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Purdue Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Purdue University Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
57.5%
Admission Difficulty for Purdue University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Purdue and can I get accepted? The school has a 57% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Indiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 28,363 out of 49,354 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 22 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1220-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
69%
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for Purdue University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1430
Average SAT Score 1330

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 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 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 1110. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Indiana for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 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
1430 and Above Good >69%
1325 to 1430 Avg + 57%-69%
1220 to 1325 Avg - 44%-57%
1115 to 1220 Reach 31%-44%
Less than 1115 Low <31%
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Purdue ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

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
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 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Indiana for highest average ACT composite score. 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 >69%
28 to 31 Avg + 57%-69%
25 to 28 Avg - 44%-57%
22 to 25 Reach 31%-44%
Less than 22 Low <31%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #6 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 57% 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Purdue University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,991 30,363 49,354
Accepted 12,655 15,708 28,363
Acceptance Rate 67% 52% 57%
Enrolled 3,385 4,343 7,728
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 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.