First-Year Students


Applying to colleges for the first time can seem overwhelming. But everything you need to know is right here, and Penn State Behrend's admissions staff is just an e-mail, instant message, or phone call away if you have any questions.


Admissions decisions for Penn State are based on a variety of factors that are viewed in relation to one another.  The most important factor, the high school grade-point average (GPA), accounts for approximately two-thirds of the admission decision.  The remaining one-third of the decision is based on other factors, which may include standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), class rank, personal statements, and activities.  Penn State does not require a specific high school GPA or minimum standardized test scores. The middle 50 percent range for high school GPA is 3.16 – 3.65 and the middle 50 percent range for SATs is 1450 – 1720.  These ranges represent the middle 50 percent of students offered admission to Penn State Behrend.  They are not cutoffs or averages and are intended to give you a general idea of your admissibility to Penn State Behrend.  In no way do they represent a promise or guarantee of admission.

To Apply:

Simply take these steps to apply.

Important Information:

  • All students applying to Penn State Behrend must complete the Penn State application. If Penn State Behrend is your first choice, simply indicate that when asked on the application.  
  • The preferred method of applying to Penn State is online. If you need a paper application, please contact us.
  • We have rolling admissions with a recommended filing date of November 30 for first-year students.
  • In addition to the application for admission, you will need to submit:
  1. a $50 application fee (payable with a credit card on the Web application)
  2. a copy of your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores (SAT code #2660 or ACT code #3656)
  3. if applicable, students taking the ACT are required to complete and submit the writing component
  4. any transcripts from other colleges attended
  5. if applicable, any Advanced Placement scores