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Purdue Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

56%
Admission Difficulty for Purdue University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into Purdue? The school has a 56% acceptance rate. Last year, 27,427 out of 49,007 applicants were admitted making Purdue a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent. Purdue University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1140-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
66%
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1380
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Purdue University Main Campus?

Purdue University Main Campus typically requires applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >68%
1260 to 1380 Avg + 56%-68%
1140 to 1260 Avg - 43%-56%
1020 to 1140 Reach 31%-43%
Less than 1020 Low <31%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
25-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
59%
ACT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Purdue?

Admission data indicates that Purdue regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Purdue University Main Campus.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >68%
28 to 31 Avg + 56%-68%
25 to 28 Avg - 43%-56%
22 to 25 Reach 31%-43%
Less than 22 Low <31%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.7
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Purdue University Main Campus. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Purdue University Main Campus was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Purdue accepts 56% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Purdue University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 54% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 11% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 2% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

Purdue University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,203 29,804 49,007
Accepted 12,076 15,351 27,427
Acceptance Rate 63% 52% 56%
Enrolled 3,146 4,253 7,399
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 28% 27%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Purdue University Main Campus and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Purdue University Main Campus Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Purdue University Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=243780 IPEDS survey data for Purdue University Main Campus.