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Admissions decisions for Penn State are based on a variety of factors that are all viewed in relation to each other.  The most important factor, the high school grade-point average (GPA), accounts for approximately two-thirds of the admission decision.  The remaining one-third is based on other factors, which may include standardized test scores, class rank, personal statements, and activities lists.

The influence of standardized test scores on an admission decision varies according to the student’s major choice.  For example, the math score is more important in an admission decision for a student who has selected a math- or science-intensive major, whereas the combined verbal and math score has more influence on the decision for a student choosing a professional or liberal arts major.  Class rank is also considered for students with honors or Advanced Placement courses taken at schools that do not supply a weighted GPA.

The optional personal statement and activity list are sometimes used to assist with the decisions for students whose applications require additional review.  Because of the relationship among the previously noted factors, Penn State does not require a specific high school GPA or minimum standardized test scores.



The ranges in the chart below represent the middle 50 percent of students offered admission for this past fall.  They are not cutoffs or averages.  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 of both ranges may require you to be more flexible in making your campus (and perhaps major) choices.  This chart is intended to give you a general idea of your admissibility to Penn State.  In no way does it represent a promise or guarantee of admission.


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