Need to Know

Fall 2017 Decision Release

Students can expect an admission decision about 12 weeks after their application and all required material have been submitted. Decisions will begin to be release on Friday, October 21, after 5 p.m. Thereafter, new decisions will be released weekly (rather than daily) on Fridays.

The week of October 17, 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 copy 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.

Beginning this year, students whose applications are “pended” will be contacted by email as soon as the pended decision is made (rather than waiting until after we begin releasing final admission decisions). These students are told to check their application portal to see what additional information we need before we can make a final decision – typically a new SAT or ACT test score or final grades from their first senior-year term.

Common App and Coalition App

Students are advised to use Common Application to meet November 1 deadlines listed below. We anticipate the Coalition Application will be available later this fall when full technical integration with our data system has been completed.

Once the Purdue Coalition App is available, students can use either application, but not both. Application processing will be delayed if students submit more than one application.

November 1 – Scholarship and Honors College Deadline

November 1 is our application deadline for the following:

  • Firm deadline for merit-based scholarship consideration
  • Firm deadline for Honors College consideration (plus student must answer Honors College questions on the application)
  • Application deadline for the following majors:
    • Computer Science (priority deadline*)
    • Nursing (priority deadline*)
    • Veterinary Technology (firm deadline)

*Priority deadline means applications will be accepted after the date if space remains available.

  • A reminder, Purdue’s supplemental scholarship application will be available November 1 - January 1 to all applicants. This is a change from previous years, when students needed to be admitted before they gained access. This application is used for a small set of academic-department scholarships, which have very specific criteria (including a financial-need component for many). Students who complete the supplemental scholarship application must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1.
  • For some scholarships with a need-based component (such as the Purdue Promise and Marquis awards for Indiana students), November 1 is a priority admission application deadline. We want all students to apply by November 1 to ensure maximum scholarship consideration. However, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars (who may earn the Purdue Promise award) and candidates for the middle income Marquis Scholarship will be considered for these awards if they meet our March 1 FAFSA priority filing date.

SAT/ACT Test Scores

Encourage your students to send their spring 2016 test scores to Purdue to ensure that their application is complete by November 1. Fall scores will “catch up” with applications and will be used for admission and scholarship decisions once they arrive, but for scholarship and Honors College consideration, it is important that students not miss the November 1 deadline. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency; we do not accept test scores on school transcripts.

Priority Application Deadline – January 1

January 1, 2017 is the priority application deadline; Purdue will continue accepting applications until at least this date. This is a change from previous years, when the priority date was February 1. 

FAFSA – Encourage Students to File by January 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 academic year will be available beginning October 1. Although Purdue’s priority FAFSA filing date remains March 1, students who want to be considered for need-based scholarships awarded by our academic departments should file a FAFSA by January 1 (and submit the supplemental scholarship application mentioned above). Students should release FAFSA information to Purdue West Lafayette using Federal School Code 001825.

Please let students and families know that the earlier FAFSA availability allows colleges and universities to offer additional opportunities to help with FAFSA filings. Purdue's financial aid department will be participating in Indiana's College Goal Sunday events on November 13 and February 17. States across the country also host similar FAFSA assistance events.

Purdue Events for Students and Counselors

Preview Purdue and High School Counselor Breakfasts are off-campus events that Purdue admissions counselors host across the country. If we’re in your corner of the world, we hope you or your students can join us. Use the links above to register online.

Share with Your Superstars: Energy Academy for Students and Teachers

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue University is an immersive program for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors as well as secondary science teachers. During the week-long course on STEM-related energy topics, participants will be provided with resources and incentives to inspire both students and teachers in sustainable energy solutions. The program is free to all participants and teachers will be paid a stipend upon successful program completion.

Students and teachers may apply now. Visit the Academy website at to learn more. Please share this information.

Choosing the Right English Major

Adaptive thinking, effective communication, data analysis are just some of the skills students learn as English majors.

When majoring in English at Purdue, students may choose from four B.A. programs: English (literature), English Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. 

The English (literature) student is a reader.  In this track, students read authors who have shaped the English-speaking globe, and practice the skills necessary to negotiate a complex world.  They learn, for instance, perspectives on the human condition from those with life experiences completely different from their own, which leads to a greater ability to empathize (a highly valued skill in today’s workplace). 

The Creative Writing student is an artist.  In this track, students study the craft of literary writing and produce their own stories, poems, and books.  This major is great for students who love writing, see it as an art, and want to do it no matter what.  Some attend graduate school to hone their skill, while others take jobs in industry and put their artistic abilities to work there.

The Professional Writing student is a media specialist. This is a good track for those who enjoy organizing and presenting information in multiple media.  It is noted for cultivating expertise in writing for the digital workplace; in visual rhetoric, usability, and emergent technologies; in print and digital publishing; and for emphasizing collaboration, community service, and open-source development and documentation.

The English Education student is the teacher.  This track combines English with courses in educational psychology, curriculum development, and pedagogy. English Education graduates will be prepared to teach English in the state of Indiana from grades 5-12. 

Did you know? Purdue's English undergraduate programs are ranked #3 in the Top 10 Best Schools for English Majors by College Magazine for 2015.  

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