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Log in and use your application portal to see what material is required to complete your application. If a required item is not listed as received, we either we have not yet received or processed it. During the peak application season (October-January), it may take up to two weeks to process an item before it appears as received in your portal. Items are recorded as the date they are received, not the date they were processed.

Admission Decision Definitions

The descriptions below provide a brief definition of what each admission decision means. Greater detail will be provided in the applicant’s decision letter. Decision letters are viewable via the online application portal within three business days after the decision has been made.

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  • Offer Admission: Applicant has been admitted to the major he or she requested. 

  • Offer Admission – Alt Choice: Applicant who requested to be admitted to an alternate major has been offered admission to the requested program.

  • Offer Admission -- Summer Start: Applicant who was denied admission for fall and offered Summer Start has been admitted to the Summer Start program.

  • Offer Conditional Admit – Trf: Transfer applicant has been offered admission on the condition that any coursework in progress at the time of application is completed satisfactorily.

  • Deferred Additional Info: The Admissions Committee has requested that the applicant provide additional academic information before a final decision can be made. The application reverts to "incomplete" until the additional information is received and processed. Applications for those who provide the requested additional information are re-evaluated after February 1. The requested material is listed in the “requirements” section of the applicant’s online status summary and in the admission decision letter.
  • Denied/Offer Alternate Major: Applicant has been denied but offered options for alternative majors. Typically, this is because demand for the requested major far exceeds its capacity and there is not enough space for all qualified students. The applicant is encouraged to request admission to an alternative major on Purdue's West Lafayette campus by completing the online alternative major request form. Indiana residents also have the option to begin their Purdue education at Purdue regional campuses or Polytechnic Institute locations around the state

  • Denied/Offer Summer Option: Applicant has been denied admission to begin in the fall but offered an opportunity to be admitted to a five-week Summer Start session that concludes just before the fall student orientation program. Upon completion of the immersive (small classes, academic support) Summer Start session, students will be able to continue in the fall term.

  • Denied WL/Offer Regional Campus: Applicant has been denied admission to Purdue's West Lafayette campus but offered opportunities to begin their Purdue education at Purdue regional campuses or Polytechnic Institute locations around the state. The applicant is encouraged to contact a Purdue regional campus to confirm admission offer.

  • Denied/Offer Waitlist: Applicant has been denied but offered a spot on the waitlist and must complete an online form to be officially added to the waitlist. Final decisions about waitlisted students are made no later than mid-June. .

  • Denied/Academic Expectations: Applicant has been denied because the Admissions Committee has determined he or she is likely not prepared well enough to be academically successful in the requested major.

  • Denied/Program Closed: Applicant has been denied because the requested major was closed to admission at the time his or her application was completed. 

  • Denied/Program Competitiveness: Applicant has been denied because demand for the major far exceeds its capacity. 

  • Denied Admission: Applicant has been denied.

  • Applicant Acceptance: Applicant has accepted his or her offer of admission.

  • Admitted/Reinstated: Applicant’s canceled admission has been reinstated.

  • Revoked Admission: The offer of admission has been rescinded.

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