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Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University enjoys national recognition for the expertise of its faculty and the high quality of its graduates. The Graduate School provides a framework for advance study within more than 50 departments.Purdue enrolls more than 36,000 undergraduate students on its main campus in West Lafayette. Minority enrollment accounts for 9% of the population, and Hispanics account for 2%.

Internationally recognized for its engineering programs, Purdue offers graduate studies in aeronautical, agricultural, chemical, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical and nuclear engineering. Other major areas of graduate study at Purdue include animal sciences, audiology and speech studies, biochemistry and biological sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, earth and atmospheric sciences, economics, entomology, food science, health science, industrial and physical pharmacy, industrial technology, mathematics, medicinal chemistry, physics, psychological sciences, and statistics. Purdue also has a School of Veterinary Medicine.

Purdue has more than 400 research laboratories on its West Lafayette Campus. Unique research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, a biomedical engineering research center, and a newly-dedicated facility for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. Purdue also is the only university in the nation to have three federally-funded facilities for research dealing with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and is home to the National Science Foundation's sponsored Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Manufacturing.

University-owned housing for single men, single woman and married students is available at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1869
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 31,290
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $1,460,064,767
Admissions Address

Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Pamela T. Horne
Admissions office telephone: (765) 494-1776
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 3 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $30
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.purdue.edu/Admissions/Undergrad/ Tuition deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $75 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science 2 3
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies N/A N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 11 12

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: June 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Not considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 85%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 85%
Total applicants: 24,883
Total acceptances: 21,042
Total freshman enrollment: 7,389
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 14,145
Male acceptances: 11,802
Male freshman enrollment: 4,341
Female applicants: 10,738
Female acceptances: 9,240
Female freshman enrollment: 3,048
Out-of-state freshmen: 29%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 28%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 61%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 91%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 74%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
First-year students submitting GPA: 92%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 82%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 490 – 600
Math: 530 – 650
Combined: 1020 – 1250

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 5.0% 11.0%
600-699 25.0% 34.0%
500-599 44.0% 38.0%
400-499 24.0% 16.0%
300-399 2.0% 1.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 39%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 23 – 29
Math: 21 – 28
Composite: 22 – 28

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 15.0% 15.0% 21.0%
24-29 50.0% 42.0% 51.0%
18-23 33.0% 37.0% 24.0%
12-17 2.0% 6.0% 4.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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