For important COVID-19 information and changes, please visit our Admissions FAQ page and the Protect Purdue page.

COVID-19 Changes & Announcements

Last updated: July 24, 2020

Updates to Purdue’s current COVID-19 status and information on their response to this changing situation can be found on the Purdue COVID-19 website.

The Office of Admissions remains open and ready to answer questions you might have by email,, or by phone, 765-494-1776.

The information contained on this page is subject to change as a result of action by federal and/or state governments, Purdue trustees or the administration. We will update this page as changes are made. 

Deadlines & Dates

  • Admission

    • Deadline to deposit: June 1, 2020 (previously, May 1, 2020)
    • Early Action Deadline (those applying for Fall 2021): deadline stays November 1, 2020
  • Financial Aid

    For more information, check out the Division of Financial Aid website.
  • Honors College

    • Deadline to commit: June 1, 2020 (previously, May 1, 2020)
  • Housing

    • Housing contract deadline: June 5, 2020 (previously, May 5, 2020)
    • Priority deadline for roommate request and Learning Community applications: deadline stays April 15, 2020
    • If you have signed an on-campus Purdue housing contract and then decide to opt-in to the online learning option, your housing contract will be voided. This canceling of your housing contract will take place after the July 6 opt-in deadline. You will have an opportunity in October to apply for on-campus housing for spring semester campus housing.

Questions - General

  • Will the fall semester be online?

    Students will have the option to pick whether they would like to attend Purdue on-campus or through a fully online option for Fall 2020. Visit the Protect Purdue website for more details about what the on-campus and online option will look like for the Fall.

  • Can I get a refund for my Enrollment Deposit if I discover I do not want to start at Purdue for the fall or summer semester?

    The $400 deposit is nonrefundable.
  • Can I request a gap year because of the uncertainty around the Coronavirus?

    If you are considering a GAP year due to the Coronavirus, please contact Admissions to discuss your options.
  • Will Summer Start be on campus?

    Summer Start will move ahead as planned, on campus.
  • Will Early Start be on campus?

    Early Start will move ahead as planned. Students who intend to do Early Start on campus will be able to do so. Students who planned to do Early Start online can continue with that plan.
  • What is the Early Start deadline?

    The deadline to opt in to Early Start was June 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET

  • Is the Summer College for High School Students program still happening?

    Summer College for High School Students will be conducted remotely.
  • What will the on-campus Fall 2020 experience look like?

    The Protect Purdue website answers many of these questions and will be where Purdue releases new details as they are determined.
  • What will the full online Fall 2020 option look like?

    The Protect Purdue website answers many of these questions and will be where Purdue releases new details as they are determined.

Questions - Test Scores, Transfer Credit and High School Grades

  • Will test scores (SAT/ACT) be required for 2021 applicants?

    For Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021, Purdue is test flexible. This means that if a student can take an SAT or ACT, we prefer they do so. However, we recognize that possible cancellations and postponement of national standardized tests due to pandemic restrictions may be impacting students’ applications. With that in mind, we will move forward and review any application from a student who is unable to take a standardized test.
  • How is test flexible different from test optional?

    Test flexible means that the institution would still prefer an SAT or ACT test score. Test optional typically implies a student is given the option to choose whether or not to submit a test score for consideration.  

  • Will I be less competitive for admission if I do not submit an SAT or ACT test score?

    Students who cannot submit an SAT or ACT score will be given complete and equal consideration for admission, just as with students who do submit test scores. 

  • Will submitting SAT II subject tests be considered or increase my chance to be admitted?

    Purdue does not require SAT II subject tests for admission. Purdue has not and still does not consider SAT II subject tests for admission.
  • How will Purdue evaluate students who are not able to submit an SAT or ACT test score?

    In absence of a test score, we will continue to review applications holistically. We look at all factors of your application, including grades earned in academic coursework, rigor of curriculum, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses, your essay, your response to the supplemental Purdue questions, your extracurricular activities, and other achievements.
  • If I take the SAT or ACT in October, will those scores be considered for Early Action?

    If a student submits a complete application, including the application itself with responses to the essay question and the additional Purdue-specific questions, a $60 nonrefundable application fee (or qualified fee waiver), self-reported high school grades, optional letters of recommendation, and preferred self-reported SAT or ACT test score(s) by November 1, they meet the Early Action deadline. If a student is not able to take a standardized test, but all other materials are received by November 1, the applicant can still meet the Early Action deadline.
  • How can I notify the Office of Admissions that I was not able to take an SAT or ACT test?

    If you are unable to provide a test score, you can include additional information within the application to explain your situation.
  • Is it better to apply Early Action without test scores, or apply Regular Decision with test scores?

    This decision is truly up to you and how you feel you are best represented as an applicant. If you feel that an SAT or ACT score could provide more insight into your potential for success at Purdue, then Regular Decision may be a better option. If you are not able to take an SAT or ACT test, but feel that the rest of your application demonstrates your ability to succeed at Purdue, then our test flexible policy allows you to apply for Early Action without submitting a test score. When making your decision, please keep in mind that some majors, such as Computer Science, Nursing, Professional Flight and Veterinary Nursing, as well as the Honors College, do have a priority application deadline of November 1st. 

  • If I provide test scores, will Purdue superscore?

    Purdue will consider the highest composite score of a single test date and the highest individual subscores. You will be able to report best components from different test dates but if admitted, you will need to provide official scores for all those listed on the application.
  • Can I submit an application to Purdue before my test date and self-report my score once I receive the results?

    Yes. Once an application is submitted and a student establishes an application portal, there is an “Updates to Test Scores” form located in the student’s application portal. This form is used to self-report test scores. Please note that if you are applying for Early Action, we cannot guarantee your test score will be reviewed as part of your application if it is self-reported after November 1st, 2020.
  • I am a current high school junior, will Purdue be test flexible next year or beyond?

    At this point, Purdue is only test flexible for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 entry terms because of the difficulty of students being able to sit for SAT and ACT tests.
  • Will students still be eligible for merit-based scholarships without a test score?

    Yes, students will still be considered for merit-based scholarships without test scores.
  • Will submitting “low” test scores hurt me in the admissions process and can I therefore skip sending them?

    All information submitted in the application will be used in the admissions decision process.  We’d prefer that we have as much information as possible,  However, you can decide not to submit scores if you choose not to do so.
  • Will submitting test scores increase my chances of receiving a merit-based scholarship?

    Purdue’s holistic review process ensures that every student who has a complete application by November 1st is completely, fully, and equally reviewed for scholarship consideration.
  • Will submitting test scores increase my chances of being admitted to Honors College?

    No. The selection process for Honors College admission is holistic. Rigor of coursework, grades, test scores, aptitude for interdisciplinary learning, leadership, and engagement are  some of the factors considered. If any one item in this list is lacking, it will not exclude a student from being considered, nor will any one item increase the chance for being admitted.
  • I am an international student. Does this test flexible policy apply to me?

    Purdue’s test flexible policy applies to all beginner applicants for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 application cycle. However, the test flexible policy does not apply to English proficiency examinations, and international students must still provide proof of English proficiency as part of the application process.
  • Does the test-flexible policy apply to potential recruited athletes?

    NCAA requirements currently require testing as part of the eligibility center process. Please follow all requirements for the NCAA recruitment process and be in touch with the appropriate coaching staff for questions.
  • Will you be accepting Advanced Placement (AP) credit?

    Purdue will continue to accept AP credit as usual; see Purdue's AP credit transfer criteria.
  • Does the cancellation of IB exams affect my admission to Purdue and am I still able to receive credit?

    The cancellation of IB exams alone will not affect your admission to Purdue. Purdue University will continue to award IB credit for results we are provided by the IB organization. You can review IB credit criteria here.

  • How will Purdue look at pass/not pass grades on my final high school transcript?

    Purdue will honor whatever process your school has adopted in order for you to complete your semester and earn your diploma.
  • Will I be able to get transfer credit for my dual enrollment course if I receive a Pass for the grade?

    It depends. You should confirm that the course could transfer to Purdue. Purdue regulations require a C- or better. If the transfer credit transcript indicates that a Pass/P is C- or greater, it will transfer.

Questions - Programming & Events

  • Will Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) be online?

    Yes, STAR has moved to being an online version called Virtual Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR).
  • Will Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) still take place in August?

    BGR and BGRi are currently still scheduled to take place in August 2020.
  • What virtual events does Purdue have to help Admitted Students engage with Purdue?

    A new Purdue Virtual Experience for Admitted Students has been launched and provides students and families with a variety of opportunities to engage with Purdue from the comfort of their own homes.
  • What virtual events does Purdue have geared towards prospective students (high school seniors and younger)?

    A new Purdue Virtual Experience for Prospective Students has been launched and provides students and families with a variety of opportunities to engage with Purdue from the comfort of their own homes.

Questions - Admitted Students Living Outside the U.S.

  • If things get better or my embassy begins accepting appointments, can I get an I-20 for fall?

    With the suspension of normal visa processing; the closing of U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe; and current travel restrictions to the United States, it will be a great challenge for our students from abroad to safely arrive on campus in time to begin the fall semester. Therefore, Purdue University has suspended issuing visa eligibility documents to new beginning undergraduate students (I-20/DS-2019) for the fall 2020 semester.
  • What should I do about housing for spring 2021?

    A housing contract will be available for the Spring 2021 semester in October. You will receive more information and instructions closer to that time.
  • I signed a housing contract for fall but will now be taking courses online in the fall. What do I need to do about my housing contract?

    International students who know now they will not be attending on-campus for fall 2020 should go into the housing portal and cancel their contracts.   For those international students who will plan to attend on-campus for spring 2021, will need to watch for the housing application portal to open in October to apply for spring only housing.   For students who are having issues cancelling their contracts online can email and include full name and PUID number. 

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