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UPenn Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UPenn, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 5 and the fee for the application is $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

UPenn Admissions Stats at a Glance

UPenn 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 96%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 65%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 35%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UPenn?

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.

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

Is UPenn Hard To Get Into?

UPenn is an extremely 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, 2,350 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does UPenn Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UPenn

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UPenn Application Requirements

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UPenn?

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, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 26%

UPenn does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UPenn 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 2021, 65% of UPenn's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 35% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UPenn?

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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What's a Good ACT Score for UPenn?

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.

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

Transferring to University of Pennsylvania

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

UPenn Admissions FAQs

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) credits and 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.

What is UPenn's acceptance rate?

UPenn's acceptance rate is 9%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UPenn?

UPenn's early decision acceptance rate was 19% in 2021.

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UPenn Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

9%

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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UPenn Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

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

UPenn ACT Scores

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ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

33 to 35

Avg

33 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

UPenn SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

760 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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UPenn GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.9

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

22,436

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,710

Out-of-State

$61,710

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Application Deadline

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