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 or contact an admissions counselor.