When is the best time to apply?

<p>Hello, I hope everyones summer is going well. I just had some questions about applying to Penn State - University Park. PSU is my number one choice for college and I want to know when is the best possible time for me to apply to position myself for the best chance of admission. I know that PSU accepts their applicants on a rolling admissions basis so applying earlier is better. My problem is that I do not think I have the credentials to get in if I apply right away. On collegeboard.com and on their website they explain that the middle 50% for SAT scores and GPA are as follows:</p>

<p>SAT Critical Reading: 530 - 630
SAT Math: 560 - 670
Penn State University Park GPA (Weighted, but based on a 4.0 scale): 3.57-3.97</p>

<p>My GPA is a 3.65 so it is in the lower end for the average accepted applicant, but I will be graduating with 8 AP's. My math score is a 690 which is well above the average, but my CR score is a 550. I think if I retake the SAT I can pull the CR score above a 600.</p>

<p>I know PSU doesn't really look at the application very closely, it's really just a numbers game, but my GPA had a huge upward trend.</p>

<p>Freshman: 3.400
Sophmore: 3.577
Junior: 3.952</p>

<p>So, I don't know if I should wait until after I retake my SAT to apply, or apply immediately (the application comes out Aug. 1st) Any help would be much appreciated.</p>

<p>P.S I AM a PA resident</p>

<p>Bumppp this ishhh</p>

<p>i think you have a reasonable shot. as long as you have a few extracurriclurs and your application isnt terrible, you should be in. both schools are "high matches" im my opinion.</p>