Purdue University Boilermakers

Purdue History

July 2, 1862

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant Act, which turned public lands over to any state that agreed to use the land sale proceeds to maintain a college teaching agriculture and the "mechanic arts."

1865

The Indiana General Assembly voted to participate in the plan and took steps to establish such an institution.

May 6, 1869

The Indiana General Assembly chose the Lafayette area for the new institution and accepted a $150,000 gift from John Purdue, as well as $50,000 from Tippecanoe County and 100 acres of land from local residents. The legislature named the new school Purdue University.

1872

Purdue's first president, Richard Owen, started his term.

September 16, 1874

Classes began with six instructors and 39 students. Purdue's first graduating class had 14 students.

John Purdue

The principal benefactor for the University's founding was born October 31, 1802, near Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania, and died September 12, 1876, in Lafayette, Indiana. He is buried on the Purdue — West Lafayette campus.

Congratulations on your admission to Purdue. Use the appropriate tab below, for information that will guide you through your steps to becoming a Boilermaker.

Students who are admitted after any "Next Steps" deadlines have passed may contact the Office of Admissions with questions. Next Steps: New Freshmen & Transfer students – Select the session you are admitted to: Fall, Spring, or Summer. Reentry, Regional Campus Transfer, College of Technology Statewide & Vet Tech Distance Learning students – Select “Special Populations.”

  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – student housing application and assignment, registration for Summer Transition Advising and Registration (STAR) , Boiler Gold Rush , and learning communities (freshmen only), course registration, fee payment, financial aid acceptance, and more.
  2. Your access to these services begins on your myPurdue “New Student” portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue or Purdue email until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.
  • Accept your admission offer as soon as possible and no later than May 1 (within 21 days for those admitted after April 10). For a video of how to accept your admission offer, click here .
  • Apply for on-campus housing no later than the May 1 priority deadline. You will have access to the online housing application through your myPurdue portal after you have accepted your admission offer. Students who apply for housing by May 1 are guaranteed housing, and their residence building assignments will be communicated in early June. After May 1, applications for on-campus housing will be accepted while space remains available.
  • Students who wish to apply for need-based and some academic program-specific scholarships should complete the separate scholarship application by the February 15 preferred deadline.
  • File a FAFSA by March 1.
  • Watch for your financial aid package to arrive in April (for those who filed a complete FAFSA by the March 1 deadline).
  • Attend STAR , the required summer registration program, which is held on multiple dates in June and July. Students who accept their admission offer will have the ability to register for STAR via their myPurdue portal .
  • Fee statements will be sent to your @purdue.edu email address and accessible through your myPurdue portal in July. No paper fee statements will be mailed!
  • Apply for Learning Communities (freshmen only) by May 1. Spaces are limited and placement announcements are made in early June.
  • Attend Boiler Gold Rush the week before fall classes begin in August.
  • Review Purdue's online Student Success Guide.
  • You're a Boilermaker! View the academic calendar .
  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – course registration, fee payment, financial aid acceptance, and more.
  2. Your access to these services begins via your myPurdue “New Student” portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue or Purdue email until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.
  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – student housing application and assignment, registration for Summer Transition Advising and Registration (STAR) , Boiler Gold Rush , and learning communities (freshmen only), course registration, fee payment, financial aid acceptance, and more.
  2. Your access to these services begins via your myPurdue “New Student” online portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue or Purdue email until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.

Reentry Students

  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – course registration, fee payment, financial aid acceptance, and more.
  2. Your access to these services begins via your myPurdue student portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue or Purdue email until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.

Regional Campus Transfer Students

  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – student housing application and assignment, registration for Summer Transition Advising and Registration (STAR) and Boiler Gold Rush .
  2. Your access to these services begins via your myPurdue “New Student” online portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue or Purdue email until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.

College of Technology Statewide Program Students

  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – online course participation, fee payment, financial aid acceptance, and more.
  2. Your access to these services begins via your myPurdue “New Student” online portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue or Purdue email until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.

Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Students

  1. A great majority of your business with Purdue will be paperless – online course participation, fee payment, and more.
  2. Your access to these services begins via your myPurdue “New Student” online portal and through your @purdue.edu email address.
  3. You cannot access myPurdue, Purdue email, or Blackboard until you activate your online career account.
  4. To activate your career account, you will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which are provided in your admission offer letter.

Admissions Criteria

Many factors contribute to Purdue's admission process. For specific information, use the following links:

How to Apply to Purdue

Use the Online Application
Purdue encourages all students to take advantage of our online application ), which offers multiple advantages:

  • Online status check to ensure your application is complete or to review what is missing
  • Online decision status, once an admission decision has been made
  • Integrity of information - because the information you provide does not need to be re-entered.

Application Fee
Online payment of the nonrefundable $50 application fee (or qualified fee waiver) will be required to submit the application.

Save Your Progress
With the online application you will be able to save your progress at any point and return to it as necessary until it is complete. Be sure to remember the log-in information you create when you initiate an application so that you can complete a saved form take advantage of online status check once the form has been submitted.

First-Time Freshmen
For first-time freshman applicants, a complete application includes the application itself, an ACT or SAT test score (including writing), an official high school transcript, and a non-refundable application fee (or qualified fee waiver). Click here for freshman applicant admission criteria.

Transfer Students
Transfer students should refer to the transfer criteria web page for specific information about admission expectations for transfer students.

Students with a GED
Students who have received a GED must provide a high school transcript for any completed high school coursework. Such students also must meet Purdue's high school coursework expectations , which may be met through a combination of high school and college-level coursework. Students with a GED and no college coursework will be evaluated as first-time freshmen . Students with a GED who have completed college coursework will be evaluated as transfer students .

Admissions Documents PDFs

Request Changes to Application Form

High School Counselor Form

High School Nondegree Permission Form

Regional Campus Transfer Verification Form

Request Reconsideration of an Admission Decision

Flight Data Sheet - Transfer and Current Purdue Students

Veterinary Technology Experience Form

Dual Credit Program - High School Articulation Agreement

Click here for application PDFs.

On-Campus Housing Application

May 1 is the priority deadline to apply for on-campus housing in University Residences. After accepting their offer of admission, students can use their online myPurdue portal to access the housing application, at which time they can select housing preferences and provide roommate-matching information.

Students who apply by May 1 are guaranteed housing, and their residence building assignments will be communicated in early June. After May 1, applications for on-campus housing will be accepted while space remains available.

Contact the Office of Admissions

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

(765) 494-1776
Hearing Impaired: (765) 496-1373
Fax: (765) 494-0544
admissions@purdue.edu

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.

Academics

Tuition and Fees

Estimated Cost of Attendance, 2010-2011

The cost of attending Purdue University varies depending on factors such as where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program or college/school, etc. Below are estimated costs for the 2010-2011 academic year (two semesters of full-time enrollment). Part-time students can find costs by credit hour on the Bursar Web site .

Indiana Resident

Nonresident

Billed Expenses

Tuition/Fees

$9,070*

$26,622*

Room/Board

$9,120

$9,120

SUBTOTAL

$18,190

$35,742

Other Estimated Expenses

Books/Supplies

$1,270

$1,270

Transportation

$180

$300

Miscellaneous

$2,180

$2,180

SUBTOTAL

$3,630

$3,750

ESTIMATED TOTAL $21,820 $39,492

*Some programs have additional fees:

Technology - $526

Engineering - $1,050

Management - $1,338

Flight - Individual courses in this program have additional fees; please refer to the Bursar Web site or contact the department for specific flight course fees.

This information is subject to change without notice.

If you enroll in classes but must withdraw before the semester starts, Purdue will refund your tuition/fees. After classes begin, refunds are reduced proportionally. Students who have certain types of federal financial aid are subject to other refund schedules.

 

 

 


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