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Penn State - GPA and Test Scores for Admission

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Penn State - GPA and Test Scores for Admission
Penn State - GPA and Test Score Data for Admission

See the real-time chart and learn your chances of admission to Penn State with the Cappex 'What are my chances?' calculator

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Penn State admissions are selective -- roughly half of students who apply get accepted. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of accepted students have at least "B" averages, and they have combined SAT scores of about 1600 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. The higher the numbers, the more likely you are to get accepted. Hidden beneath the blue and green is a bit of red, so it's important to keep in mind that some students with high GPAs and test scores still get rejected by Penn State.

However, Penn State does have holistic admissions, so students who shine in other areas can get accepted even if their grades 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. The most successful applicants have a winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities.

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