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Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate53%

Purdue Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Purdue University. Around 53% of applicants get into Purdue University each year. Last year, 68,309 students applied to Purdue University and 35,995 were admitted.

Reach out to Purdue University's admissions department for more information on applying.

Purdue University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Purdue University's admissions stats.

Purdue University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 53%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 67%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 29%
Waitlist Yes

Purdue University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Purdue University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 12

Want to Apply Early to Purdue University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Purdue University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 12.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Purdue University Admissions

Is Purdue University Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Purdue is moderately difficult. Purdue evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Purdue accepted 53% of students, around 35,995 of the 68,309 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Purdue, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to engineering, aviation flight, nursing, veterinary technology, hospitality and tourism management, computer-related, health related programs is program extremely difficult.

Transferring to Purdue University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Purdue University

Purdue University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Purdue University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Purdue University

What does Purdue University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
First Generation Important
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Purdue University for more information on admission factors.

Purdue University Application Requirements

To apply to Purdue University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Purdue University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Purdue University?

Students admitted to Purdue University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36.1% submitted a class rank. At Purdue University 53% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81.7% were in the top 25% and 96.5% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Purdue University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 12.71%
3.75 and 3.99 48.43%
3.50 and 3.74 22.31%
3.25 and 3.49 10.77%
3.00 and 3.24 4.02%
2.50 and 2.9 1.45%
2.00 and 2.49 0.24%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Purdue University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Purdue University 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.

In 2022, 67% of Purdue University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 29% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Purdue University?

To be competitive with other Purdue University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1210 and 1450 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Purdue University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1450 and 25% of scored lower than 1210, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Purdue University students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Purdue University students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

To be most competitive at Purdue University, you should strive to earn between 27 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Purdue University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Purdue University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Purdue University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Purdue University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Purdue University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Purdue University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Purdue University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Purdue University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Purdue University accept transfer credits?

✅ Purdue University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Purdue University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Purdue University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Purdue University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Purdue University?

✅ Purdue University is not test optional.

What is Purdue University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Purdue University is 53%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Purdue University?

❌ Purdue University does not offer early decision.

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Purdue Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Purdue? Purdue is a somewhat selective institution. The Purdue acceptance rate is 53%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Purdue SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1450


Math SAT Range

600 - 760


Reading SAT Range

600 - 710

Purdue GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Purdue, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.74. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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