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Admission and University Statistics

Compare your high school record with the academic credentials of our incoming first-year class and get a look at the University’s enrollment statistics.

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 2021 Profile and Middle 50% GPA Data

The ranges in the chart below represent the middle 50 percent of students offered admission for Summer/fall 2017—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 2017 Middle 50% GPA Statistics
  University Park All other Campuses
High School GPA (4.0 scale) 3.55-3.97 3.05-3.55
Summer/Fall 2017 Middle 50% SAT Statistics
Scores computed based on a 1600-point scale.
  University Park All other Campuses
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math 1230-1410 1050-1270
Summer/Fall 2017 Middle 50% ACT Statistics
  University Park All other Campuses
Composite ACT 27-31 23-28
Summer/Fall 2017 Class Profile
First-Year Applicants Number
Total Applications University-wide 77,027
Total First-Year Students University-wide 20,644
Total First-Year Students at University Park 9,210
Total First-Year International Applications 13,541
Total First-Year International Students University-wide 6,858

First-Year Application Evaluation

The most important piece of our review is your academic record, which represents your individual four years of academic development. Penn State’s holistic assessment of application materials includes the academic courses, grades, and levels of those courses and standardized test scores, plus additional factors that may include an audition, a portfolio review, the geographic and cultural background of the student, the personal statement, and the activities list. We take a hard look at the many roles you serve as a student, sibling, athlete, son or daughter, volunteer, and/or employee. Assembling a class of students with diverse interests and experiences is a task that we take seriously.

Penn State does not have a minimum GPA or standardized test score used for admission. There are no such things as “cut-offs.” We review students in a holistic manner, taking into account a full range of factors.

Transfer Student Statistics

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

Summer/Fall 2017 Class Profile
Transfer Information Number
Total Applications University-wide 9,377
Total Transfer Students University-wide 3,276
Total Transfer Students at University Park 318
Total Transfer Students at Commonwealth Campuses 1,409
Total Transfer Students at World Campus 1,549

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 2016-2017 academic year.

Enrollment for 2017-2018
Enrollment Number
Total Undergraduates University-wide 70,223
Total Undergraduates at University Park 40,835
Total Undergraduates at Other Campuses 29,388
Gender by Percentage for 2017-2018
Gender Percentage
Female Undergraduates University-wide 45%
Male Undergraduates University-wide 55%
Residency by Percentage for 2017-2018
Residency Percentage
Pennsylvania Students University-wide 71%
Pennsylvania Students at University Park 58%
Pennsylvania Students at Commonwealth Campuses 83%
Out-of-state Students University-wide 30%
Out-of-state Students at University Park 42%
Out-of-state Students at Commonwealth Campuses 17%
Diversity in Undergraduate Enrollment University-wide by Percentage for 2016-2017
Race/Ethnicity Percentage
African American 5.3%
Asian American 5.8%
Hispanic/Latino 6.3%
Native American/Alaskan Native less than 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander less than 0.1%
White 65.2%
Multiple Races 3%
Unknown 2.7%