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First-Year Students

Admission decisions for first-year students are made on the basis of several combined factors including:

  • Final grades in all subject areas for years nine, ten, and eleven of high school
  • Weighted average or class rank for students who have taken AP/Honors courses
  • Required Carnegie (high school) units
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)

Approximately two-thirds of our evaluation is based on high school grades and one-third on standardized test scores. The evaluation may also include a review of the personal statement and list of extracurricular activities that you submit with your application.

Admission Offer Factors
High School GPA*
Middle 50% Range
Composite SAT
Middle 50% Range
Composite ACT
Middle 50% Range
University Park 3.55 - 3.97 University Park 1750 - 2000 University Park 26 - 30
All other campuses 3.00 - 3.50 All other campuses 1460 - 1690 All other campuses 21 - 25

*High school GPA range is based on a 4.0 scale.

Transfer Students

 Transfer student admission decisions are made on the basis of several combined factors:

  • The total number of credits a student has accumulated from all colleges and universities attended.
  • The total grade point average (GPA) from all college and universities attended.
  • Choice of major.

Course work successfully completed at other colleges and universities that are members of the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit. For a course to be eligible for review:

  • The grade received in the course must be equivalent to a "C" (2.0) or higher at Penn State.
  • Penn State must have a similar program or course offering.
  • The course should be useful in the student's program of study at Penn State.

College level course work completed at colleges or universities that are licensed by state boards of education to award associate degrees (or higher) but that are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations may be eligible for credit by validation.

Please be aware that only credits transfer to Penn State, not grades. Your grade-point average will start over once you begin taking classes at Penn State.

Adult Students

For First-Year degree admission: (For students who have completed 0-18 credits at another college or university)

First-year students are evaluated for admission based on the applicant’s high school coursework or GED. SAT or ACT scores will be waived for adult applicants who have been out of high school five or more years or veterans who have served in the military four years with an honorable discharge. In addition we will review each applicant's high school coursework and/or GED individually as we consider you for admission. Adult Learners First-year Student - Apply to Penn State

For Transfer admission: (For students who have completed 18 or more credits at another college or university)

Transfer admission is based on the applicant’s record at the previous college or university. An applicant who has not met entrance requirements or achieved a 2.00 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale for graded courses taken at institutions previously attended and who has been absent from the institution(s) for four calendar years may apply to enroll in credit courses as a provisional student. Adult Learners Transfer Student - Apply to Penn State

For Re-enrollment: 
If you attended Penn State previously as a degree candidate and want to return, the process that you follow is Re-enrollment.

International Students

International students should visit Penn State's undergraduate admissions page for international students for the most current information.

Graduate Students

Graduate students should visit our graduate program admissions page for admissions information.