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Purdue Admissions Information

Purdue University - West Lafayette
West Lafayette, IN (map)


Located northwest of Indianapolis, Purdue University in West Lafayette has a long history of strong academic and athletic excellence. At Purdue, undergraduates have many options for their education with eleven different schools and colleges. These range from the College of Pharmacy to College of Engineering to the School of Veterinary Medicine, and each offers many major tracks. For undergraduates who are still discovering their passions, Purdue offers an Undergraduate Studies Program, in which students can spend four semesters exploring and trying new fields.

As a large reputable university, Purdue has research programs in many fields including agriculture, the environment, manufacturing, and even healthcare. As a part of the Big Ten Conference for intercollegiate athletics, Purdue has a broad sports program and diverse facilities, with courses and sports for every interest. To aid students in their adjustment to Purdue, freshmen have the option of enrolling in a learning community. The learning communities are made up of a group of first-year students who share two or three courses or a group of students who share an academic interest and live in the same dormitory.



Basic Info

Main Address: Schleman Hall, Room 109
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
Phone Number: (765) 494-4600  
Website: www.purdue.edu  


Type of school: Public  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division I, Intramural, and Club Sports  
Degrees offered: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 31,145  
Percent out-of-state: 38%  
Percent international: 11%  
Female to Male ratio: 42:58  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 14:1  
Most popular majors: Engineering
Engineering Technologies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
New York Semester
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
Co-ed, men's and women's housing
Cooperative housing
Special housing for disabled students
Apartments for married and single students
Fraternity/sorority housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Named a Best Midwestern College

Admissions Information

At Purdue University, the admissions committee reviews candidates individually and looks at the whole person behind the application. Purdue searches for applicants who are spirited academically and who have solid grades in their coursework, focusing on the grades related to the applicant's intended major. The admissions committee also marks the trends in a student's achievement and their class rank. Finally, the applicant's personal essay and background supplement the rest of the application.

For students who wish to apply to technical programs, like engineering, science and technology, Purdue's admissions committee advises taking as much advanced coursework in math and science as possible, including Advanced Placement courses (if they are available). Applicants are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of November 15, which is also the firm deadline for some academic programs and for the maximum consideration for all Purdue scholarships.

Admissions address: 475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
Phone number: (765) 494-1776  
Fax number: (765) 494-0544  
Admissions Website: http://admissions.purdue.edu/  
Email: admissions@purdue.edu  
Contact Person: Pamela Horne, Dean of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 30,707  
Percent of applicants admitted: 73%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: March 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Priority Deadline)  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
Personal Essay
Official High School Transcript

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers the highest selection of scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 1631  
ACT code: 1230  
Learn more about other Midwest schools:
University of St. Thomas   Notre Dame   University of Illinois   Washington University  

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