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    Purdue University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana offers admissions to a variety of programs across its six campuses for international students all over the world. The university takes in 40,000+ students every year out of which 9,000+ are international students from more than 130 countries seeking to study in USA.

    The main campus in West Lafayette offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 29 master's and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Purdue University’s estimated acceptance rate for the year 2019 was estimated to be around 58%.

    Some salient points when seeking admission at the institute are as follows:

    • New enrollments are taken in fall, spring, and summer semesters
    • Students can apply online through the Common Application or the Coalition Application
    • A $60 application fee must also be paid with the application
    • Purdue takes a holistic approach towards new enrollments and considers the student’s academic standings the most
    • The middle 50% GPA for the last enrolled freshman class was a very competitive 3.5 to 3.9
    • Similarly, the middle 50% SAT range is 1210-1420, and the middle 50% middle 50% ACT range is 26-33
    • Take note that SAT and ACT scores have been kept optional for the 2021 intake
    • International students must also submit proof of English proficiency by submitting IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, ACT, or equivalent accepted scores
    • Letters of recommendations are also recommended but not necessary to submit
    • GMAT and/or GRE as well work experience might also be needed for graduate admissions at the university
    • Merit-based scholarships are also available for international students


    Year of Establishment 1869
    Location West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
    Type of University Public
    G.P.A required 3.5-3.9
    Number of Undergraduate Programs 200
    Number of Graduate Programs 29
    Number of Doctorate Program 7
    Number of Students 40,000+
    Number of International Students 9,000+
    Campus Housing Available
    Number of Campuses 6
    Application fees 60 USD
    Average Annual Tuition and Fees (International) 30,794
    Financial Aid Scholarships, Work study
    University Website

    Purdue University Admission Deadlines

    Purdue university has the following dates set to enable admission processes. Below mentioned are the admission deadlines for both undergraduate and graduate programs at Purdue University.

    Session Deadline
    Spring October 1
    Summer January 1
    Fall November 1

    The deadline date differs for a variety of programs in undergraduate, postgraduate research and doctorate programs at Purdue. In such a scenario students must refer to the university's website and must be aware of any such changes.

    Purdue University International Undergraduate Admissions

    International students aiming to get admission at Purdue University should satisfy the eligibility requirements as mentioned by the University and the government of the USA. As the acceptance rate of Purdue is estimated to around 58% students must meet the requirements stated by the University. Documents like academic results , English test results should be submitted.

    Application Portal: Online via the Common Application or the Coalition Application

    Application Fee: 60 USD

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Students must meet the eligibility criteria for their preferred courses.
    • Students must meet the eligibility of basic English proficiency skills as mentioned by the University.
    • Students must submit a letter of recommendation.
    • Students must submit certified copies of their academic transcript.
    • Passport size photographs need to be submitted.
    • If a student has given any standardized test, they may also submit the results of the same. For some programs students are required to give certain standardized exams, in such a case students are advised to refer to the university's website.
    • An average GPA of 3.5 is also a must for students.

    Basic Admission Requirements

    • Complete an online application at the official website of the University - You can fill in your applications on the university website of Griffth.
    • Academic Results- A copy of all your academic transcript including a copy of your degree and school transcripts.All of your academic performance is referred to as your Academic Standing at Griffith University.
    • GPA scores- Students must have an average GPA of 3.5
    • English test results (IELTS/TOFEL)- All students must give english proficiency exams either IELTS, or TOFEL.
    • Certified copy of standardized test results - Students need to attach a certified copy of any standardized tests that they give. For example, SAT, ACT. Statement of Purpose - All students must submit a statement of purpose. SOPs should include the following :-
      • Introduction
      • Why Purdue University?
      • Why this program?
      • What are your career goals?
      • Your achievement and experience?
      • Skills and knowledge.
    • Letter of recommendation- Letter of recommendation from your teachers and professors. LORs must include:
      • Relationship with the applicant.
      • Performance of the applicant.
      • Accomplishments of the applicant.
      • Nature of association with the applicant.
    • Copy of passport- A certified copy of your passport.
    • Visa related documents - All visa related documents must be submitted.
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)- CV mentioning the applicant’s accomplishments all over the years must also be mentioned and submitted.

    The eligibility criteria may differ for a few courses. Students are advised to check the basis eligibility criteria for their preferred course on the university's official website.

    English Language Requirements

    International students are required to provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the standardized exams to study in the USA mentioned in the table below.

    Exam Minimum Score required
    IELTS Minimum score of 6.5, with no subscore less than 6.0
    Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL Score of 80 (no subscore less than 19)

    Visa to study in USA

    Getting a hold of a student visa to study in the USA is a must for any international student who aims to study at the University. Students have to get a hold of a visa from the U.S Embassy and Consulates in India. Students may refer to the following. There are a certain documents that student must be prepared beforehand with:-

    • Enrollment proof.
    • Passport.
    • Visa fee application.
    • Passport size photographs.
    • Statement of Purpose.
    • Health insurance policy.
    • Financial ability evidence.
    • Academic Results documents.
    • Students should meet the minimum requirements required for the visa.
    • Certified copy of English proficiency skills.
    • Certified copy of Standardized test results.

    Purdue University Standardized Test Scores

    Other than English proficiency tests some programs require learners to give certain standardized tests and acquire an average score for the same. A number of tests and their average score required are mentioned below:-

    • The requirement of the minimum GMAT and GRE scores vary from course to course.
    • The requirement of the minimum SAT and Act scores vary from course to course as well.

    Graduate Admissions at Purdue University

    The university offers more 200+ programs for International Students from more than 130+ countries across it's 6 campuses. Some very well known programs where students take the most admissions are doctorate of philosophy, medication, law, engineering, nursing, general wellbeing, biotechnology, health care, Masters of Business Administration.

    The application fees a student must pay while applying to the university is 60 USD. Students may refer to the university's official website for the application process or may contact a consultant for any help they require in the application process.

    Requirements for graduate programs

    • Certified copy of academic transcripts.
    • English proficiency skills results.
    • Letter of recommendation.
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Students may also be asked to submit their Curriculum vitae (CV) for a few courses.
    • If a student has given any standardized test, they may also submit the results of the same. For some programs students are required to give certain standardized exams, in such a case students are advised to refer to the university's website.
    • Passport size photographs need to be submitted.
    • Certified copy of standardized tests given.
    • An official GMAT score of 500 or higher is the preferred score for all graduate programs in Krannert.

    The requirements may differ from programs to programs. The deadline for some courses may also differ for some programs. In such a case students are advised to refer to the university's official website.

    Application Evaluation Process of Purdue University

    Evaluation begins once the university has received your application and all required material.

    Application Evaluation

    Admission to Purdue is competitive and the University takes into account the following factors while assessing a students application.

    • Overall grades in academics
    • Grades related to their preferred major
    • Strength of your overall high school curriculum
    • Non-academic achievements
    • Grades in core academic subjects such as English, academic math, laboratory science, foreign language, social studies
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • Proof of English proficiency
    • Ability to be successful in preferred major
    • Essay and answers to Purdue questions
    • Personal background and experiences
    • Information provided by your high school
    • Time of year you apply
    • Space availability in the desired program

    Confirming That Your Application is Complete

    A student must log in and use their application portal to see what material is required to complete the application. If a required material is not listed as received, It can either be not yet received or processed by the University. During the season October-January, it may take up to two weeks to process a required material before it appears as received on the students portal. Materials are recorded as the date they are received, not the date they were processed.


    The university is able to offer the student a spot in the incoming session. The student will be directed to set up their MyPurdue account, which will bring them to a checklist of information they must complete before the classes begin. The student must also pay their deposit by May 1st of that year to hold their place in the incoming session. This can be done through their MyPurdue account.


    The university is unable to offer the student a spot in the incoming session. This could be due to a variety of factors from the university’s comprehensive evaluation procedure. Students can make a request to have their application re-evaluated only if they provide new information or change their major upon receiving this decision.


    A defer decision simply means that the university needs more time to assess the space in your desired program before making a final decision. Students are advised to provide new grades and test scores in the student application portal. The university notifies deferred students about their final decision before or by March 31.


    Students are placed on a waitlist when the university is not able to offer them a spot in the incoming session due to a variety of reasons. However, it is possible that after the May 1st deadline, spaces in programs that were closed early could open up. By accepting a position on the waitlist, students could potentially be given admission if a spot in their desired program opens.

    Students are recommended to track their application in between on the university’s official website.

    In the view of Covid-19 Pandemic a lot of students have decided to defer for an year. Deferment means accepting the offer of a place in the program but deferring enrolment in the program for a specified period, normally one year. Deferment may not be available in programs where admission is not based on Selection Rank, places are limited by a quota or it is the last offering of a program for admission.

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