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Chances of getting into Purdue University Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
67%
Admission Difficulty for Purdue University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Purdue and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Purdue is 67%.  It ranks #13 in Indiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Purdue is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 38,619 out of 57,510 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 26 percent (SAT 1170/1420 ACT 25/33). 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. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Purdue application fee is $60 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Purdue University Main Campus is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Purdue SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1170-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT 
76%
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1420
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 prefers applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1040. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. Purdue ranks #3 in Indiana and #129 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 
1420 and Above Good >79%
1295 to 1420 Avg + 67%-79%
1170 to 1295 Avg - 52%-67%
1045 to 1170 Reach 36%-52%
Less than 1045 Low <36%
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Purdue ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
25-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
51%
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 34
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 29

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 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Indiana and #134 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Purdue University Main Campus.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Purdue University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >79%
29 to 33 Avg + 67%-79%
25 to 29 Avg - 52%-67%
21 to 25 Reach 36%-52%
Less than 21 Low <36%
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Purdue GPA

Estimated 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?

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 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 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 67% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Purdue University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.86% Good
3.75 to 3.99 39.48% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 26.27% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.44% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.75% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.81% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.34% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.05% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

79% 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 48%
Top 25% of class 79%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Purdue University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,087 35,423 57,510
Accepted 16,287 22,332 38,619
Acceptance Rate 74% 63% 67%
Enrolled 3,736 5,246 8,982
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 23% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
30

Applicants have 30 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

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 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

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?

67% 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 1170 and 1420. 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 33. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.