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Purdue Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Purdue, the fee for the application is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Purdue by December 12.

Applying Early to Purdue?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast!

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Purdue?

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

In 2021, Purdue **accepted 67% of students, around 38,457 of the 57,279 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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Purdue waitlisted 5,307 students. Of those, 2740 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to Purdue?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Purdue

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Purdue 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Purdue?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 3% submitted a class rank. At Purdue 48% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 79% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Purdue University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 3%
3.75 and 3.99 39.48%
3.50 and 3.74 26.27%
3.25 and 3.49 14.44%
3.00 and 3.24 6.75%
2.50 and 2.9 2.81%
2.00 and 2.49 0.34%
Purdue does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 82% of Purdue's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 46% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Purdue?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Purdue students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Purdue students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Purdue?

To be most competitive at Purdue, you should strive to earn between 25 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Purdue's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

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

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Transferring to Purdue University

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

Transfer students can enroll in Purdue during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Purdue Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Purdue?

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

Does Purdue accept transfer credits?

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

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

Purdue does not accept International Baccalaureate credits or Advanced Placement (AP) credits

Do I have to submit test scores to Purdue?

Purdue. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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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 67%. This means that the institution accepts 67 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 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


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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

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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 3.67. 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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