Purdue University GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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Purdue University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Purdue University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Purdue University in West Lafayette is one of the top-rated public universities in the country. The university is selective and accepts over half of all applicants. An application is usually made using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. They have Purdue-specific essay questions to be submitted with these applications.

Your secondary school GPA is required and your school rank is recommended. Purdue accepts either the SAT or ACT, with no preference. They don't require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing. Purdue notes these statistics for the freshman class that entered in fall of 2017. The ranges are for the middle 50 percent of entering students.

  • High School GPA: 3.59 to 4.0
  • SAT on 1600 scale: 1160 to 1360
  • ACT Composite: 26 to 31

Purdue expects that you meet or exceed minimum high school course expectations. These include eight semesters each for math and English, six semesters for social studies and lab science, and four semesters for foreign language.

How do you measure up at Purdue University?  Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Purdue University GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

As the scattergram above reveals, students who are admitted to Purdue tend to have strong GPAs and test scores. The blue and green represent accepted students, so you can see that the majority of students who got into Purdue had a high school average of B+ or higher, an ACT composite score above 20, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of above about 1050. The chances for admission increase as those grades and test scores go up.

Note that a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Purdue still got rejected. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Purdue has holistic admissions. The admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. A rigorous high school curriculum, winning essay, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application.

Purdue notes that they consider your grades relating to your intended major. They also look at the trend of your achievements. If your grades improved over your high school record, that is a positive trend.

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