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UPenn Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to UPenn, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 9.4%, admission to Penn is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to have a GPA of 3.9 or above, and have an SAT score of close to 1570, or an ACT score of 34 or above.

Not quite there? You still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Penn admission statistics.

Penn Admissions Statistics

Penn’s acceptance rate in 2016 was 9.4%. For students applying to the class of 2020, out of 38,918 applicants, Penn admitted 3,674. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.9, the average ACT score was 32, and the average SAT score was 1500.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 30, and the 75th percentile ACT score was 34.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1430. The 75th percentile score was 1570.

If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

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Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurriculars, and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Penn is very competitive. Even with a perfect SAT score of 1600 and a GPA of 4.0, your chances of admission are about 34%. With a perfect ACT score of 36 and a 4.0, your chances are about 42%. So, even if Penn is your dream school, you’ll want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at Penn’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

Penn Application Requirements

To apply to Penn, you’ll need to fill out the Common App and the Penn supplement, submit an ACT or SAT score, a school report, two letters of recommendation from your teachers, a recommendation from your school counselor, and a mid-year report (for Regular Decision applicants). Everything should be submitted by November 1 for Early Decision and January 5 for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of the application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application, answer Penn’s supplementary questions, and pay an application fee of $75 (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript and a school report
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from your teachers, and one from your guidance counselor
  • Submit a mid-year report (if you are a Regular Decision Applicant)
  • Submit two SAT Subject Test scores (optional)

The application deadline is November 1 for Early Decision, and January 5 for Regular Decision. November 1 is the Early Decision financial aid application deadline, and February 2 is the Regular Decision financial aid application deadline. Early Decision notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates by April 1. February 9 is the reply date for admitted Early Decision applicants. May 1 is the reply date for Regular Decision admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Penn? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.

Penn Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Penn, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to pick from dozens of majors.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • 52% are female and 48% are male
  • 48% identify as people of color
  • 12% are first-generation college students
  • 16% are legacies
  • 12% are international

The top 10 states admitted students are from are:

  • Pennsylvania: 446
  • New York: 296
  • New Jersey: 253
  • California: 247
  • Maryland: 97
  • Florida: 89
  • Texas: 78
  • Massachusetts: 68
  • Connecticut: 64
  • Illinois: 59

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What do these admitted students plan to study? Penn offers over 79 concentrations, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here’s a list of some of Penn’s programs:

  • Cinema Studies
  • Criminology
  • Visual Studies
  • Logic, Information and Computation
  • Mathematical Economics
  • History of Art
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Africana Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Fine Arts

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

Penn Tuition Figures

At $72,584, Penn’s tuition is astronomical. But, don’t panic! With its generous financial aid, the average student will pay much less, and the university reports that 100% of student need is met.

Here’s a fuller look at Penn tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $72,584
  • Average financial aid package: $48,605
  • Families with income under $40,000 receive full tuition, room and board
  • Families with income under $75,000 receive full tuition and room
  • Families with incomes between $75,000 and $140,000 typically receive full tuition
  • Families with incomes above $140,000 typically receive one-third tuition

Now, what is life like at Penn? Let’s take a look.

Penn Location

Penn’s main campus is located on 279 acres in West Philadelphia’s University City section. Its campus combines the Gothic architecture of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge with the local landscape, for a Collegiate Gothic style.

Penn freshmen are required to live on campus, in Du Bois, Fisher-Hassenfeld, Gregory, Hill, Kings Court English, New College House, Riepe, Stouffer, or Ware.

Remember, you’re going to Penn for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

Academics

Penn has dozens of majors. Students are required to take between 32 to 36 courses to graduate, including classes in their major, as well as liberal arts and language requirements.

Some of Penn’s more interesting majors are=:

  • Communication
  • Ancient History
  • Religious Studies
  • South Asia Studies

Penn’s academic year begins on August 30 and ends on May 9.

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Penn.

Student Life at Penn

Penn has more than 450 student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Penn student groups:

  • African American Arts Alliance
  • Chinese Christian Fellowship
  • French Society
  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Queer People of Color
  • Social Justice Medicine Club
  • TEDxPenn
  • Yoga for Life Club
  • Equestrian Team
  • Demography Club
  • Big Brother Big Sisters

Are you an athlete? Penn’s got plenty of options for you.

Penn Athletics

Penn is in the NCAA Division I Ivy League, and competes in 33 intercollegiate sports. Penn also has plenty of club and intramural offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Penn’s intercollegiate teams include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Rowing (Light)
  • Rowing (Heavy)
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Squash
  • Track & Field
  • Football
  • Sprint Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Women’s Field Hockey
  • Women’s Gymnastics

Who might you become with a Penn degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

Notable Penn Alums

Penn has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Stanley Fish, New York Times contributor
  • Andrea Mitchell, CNN correspondent
  • Ezra Pound, 20th Century Modernist poet
  • Talk show host Maury Povich
  • Ivanka Trump, First Daughter of the United States
  • Poet William Carlos Williams
  • Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the second-richest man in the world
  • Donny Deutsch, business tycoon
  • J.D. Power, founder of J.D. Power & Associates
  • Mort Zucker, owner and publisher of the New York Daily News
  • President of the United States Donald J. Trump
  • United States Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

And this is only a partial list!

Remember!

Getting into Penn is extremely competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the Ivy League schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

Best of luck with your applications!



Shaan Patel

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation, a #1 bestselling SAT & ACT prep author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect using 100 strategies that we teach in our Prep Expert SAT and ACT courses.