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My chances of getting into Purdue's undergraduate engineering program?

Blackbird1Blackbird1 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
edited December 2013 in Engineering Majors
-Male from Arkansas
Class rank: Top 20% (public high school; 600 kids)
Unweighted GPA: 3.20
Weighted GPA: 3.30
3 AP's taken: Physics, Computer Science, and Stat (I will only send my Stat score, which I got a 4 on)
SAT: 2050 (700 Math)
EC's: I was in a few clubs (held no positions though, lol), played high school baseball, spent a lot of time taking care of my special needs little brother, babysitting, a little volunteer work, no work experience (I couldn't get a job because of my little brother).
Essay: I will put a lot of time into my essay, I've read books giving tips on how to avoid 'dry' and 'overused' topics, and I am sure my essay will be at least in the top 5% of, I guess, the nation.

It might also be worth noting that I have an upward trend in my grades. My freshman year I had about a 3.30. And then my sophomore year was a joke with less than a 2.80. My junior year was better, at around a 3.30. And my senior year will be better than a 3.70.

I made a B and A in AP Physics, two A's in Physical Science (in the 9th grade), an A and C in AP Computer Science, and I've taken honors math courses since the 8th grade.

And this is probably important. I have NOT taken chemistry before. Purdue's website says chemistry is 'required'...

Here's the link: Purdue University - Subject Matter Expectations

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Replies to: My chances of getting into Purdue's undergraduate engineering program?

  • pierre0913pierre0913 Registered User Posts: 7,652 Senior Member
    I have around the same stats as you so i would be interested to find out too! anybody have any idea if we can get in?
  • daman11daman11 Registered User Posts: 904 Member
    everyone has a chance. your standardized testing scores are defintely within range. unfortunately i dont believe every thing else is quite up to par for what Purdue expects. Definitely apply. you never know...
  • Blackbird1Blackbird1 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    I'm guessing Purdue's engineering program is significantly more difficult to get into than everything else?

    ...Because Purdue's average GPA is 3.52 or so? And their ACT score range is something like 23-29, so.....

    Also, I went to collegedata.com and looked at Purdue's admission tacker and searched by applicants who have been either 'accepted' or 'rejected'. I searched by lowest GPA, and I found students with stats like 2.70 GPA and 27 ACT get in.

    How could a 2.70 and 27 ACT get in if I'm not guaranteed with my stats?

    So, basically, their engineering program is much harder to get into?
  • Blackbird1Blackbird1 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
  • FeezFeez Registered User Posts: 842 Member
    Uh, if chemistry is required then I don't see how you could get in. Georgia Tech also requires Chemistry. I had a friend who accidentally forgot to put her chemistry course on the transcript, and Tech called her and she had to mail in a bunch of forms and stuff. Purdue technically has the right to downright revoke your application because you don't meet the engineering requirements to even apply.

    Of course, I'm not too familiar with teh school as a whole. Maybe they do make exceptions.
  • tahncol86tahncol86 Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    I'd say you have a good chance. Good luck.
  • ele902ele902 Registered User Posts: 274 Junior Member
    Getting into Purdue is extremely easy. You'll definitely make it :)
  • Blackbird1Blackbird1 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    ^ I know, but their engineering is supposedly much more difficult than everything else.
  • RealMRealM Registered User Posts: 879 Member
    I definitely agree with ele902. Getting "into" Purdue is really easy; getting "out" is a different story.
  • tahncol86tahncol86 Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    When I was in high school, Purdue's application process seemed to be pretty lenient (meaning that they heavily consider gpa and SAT scores).

    I applied to Purdue on January 2004, but my application package was lost in mail. I noticed this problem on April or May... so I called them to see what could be done. They told me to e-mail my gpa and SAT scores and then fax them my advisors letter and signature to prove that the information was correct. I was accepted shortly after (3 days?).

    You have a rock solid SAT score with a "good" GPA. I think your chances are pretty good.
  • xXfaiaXxxXfaiaXx Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    did you get in blackbird1 cause i have simular stats only higher gpa and harder classes
  • loveofmischiefloveofmischief Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Purdue engineering's very easy to get into, it's only a matter of staying in.
  • swagist777swagist777 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    hey i have an act score of 29. 4.0 gpa. i am also a national level athlete. will i get into northeastern or purdue or even georgia tech? i want to pursue electrical engineering.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    OP's GPA is low while the SAT is within the range for Purdue Engineering. It is not particularly difficult to get into Purdue, it is harder to stay in. There are many drop out from it every year. They tend to admit more students so that they are pick the better one afterward.
  • reddevil10reddevil10 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Guys please chance me! Responses appreciated.
    International Student
    GPA 3.83
    SAT 1930 (Superscore)
    IB 41/45 (predicted)
    IGCSE: Physics Chemistry and Math A A* A*
    Intended Major: Computer Engineering.
    Strong essays and recommendation letters.
    Decent extra curricular activities and community service

    I really like Purdue!
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