Counselor Update

Need to Know

Application Status Letters

In May, U.S. high school counseling offices were sent a complete list of their students who applied to Purdue during the year. The report lists the respective school’s Purdue applicants and the status of each (applicant acceptance, admitted, denied, deferred, etc.). 

For students listed as accepted or admitted on the report, we ask that you provide us with their final transcript. Final transcripts can be sent to us via the Common Application (CA), Parchment or postal mail. Electronic submission from CA or one of the transcript services is our preference.

Finalize Admission

Enrolling students should make sure AP or IB test scores, final high school transcripts and transcripts from any dual-credit or college coursework are sent to Purdue as soon as they’re available.

Test scores, dual credit and college transcripts are necessary so that credit can be evaluated and recorded in the student’s record prior to course registration, which happens during summer orientation. Final high school transcripts are required to confirm high school completion. 

As always, documentation must be official – test scores from testing agencies and transcripts from official sources. We prefer to receive transcripts via the Common App, but we also can accept them electronically via Parchment or by paper mail.

Students who enroll in the fall and who have not provided final high school transcripts will be reminded via email. If they haven’t provided a final transcript by October, they won’t be able to register for spring semester courses until they do. 

Deadlines for 2017 Enrollment

Scholarship Consideration Deadline

For the high school graduating class of 2017, November 1 will remain the admission application deadline for scholarship consideration. There are three important steps, with associated deadlines, for students to be considered for our full range of scholarships:

  1. Complete the admission application by November 1 (including submission of all required material). All students who complete their admission application by November 1 will be automatically considered for university-wide merit scholarships. 

  2. Submit Purdue's supplemental scholarship application* by January 1. This application is used for a small set of academic-department scholarships, which have very specific criteria (including a financial-need component for many).

  3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1.

*The supplemental scholarship application will be available November 1 - January 1 to all students who completed their application by November 1.

Priority Admission Application Deadline

For Fall 2017 enrollment, we are moving our priority application deadline to January 1, 2017 (used to be February 1). Although we encourage students to meet the November 1 scholarship consideration deadline, we will continue to accept applications until at least January 1.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline; Prior, Prior Year FAFSA

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the FAFSA will use “prior, prior year” tax information, and the FAFSA will be available on October 1. However, Purdue’s priority FAFSA filing date will remain March 1. Financial aid for the school year that begins August 2017 will be based on information families provided when they completed their 2015 taxes. This will ensure that virtually all U.S. students/families can take advantage of the FAFSA’s online data retrieval tool to transfer tax information directly into their FAFSA. The data retrieval tool greatly simplifies FAFSA filing and ensures accuracy.

Honors College – New Process, Same Deadline

Beginning with the 2017 enrollment year, Purdue’s Honors College will select students based on answers to optional questions on the admission application. On the application, students who express interest in Purdue’s Honors College will be prompted to answer two additional questions. Only students who complete their application by November 1 AND answer these optional questions will be considered for admission to the Honors College. 

Application Essays

Essay prompts for the 2017 Common and Coalition application essays are now available on our Admissions website. For students who want to start working on essays early, we encourage them to determine where they plan to apply to college and then select their essay prompt based on the application all or most of those schools use.

Purdue's own Online Writing Lab offers advice on writing essays for college applications.

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