Counselor Update - Need to Know  

Application Recommendation

Beginning this year, the minimum recommendation requirement will be for a school counselor to complete and submit the Common App school report. For your student’s Purdue application, submission of that form will satisfy the student requirement to provide a recommendation.

Students also may submit a separate recommendation letter to satisfy the requirement, but if the school report has been submitted, a separate letter will not be required.

Whether it is the school form or a separate letter, recommendations will continue to be an important factor in Purdue's holistic review for admission and scholarship consideration. We will continue to tell students that a recommendation is required, and students will still be able to request a separate teacher evaluation or non-academic recommendation through the Common App, if they choose.

If you submit the Common App school report indicating you do not know the student well enough or do not have enough time to provide a student evaluation through the form, your submission of the report will still satisfy the student recommendation requirement.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab offers a great resource for writing effective recommendation letters.

Dates and Deadlines for 2015 Enrollment

Nov. 1, 2014, is our Early Action application deadline for 2015 enrollment. This also is the admissions application deadline for merit scholarship and Honors College consideration as well as the deadline to apply for nursing or vet technology. We will begin releasing admission decisions on December 12.

To meet the November 1 deadline, applications must be complete. This includes all required elements of the application, an SAT or ACT test score (with writing) and an official high school transcript.

Dual Credit

Purdue now accepts all dual-credit courses, whether they are taught in the high school or on the college campus. All credit will transfer as long as the grade is a C- or better and are college-level courses. The courses may transfer in as direct matches or as undistributed credit. Each school/department will determine how the courses will be used to meet requirements.

Purdue will need an official college transcript.

This new policy went into effect for students matriculating to Purdue for Summer 2014 and forward. It is not retroactive.

Check out our Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide or contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Majors Update

As students are exploring the nearly 200 majors offered at Purdue, we have a few significant changes to be aware of including:

Other new majors include:

Gallup-Purdue College Planning Checklist (PDF)

As your students and families visit college campuses to find the perfect fit, Purdue is offering a handy checklist of questions to assist their search. While prospective students are checking out classrooms, housing and recreational spaces on their campus tours, they also should find out about student-faculty engagement, high-impact experiences and affordability.

Amazon and Purdue

A new partnership between Amazon and Purdue lets students order textbooks and other supplies for as much as a 30% discount and then pick up their orders on campus. The online Purdue Student Store will return a percentage of sales to the university to be used for student affordability and accessibility initiatives.

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  • Nearly 200 Majors
  • Recognized in 4 out of 8 student success categories
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