Don’t be intimidated — you don’t have to be the next Einstein to be an engineer. But let us share with you this piece of advice: hard work and dedication go a long way when it comes to college prep.

Think of it this way: Leonardo da Vinci didn’t just walk up to a blank canvas without a paintbrush and expect to create the Mona Lisa. He was armed with the tools that would help him create one of the world’s greatest pieces of artwork. Engineers are the same way.  But instead of paintbrushes, math and science are the tools that help them build and create masterpieces.

 That’s why it’s important to be as prepared as possible when you finish high school. Here are some tips on what you can do to prepare yourself to study engineering:

  • Take the max amount of college prep classes available in the following areas:
    • Math
    • Lab Science
    • English
    • Choose college prep courses that emphasize knowledge and reasoning over manual skills
    • Take your ACT or SAT early in your junior year to give yourself plenty of time to earn your best possible scores
    • Work hard: your high school grades DO matter. Even in your senior year.
    • Get your application in ASAP — the early bird gets the worm 

Finding the right fit is an important factor when deciding which college to apply to and attend. Plan a visit today!

It’s no secret that Purdue is home to one of the best and most prestigious engineering programs in the nation — just check the stats.

So, what does it take to get into Purdue? First and foremost, you should be prepared to work hard and be challenged. If you have those two covered, you’re nearly there. Here are some of the specific things our admissions office looks at when evaluating applications:

  • Overall high school GPA
  • Coursework related to your major
  • Ability to be successful in your major
  • Your application essay (check out some writing tips from our very own Online Writing Lab.
  • Personal background and experience (think: clubs you are involved in, community service, leadership roles, etc.)

 For a full list and even more details, check out the Purdue Admissions website at