Need to Know

Applying for 2018 – All The Nuts And Bolts

From deadlines to scholarships, here is a summary of the important information your students need if they plan to apply to Purdue for 2018.

Common or Coalition Application

Students can apply to Purdue using The Common Application or the Coalition Application. We do not have a preference, but of course students should only submit one application to Purdue.

November 1 Early Action Deadline

We recommend all students apply by our Nov. 1 Early Action deadline. Meeting this deadline ensures they will have a decision on our Jan. 15 Early Action release date and that they will be automatically considered for merit scholarships.

Nov. 1 is also the priority deadline for students applying to computer science, flight and nursing and the firm deadline for veterinary technology. Priority means that we may continue accepting applications after the deadline if space allows.

The application deadline for Honors College consideration is also Nov. 1. More about applying to Honors College below.

January 1 Regular Decision Deadline

If students miss the Nov. 1 deadline, they should apply no later than our Jan. 1 Regular Decision deadline. We won’t have one single Regular Decision release date but will release decisions for these applicants no later than March 15.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

To ensure maximum consideration for all Purdue scholarships, students must do three things:

  1. Apply by Nov. 1
  2. Submit Purdue’s supplemental scholarship application by Jan. 1 – Some (not all) Purdue colleges use the supplemental application to award scholarships with very specific criteria. These colleges include Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Management and Polytechnic Institute.
  3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Jan. 1 – Purdue colleges that award academic-department-specific scholarships that are based on financial need must have a FAFSA on file by Jan. 1, which allows time for committee review and selection within the colleges.

Purdue’s priority FAFSA deadline is March 1. All students who meet this deadline will be considered for university-wide institutional grants and scholarships that are based on financial need.

Honors College

The process to be considered for Purdue’s Honors College is changing this year. There is a simple yes/no question on the freshman application (Common Application or Coalition Application) to ask whether the applicant is interested in applying to the Honors College. Those who say yes to this question and meet the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline will receive an email with information about completing the Honors College application.

The Honors College application will be available within their Purdue application portal soon after they complete their admission application. The deadline to submit will be Nov. 15 and the Honors College will notify students (invited, not invited, waitlist) by mid-February.

Self-Reported Grades

Purdue now uses self-reported courses and grades for freshman applications – for admission, scholarship and Honors College decisions. We do not need transcripts when students apply, but for admitted students who accept their offer of admission, we will use final, official transcripts to confirm all grades before they enroll.

Most domestic students, and international students from many countries, will be able to use the self-reported courses and grades functionality of the Common and Coalition applications. However, for some it will not be compatible with their grading system. For these students, we will accept transcripts through official channels or they will be able to upload an unofficial copy directly into their application portal. Either will satisfy the transcript requirement to make their application complete.

If the Admissions Committee decides it wants to see grades from an applicant’s first senior-year term before making a final decision, the student will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript via his or her application portal.

At this point in time, the Purdue portal on The Common Application still says we require school reports – and transcripts are a requirement of school reports. However, we do not require school reports, and your students’ applications will be complete and evaluated without them.

All students who plan to enroll at Purdue are required to provide official, final transcripts prior to the start of their term. The final transcript deadline for the fall term is Aug. 1.

We don’t expect many intentional misrepresentations of self-reported courses and grades. And when confirming student grades upon receipt of final transcripts, we will use our best judgement in assessing the severity of any discrepancies. We don’t expect minor errors to affect admission, scholarship or Honors College decisions, but egregious errors could result in rescinded offers. Students who recognize an error after they have submitted their application will have the ability to submit updates through their application portal.


Students will now be able to see any and all test score submissions via their Purdue application portal, both the date they took the test and the date Purdue received their scores. We will always use best available score and do not require SAT Essay or ACT Writing.

Affordability for Indiana Residents

Indiana counselors, please remind your low- and middle-income students of the financial opportunities at Purdue for Indiana residents:

  • Pell Pledge – a program for Indiana residents with high financial need who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant Program. The Pell Pledge ensures that full tuition and fees are covered for eligible students. This includes Indiana resident fees as well as the additional fees charged to students in computer science, data science, engineering, management and Purdue Polytechnic.
  • Marquis Scholarship – for Indiana residents with family income between $40,000 and $100,000. The scholarship provides at least $4,000 toward Purdue’s costs and the Division of Financial Aid prioritizes additional free aid so that qualified Marquis recipients receive up to $6,000 additional funding to cover tuition and fees (up to $10,000 total).
  • Purdue Promise – a financial aid and student support package for Indiana’s income-eligible 21st Century Scholars (income of $50,000 or less). With the combination of work-study and free aid, the award covers 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need. In addition to tuition and fees, it ensures that the average cost of housing, books and miscellaneous expenses are covered for eligible students.
  • Frozen Tuition – Purdue’s tuition has been frozen for six years straight and average on-campus housing costs have decreased. The result is that it will cost less to attend Purdue in 2018-19 than it did in 2012-13 – a benefit for all Purdue students, not just Indiana residents.

Catch Us Live Online

Throughout the school year, the Office of Admissions will host Facebook Live events during which students, families and school counselors can ask questions and get immediate answers. In addition, Admissions is planning a Snapchat takeover of the Life@Purdue Snapchat account.

Below are details of events this fall. Please share with your students and families:

Facebook Live, Sept. 8, Noon ET

Take on Your Future

  • Tips on how to apply, essay tips and insights into what the admissions committee is looking for as the application review process begins
  • How to choose a major
  • College checklist – how to find your right fit
Facebook Live, Oct. 13, Noon ET

The Time is Now

  • Application process
  • Nitty gritty of keeping on track and in the know
  • What happens next
Snapchat with Life@Purdue, Sept. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Student ambassadors from every college will share how and why they chose their major.
  • Admissions counselor will be on hand to answer questions about the application process.

College Board Representation

Purdue Director of Admissions Mitch Warren was elected as a College Board regional representative to the Guidance and Admission Assembly Council for a term beginning Nov. 1, 2017, and ending Oct. 31, 2020. The Guidance and Admissions Assembly Council is one of three national assemblies that provide the College Board guidance on issues related to their respective areas of professional interest.

In this role, Mitch is pleased to represent the secondary school counseling and college admission advising communities among College Board leadership. If you have topics or issues you would like to bring to the attention of the College Board, you are welcome to reach out to Mitch directly,

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