Freshman Admission Criteria  

Applications are reviewed on an individual and holistic basis. First and foremost, applicants must be prepared academically for the rigors of college and the academic demands specific to the Purdue college, school, or program to which they are seeking admission.

Applications will be evaluated when the application itself and all required materials are received. For most freshmen applicants, required material includes the Common App online (including essay), the Common App's Purdue-specific questions, official high school transcript, SAT or ACT test score and the application fee. Additional information for international student applicants is available on the International Students and Scholars website.

In its individual review of each applicant, Purdue considers the following factors:

Although not required, a letter of recommendation is strongly recommended, especially for students who want to be considered for scholarships, the Honors College or who are applying for highly competitive programs.

All applicants must graduate from high school or have successfully completed their state's high school equivalency requirements and Indiana residents are given preference.

High School Preparation

Most students who are admitted to Purdue exceed Purdue's high school course expectations. Therefore, all students who plan to apply to Purdue are encouraged to exceed these expectations as well.

Courses that qualify for the subject categories include the following:

Indiana Residents Only

Purdue strongly encourages Indiana students to pursue the Academic Honors Diploma.