Penn State ACT Scores and GPA

What are Penn State's average ACT 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: ACT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Penn State University Park.


Average ACT: 28

The average ACT score composite at Penn State is a 28.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 25, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 30.

In other words, a 25 places you below average, while a 30 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at Penn State, but they really want to see at least a 25 to have a chance at being considered.


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Average GPA: 3.58

The average GPA at Penn State is 3.58. 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 3.58, Penn State requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C'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 3.58, you'll need a higher ACT 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: 50.3%

The acceptance rate at Penn State is 50.3%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 50.3 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 28 ACT or above will already give you a great shot at getting in. Scoring a 30 will nearly guarantee you admission, given that your GPA is roughly the average of 3.58.


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What are your chances of admission at Penn State University Park?
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  • 80-100%: Safety school: Strong chance of getting in
  • 50-80%: More likely than not getting in
  • 20-50%: Lower but still good chance of getting in
  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
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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 have higher average ACT scores than Penn State. If you improve your ACT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Boston University Boston, MA 1380 31
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31
New York University New York, NY 1382 31
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 1347 30
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 1318 30
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL 1316 30

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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 ACT Avg
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1361 29
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1221 27

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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 ACT Avg
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 25
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1165 25
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 1182 25
Pace University New York, NY 1137 24
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22

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