Admissions Requirements

These are the general requirements for applicants seeking admission. Visit the individual school sections for program-specific admissions requirements.

General Requirements

In order to present a complete application, you must:

  1. Complete an Enrollment Agreement and any other documents required for your chosen program and submit monies as outlined on the Tuition and Fees Schedule. The Enrollment Agreement must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years of age.
  2. Complete an informational interview. We welcome your spouse or parents.
  3. Speak, read, and write English fluently (see English Proficiency).
  4. Complete financial arrangements prior to starting class, including any necessary financial aid documents.
  5. Fulfill any program-specific and/or international admissions requirements.
  6. Consider a tour of the onsite location and/or online learning environment.
  7. Attest to certain technological competencies.
  8. Resolve any balance you have at a prior Purdue Global location.

Deans or their designees reserve the right to approve all candidates for admission.

Additional Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

In addition to the general admissions requirements, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or state-specific equivalency diploma test
  2. Possess a home study certificate or transcript from a home study program that is equivalent to high school level and recognized by your home state; you must also be beyond the age of compulsory attendance in that state
  3. Be a high school senior eligible to apply and submit proof of high school graduation
  4. Possess the foreign equivalent of a U.S. high school credential

You must attest to high school graduation or an approved equivalent. Acceptable attestation for the University may be the proof of graduation attestation included on an Enrollment Agreement, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or any other document deemed acceptable by the University. Tennessee residents and holders of foreign secondary education credentials have an additional requirement (see below).

The statements made in this attestation are verified through a random sampling of students admitted to the University. If you are selected for this verification, you will have 30 days to provide the University with acceptable evidence of high school graduation or its equivalent.

If, for any reason, your evidence or attestation of high school graduation or its equivalent is found to be false, untrue, or otherwise unacceptable, you will be subject to immediate dismissal from the University, all credits earned will be invalidated, and the University will take all other appropriate actions. All aid disbursed on your behalf will be refunded to the appropriate source, and you will be responsible for payment of these funds to the original source or to Purdue Global, as appropriate.

Criminal Background Check Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

If you are enrolling in a Purdue Global program that requires a criminal background check, before you are fully admitted into the program you must submit a request for a criminal background check to the Purdue Global-approved vendor prior to the first day of your first term. No funding will be processed until an approved background check is on file. If your background check is not approved by the end of the third week of your first term, your enrollment will be cancelled.

Additional Requirements for Graduate Programs

You must provide an unofficial copy of your transcript which shows completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. You must submit an official copy to the Office of the Registrar by the last day of the first term. Financial aid will not be awarded until official transcripts are received.

If you are applying to a graduate program in the School of Business and Information Technology, Health Sciences, or Education, or in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, you must have achieved a 2.5 grade point average or higher in your baccalaureate degree.  If you do not possess a 2.5 CGPA, you may be considered for admission based on other evidence of academic potential.

If you already possess a graduate degree, you must obtain permission from the Dean of the respective school prior to enrolling in a Purdue Global degree program.

Criminal Background Check Requirements for Graduate Programs

If you are enrolling in a Purdue Global program that requires a criminal background check, before you are fully admitted into the program you must have an approved criminal background check from the Purdue Global-approved vendor on file prior to the first day of your first term. No funding will be processed until an approved background check is on file. If an approved background check is not on file with the University prior to the first day of your first term, your enrollment will be cancelled.

Additional Requirements for ExcelTrack Programs

In addition to the general admissions requirements, in order to start classes you must:

  1. Participate in any required orientation program.
  2. If you are an undergraduate student, show evidence of having at least three courses that you expect will transfer to the University from other institutions.
  3. Complete all financial arrangements.

Exceptions to Standard Admissions

  1. The state of Tennessee requires all undergraduate students who reside in Tennessee to supply the University with proof of graduation from a recognized high school program, receipt of a GED certificate, or receipt of a Home Study certificate. Acceptable proof consists of the following documents:
    1. A copy of an official high school transcript;
    2. An official GED certificate with scores or official notification that a GED certificate has been issued; or
    3. A valid Home Study certificate or transcript confirming completion of a home study program.​
  2. ​​All graduates of foreign high schools must provide actual proof of secondary completion. If you reside in the United States but attended school in a foreign country, and are unable to produce the required documents, evidence may include certification from other official sources.

    If you cannot provide the required documentation by the end of the first term of enrollment, you will be dismissed from the University.
  3. The state of Maine requires all students born after 1956 and enrolled in an onsite degree program to provide proof of specific immunizations at the time of admission. If you are seeking admission to a Purdue Global location in Maine, you must submit proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus. Proof of immunization must detail the administration of the following:
    1. A DT booster within the last 10 years
    2. An adult MMR vaccination for individuals who previously received an MMR vaccination prior to their first birthday
    If you fail to submit documentation of the required immunizations, you will be denied admission to the University.
  4. High school students may take individual courses at the University under special local and state programs. You will be enrolled as a nondegree-seeking student until you have graduated high school and are admitted to the University under the standard admissions requirements.

Acceptance to the University

Upon completion of all admissions requirements, Purdue Global administration will review the information and inform applicants in writing whether they have been accepted for enrollment.

If you are not accepted, you will have no financial obligation to the University beyond the application fee, which is nonrefundable. If you are a conditionally admitted student who fails to meet the admissions requirements, and you are enrolled in classes beyond the Purdue Global Commitment period, you become financially responsible for any charges that you incur on your student account. Questions regarding the admissions decision should be addressed to the Dean of the academic program to which you applied or the Center Director.

Returning Students

In order to reenter the University, you must meet all admissions requirements for the program you wish to enter, complete all standard admissions procedures, supply all required documents, and have a clear student account. If you have a history of conduct or behavior issues or a poor academic record, your reentry to the University may require additional approval by the Dean of the school you wish to enter or the Dean's designee.

In addition, you must be in good academic standing. If you are not, you may appeal to the Dean of the school you wish to enter. Your letter of appeal should explain the circumstances that caused you to fall below the satisfactory academic progress standards, what corrective actions you have taken to ensure success upon returning to your studies, and your desired start date. 

If your appeal is approved, the approval will indicate the conditions of your return, including your status upon return and academic plan goals. If extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family, illness or injury, or other undue hardship) hindered your academic performance, then you may be approved to return academically eligible for financial aid in Financial Aid Warning (Academic Probation) status or Financial Aid Probation (Final Academic Probation) status. If you had not yet begun your Financial Aid Warning period in the last term of your most recent enrollment, you will be eligible to return on Financial Aid Warning for one term and continue on to Financial Aid Probation if you need more time to meet the academic standards and have met the term progress goals defined in your appeal approval. If you already began your Financial Aid Warning period, then you will return directly on Financial Aid Probation. If you did not experience extenuating circumstances, your appeal may still be approved if you have demonstrated that you have the academic potential to succeed upon return, but you may only be eligible to return in a financial aid ineligible status (Extended Enrollment). The Dean of the school will either confirm your desired start date or require additional time before you are allowed to reenter.

A denied appeal is considered final and binding. You may not reappeal unless new information is presented for consideration.