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Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Admission Essay requirements

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response.

  1. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

  2. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

  3. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

  4. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Admission essay/personal statement essay prompts

650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The Common App won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.) Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story

Office of Admissions Contacts

Purdue University Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
Phone: 765-494-1776

Hearing Impaired: 1-800-743-3333
Fax: 765-494-0544
Email: admissions@purdue.edu

Admission counselars: http://www.admissions.purdue.edu/contact/counselors/index.php

Career services: askcco@purdue.edu

Ali Mears, Career Services Consultant

How this university ranks
From LinkedIn University Rankings

for Software DevelopersGraduate #19

Purdue University statistics (Alumni data based)

Where they live

Indianapolis, Indiana Area - 32,670
Greater Chicago Area - 29,320
Lafayette, Indiana Area - 28,411
San Francisco Bay Area - 6,918
Fort Wayne, Indiana Area - 5,768

Where they work

Eli Lilly and Company - 1,152
Cummins Inc. - 816
General Motors - 776
Intel Corporation - 693
IBM - 628

What they do

Engineering - 31,413
Operations - 22,536
Sales - 18,460
Education - 17,996
Research - 14,460
Entrepreneurship - 12,758
Information Technology - 12,491
Healthcare Services - 11,246

What they studied

Mechanical Engineering - 14,064
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 12,040
Business Administration and Management, General - 11,731
Computer Science - 8,647
Industrial Engineering - 6,911
Organizational Leadership - 6,274
Psychology - 6,207
Civil Engineering - 5,639

What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 46,035
Leadership - 44,253
Management - 39,431
Customer Service - 37,894
Project Management - 33,276
Microsoft Excel - 31,486
Public Speaking - 29,816
Strategic Planning - 28,855

Notable alumni

Keith Krach

Keith Chairman & CEO at DocuSign

International President at Sigma Chi Fraternity
Chairman and CEO at DocuSign
Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO at Ariba
BS, Engineering 1975 – 1979



Rich Adduci

Rich Global Chief Information Officer (Global CIO) at National Grid

Partner at Accenture
SVP & CIO at Boston Scientific
Bachelor's Degree, BS Industrial Engineering, Intelligent Mfg. 1984 – 1988



Diana McKenzie (Seib)

Diana SVP and CIO at Workday, Inc.

Information Officer, Product Development and Commercialization IT at Eli Lilly
VP, Information Systems at Amgen
SVP and CIO at Workday
BS, Computer Information Systems / Computer Technology 1983 – 1986


Maya Rockeymoore

MayaPresident at Center for Global Policy Solutions

Administrative Assistant to the Director at Marion County Health Department
President and CEO at Global Policy Solutions
Chief of Staff/Administrative Assistant at Office of Congressman Charles Rangel
M.A., Ph.D., Political Science 1993 – 2000


Purdue University Recommendations to apply

Great Education!
The teachers are always so helpful and they act like themselves. They may have their lazy days, late days, etc. but they all have wonderful personalities that strive for their students' success in their courses. It does cost a bit of money, but you build so many relationships and networks. it is a wonderful university to attend and I am definitely proud to call myself a Boilermaker!

Holly Shaw Student at Purdue UniversityHolly

Student at Purdue University
2013 – 2016, Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

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