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Can i get into penn state?

soccergirl98soccergirl98 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2010 in Penn State - University Park
gpa-3.8
sat-500,600
3 ap
live in newark
rank- 30%
softball for 3 years
community serivces 130
much more leadership.
applying for general studies
next year for ED
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Replies to: Can i get into penn state?

  • Matt HMatt H Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    I'd say that you will be just fine.
  • psp-fifa-fanpsp-fifa-fan Posts: 663Registered User Member
    does penn state really concern about service hrs? whats the mim hrs that we need to have?
  • G DadG Dad Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    No, PSU is a 'stats' school for admissions. The high school grade-point average (GPA) accounts for approximately two-thirds of the decision. The remaining one-third is based on other factors, which may include standardized test scores, class rank, personal statement and activities list.

    This chart is old, from 2006, but it still may give you some idea of where you need to be: http://admissions.psu.edu/info/counselors/bubble_chart06.pdf
  • soccergirl98soccergirl98 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    the no honors thing will hurt me right :(
    i just try to do my best on the essay.
  • Musical momMusical mom Posts: 104Registered User Junior Member
    Our high school doesn't use the 4.0 scale, it uses actual averages from your classes (ie: 95). How does this convert to the GPA in the chart? (4.0 scale)
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    Our high school doesn't use the 4.0 scale, it uses actual averages from your classes (ie: 95). How does this convert to the GPA in the chart? (4.0 scale)
    My HS does the same thing. But they had a GPA conversion chart posted on the wall. It goes something like this.


    95+ = 4.0
    94 = 3.9
    93 = 3.8
    92 = 3.7
    91 = 3.6
    90 = 3.5

    89 = 3.4
    88 = 3.3
    87 = 3.2
    86 = 3.1
    85 = 3.0

    etc....and it keeps going down.
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    gpa-3.8
    sat-500,600
    3 ap
    live in newark
    rank- 30%
    softball for 3 years
    community serivces 130
    much more leadership.
    applying for general studies
    next year for ED
    I think these are okay stats. I had a 4.0/1100 and got into engineering for Fall. Your stats aren't fall off from mine. I think you have a decent shot if you're applying for general studies. Apply early though. I applied around early November (if that helps).
  • soccergirl98soccergirl98 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    but i have no awards except for academic.

    can i still have a chance?
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    but i have no awards except for academic.

    can i still have a chance?
    Yes. They don't really look at that stuff.
  • soccergirl98soccergirl98 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    then what do they look at?
    i have only 2 honors classes, and 3 ap next yr.
    i do alot of clubs and they all leadership role involment.

    is it hard to swich classes there?
    can you double major in different colleges in penn state and minor in one ?
  • reasonwhyreasonwhy Posts: 129Registered User Junior Member
    Like others said, PSU doesn't care about extracurriculars (unless you're recruited as an athlete). They get so many applications that they don't have time to look at ECs, recommendations from lots of teachers, etc.

    They go strictly by the numbers, as was said in a previous post.

    No point in stressing about it, just get your application in as early as possible and apply to other schools too. My S applied in late August and did not even write the optional essay.
  • psp-fifa-fanpsp-fifa-fan Posts: 663Registered User Member
    anyone got into PSU with relatively bad score of SAT?
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    anyone got into PSU with relatively bad score of SAT?
    I got into engineering (fall admission) with 1100 or 1660, and one section was in the 300's. Is that bad enough? The SAT is such a bad indicator, and I'm glad PSU knows that. Despite my 300, I ended my first year with 3.86.
  • psp-fifa-fanpsp-fifa-fan Posts: 663Registered User Member
    lil killer, whats your high school GPA when you applied? and when did you apply?
  • jec7483jec7483 Posts: 859Registered User Member
    Yeah, Penn State is smart to focus on the gpa. I feel like that is a better indicator of the success someone will have in college.
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