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Penn State York

York, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%

Penn State York Admissions

Penn State York is moderately difficult to get into. Penn State York admitted 93% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 2,005 applications received in 2023, 1,862 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Penn State York, the fee for the application costs $65.

Students who submit their applications to Penn State York for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Penn State York Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Penn State York's admissions stats.

Penn State York 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16.44%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist No

Penn State York Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Penn State York.

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

Considering Applying Early to Penn State York?

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

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

Some students apply early 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 the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Penn State York Admissions

Transferring to Penn State York

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

For Students Waitlisted to Penn State York

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

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

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. 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 put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Penn State York

What does Penn State York 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 York for more information on admission factors.

Penn State York Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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

Students admitted to Penn State York have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 38.02% submitted a class rank. At Penn State York 16.44% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 49.32% were in the top 25% and 82.19% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99 25.13%
3.50 and 3.74 21.93%
3.25 and 3.49 18.72%
3.00 and 3.24 10.16%
2.50 and 2.9 17.65%
2.00 and 2.49 6.42%

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 York 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 York 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, 39% of Penn State York's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Penn State York?

To be competitive with other Penn State York applicants, you should aim to earn between 1120 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Penn State York 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Penn State York students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Penn State York students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at Penn State York, you should strive to earn between 23 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Penn State York's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

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

More Information on Transferring to Penn State York

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

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Penn State York Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Penn State York?

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

Does Penn State York accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Penn State York is not test optional.

What is Penn State York's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Penn State York is 93%.

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

❌ Penn State York does not offer early decision.

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Penn State York Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Penn State York? Penn State York is a somewhat selective institution. The Penn State York acceptance rate is 93%. This means that the institution accepts 92 out of every 100 applicants.


Penn State York Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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

Penn State York SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1290


Math SAT Range

550 - 650


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Penn State York GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Penn State York, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.36. 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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