Admission Requirements

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Penn State does not have a minimum GPA or standardized test score used for admission: we consider a combination of your GPA and standardized test scores, as well as a few other factors. The high school grade-point average (GPA) accounts for approximately two-thirds of our decision. The remaining one-third is based on other factors, which may include standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), class rank, personal statement and activities list.

Information for

First-Year Students

Information and Resources for future first-year students at Penn State

Transfer Students

If you have completed 18 or more credits post-high school graduation, you will be considered a transfer student.

Adult learners

Students who are:

  • 24 years of age or older; or
  • veterans of the armed services; or
  • returning to school after four or more years in another activity; or
  • those who assume multiple adult roles, i.e. parent, spouse/partner, student, employee.


Information and resources for students that have been or are in the military

Previous Penn State students

Former Penn State students who were enrolled in degree programs but left the University.

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