In our last newsletter, we provided detailed information about changes for the 2019 application. While there’s no additional new information to share, we do have a new video in which Mitch Warren, director of admissions, provides the “Nitty Gritty” about applying to Purdue.

Here’s a reminder of what’s new for the 2019 application:

  • When applying, students may select first- and second-choice majors. We will only consider them for their second choice if they are not admissible to their first, and not all Purdue majors (especially those that are highly competitive) are available as second-choice programs. Students can explore our majors alphabetically, by Purdue college or by career interest at
  • Students can now self-report test scores as well as courses/grades on the application. We accept scores on individual components from different test dates, which in effect means we super score both the ACT and SAT.
  • Students interested in Purdue’s Honors College must answer our Honors College short essay questions on the application. Those who answer these questions and meet the Nov. 1 Early Action application deadline will be considered for admission to the Honors College.
  • Purdue's studio arts program has two options for interested students: Integrated Studio Arts (BFA) and Studio Arts and Technology. Students who want to be considered for admission to the BFA program must submit a portfolio as part of the application process. Those who choose this major will see the requirement on their application checklist (in their Purdue application portal) with information about providing an electronic version of their portfolio.
  • The Veterinary Technology program has changed its name to Veterinary Nursing.


Here’s a list of application and scholarship deadlines and dates you can share with Purdue-interested students

  • November 1*

    • Early Action application deadline
    • Application deadline for University-wide merit scholarship consideration
    • Application deadline for Honors College consideration
  • December 15

    Deadline to submit the Supplemental Scholarship Application and FAFSA (for students who want to be considered for scholarships awarded by our colleges) 

  • January 1

    Regular Decision application deadline

  • January 15

    Date by which students who met the Jan. 1 Regular Decision application deadline will have an admission decision

*Students interested in nursing, veterinary nursing, computer science or flight should apply by Nov. 1. For veterinary nursing, this is a firm deadline; for others it’s a priority deadline.


Throughout the school year, the Office of Admissions will be hosting live Q&A events on YouTube. Students and their families will receive email invitations if we believe the upcoming topic would be relevant to them. The first two events:

  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Eastern Time - The Nitty Gritty of Applying to Purdue
  • Sunday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m. Eastern Time - College Go Week, College Prep Advice from Admissions Experts (focusing on grades 9-11)

All events will be hosted live on the Admissions YouTube channel, and recorded versions will be posted later for those who are unable to attend.