Counselor Update - Need to Know  

Fall 2016 Decision Release

For Fall 2016 applicants, Purdue will begin releasing admission decisions on October 23. As we now practice rolling rather than early action admissions, we no longer guarantee a decision on the day we begin releasing decisions. Depending on the time of year, students can expect a decision within 12 weeks of completing their application.

The week of October 23, we will send school counselors our annual email describing most of our admission decisions and what they mean so that you will be better able to help students and parents who have questions.

We do not send paper letters for any decision other than admit, but all students have access to a PDF of their decision letter via their online application portal. When a decision is made, all students receive email notification, which includes a reminder of their application login credentials. 

Merit Scholarships for 2016

November 1 remains our application deadline for guaranteed consideration for merit scholarships and applications must be complete by this date to ensure the guarantee. However, we often have some wiggle room and here’s why …

Trustees and Presidential scholarships (and the extremely competitive invitation-only Beering and Stamps scholarships) are the awards for which the November 1 deadline is most important. Shortly after the November 1 deadline, we begin preparing scholarship candidate lists for scholarship committees across campus. Any student whose application is complete and who is admitted when we provide these lists will be included for scholarship committee consideration - even if that date is somewhat later than November 1, which is the case most years.

We recognize there is a great deal of anxiety among students and families around the November 1 deadline. Did their material make it in time? When and how will they know if they are being considered for scholarships? Therefore, this year we will be sending multiple “complete your application” reminder emails to students (and copying parents) whose applications remain incomplete after 30, 60 and 90 days past their original Common App submission date – meaning we have the application but are missing other required material, such as a test score or transcript.

In addition, after the November 1 deadline, we will let students who are still incomplete know (also copying parents) whether they can still submit missing material and be considered for scholarships, providing a specific date. This may just postpone the anxiety until a few days later in November, but we hope this transparency about our processes will help you and your students.  Please remember, though, meeting the November 1 deadline is the only way to guarantee consideration.

Also, for some scholarships with a need-based component (such as the Purdue Promise and Marquis awards for Indiana students), November 1 is a priority deadline. We want all students to apply by November 1 to ensure maximum scholarship consideration, but in reality any student who is admitted, files a FAFSA by March 1 and meets other criteria for these scholarships will receive the awards.

We Heard You – Gallup-Purdue Index Revisited

If you’ve been receiving this newsletter for a while, you may remember Vice Provost Pam Horne’s column last winter about the Gallup-Purdue Index – important new research that has found what students do in college is more important than where they go to college. In that issue, we shared a very thorough college planning checklist for students to use during their college search. In fact, it was so thorough (and wordy) that when our Counselor Advisory Board met with us last spring, they graciously told us we were way off base – their students would not use it.

So here’s attempt No. 2, Six Principles of Success. We think you’ll find this to be much closer to the mark and encourage you to share it with your students and families. We’ve boiled down the research into the six overarching activities that should be top-of-mind when students are looking for a college and, even more importantly, when they are enrolled in college – to set the stage for long-term success in life and in their careers.

By the way, if you have the opportunity to attend the NACAC conference in early October, make time for a panel presentation on the Gallup-Purdue Index with representatives from Gallup, Purdue and the school counseling community. Our presentation will be Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.

Apply for free Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

We provide the following information from a Purdue partner because it is an awesome opportunity for students and teachers to participate in a free program on campus next summer.  Please share this information with those whom you believe may be interested. 

Want to do something really cool in the summer of 2016? Want to stay a week (June 19-25) on the Purdue campus FREE OF CHARGE and learn cool stuff about energy? If yes, then read on.

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue University is an immersive program for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors, and secondary science teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable energy solutions and network with Purdue faculty, students, and industry experts while touring various energy installations, participating in hands-on energy activities and working on cutting-edge energy research projects at Purdue laboratories.

A previous participant had this to say, “DEAP was the best week of my life, making many new friends and learning so much about an interesting topic that is energy. I was wary at the beginning at what to expect but my expectations were blown away and I had so much fun and learned so much at the same time. Thank you very much for the awesome experience.

To learn more, visit the Duke Energy Academy website or send inquiries to

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