P

Purdue Admission Requirements

West Lafayette, Indiana

Chances of getting into Purdue University Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
58%
Admission Difficulty for Purdue University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Purdue and can I get accepted? The school has a 58% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Indiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 31,146 out of 53,722 applicants were admitted making Purdue a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 24 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. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Can you get in?

Find out which students are getting accepted at Purdue, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

Sponsored by Cappex

Purdue SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1180-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
76%
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1300

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 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Indiana for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >70%
1295 to 1410 Avg + 58%-70%
1180 to 1295 Avg - 45%-58%
1065 to 1180 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 1065 Low <32%
Calculate My Chances 

Purdue ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 28

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 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Indiana for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Purdue University Main Campus.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >72%
28 to 32 Avg + 58%-72%
25 to 28 Avg - 47%-58%
22 to 25 Reach 36%-47%
Less than 22 Low <36%
Calculate My Chances 

Purdue GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Purdue. 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. The school ranks #7 in Indiana for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Purdue accepts 58% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

80% of Purdue University Main Campus freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Purdue University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 47%
Top 25% of class 80%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Purdue University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 20,927 32,795 53,722
Accepted 13,911 17,235 31,146
Acceptance Rate 66% 53% 58%
Enrolled 3,673 4,818 8,491
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 student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
M
Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

M
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, Missouri

P
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A
University of Alabama at Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

V
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, Virginia

C
Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

G
University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

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?

76% of students submit their SAT scores to Purdue. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

58% 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 1180 and 1410. 76% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 25 and 32. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


More Indiana Colleges

Search All