Getting Started


Are you ready to be a Boiler? Purdue University Admissions provides information about the admissions process for degree-seeking students both as an incoming freshman or transfer students. If you’re not sure what major to pursue or simply want to take a few classes, you can begin coursework as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking students are eligible to register for a variety of courses and establish an academic transcript of classes completed at Purdue.

  • Transfer Credit Information The links below provide a variety of tools and information about transferring college credit to Purdue and/or earning advance college credit as a high school student.
    •– Includes Indiana’s Core Transfer Library, coursework that is transferable among the state’s public universities and colleges
    • Purdue Advanced Credit Tests– Information about Purdue departmental proficiency exams

Financial Aid

  • Span Plan Scholarships provide need-based funding for nontraditional undergraduate students and are administered each semester. Applicants are required to be in part-time registration status for the semester the grant will be disbursed, be in good academic standing and have filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or EFC (Expected Family Contribution) several weeks before the application deadline.
  • Purdue Division of Financial Aid (DFA) can answer your questions about financial aid, such as whether you are eligible for certain grants, and how and when to submit a financial aid application. Contact the financial aid office early to get your questions answered and to complete the required application materials by the March 1 deadline.
  • Fastweb (Scholarships and Grants) This is one of the best websites available for students who are interested in searching for scholarships and grants. You can enter specific information about you and your life situation and the site will match you to potential scholarships and grants. You can even request that new matches be emailed to you when they become available.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) To be considered for financial aid at any college or university, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA online using this link, or you can pick up the paper version in Purdue’s financial aid office (Schlemen Hall, Room 305). Purdue requires that this application be received by March 1 in order to receive top priority for available financial aid. The best rule of thumb is to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Note: It is recommended that you complete the FAFSA even before you have been officially admitted into school.


  • Purdue Village is a globally inclusive residential community for Undergraduate and Graduate students and their family that provides opportunities to meet and interact with others from around the world. Purdue Village is a safe, affordable housing choice you’ll want to continue to call home away from home – close to classes, bus lines, labs and all campus activities.
  • Housing Options at Purdue  gives many options for housing, both on and off campus.

Area Schools

Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Transfer Credit

Another option very well suited for nontraditional students is The Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Lafayette. This degree option is part of a statewide network and offers the same technology degrees available from the West Lafayette Purdue Polytechnic with additional benefits listed below.

  • Small class sizes – average 12 students
  • Flexible Day and Evening classes
  • Curriculum designed for working students
  • Affordable tuition rates significantly lower than the WL campus
  • Attend classes with employees from various businesses and industries in the local community
  • Faculty have real world experience
  • Parking is FREE, EASY, and CLOSE to the building at the Education Center located at the SIA Plant on State Road 38 East

For more information visit the Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette website or contact:

statewide tech

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