Purdue University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Purdue University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 58%. Students can apply to Purdue using the Common Application or Coalition Application. When applying, students must indicate a first and second choice major. Purdue notes that they consider your grades relating to your intended major in the application review process.

Considering applying to Purdue? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why Purdue University?

  • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Campus: Purdue's main campus spreads across 2,600 acres with an additional 15,000 acres dedicated to agricultural and industrial research. Athletic facilities include two 18-hole golf courses and the 62,500-seat Ross-Ade Stadium.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
  • Athletics: The Purdue Boilermakers compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.
  • Highlights: Along with strong STEM fields, Purdue earned a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Students can choose from over 200 undergraduate majors, 80 graduate programs, and over 900 clubs and organizations.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Purdue University had an acceptance rate of 58%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 58 were admitted, making Purdue's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 53,442
Percent Admitted 58%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 27%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Purdue requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 76% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 590 730
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Purdue's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Purdue scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 730, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 730. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Purdue.

Requirements

Purdue does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Purdue participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject tests are not required at Purdue.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Purdue University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 33
Math 26 32
Composite 25 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Purdue's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Purdue received a composite ACT score between 25 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Purdue does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Purdue superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Purdue University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.5 and 3.9. 25% had a GPA above 3.9, and 25% had a GPA below 3.5. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Purdue have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Purdue University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Purdue University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Purdue University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Purdue University, which accepts over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being admitted. Note that students with grades and test scores that were on target for Purdue still got rejected, while students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Purdue has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and Purdue supplement can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Purdue's average range.

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 (ERW+M) above 1050. The chances for admission increase as those grades and test scores go up.