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Admission and University Statistics

Explore the important University demographic information and admission statistics to help determine if Penn State could be the right fit for you.

Penn State Statistics

Thank you for your interest in Penn State. In choosing a university to attend, it is important to find a good fit – a place that provides a challenging academic environment, allows you to pursue your interests, offers other students that share those interests, and also introduces you to new students and experiences that may expand your horizons. We think Penn State provides that very environment. Explore the important demographic information and admission statistics below to help you determine if it could be the right fit for you.

Class of 2020 Profile and Middle 50% GPA Data

The ranges in the chart below represent the middle 50 percent of students offered admission for Summer/fall 2016—they are not cutoffs or averages. This chart is for estimating purposes only and in no way represents a promise or guarantee of admission.

Placing in the upper end of both ranges increases the likelihood of being offered your first choice of campus and/or major. Placing in the lower end may require you to be more flexible in making your campus (and perhaps major) choices. 

Summer/Fall 2016 Middle 50% GPA Statistics
  University Park All other Campuses
High School GPA (4.0 scale) 3.55-3.97 3.00-3.50
Summer/Fall 2016 Middle 50% SAT Statistics
Scores computed based on a 1600-point scale.
  University Park All other Campuses
Pre-March 2016 SAT*
Critical Reading + Math
1170-1350 980-1180
New SAT (debuted March 2016)**
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math
1240-1410 1060-1250

*For summer/fall 2016 admission, the writing portion of the SAT administered prior to March 2016 was not used in the application review and decision.

**The new SAT scores shown here represent conversions of the prior test’s scores to fit the new test’s structure and 1600-point scale.

Summer/Fall 2016 Middle 50% ACT Statistics
  University Park All other Campuses
Composite ACT 26-30 21-25
Summer/Fall 2015 Class Profile
First-Year Applicants Number
Total Applications University-wide 70,442
Total First-Year Students University-wide 16,777
Total First-Year Students at University Park 7,791
Total First-Year International Applications 12,586
Total First-Year International Students University-wide 1,366

First-Year Application Evaluation

The high school record, particularly your grade-point average (GPA) and class rank (if applicable), accounts for approximately two-thirds of the decision. Class rank is also considered for students with honors or Advanced Placement courses whose schools do not supply a weighted GPA. The remaining one-third is based on other factors, including standardized test scores, the personal statement, and activities list. The optional personal statement and activities list are sometimes considered for students whose applications require additional review.

Penn State does not have a minimum GPA or standardized test score used for admission: we consider a combination of your GPA and standardized test scores, as well as the factors listed above. Please refer to the chart of the middle 50 percent to help determine your competitiveness for admission. Remember, this chart is not a guarantee of admission, but a helpful guideline for interested applicants.

Transfer Student Statistics

The following represents key statistics for transfer students at Penn State.

Summer/Fall 2015 Class Profile
Transfer Information Number
Total Applications University-wide 10,431
Total Transfer Students University-wide 4,503
Total Transfer Students at University Park 448
Total Transfer Students at World Campus 2,378

Penn State Student Body Statistics

To get a better idea of the demographics and diversity of Penn State, review the key student statistics for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Enrollment for 2015-2016
Enrollment Number
Total Undergraduates University-wide 70,680
Total Undergraduates at University Park 40,742
Total Undergraduates at Other Campuses 29,938
Gender by Percentage for 2015-2016
Gender Percentage
Female Undergraduates University-wide 46%
Male Undergraduates University-wide 54%
Residency by Percentage for 2015-2016
Residency Percentage
Pennsylvania Students University-wide 73%
Pennsylvania Students at University Park 62%
Out-of-state Students University-wide 28%
Out-of-state Students at University Park 38%
Diversity in Undergraduate Enrollment University-wide by Percentage for 2015-2016
Race/Ethnicity Percentage
African American 6.0%
Asian American 6.1%
Hispanic/Latino 6.2%
International 8.2%
Native American/Alaskan Native less than 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander less than 0.1%
White 68.5%
Multiple Races 2.4%
Unknown 2.3%