 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist Yes

Penn State - University Park Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Penn State - University Park.

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

Applying Early to Penn State?

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

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

➡️ 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 - University Park Admissions

How To Get Into Penn State - University Park

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 58% of all applicants, about 45,269 from the 78,578 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Penn State - University Park

For more information on transferring to Penn State - University Park, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Penn State

In 2022, Penn State waitlisted 2,481 students. Of those, 1,519 eventually got in.

What Does Penn State Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Penn State

What does Penn State consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

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

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

Penn State 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Penn State, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Penn State'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
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Penn State?

Penn State has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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 looks at 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 2022, 37% of Penn State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Penn State?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Penn State students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Penn State students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Penn State?

To be most competitive at Penn State, you should strive to earn between 26 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Penn State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Penn State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Penn State - University Park

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

Penn State Admissions FAQs

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:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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?

✅ The acceptance rate for Penn State is 58%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Penn State?

❌ Penn State does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Penn State?

✅ Penn State offers early action but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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Penn State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Penn State? Penn State is a very selective institution. The Penn State acceptance rate is 58%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.


Penn State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

Penn State ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


26 to 32


26 and Less


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Penn State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

600 - 710


Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Penn State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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