Admissions

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To start the application process:

  1. Navigate to Purdue University Office of Admissions page. Admissions.purdue.edu (opens in new window/tab)
  2. Read the information carefully, and when you are ready click "Apply Now".
  3. Choose the correct application.

    Current high school seniors should apply to Purdue as a freshman using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

    • Future freshman applying for Fall admission may begin applying on August 1.

    Students that have previously attended a college or university will be prompted to apply as a transfer student using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

    • Transfer students applying for Spring admission may begin applying on August 1 and applications will be due by November 1.
    • Transfer students applying for Summer or Fall admission may begin applying on December 15.

    Students that previously attended Purdue University or a Purdue Polytechnic Statewide location and will apply via the online Re-entry or Readmission Application.

    • Students that attended a Purdue Regional Campus (including IUPUI/IUPUC), should use the transfer application, not the re-entry or readmissions application.
  4. Submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
             Don't use both — that will delay your application. We don't have a preference.

    OR

    Submit the Re-entry or Readmission Application.

To complete the application process:

  1. A nonrefundable $60 application fee (or qualified fee waiver) is required to submit the application. (MasterCard or Discover accepted)
  2. Official High School transcripts or GED information must be sent to Purdue University Office of Admissions (see address below).
         (If you have a GED then you must submit GED information and an official transcript from the school you attended.)
  3. E-transcripts should be sent to admissions@purdue.edu
  4. SAT and/or ACT scores must be sent electronically to Purdue University Office of Admissions (see address below) via the testing agency. Purdue will accept the old or new SAT or the ACT — we have no preference. You should sit for one of these tests in the spring of your junior year to ensure that you are able to meet our November 1 application deadline for scholarship consideration. The College Board provides an online SAT Score Converter so that you can see how specific scores from the old and new tests compare to each other. 

    When registering to take one of these tests, take advantage of the free reporting option to have the testing agency send your scores directly to Purdue West Lafayette. A writing score from one of these tests is not required.

    • SAT School Code: 1631
    • ACT School Code: 1230
    • Accepted from the testing center only.
    • Not required for non-traditional students at least 23 years of age or if student has at least 24 graded credit hours of college level coursework.
    • Mail Official Transcript from any college(s) attended, listed on your application, to Purdue University Office of Admissions (see address below).

Purdue University Office of Admissions
Attn: Carmen O’Brien
475 Stadium Mall Dr.
​West Lafayette, IN 47907

 


Admissions Factors for Degree-Seeking Students

  • Subject matter expectations completed in high school or previous college work
  • Overall grades in academic coursework
  • Grades related to intended major
  • Strength of student's overall curriculum in high school and/or college
  • Trends in achievement
  • SAT or ACT sent directly from the testing agency (required for applicants who graduated from high school with the past five years and who have not completed at least 24 college credits). Test scores must be sent electronically from the testing agency. When registering to take one of these tests, take advantage of the free reporting option to have the testing agency send your scores directly to Purdue (SAT School Code: 1631; ACT School Code: 1230).
  • Essay
  • Personal background and experiences
  • Information provided by high school counselor or other school/college official
  • High school diploma or GED

Minimum Subject Matter Expectations (these match those required for the Indiana Core 40 Diploma and can be met by previous academic work in high school or through college courses; generally a semester of college work is equivalent to 2 credits or 1 year of high school coursework)

  • English/Language Arts: 8 high school credits
  • Mathematics: 6 high school credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II); 8 high school credits recommended
  • Science: 6 high school credits (includes 4 credits of laboratory science)
  • Social Studies: 6 high school credits
  • Note: Foreign language is not required, but 4 high school credits are recommended

Applicants with no college experience and who graduated from high school prior to 2011 and do not meet the Subject Matter Expectations will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Transfer Applicants who have coursework at a post-secondary institution:

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Meet Subject Matter Expectations