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Changes for 2019 Application

When Purdue begins accepting applications for 2019, your rising seniors will see a couple of changes from last year's applications. Here's an overview of what's changing and what isn't:

Two Majors on Application

Students will be able to select first- and second-choice majors when they apply. We will only consider them for their second choice if they are not admissible to their first, and not all Purdue majors (especially those that are highly competitive) will be available as second-choice programs.

The primary reason we're making this change is to allow students who have multiple interests and really want Purdue the option to be admitted to an alternative program in time to be considered for merit scholarships and the Honors College.

With this change, we expect to dramatically reduce the number of "denied with options" admission decisions, which encouraged good students who had been denied admission to highly competitive programs to submit an appeal form to be considered for an alternative major. With two majors on the application, students who apply by the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline and are admitted to their second choice will be included in scholarship and Honors College selection pools, and their admission decision will be released on our Jan. 15 Early Action release date.

Self-Reported Test Scores and Grades

With the 2018 application we began accepting self-reported courses and grades on the application. With the 2019 application, we will accept self-reported test scores as well. Students will be able to report scores on individual components from different test dates, which in effect means we will super score both the ACT and SAT.

As they do with self-reported grades, students who accept their offer of admission will need to provide official records, which we will use to validate the information they provided when they applied. Enrolling students will be required to send official scores from the testing agencies for all tests from which they reported scores on the application. And, of course, official final transcripts will be required.

We learned a couple of things from self-reported grades this year, which we'd like to pass along to you in case you can use the information:

  • Students from many school districts did not have access to their entire high school transcript via their online student portal. Therefore, we will be emailing high school juniors encouraging them to confirm that they have access to grades from all of their completed coursework before they apply.
  • Some students weren't sure what their grading scale was, which caused their GPA to be either artificially inflated or depressed depending on how they reported their grading scale in the context of their grades.
  • Some students added their own weight to grades from their transcript. As you're able, please help your students understand your grading scale and where to find it, and to recognize that at Purdue we look at each course's rigor (honors, AP, IB, etc.), which is more important to us than an overall GPA. So students shouldn't try to calculate their own weighted grades to help us recognize that they're taking advanced coursework.

As you're able, please help your students understand your grading scale and where to find it, and to recognize that at Purdue we look at each course's rigor (honors, AP, IB, etc.), which is more important to us than an overall GPA. So students shouldn't try to calculate their own weighted grades to help us recognize that they're taking advanced coursework.

Honors College Application

In a pilot program last year, our Honors College used a separate application for Honors College consideration. However, some students didn't see or read notifications that they needed to complete the separate application and were disappointed when they realized they had missed the Honors College application deadline. So with the 2019 application, we're going back to including the Honors College short essay questions among the Purdue-specific questions on the Common and Coalition applications.

Studio Arts BFA Portfolio Requirement

What had been Purdue's Integrated Studio Arts program is now called Studio Arts and is offered as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree. A portfolio will be required of applicants to the BFA program. Students will be able to submit their portfolio electronically at the time they apply and it will be required to complete their Purdue application and meet the deadline. This would be great information to share with your art teacher(s) so that they can inform their talented students. 

Veterinary Nurse

Following a national trend, our College of Veterinary Medicine is changing the name of the Veterinary Technology major to Veterinary Nurse. We hope this will solve the annual issue of some students applying to Veterinary Technology when they really wanted Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

2019 Application Deadlines, Release Dates

Deadlines for the 2019 application will remain the same as they were for 2018.

  • Nov. 1 will remain the Early Action application deadline; we will release Early Action decisions on Jan. 15.
  • The Regular Decision application deadline is Jan. 1, and students who apply by Jan. 1 will have a decision by March 15.
  • Students must complete their application by the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline for merit scholarship and Honors College consideration.

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