Admissions Requirements

Review the basic requirements for two-year and four-year degrees, as well as the additional requirements for special programs.

High School Admissions Requirements

The minimum high school admissions requirements for Penn State are outlined below. Applicants should review these requirements prior to applying for admission.

The high school admissions requirements apply to all students interested in pursuing a degree at Penn State. Based on your applicant type, you may also have to meet additional requirements. Please review all requirements prior to applying for admission.

Please review the side navigation for information on other requirements based on applicant type or academic status.

Admissions Requirements for First-Year Applicants Interested in Special Programs

Penn State offers several special programs that have additional application requirements for first-year students. Choose a program area below to learn more.

Review the requirements for Penn State's programs in the visual and performing arts.

Music and Theatre

An audition/interview is required for admission consideration and placement for any program in music or theatre. Scheduling is the student's responsibility and should be done as soon as possible but no later than February 1. In the meantime, students should file an application for Penn State with Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible.

Read about music auditions and how to schedule your audition, or contact the School of Music at 814-863-0418 for more information.

Read about the theatre admissions process or contact the School of Theatre at 814-865-7586 for more information about submitting additional materials and the audition schedule.

Visual Arts

For more information on application requirements and guidelines for the Visual and Performing Arts, please refer to: artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/howtoapply.

Penn State and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia jointly offer the Accelerated Premedical-Medical degree program.

To be considered for this rigorous academic program, you must minimally:

  • Be in the highest tenth of your high school class
  • Earn a combined score of 2100 or higher on the SAT or a composite score of 32 or higher on the ACT from a single test date no later than October of your senior year
  • Submit a COMPLETE application (standard Penn State application and the additional materials required for admission to the program) by November 30 of your senior year

Students who do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the program.

Students seeking admission to this program must apply online using the Penn State application. Upon completion of the application, they will also have to complete all necessary questions and provide the additional application material requested.

Again, applications for this program must be received with complete credentials by Undergraduate Admissions no later than November 30 of a student’s senior year. Applications that are received or incomplete after this date cannot be considered for this program.

Complete credentials to support the application include the following:

  • Official secondary school record showing grades received for all courses completed starting with ninth grade
  • Class rank at the end of your junior year (exact rank is preferable)
  • Schedule of senior courses
  • Official SAT or ACT (including the writing section) test scores from a single test date no later than October of your senior year
  • One-page résumé listing your most meaningful accomplishments and extracurricular activities during your high school years
  • One letter of evaluation from your guidance counselor or high school teacher
  • Required application fee

The Accelerated Premedical-Medical program is a seven-year program that begins in the fall semester at University Park. The program is open to traditional students in their senior year who are applying for first-year admission--students who have already graduated from high school are not eligible. Admission decisions for this accelerated program are made by the joint admissions committee of Penn State and Jefferson Medical College.

This accelerated program provides an opportunity for outstanding and highly motivated students to complete both a B.S. in Science and an M.B.A. in a total of five years. Students in the Science BS/MBA Program, a collaboration of the Eberly College of Science and the Smeal College of Business, earn summer credits and income through cooperative education and internship experiences with affiliated companies.

Minimum admission requirements include:

  • SAT score of at least 1950
  • Top 10 percent standing in your high school class
  • Ability to communicate effectively, an advanced level of maturity, and high motivation to pursue a joint science/business educational program
  • Separate application to the Science BS/MBA program, in addition to the standard Penn State application

A Penn State admission offer should be in hand prior to the Science BS/MBA deadline of December 31. In order to apply for the BS/MBA program, applicants must submit the program application and two confidential recommendations by December 31. You can find the program application on the Eberly College of Science website.

For further information and to request an application for the Science BS/MBA program, contact:

Science BS/MBA Program
428 Thomas Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-2112
814-863-0284

The Golf Management option within the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management major provides preparation for a career as a golf course professional. A verified golf handicap is required. For more information, please contact Burch Wilkes of the Golf Management Program at 814-865-7034.

Additional Information for Applicants with a GED

If you did not graduate from high school and earned a GED, regardless of your age or the time that has passed since high school, official high school transcripts through the last year you completed AND an official GED transcript are required.

All high school and GED transcripts must be sent directly to Penn State from the high school (educational institution of origin) or GED testing center to be considered official. Students can obtain their official GED through the Department of Education in the state from which the GED was received.

The following links are helpful in acquiring the GED transcript:

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will review each applicant's high school coursework and/or GED individually when considering a student for admission.