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Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

Purdue Admissions

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Purdue Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Purdue 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 48%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 62%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
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 January 15

Applying Early to Purdue?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Purdue will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Purdue University Admissions

How To Get Into Purdue University

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 2021, Purdue accepted 69% of students, approximately 40,759 from the 59,173 applicants.

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

In 2022, Purdue waitlisted 6,048 students and 3,442 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 13 eventually got in.

What's Most Important for Getting Into 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 assembling 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 admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Purdue

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

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

Purdue 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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, 34% submitted a class rank. At Purdue 48% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 77% were in the top 25% and 96% 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 9.06%
3.75 and 3.99 39.39%
3.50 and 3.74 26.63%
3.25 and 3.49 14.91%
3.00 and 3.24 6.84%
2.50 and 2.9 2.93%
2.00 and 2.49 0.22%

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 directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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 considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Purdue is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 62% of Purdue's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Purdue?

To be competitive with other Purdue applicants, you should strive to earn between 0 and 0 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Purdue 25% of admitted students scored higher than 0 and 25% of scored lower than 0, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

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.

What is a Good ACT Score for Purdue?

To be most competitive at Purdue, you should strive to earn between 26 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 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Purdue students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Purdue.

Does Purdue accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests

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.

What is Purdue's acceptance rate?

✅ Purdue's acceptance rate is 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Purdue?

❌ Purdue 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 69%. This means that the institution accepts 68 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


26 to 33


26 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 26 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 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

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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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