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2018 Purdue Acceptance Rate: Class of 2022

So, you’re thinking about applying to Purdue University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 59%, admission to Purdue is moderately competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1390, or an ACT score of around 32.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Purdue’s admission statistics.


2018 Purdue Admissions Statistics: Class of 2022

  • Purdue’s acceptance rate in 2018 was 59%
  • For the class of 2022, out of 53,442 applicants, Purdue admitted about 31,530
  • The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.7
  • The average ACT score was 29
  • The average SAT score was 1290

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 25, and the 75th percentile score was 32.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1190. The 75th percentile score was 1390.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Purdue’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


2018 Purdue Application Requirements: Class of 2022

Here’s a list of basic application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application and pay the application fee (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript

Here are the deadlines you should be aware of:

  • The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action
  • The application deadline is January 1st for Regular Decision
  • November 1st is the financial aid application deadline
  • Early Action notifications are released on January 15th
  • Regular Decision applicants find out their fates on March 15th

Have you been admitted to Purdue? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


2018 Purdue Class of 2022 Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Purdue, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 56.8% are male and 43.2% are female
  • 17.1% of students are international

Purdue has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 17.1%
  • Underrepresented minority: 3.2%
  • Two or more races: 2.9%
  • White: 76%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Purdue offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Management

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Purdue Tuition Figures

At $41,834, Purdue’s cost of attendance is astronomical. Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $13,407.

Here’s a fuller look at Purdue tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $41,834
  • Average financial aid package: $13,407
  • The average student debt of a Purdue graduate is $25,518

For the latest numbers and to learn more about financial aid options, click HERE.

Now, what is life like at Purdue? Let’s take a look.


Purdue Location

Purdue is located in West Lafayette, Indiana and is the main hub of the Purdue University system.

The university holds the second largest student body of any university in Indiana plus it has one of the largest international student populations in the entire United States.

Remember, you’re going to Purdue for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Purdue Academics

Purdue has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Biochemistry
  • Construction Engineering
  • Data Visualization
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Finance
  • Genetic Biology
  • History
  • Industrial Management
  • Law and Society
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Health Science
  • Physics
  • Sales and Marketing

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Purdue.


Student Life at Purdue

Purdue has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Purdue’s student activities:

  • 3 Day Startup
  • ACE Campus Food Pantry
  • Bass Fishing Club
  • Boilermakers for Life
  • Cavalier Club
  • Chess Club
  • DanceSport
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Film and Video Studies Organization
  • Food Science Club
  • Greek InterVarsity
  • Heart & Soul
  • Independent Game Developers Club
  • Judo Club
  • K-Fit
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Marine Biology Club

Are you an athlete? Purdue’s got plenty of options for you.


Purdue Athletics

Purdue offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of clubs and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Purdue’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Purdue degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Purdue has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Astronaut Gus Grissom
  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong
  • Walgreens CEO Gregory Wasson
  • C-SPAN CEO James Thomson
  • Basketball Coach John Wooden
  • NBA All-Star player Glenn Robinson
  • NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
  • Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker
  • McDonald’s President/COO Don Thompson
  • NFL Coach Hank Stram
  • Daytona 500 Ryan Newman

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Purdue is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no.

If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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