Deadlines and Important Dates  

Application Deadlines

To meet deadlines, applications must be complete, which means all required material has been received. See Completing the Application below.

Freshmen Applying for Fall

Freshman applicants apply using The Common Application. Transfer students 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.

November 1

February 1

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

The application for transfer students applying for spring enrollment (academic term beginning in January) is available August. 1. The transfer application for summer and fall enrollment is available January 1. Transfer students should apply as early as possible prior to the term for which they want to enroll. Refer to our Closed Programs page prior to applying.

Following are transfer application deadlines:

Completing the Application

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 (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).

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 programs. 


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

Decision Release

Most students can expect an admission decision about 12 weeks after their application and all required material have been submitted. 

Offer Acceptance

To enroll at Purdue, admitted students must accept their offers of admission by the following dates.

Financial Aid

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 mid-March. Students admitted for spring or summer should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after being admitted.

On-Campus Housing

Students admitted for fall are guaranteed on-campus housing in University Residences if they submit a housing contract by May 5. (Students gain access to the contract within two business days after accepting their admission offer.) If space remains available after May 5, the housing contract will re-open in late May. Visit the University Residences website for information about on-campus housing for spring or summer terms.