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Compare your high school record with the following Penn State entrance requirements. If you will not have the required courses by the time you graduate from high school, contact an admissions officer to discuss alternatives. Penn State’s admission offer is contingent on the satisfactory completion of all entrance requirements, including graduation from high school. An applicant may present a high school equivalency diploma based on the General Educational Development (GED) test score in place of a high school diploma.



The minimum high school units required for admission to baccalaureate degree programs are as follows:

English—Four units; these must include a composite of one unit each in composition and literature.

Foreign Language/Social Studies/Art/Humanities—Five units in any combination of foreign language, social studies, arts, and humanities are required. Two units of the same foreign language are recommended.

NOTE: Students who have graduated from high school in the year 2001 or later who have not completed the recommended two high school units of the same foreign language, or who have not completed one 3-4 semester credit foreign language course with a grade of C (2.0) or higher at the collegiate level, will need to schedule the appropriate foreign language course work at Penn State within their first two years of study.

Science—Three units of science are required; preparation in chemistry and physics is recommended for the Colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Science (this includes University Park's Eberly College of Science, as well as Penn State Altoona, Abington, Berks, and Lehigh Valley); and Penn State Erie or Penn State Harrisburg's Science or Engineering/Engineering Technology programs.

Math—Three units of mathematics are required (four are recommended), including one-and-a-half units of algebra, one unit of plane geometry, and one-half unit of trigonometry, by the Colleges of Business, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, and Science; Penn State Altoona and Penn State Abington's Business and Science programs; Penn State Berks and Penn State Lehigh Valley's Science programs; and Penn State Erie and Penn State Harrisburg's Business, Engineering/ Engineering Technology, and Science programs.

All other colleges, as well as the Division of Undergraduate Studies, require three units of mathematics (four are recommended) selected from any combination of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.