University of Pennsylvania (Penn)

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University of Pennsylvania can be found in Philadelphia, PA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 27,000 students annually.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 1450 (25th percentile) to 1560 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 33 (25th percentile) to 35 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants that get into Penn. We were able to estimate the Penn average GPA (4.00 - 4) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. The acceptance rate of Penn is considered highly competitive, with only 8 percent of those who applied applicants on average being accepted. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Penn acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 8%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Penn Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Pennsylvania was reported as 7.7% in Fall 2020 with over 45,000 applications submitted to Penn. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Penn ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Penn Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Pennsylvania?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Penn has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Pennsylvania has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 9.4%
  • 2017-2018: 9.3%
  • 2018-2019: 8.4%
  • 2019-2020: 7.7%
  • Projected Penn Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 7.8%

How Does Penn Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Pennsylvania is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Drexel University74.7%
Temple University60.0%
Villanova University28.2%
Rowan University74.3%
West Chester University of Pennsylvania75.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Penn (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 760
Math750 - 800
Total Score1450 - 1560
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math32 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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