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October 12, 2009

Purdue participates in Oct. 12-16 program to waive application fee

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue will join 37 other Indiana colleges and universities in waiving admission application fees for Indiana high school seniors who apply Oct. 12-16.

The Indiana Commission of Higher Education announced Monday (Oct. 12) the fee waiver for Indiana residents to encourage more high school seniors to apply for college. This is part of "College Go Week: Take Control of Your Future," which is supported by Learn More Indiana.

"During this week, educators throughout Indiana will focus on helping and empowering students to be active participants in their future," said Pamela Horne, assistant vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions. "Students who wait until their senior year to start thinking about college place themselves at a disadvantage. We want Indiana students to know what they can and should be doing throughout high school to be well-prepared for admission to, and success at, the college of their choice."

For College Go Week, Purdue will waive its $50 application fee for Indiana high school seniors who start, complete and submit an application through 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 16). Indiana students who initiated an application prior to 8 a.m. Monday (Oct. 12) but have not yet submitted the form must start a new application in order to qualify for the College Go Week fee waiver. Those who already have submitted an application and paid the fee will not be eligible for a refund. Students should never submit a second application for the same term because this will delay the process of their application.

If students apply to Purdue during this week, they will be more likely to be among the first to receive a Purdue admission decision when the university begins releasing decisions after 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, Horne said. A complete application includes the submitted online application form, an SAT or ACT test score reported directly from the testing agency, a high school transcript, and the application fee or qualified fee waiver. More information is available at http://admissions.purdue.edu/

Beyond fee waivers for seniors, Purdue will take advantage of College Go Week to emphasize college preparation for high school students of all grade levels, Horne said. The Office of Admissions will tailor and send messages to students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades with age-appropriate college preparation advice. For example, Purdue encourages all students to take rigorous high school courses and use Web searches to identify career interests and related academic programs. Other tips include test preparation and suggestions for planning campus visits.

Purdue regional programs also will be participating in College Go Week. Purdue University North Central does not have an application fee for freshman applicants, but it is waiving the $30 transfer application fee during College Go Week. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will waive its $50 application fee during the week. Purdue University Calumet does not have an application fee.

Learn More Indiana, a statewide initiative to encourage more Indiana residents to earn a college degree, is supported by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Department of Workforce Development and State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana. It also is supported by USA Funds Inc. and the Lumina Foundation for Education.

Purdue continues to receive national and international attention as the university's rankings climb. Last week, the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings released its list of the top universities, and Purdue was ranked 87th. This is a 12-place increase for Purdue, which was ranked 99th in 2008.

In August 2009 U.S.News & World Report ranked Purdue 22nd among the nation's public universities. This was a four-place increase from 26th in 2008. Purdue also was ranked 61st among all universities, up from 66th in 2008.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Pamela Horne, 765-494-9116, pamhorne@purdue.edu

Elizabeth Crouch, public relations and media coordinator at Learn More Indiana, 317-464-4400, Ext. 40

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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