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How to Accept Your Offer


Are you concerned about arriving on campus in time to attend classes? It is possible to defer your admission for up to one year. To learn more, see the Admission Deferral Requests section below.

Purdue West Lafayette Campus

  1. Activate your Purdue career account and set-up your Purdue email.
  2. Log in to the MyPurdue portal.
  3. Click on the New Grad Student Tab.
  4. Accept the “Agree to Terms” by clicking on Continue at the bottom of the page.
  5. Click on Accept/Decline Your Offer of Admission.
  6. On the Respond to your Offer of Admission page, select the appropriate program. The page will update confirming your admission choice.
  7. Return to the New Grad Student Tab to complete the remainder of the information.

Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest, or Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Campus

  1. Log in to the Graduate School's online application system.
  2. On the status portal, click on the appropriate application.
  3. Click "View Admission Decision" to access your decision letter.
  4. On page one of your letter, click the link "Click here to submit your response to the offer of admission."
  5. Complete and submit the form.

Admission Deferral Requests

Current policy and COVID-19 Adjustments to that Policy 

Newly admitted international graduate students admitted for Fall 2021 may ask to defer their admission to Spring 2022, Summer 2022, or Fall 2022 for any reason.  To defer to a later semester requires that a new application to be submitted.  Admitted international graduate students who wish to defer their admission to a later semester must request that, in writing, to their departments. If approved by the department, the student’s request must be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that the deferral may be processed and a new I-20 may be issued.  Admitted international graduate students who know that they need to defer their graduate study may submit that anytime through November 15 (earlier is encouraged) in order to start in Spring 2022.

Newly admitted domestic graduate students admitted for Fall 2021 have the ability (without asking for a deferral) to register for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022.  Admitted domestic graduate students who wish to defer their admission to Fall 2022, must request a deferral, in writing, from their department. If approved, their department must forward the request to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that the deferral may be processed.

COVID Policy Adjustment - For both of these cases, the Graduate School will consider a second (or third) deferral – if the department requests – on a case-by-case basis for admitted students who are unable to matriculate to the Purdue University Graduate School due to COVID-related reasons.

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