SAT and ACT – It Bears Repeating
If you haven’t yet read our Vice Provost’s column in this issue, here are some take-aways that bear repeating as your juniors continue their preparation for college admission.
- DO strongly encourage your students to test in the spring – juniors should NOT wait until next fall.
- As always, Purdue will use students’ best scores for both admission and scholarship decisions – no “penalty” for sending scores early in their education when subsequent scores are better. Use all free score reports – we only use the highest!
- Tell your students they CANNOT count on the scores from September and October sittings to be delivered to colleges to complete an application for any November 1 deadline. This includes Purdue’s November 1 scholarship and Honors College consideration deadline. Students must send an earlier score in advance and then know that, if sent promptly, scores from September sittings will catch up with their applications. We don’t review all apps on November 2, but those complete on November 1 will receive the highest priority.
- For the foreseeable future, Purdue will accept both the old and new SAT as well as the ACT.
- College Board is providing score-to-score conversions and concordance tools, which will give us year-to-year perspective during this transition.
- We no longer require an ACT or SAT writing score, which are now optional components of both tests.
- Test scores must be sent from the testing agency. We cannot accept scores on school transcripts, via email – and absolutely not from screenshots.
For students interested in STEM careers, taking Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses in addition to core courses can help students explore career interests. However, they should not be taken instead of the academic subject-matter required to meet Purdue’s minimum high school course criteria.
Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or honors courses will best prepare students applying to competitive majors. Students who have excelled in and completed the highest level of coursework available at their high school or have taken college-level courses at a local community college or online are generally more competitive candidates for admission to Purdue and more qualified to succeed in college.
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Nominations are now open for the 2016 Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy. If you know creative self-starters who are current high school sophomores and juniors nominate them by February 26. The nationally recognized summer academy is held June 19-24 at Purdue’s West Lafayette’s campus.
Explore other Purdue summer camps and opportunities for your students.
This spring is packed with great events and programs for students to check out Purdue. We’d love to show your freshmen, sophomores and juniors our world-class campus during our visit programs.
Group Visits are designed for schools and organizations interested in bringing their students as a group. Group Visits are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online for the spring semester.
We’re hitting the road this spring, planning visits for students and school counselors.
At Preview Purdue, students and their families will learn about academics, student life and all the nitty gritty about applying to Purdue. Counselor events allow you to get the latest information to help you advise students who may be considering a Purdue education.
If you don’t see one close to you this semester, check back over the summer to see where we’ll be in the fall.
Last year, Purdue's College of Technology announced its evolution to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. So much more than a name change, the announcement launched a new era of innovative learning methods, real-world experiences and industry partnerships – ensuring graduates are ready for technology-driven careers. Purdue Polytechnic remains a college on Purdue's West Lafayette campus, but which offers locations around Indiana for students who want to pursue Purdue degrees closer to home. Purdue Polytechnic also offers several new majors that reflect the ever-changing technological world we live in. To name just a few:
- Audio Engineering Technology
- Building Information Modeling/Construction Graphics
- Effects Technical Direction
- Game Studies
- Robotics Engineering Technology
- Unmanned Aerial Systems