Deadlines and Important Dates

By paying attention to and meeting deadlines and important dates for applying and enrolling at Purdue, you will maximize your opportunities for admission and scholarships and ensure that your transition to Purdue is as smooth as possible. 


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Future freshmen apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. DO NOT USE BOTH — that will delay your application.

If you're a high school student, you should apply early in your senior year; admission will be much more competitive if you apply later. The freshman application is available beginning August 1. 

To meet a deadline, your application must be complete, which means we have received all required material. See Completing the Application, below. 

November 1

  • Firm* deadline to be considered for merit-based scholarships

  • Priority* deadline for nursing and computer science

  • Firm* deadline for veterinary technology

  • Firm* deadline to be considered for the Honors College

January 1

  • Priority* application deadline for all majors other than those noted above. If you apply after January 1, check the Closed Programs page to confirm the major you want is still accepting applications.

*Firm means Purdue will not accept applications after the date. Priority means Purdue will continue accepting applications if space allows.

Applying for Spring or Summer

If you're applying to begin in the spring or summer term, submit application as early as possible prior to the start of the term. Some majors are not available for students to begin in spring and/or summer — the Closed Programs page will help you identify those. 

Transfer students apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. DO NOT USE BOTH — that will delay your application.

If you're applying for the spring term, the transfer application is available beginning August. 1. If you're applying for summer or fall, the transfer application is available beginning December 15.

You should apply as early as possible prior to the term you want to begin; once a major reaches capacity, we will stop accepting applications even if that occurs before the deadline. Some majors are not available to transfers students. Before you apply, check the Closed Programs page to confirm the major you want is available.

To meet a deadline, your application must be complete, which means all required material has been received. See Completing the Application, below. 

  • February 1 - Deadline for fall enrollment for veterinary technology major (vet tech students begin in fall only)

  • April 1 - Deadline for summer enrollment

  • May 1 - Deadline for fall enrollment for computer science and nursing majors (nursing students begin in fall only)

  • July 1 - Deadline for all other majors for fall enrollment 

  • November 1 - Deadline for spring enrollment

To complete an application, all required material must be received. To meet a specific deadline, all required material must be received or postmarked by that date. Once you submit an online application, you'll receive an email with information about your online applicant portal. Use the portal to identify what material is required to complete your application and to confirm that we have received it. Please note, once we receive an item, it may take up to two weeks for us to process it so that appears as received in your portal.  

Required material for freshmen typically includes:

  • the application itself
  • all official transcripts (including any college transcripts)
  • SAT or ACT test score (Test scores must be sent electronically from testing agency. We accept old or new SAT or ACT scores. We do not require a writing score.)

Although not required, a letter of recommendation is strongly recommended, especially for students who want to be considered for scholarships, the Honors College or who are applying for highly competitive majors. 

Required material for transfer students typically includes:

  • the application itself
  • final high school transcript (unless you have completed a bachelor's degree)
  • all college transcripts (all institutions you have attended)
  • SAT or ACT score — unless you have completed at least 24 college semester credit hours (Test scores must be sent electronically from testing agency. We accept old or new SAT or ACT scores. We do not require a writing score.)   
  • application fee (or qualified fee waiver)

To ensure maximum consideration for Purdue scholarships, future freshmen applying for fall should: 

  1. complete their application (application form and all required material) by November 1
  2. submit the Supplemental Scholarship Application by January 1 (available to applicants via the Financial Aid Website November 1–January 1)
  3. file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1

Decision Release

Most students can expect an admission decision about 12 weeks after their application and all required material have been submitted. Decisions are not guaranteed by a certain date.

Offer Acceptance

Deadlines to accept your admission offer: 

  • Fall term – May 1 if you're admitted by April 10. If you're admitted after April 10, you must accept within three weeks of your admission decision.

  • Spring term – December 15 if you're admitted by December 1. If you're admitted after December 1, must accept by the start of the term.

  • Summer term – May 15 if you're admitted by May 1. If you're admitted after May 1, you must accept by the start of the term.

March 1 is the priority deadline to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for aid awarded for the upcoming academic year. If you meet this deadline, you will receive a financial aid award letter by early March. If you're admitted to begin in the spring or summer term, you should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after being admitted. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1.

May 5 is the firm deadline to contract for on-campus housing if you're admitted to begin in the fall. You'll gain access to the contract within two business days after accepting your admission offer. If space remains available after May 5, the housing contract will re-open in late May. If you're beginning in the spring or summer, visit the University Residences website for information about contracting for on-campus housing.

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