Purdue Admission RequirementsWest Lafayette, Indiana
Chances of getting into Purdue University Main Campus
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.
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Purdue SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT76%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||590|
|SAT Math 25th||590|
|SAT Composite 25th||1180|
|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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
Purdue ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT51%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||24|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||25|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.7
Typical High School GradesA-
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. 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
80% of Purdue University Main Campus freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||26%||28%||27%|
What are the requirements for admission to Purdue University Main Campus and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
76% of students submit their SAT scores to Purdue. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.