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First-Year Student

Admissions decisions for first-year students are made on the basis of several combined factors including:
  • Final grades in all subject areas for 9th, 10th and 11th grades
  • Weighted average or class rank for students who have taken AP/Honors courses
  • Required Carnegie (high school) units 
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), students taking the ACT are required to complete and submit the writing component

Approximately two-thirds of the decision is based upon the high school GPA. The remaining one-third of the decision is based on other factors, which may include standardized test scores, class rank, personal statement, and activities list.

 

Admissions Requirements

High School GPA*
Middle 50% Range

Composite SAT
Middle 50% Range

Composite ACT
Middle 50% Range

University Park

3.52-3.97

University Park

1750-1990

University Park

25-30

Other Campuses

2.98-3.50

Other Campuses

1470-1720

Other Campuses

20-25

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

 

Class rank is also considered for students with Honors or Advanced Placement courses whose schools do not supply a weighted GPA.  The optional personal statement and activity list are sometimes considered for students who applications require additional review.

Although different academic programs have different admissions criteria, these numbers represent the middle 50% of students who were offered admission last year -- they are not cutoffs or averages. Students who fall above and below these ranges may be eligible for admission. We encourage you to apply and let us decide what admissions options are available. Contact us at 570-963-2500 or email us at wsadmissions@psu.edu, if you have any questions concerning your eligibility for admissions.

 

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

  • The total number of credits a student has accumulated from all college 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.

To be eligible for review: The grade received in the course must be equivalent to a “C” (2.0) or higher at Penn State. 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.

Transfer Course Evaluation Guide

 

Adult Student

For First-Year degree admission:

SAT I, 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.

 

For Adult Transfer admission:

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.

 

International Students

There are literally hundreds of reasons to choose Penn State:

  • More than 160 baccalaureate majors
  • 1,200 students clubs and organizations
  • A system of 20 undergraduate campuses across Pennsylvania that enroll first-year students
  • Faculty internationally recognized for achievements in research and education, and foremost,
  • Penn State's high-quality academics

International applicants are those who require any type of visa in order to attend Penn State.

Re-Enrollment
If you attended Penn State previously as a degree candidate and want to return, the process that you follow is re-enrollment. Contact the Registrar Office.