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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Future students submit a completed application online following the creation of a MyPennState account at In addition, applicants submit: a high school transcript; SAT or ACT scores issued from the testing service; any transcripts from other colleges attended; AP scores, if applicable; and a $65 non-refundable application fee ($75 for international students). Penn State has modified rolling admissions, with a recommended filing date of November 30 for both the summer and fall semesters.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Assignment to the engineering major occurs in the student’s 2nd year, typically by the end of the fourth semester. Students must have completed with a C or better MATH 140 and MATH 141, along with 4 other specific courses by the end of that semester. These other 4 courses are as follows: For Engineering majors - Math 250 or 251, CHEM 110, Physics 211, and Physics 212. For the Computer Science major - MATH 230, CMPSC 122, PHYS 211, and PHYS 212. For the Data Sciences major, Computational Option â€" CMPSC 121, CMPSC 122, IST 210, and STAT 200. For Entrance-to-Major, GPA requirements differ among the programs. Please copy and paste the following URL to understand the specific GPA needed to enter a major: Enrollment controls are in effect for many majors.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International Students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency. The following are ways in which the language proficiency requirement can be met:

A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper exam (score reports must be official and cannot be more than two years old);

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 on the academic test;

Tests Prior to March 2016: a score of 530 or higher on the Critical Reading section.
Tests March 2016 and later: a score of 570 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section;

ACT score of 24 or higher on the English section;

GCSE or GCE Score of A, B, or C on the English language exam;

IB score of 5 or higher on the English Language & Literature (SL/HL) exam, or;

Receive official certification through Penn State's Intensive English Communication Program.

Applicants who have been in a U.S. college or university and have completed two years of full-time academic course work and have a grade of C (2.0) or higher in a standard English composition course will also meet the language proficiency requirement.

A VISA application is not required but encouraged.

Residency Requirements

According to Penn State's Residency Policy, "A student requesting reclassification as a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes must demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that his or her domicile is in Pennsylvania and that his/her presence in Pennsylvania is not primarily for educational purposes."

Domicile is a person's existing and intended fixed, permanent, and principal place of residence.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

High school and college transcripts are required. SAT or ACT scores are not required if completed more than 1 semester of full-time credit courses. Each academic college has its own criteria for transfer admission and may include specific course requirements and a minimum cumulative grade point average. Successful completion of required coursework is not a guarantee of admission.