While the University of Pennsylvania is slightly less selective than Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, it is a member of the Ivy League and is one of the 20 most selective colleges in the country. In the scattergram above, the blue and green represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of accepted students had a GPA of 3.8 or higher, a combined SAT score of over 2000, and an ACT composite of 29 or higher. Hidden beneath the blue and green in the upper right corner of the graph is a lot of red, so keep in mind that students with 4.0 gpas and high test scores get rejected from Penn. It's one of the reasons I recommend that all students consider Penn a reach school, even if your scores are on target for admission.
However, Penn like all the Ivies has holistic admissions, so students who shine in other areas can get accepted even if their gpa or test scores are a little less than ideal. Students who reveal some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores are a slightly below the norm.
To learn more about the University of Pennsylvania, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Penn Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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