Explore the important University demographic information and admission statistics to help determine if Penn State could be the right fit for you.
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.
The ranges in the chart below represent the middle 50 percent of students offered admission for fall 2014—they are not cutoffs or averages.
|University Park||All other Campuses|
|High School GPA (4.0 scale)||3.55-3.97||3.00-3.50|
|Combined English/Writing ACT||25-30||19-24|
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. This chart in no way represents a promise or guarantee of admission.
|Total Applications University-wide||66,577|
|Total First-Year Students University-wide||16,078|
|Total First-Year Students at University Park||8,160|
|Total First-Year International Applications||12,802|
|Total First-Year International Students University-wide||1,517|
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 (NOTE: students taking the ACT are required to complete and submit the writing component), 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.
The following represents key statistics for transfer students at Penn State.
|Total Applications University-wide||10,059|
|Total Transfer Students University-wide||4,207|
|Total Transfer Students at University Park||456|
|Total Transfer Students at World Campus||1,987|
To get a better idea of the demographics and diversity of Penn State, review the key student statistics for the 2014-2015 academic year.
|Total Undergraduates University-wide||70,514|
|Total Undergraduates at University Park||40,541|
|Total Undergraduates at Other Campuses||29,973|
|Female Undergraduates University-wide||46%|
|Male Undergraduates University-wide||54%|
|Pennsylvania Students University-wide||72%|
|Pennsylvania Students at University Park||62%|
|Out-of-state Students University-wide||28%|
|Out-of-state Students at University Park||38%|
|Native American/Alaskan Native||less than 0.1%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||less than 0.1%|