Penn State SAT Scores and GPA

What are Penn State's average SAT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into Penn State. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: University Park, PA

This school is also known as: Penn State University Park, PSU, Penn State

Penn State Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: SAT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Penn State University Park.


Average SAT: 1786 (New: 1270)

The average SAT score composite at Penn State is a 1786 on the old 2400 SAT scale.

On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1270.

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Penn State SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1180, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1370.

In other words, a 1180 places you below average, while a 1370 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at Penn State, but they really want to see at least a 1180 to have a chance at being considered.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math630580700
Reading312934
Writing333035
Composite127011801370

Penn State SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile SAT score is 1630, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1940.

In other words, a 1630 places you below average, while a 1940 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at Penn State, but they really want to see at least a 1630 to have a chance at being considered.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math614560670
Reading582530630
Writing590540640
Composite178616301940

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Average GPA: 3.6

The average GPA at Penn State is 3.6. This makes Penn State Strongly Competitive for GPAs.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.6, Penn State requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, with a leaning toward A's. If you took some AP or IB classes, this will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

If you're a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.6, you'll need a higher SAT score to compensate and show that you're prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.



Admissions Rate: 51%

The acceptance rate at Penn State is 51%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 51 are admitted.

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This means the school is somewhat selective. You should prepare your academic scores well, but you have an excellent chance if you impress them.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is moderately selective, strong academic performance will almost guarantee you admission. Scoring at a 1786 SAT or above will already give you a great shot at getting in. Scoring a 1940 will nearly guarantee you admission, given that your GPA is roughly the average of 3.6.



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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Penn State, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Penn State.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than Penn State. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1340 1898 28
American University Washington, DC 1320 1858 28
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Penn State, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1290 1226 27
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1290 1815 29
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1270 1782 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1270 1775 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1240 1178 27
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1230 1726 26
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1230 1719 26

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Penn State, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Penn State is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 1210 1684 25
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1200 1677 24
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 1670 25
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1190 1652 27
Ohio University Athens, OH 1180 1632 24
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 1170 1620 24
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1160 1610 23

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