ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.

About Purdue

Purdue University is a public, state school that was founded in 1869. It is moderately difficult to get into Purdue. It enrolls around 45,869 students a year, including 34,920 undergrads.

Purdue does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Purdue Acceptance Rate 2021

In 2021, Purdue accepted 67% of applicants. In 2021, 38,457 out of 57,279 total applicants were accepted.

Purdue Application Deadlines

All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by December 12.

Early Admissions at Purdue

Purdue University does not offer early decision. Purdue does not offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 67%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 29
In-State Tuition $9,208
Out-of-State $28,010

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Purdue.

Financial Aid at Purdue

Purdue meets 77.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,939 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Does Purdue Have On-Campus Housing?

Purdue offers housing for up to 13,600 students.

Most Purdue students live off campus.

B-Involved Fair, Purdue Dance Marathon, and and Industrial Roundtable are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Purdue.

What GPA Do I Need For Purdue University?

Purdue is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 /4.0. The mean ACT scores is 29.

Does Purdue Require the ACT or SAT?

Purdue does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 82% submitted the SAT. 46% submitted the ACT.

Want to Score 29 or Higher on the ACT?

Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Purdue Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 5,307 applicants were waitlisted and 90 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Purdue a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Purdue

About 94% of students who start at Purdue come back the next year. Out of the 6,406 students who started at Purdue as first-time freshman, 3,856 graduate within four years.

Around 83% of students who started at Purdue earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Purdue Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 65 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $57,163 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $28,793 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Purdue sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Purdue a good school for you?

What is Purdue's Endowment?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,590,025,600.

Want to Add Purdue University To Your College List?**

Click the heart icon at the top of this page to save Purdue to your own personal list of colleges.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

Still Researching Colleges?

See what others say about Purdue in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

Then use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

Where is Purdue?

Purdue is located in the suburban setting of West Lafayette, Indiana , less than an hour from Indianapolis.

If you want to see Purdue for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 65 to West Lafayette, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Indianapolis International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Purdue and West Lafayette are like without leaving home.

Considering Going to School in Indiana?

See a full list of colleges in Indiana and save your favorites to your college list.

College Info

610 Purdue Mall West Lafayette, IN 47907

Campus Setting: Suburban

Purdue Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Purdue is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Purdue is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


Wondering what your chances are of getting into Purdue University?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

Purdue ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


25 to 33


25 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Purdue is 29. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Purdue. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Purdue SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

600 - 740


Reading SAT Range

590 - 690

Boost your SAT score in just 10 minutes a day!

  • • No more cram sessions or flashcard memorization
  • • 10-minute gamified, bite-sized lessons
  • • Personalized plan to keep you on track
  • • Get results or your money back
Sponsored by CollegeGo
Try it Now

Purdue Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Purdue is like? There are approximately 45,869 students enrolled at Purdue, including 34,920 undergraduate students and 10,949 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from IN and 46% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Purdue?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation