Deadlines and Important Dates
By paying attention to and meeting deadlines and important dates for applying and enrolling at Purdue, you will maximize your opportunities for admission and scholarships and ensure that your transition to Purdue is as smooth as possible. Deadlines are 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the posted dates.
Future freshmen apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. DO NOT USE BOTH — that will delay your application.
If you're a high school student, you should apply early in your senior year; admission will be much more competitive if you apply later. The freshman application is available beginning August 1.
To meet a deadline, your application must be complete, which means we have received all required material. See Completing the Application, below.
Early Action application deadline — students who meet the Early Action deadline will have an admission decision on January 15.
Application deadline to be considered for Purdue's full range of scholarships and the Honors College.
Firm application deadline for veterinary nurse
Priority application deadline for computer science, nursing, professional flight technology (Priority means we will continue accepting applications after this date only if space allows — if applying for one of these programs after November 1, check the closed programs page first.)
Regular Decision application deadline — Students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline will have a decision by March 15.
Applying for Spring or Summer
If you're applying to begin in the spring or summer term, submit application as early as possible prior to the start of the term. Some majors are not available for students to begin in spring and/or summer — the closed programs page will help you identify those.
Transfer students apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. DO NOT USE BOTH — that will delay your application.
If you're applying for the spring term, the transfer application is available beginning August. 1. If you're applying for summer or fall, the transfer application is available beginning December 15.
You should apply as early as possible prior to the term you want to begin; once a major reaches capacity, we will stop accepting applications even if that occurs before the deadline. Some majors are not available to transfers students. Before you apply, check the Closed Programs page to confirm the major you want is available.
To meet a deadline, your application must be complete, which means all required material has been received. See Completing the Application, below.
Feb. 1 - Deadline for fall enrollment for veterinary nurse major (veterinary nurse students begin in fall only)
April 1 - Deadline for summer enrollment
May 1 - Deadline for fall enrollment for computer science and nursing majors (nursing students begin in fall only)
July 1 - Deadline for all other majors for fall enrollment
- Aug. 1 - Deadline for transfers admitted for fall enrollment
November 1 - Deadline for spring enrollment
For other application types (all applications except those for degree-seeking freshmen and transfers as well as readmission students) the application deadline is the Wednesday before the start of the academic term to which you’re applying. See Purdue’s academic calendars.
To complete an application, all required material must be received. To meet a specific deadline, all required material must be received by that date. Once you submit an online application, you'll receive an email with information about your online applicant portal. Use the portal to identify what material is required to complete your application and to confirm that we have received it. Please note, once we receive an item, it may take up to two weeks for us to process it so that appears as received in your portal.
Required material for freshmen typically includes:
- the application itself
- self-reported high school grades*
- self-reported ACT or SAT score* (We do not require SAT Essay or ACT Writing.)
- application fee (or qualified fee waiver)
Required material for transfer students typically includes:
- the application itself
- high school transcripts — unless you have completed a bachelor's degree
- official transcripts from all colleges you have attended
- Self-reported SAT or ACT score* — unless you have completed at least 24 college semester credit hours (We accept old or new SAT or ACT scores and do not require SAT Essay or ACT Writing.)
- application fee (or qualified fee waiver)
*Admitted students who plan to attend Purdue are required to provide official, final transcripts as well as official test scores from the testing agency. When applying, students can report components from different ACT or SAT test dates but will need to provide official scores for all those listed on the application. Transcripts will be necessary at the time of application for students whose high school grading system is not compatible with the self-reported grades section of the application.
To ensure maximum consideration for Purdue scholarships, future freshmen applying for fall should:
- complete their application (application form and all required material) by the November 1 Early Action deadline,
- submit the Supplemental Scholarship Application by Dec. 15*,
- file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Dec. 15. (The FAFSA is available beginning October 1. Students should release FAFSA information to Purdue West Lafayette using Federal School Code 001825.)
*Some Purdue colleges use the Supplemental Scholarship Application to identify recipients for awards that have very specific criteria. More information is available on the freshman scholarships page.
Future freshmen who apply by the November 1 Early Action deadline will have a decision on January 15. Future freshmen who meet the January 1 Regular Decision deadline will have a decision by March 15. Transfer students and other applicants can expect an admission decision about 12 weeks after their application and all required material have been submitted.
Deadlines to accept your admission offer:
Fall term – May 1 if you're admitted by April 10. If you're admitted after April 10, you must accept within three weeks of your admission decision.
- "Summer Start" and "Early Start" sessions – May 1 if you're admitted by April 10. If you're admitted after April 10, you must accept within three weeks of your admission decision.
Spring term – Dec. 15 if you're admitted by December 1. If you're admitted after December 1, must accept by the start of the term.
Summer term – May 15 if you're admitted by May 1. If you're admitted after May 1, you must accept by the start of the term.
- Transfer students – Transfer students admitted for fall must accept their offer of Admission by Aug. 1.
March 1 is the priority deadline to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for aid awarded for the upcoming academic year. Financial aid award packages will be distributed beginning in late February. (If you file a FAFSA near the March 1 deadline, you can expect to wait about three weeks for your award package.) If you're admitted to begin in the spring or summer term, you should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after being admitted. The FAFSA is available beginning Oct. 1.
Future Freshmen: May 5 is the firm deadline to contract for on-campus housing if you're admitted to begin in the fall or for Summer Start. You'll gain access to the contract within two business days after accepting your admission offer. If space remains available after May 5, the housing contract will re-open in late May. If you're beginning in the spring or summer (not Summer Start), visit the University Residences website for information about contracting for on-campus housing.
Transfer Students: Although you may add yourself to a waitlist for on-campus housing, it is not guaranteed. However, plenty of off-campus housing is available within walking distance to campus and City Bus is free to Purdue students. Purdue provides online resources to help students find off-campus housing.