To meet deadlines, applications must be complete, which means all required material has been received. See Completing the Application below.
Fall 2014 Freshmen
Beginning August 1, 2013, freshman applicants will apply using The Common Application. Transfer students will continue to use the Purdue admission application.
Future freshmen should apply early in their senior year of high school (August-October); admission will be more competitive for those who apply later. Specific deadlines are provided below.
Early Action deadline (complete application by this date guarantees admission decision when decisions are released on December 13)
Deadline to be considered for most merit-based scholarships
Deadline to be considered for admission to nursing and veterinary technology
Priority application deadline for all academic programs other than those noted above. Some programs may not be available after this date, but students who want to apply after February 1 should refer to our Closed Programs page.
Spring or Summer Freshmen
First-time college students applying to enroll during the spring or summer terms should submit their application as early as possible prior to the term they want to begin. Some majors are not available for students to begin in spring and/or summer. Refer to our Closed Programs page for more information.
Transfer students (including regional campus transfers) should apply as early as possible prior to the term they want to begin. If programs fill, they will close prior to the deadlines below. Some majors are not available for students to begin in spring and/or summer. Refer to our Closed Programs page prior to applying.
April 1 - Deadline for summer enrollment
May 1 - Deadline for fall nursing enrollment (nursing students begin in fall only)
July 1 - Deadline for fall enrollment (nursing deadline is May 1)
November 1 - Deadline for spring enrollment
To complete an application, all required material received or postmarked by the deadline. For those who will be first-time freshmen, required material typically includes: submitted online application, application fee (or qualified fee waiver), high school transcript, SAT or ACT test score (including writing; test scores must be sent electronically from testing agency). Any student who has completed college coursework must provide all college transcripts. Transfer students who have not completed a bachelor's degree must provide a final high school transcript. Transfer students who have not completed at least 24 college semester credit hours must provide an SAT or ACT test score (test scores must be sent electronically from testing agency).
To ensure maximum consideration for Purdue scholarships, future freshmen applying for fall should submit a complete admission application (application form and all required material) by November 1 and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
Decision Release and Offer Acceptance
For freshmen applying for summer and fall enrollment, Purdue begins releasing decisions in December. In 2013, decision release will be on December 13 after 5 p.m. Eastern Time. After this, new decisions are released daily. For all transfer applicants and any applicants applying for spring enrollment, decisions are released on a rolling basis beginning in early September.
To enroll at Purdue, admitted students must accept their offers of admission by the following dates.
Fall term – Students admitted by April 10 must accept their offer by May 1. Those admitted after April 10 have three weeks to accept.
Spring term – Students admitted by December 1 must accept their offer by December 15. Those admitted after December 1 have until the start of the term to accept.
Summer term – Students admitted by May 1 must accept their offer by May 15. Those admitted after May 1 must accept by the start of the term.
March 1 is the priority deadline for students to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for aid awarded for the upcoming academic year. Students who meet this deadline will receive award letters in early April. Students admitted for spring or summer should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after being admitted.
New freshmen who are admitted for fall are guaranteed on-campus housing in University Residences if they submit a contract by May 5. If space remains available after this date, the housing contract will re-open for new freshmen. If space remains available after June 15, fall-enrolling transfer students will have the opportunity to contract for on-campus housing. Visit the University Residences website for information about on-campus housing for spring or summer terms.