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Penn State University Park Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

University Park, PA

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
201 Old Main
City, State, Zip
University Park, PA 16802
Phone
 
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@psu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
49% of 71,903 applicants were admitted
Women
52% of 36,956 applicants were admitted
Men
46% of 34,947 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
9,475 (27%) of 35,302 admitted students enrolled
Women
4,647 (24%) of 19,385 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,828 (30%) of 15,917 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
4,651
Students Accepting Wait List Position
2,911
Students Admitted From Wait List
1,169

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
33%
3.50 - 3.74
30%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
580-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
25.53%
Score of 600 - 700
43.8%
Score of 500 - 600
28.16%
Score of 400 - 500
2.95%
Score of 300 - 400
.17%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
580-670 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
12.64%
Score of 600 - 700
55.63%
Score of 500 - 600
28.66%
Score of 400 - 500
2.94%
Score of 300 - 400
.14%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
25-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
32.85%
Score of 24 - 29
53.21%
Score of 18 - 23
13.53%
Score of 12 - 17
.42%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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