What does it take to get admitted to Purdue Engineering?

We want all qualified students to be Boilermakers! Unfortunately, we don't have the space to accommodate everyone. We also must do our best to make sure students are prepared to rock it in classes when they get here. Currently, about 40% of those who apply are admitted. Below we will break down some of the factors that Purdue Admissions considers when reviewing applications for First-Year Engineering and share some tips in how to put your best foot forward in the application process!

Apply Early Action
Just do it! Applying Early Action allows you to be considered for scholarships, admittance into the Honors College, and gives you a better chance of admission into the engineering program.
Academic Rigor
Get good grades! Competitive applicants have a strong background in math and science courses, taking full advantage of the Honors/AP/IB classes available to them. We want to see students challenging themselves and achieving high grades. Students typically exceed minimum course requirements of Freshman Admission Criteria.

Admissions knows that all high schools are different, and people in different areas have different experiences and opportunities available to them. If you don't have many (or any) AP classes available to you, for example, Admissions will likely know that and instead focus on whether or not you took advantage of whatever advanced courses were available to you.

Trends in achievement over time is important. Did you continue taking rigorous courses over the entirety of your high school career? What trends do we see in your grades? Did they drop over time, go up over time, remain consistent? Again, we want you challenging yourself for 4 years as well as we want to see continued improvement or consistent excellence.

Average GPA for an admitted engineering student is a 3.82, unweighted. Guess what? Admissions doesn't look at cumulative GPA when looking at applications! Instead, they focus on individual grades with an emphasis on courses relevant to the major you are applying. So, in the case of Engineering, they will be especially interested in grades you received in science, math, and English classes. Remember: Admissions looked at unweighted GPA scores, so weighted scores will be converted.
Test Scores
ACT and/or SAT test scores are important, but are not the only thing! There are no minimum test scores. They are absolutely taken into consideration, but there are many, many other factors that go into admission decisions, as we realize students are more than just numbers. Send in all your scores! We'll take the highest. Students admitted to the College of Engineering for Fall 2018 had a combined SAT score in the middle 50% range of 1370-1500 (average 1432) and ACT Composite of 31-34 (average 32). 
Extra-Curricular Involvement
In addition to a strong academic record, we want students that are well-rounded and able to balance academics with involvement within their school and community. Don't be shy about pointing out any of your achievements, volunteering, and leadership positions. Participation in sports, music, clubs, competitions, community service, and civic organizations are welcome sights on an application, so be sure to include everything you've participated in. 
Essays
Your application essays are an excellent opportunity to express your personality, work ethic, and passion. Your essays shouldn't just be a re-hash of things that are already listed on your application, but instead either focus on showing a side of you that hasn't been brought across on your application yet, or how your experiences relate to making you an ideal candidate for Purdue Engineering.

Feel free to keep a somewhat informal, conversational tone in your essays. Use your speaking voice with proper grammar! Don't include anything unprofessional like swearing or inappropriate jokes/activities but do be yourself and let your personality shine!
Special Circumstances
At the very end of your application, there is a box that asks if there is any other information that you'd like Admissions to know as they review your application. This is the ideal opportunity to share any special circumstances that may have impacted your grades or additional information that you weren't able to bring across earlier on your application. 
Overall Fit
Basically, we look at all applicants as people, not numbers or words on a page. Through everything you include with your application, Admissions is looking to get a sense of who you are, what you've done, and what your passions are to determine if you would be successful in Purdue Engineering.

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