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First-Year Students

Students Sitting OutsideAdmission 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 the decision for each student is based upon the high school grade-point average (GPA). The remaining one-third of the decision is based on other factors, which may include standardized verbal and math test scores, class rank, personal statement, and activities list.

Estimating First-year Student Eligibility for Baccalaureate Majors

  • High School GPA*
    Middle 50% Range
    • University Park - 3.51-3.90
    • All other campuses - 2.87-3.35
  • Composite SAT
    Middle 50% Range
    • University Park - 1180-1340
    • All other campuses - 960-1150
  • Composite ACT
    Middle 50% Range
    • University Park - 26-30
    • All other campuses - 20-25

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

Adult Students

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 moreStudents On Bench 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 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.

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

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 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. 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.