University of Pennsylvania SAT Scores and GPA

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

Location: Philadelphia, PA

This school is also known as: Penn

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University of Pennsylvania 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 University of Pennsylvania.


Average SAT: 1500

The average SAT score composite at University of Pennsylvania is a 1500.

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University of Pennsylvania SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1440, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1560.

In other words, a 1440 places you below average, while a 1560 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at University of Pennsylvania, but they really want to see at least a 1440 to have a chance at being considered.

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

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math770740800
Reading + Writing730700760
Composite150014401560

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Average GPA: 3.9

The average GPA at University of Pennsylvania is 3.9. This makes University of Pennsylvania Extremely 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 3.9, University of Pennsylvania requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenge.

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 3.9, 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: 8.4%

The acceptance rate at University of Pennsylvania is 8.4%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, only 8 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. Scores are vital to getting past their first round of filters. After that, you will need to impress them beyond just your academic scores.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is extremely selective, getting a high SAT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don't pass their SAT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration.

To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1560 SAT and a 3.9 GPA or higher to be above average.

This is only part of the challenge - after this, you'll need to impress them beyond your academic scores, with your accomplishments and extracurriculars. But if you apply with a 1500 SAT or below, you unfortunately have a small chance of getting in.


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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 University of Pennsylvania, 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 University of Pennsylvania.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average SAT scores than University of Pennsylvania. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Yale University New Haven, CT 1515 34
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1510 34
Columbia University New York, NY 1505 34

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

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

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1505 34
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1500 34
Brown University Providence, RI 1485 34
New York University New York, NY 1440 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1435 33
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1435 33
Boston University Boston, MA 1420 32

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

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

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1420 33
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1409 31
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1355 29

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