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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions for first-year students are determined by a combination of factors...

Approximately two-thirds of the decision for each student is based on high school performance.

  • High school record (final grades 9-11, and senior year schedule) 
  • AP/IB/Honors courses, weighting, and class rank
  • Required Carnegie (high school) Units

The remaining one-third of the decision is based on other factors including: standardized test scores, personal statement, and activities list.

  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Scored must be sent to Penn State directly from testing agency (School code: SAT=2660 & ACT=3656)
  • No super scoring...best combined score from one test date   
  • Other considerations (activities and personal statement)

For more information about Penn State admission requirements, including information about individual majors and information for transfer students, click here.