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How Are Admission Decisions Made?

Admission decisions for first-year students are made on the basis of several combined factors, including:

  • Final grades in all subject areas for years nine, ten, and eleven of high school.
  • Weighted average or class rank for students who have taken AP/honors courses.
  • Required Carnegie (high school) units.
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).

About two-thirds of the decision for each student is based upon the high school grade-point average (GPA). The remaining one-third of the decision is based on other factors, which might include standardized test scores, class rank, a student's personal statement, and activities list.

For more information about Penn State admission requirements, including information about individual majors and information for adult and transfer students, visit Undergraduate Admissions.


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