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Your chances of getting into Purdue University Main Campus

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

68.8%
Admission Difficulty for Purdue University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Purdue is 68.8%.  Its admission rate is the 11th lowest in Indiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Purdue and can you get accepted?

Purdue is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 40,898 out of the 59,436 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 22 percent on standardized admission tests. Purdue University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.67. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Purdue?

69% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Purdue University Main Campus you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.67 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1310 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Purdue GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.67

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Purdue University Main Campus?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Purdue are to have around a 3.67 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Purdue accepts 69% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Purdue is 3.67 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #12 in Indiana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Purdue is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Purdue University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.06% Good
3.75 to 3.99 39.39% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 26.63% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.91% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.84% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.93% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.22% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.02% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Purdue SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Purdue University Main Campus. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 62% of students submitted SAT scores and 31% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1190-1430

Applicants Submitting SAT 

62%
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 600
Composite 25th Percentile 1190
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 740
Composite 75th Percentile 1430
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Purdue is 1310 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1190-1430. Students who get into Purdue University Main Campus score in the top 26 percent of all SAT test takers..  Purdue ranks #3 in the state of Indiana and #151 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1310 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Purdue regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1190 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1190, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Purdue University Main Campus is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1310 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1310, you have around a 69% chance of being admitted. A 1430 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 81% chance of getting in.

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >81%
1310 to 1430 Avg + 69%-81%
1190 to 1310 Avg - 54%-69%
1070 to 1190 Reach 38%-54%
Less than 1070 Low <38%
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Purdue ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

26-33 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

31%
ACT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 33
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Purdue is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 33.  The school ranks #5 in Indiana and #168 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Purdue University Main Campus.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Purdue University Main Campus is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Purdue for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 69% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 82% with a 33 ACT score.

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >82%
29 to 33 Avg + 69%-82%
26 to 29 Avg - 56%-69%
23 to 26 Reach 43%-56%
Less than 23 Low <43%
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High School Class Rank

77% of Purdue University Main Campus freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 48% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Purdue University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 48%
Top 25% of class 77%
Top 50% of class 96%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Purdue University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 23,273 36,163 59,436
Accepted 18,051 22,847 40,898
Acceptance Rate 78% 63% 69%
Enrolled 4,306 5,972 10,278
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 26% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Purdue University Main Campus is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Purdue University Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Purdue University Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Purdue is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.67 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1310 on the SAT and 29 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Purdue University Main Campus often consider these colleges

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

FAQs

Does Purdue University Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

62% of students submit their SAT scores to Purdue. 31% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Purdue University Main Campus?

69% of those who apply are granted admission to Purdue. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Purdue University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1430. The average SAT score is 1310. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Purdue University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 33. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.