You are considered a first-year student if you are currently in high school or have attempted fewer than 18 college credits after high school graduation.
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) are optional for applicants through Summer/Fall 2023
When your application is evaluated, two-thirds of the decision is based upon the high school academic record (grades and rigor of schedule). One-third of the decision is based upon standardized test scores (either the SAT or the ACT).
Penn State offers three methods for first-year students to apply for study at the University.
If you are an international student, please visit the international student admissions page.