Purdue Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Purdue? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 26,692 out of 45,264 applicants or 59% were admitted making Purdue a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Purdue University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 17,512 27,752 45,264
Accepted 11,572 15,120 26,692
Acceptance Rate 66% 54% 59%
Enrolled 2,928 4,014 6,942
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 27% 26%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Purdue University Main Campus and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Purdue regularly accepts students with ACTs of 25 and above. 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. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Purdue University Main Campus.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 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 1035. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1265 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1150 1380
SAT Reading 570 680
SAT Math 580 730
ACT Composite 25 31
ACT English 24 32
ACT Math 25 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >71%
28 to 31 Avg + 59%-71%
25 to 28 Avg - 46%-59%
22 to 25 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 22 Low <33%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >71%
1265 to 1380 Avg + 59%-71%
1150 to 1265 Avg - 46%-59%
1035 to 1150 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 1035 Low <33%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Purdue accepts 59% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Purdue University Main Campus and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.

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