If you want to apply to UPenn, the regular decision application deadline is January 5 and the application fee costs $75. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.
Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from UPenn by April 1.
University of Pennsylvania offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
The early decision acceptance rate at UPenn is 19%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 9%. Last year,, UPenn admitted 1256 of the 6450 students who applied early decison.
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.
UPenn is aextremely difficult school to get into. UPenn evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, UPenn accepted 9% of all applicants., around 3,789 of the 42,205 students who applied.
Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like UPenn, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, UPenn waitlisted 3,205 students. Of those, 2350 eventually received an admissions offer.
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 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 strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
To apply, all applicants to UPenn must submit the following items. Double check with UPenn's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to UPenn have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.
Out of all students that were admitted, 26% submitted a class rank. At UPenn 96% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At University of Pennsylvania, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
UPenn 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, 65% of UPenn's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 35% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UPenn students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UPenn students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.
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To be most competitive at UPenn, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UPenn's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.
A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UPenn students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.
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For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to UPenn.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 15.
Transfer students can enroll in UPenn during the following terms: Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to UPenn?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UPenn.
Does UPenn accept transfer credits?
UPenn accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does UPenn accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
UPenn accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to UPenn?
UPenn. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
How hard is it to get into UPenn? UPenn is a selective institution. The UPenn acceptance rate is 9%. This means that the institution accepts 8 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UPenn is Jan 5.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UPenn is Mar 15.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to UPenn is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into UPenn. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At UPenn, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.9. 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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