Purdue University-Main Campus (Purdue-West Lafayette)

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Purdue-West Lafayette can be found in West Lafayette, IN, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at Purdue-West Lafayette number about 42,000 per year, and is one of the largest schools in the state.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 1600 (25th percentile) - 1950 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 24 (25th percentile) - 30 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants that get into Purdue University-Main Campus. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Purdue-West Lafayette average GPA ranges from 3.35 to 3.64 for accepted students. Purdue University-Main Campus sends acceptance letters to about 60% of applicants per year. Of those that are admitted, roughly 34% enrolled. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Purdue-West Lafayette acceptance rate 2015 will be around 64%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at purdue.edu.

Overall Purdue-West Lafayette Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Purdue University-Main Campus was reported as 60.4% in Fall 2013 with over 31,100 college applications submitted to Purdue University-Main Campus. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Purdue-West Lafayette SAT Scores: 1600 - 1950
  • Purdue-West Lafayette ACT Scores: 24 - 30
  • Purdue-West Lafayette Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into Purdue University-Main Campus?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Purdue University-Main Campus is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Purdue-West Lafayette has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 73.1%
  • 2010-2011: 65.1%
  • 2011-2012: 68.4%
  • 2012-2013: 61.5%
  • 2013-2014: 60.4%
  • Projected Purdue-West Lafayette Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 63.5%

How Does Purdue-West Lafayette Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Purdue University-Main Campus is nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis69.6%
Indiana Wesleyan University95.2%
Indiana State University83.1%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign62.4%
Ball State University60.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Purdue-West Lafayette (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 630
Math560 - 690
Writing520 - 630
Total Score1600 - 1950
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 31
Math25 - 32
Composite Score24 - 30
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