Admissions Requirements

For first-year, transfer, and adult students 


Whether you are interested in the 2+2 plan (starting at Penn State Greater Allegheny and finishing at another Penn State campus) or "start and stay" (earning one of the 11 degrees which can be completed here at Penn State Greater Allegheny)


First-year students

Admission decisions for first-year students are made on the basis of several combined factors including:

  • Final grades in all subject areas for years 9, 10, and 11 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)

Approximately 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 may include your standardized critical reading and math test scores, class rank, personal statement, and activities list.

If you are an international student, please see the international student admissions page.


Transfer students

Applicants who have completed the equivalent of 18 semester hours of credit (approximately 27 quarter hours) after graduation from high school are considered for admission based upon their performance at the collegiate level. Transfer applicants must also meet, either through courses in high school or college level equivalents, the basic high school subject requirements for admission.

  • You may not disregard your college work and apply as a first-year student.
  • Transfer admission to Penn State Greater Allegheny is possible after applicants have completed 18 semester hours of credit.  Most programs require a minimum grade point average of 2.0 although programs in education, engineering and the sciences typically require a cumulative average of at least a 2.5.  Certain programs may also require the completion of prerequisite courses. Some programs may not be available to transfer students. See individual listings under the academic requirements page for details.
  • For admission to the University Park campus, applicants must have completed 2 years of college level work (approximately 60 credits) and have strong academic records. Certain programs have more stringent grade point average requirements and may also require the completion of prerequisite courses. Some programs may not be available to transfer students.


Adult students

SAT or ACT scores will be waived for adult applicants who have been out of high school five or more years or veterans who have served in the military four years with an honorable discharge. In addition, we will review each applicant's high school coursework and/or GED individually as we consider you for admission.

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