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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

1. When and where should I send my TOEFL/GRE scores?
Please send your TOEFL/GRE scores through ETS to us as early as possible. Purdue University’s institution code is 1631. We only accept scores sent by the test agency. It usually takes about 10 – 15 business days for ETS to deliver the scores to Purdue. Your application is incomplete until your scores have been received.

2. Who is eligible for a TOEFL/GRE waiver?
If you received a degree within the past 24 months from a school where English is the primary instruction language in one of the recognized English speaking countries, your TOEFL can be waived. Please check the ETS website for recognized English speaking countries.

GRE is not required for Purdue AAE graduates or applicants with at least 3 years professional work experience in relevant areas including aeronautics and astronautics engineering, aircraft design, mechanical engineering, etc. Internships, student jobs and part-time jobs are not counted.

If you are eligible for TOEFL/GRE waiver, please contact AAE grad program coordinator Xiaomin Qian after submitting your application online. She will assist you on that.

3. Can I apply to your grad program even if my GRE scores are lower than the requirements?
You are always welcome to apply. GRE is a reference for admission not a bar. However, your chance of admission is lower than applicants with competitive GRE scores.

4. My GPA is 3.25, which is on the edge of your GPA requirement. Can I still be admitted?
Our admission decision is made based on your entire application. We cannot prescreen your application.

5. How can I submit recommendation letters?
You will be asked to provide your recommenders’ contact information while filling out the online application. The system will send emails to your recommenders asking them to upload letters for you. You can’t upload letters by yourself. Your application is incomplete until all materials have been received, including recommendation letters.

6. Where can I get official transcripts?
Your official transcripts should come from the university registrar’s office in a sealed envelope.

7. Can I upload transcripts downloaded from my school website to my application?
Transcripts downloaded from the website are not considered official. They have to come from the university registrar’s office. Additionally, according to the State of Indiana’s law, your social security number or other student ID similar to SSN should not appear in the transcripts. Please use a black marker to block your SSN before uploading to your application.

International applicants have to upload official transcripts in original language and in English translation.

8. Where should I send my official transcripts?
You can mail your official transcripts to:

Graduate Program
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
701 W Stadium Ave – Armstrong Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Electronic transcripts need to be sent to (US citizens only)

9. Do I need to upload my Bachelor’s diploma to my application?
Domestic applicants are not required to upload the Bachelor’s diploma as long as their official transcripts show the degree has been awarded. International applicants will have to upload a copy of their Bachelor’s certificate in original language and in English translation. If you haven’t graduated and have no Bachelor’s diploma, please send an email explanation to

10. Do I have to submit a diversity essay?
Domestic applicants who would like to be considered for fellowships have to submit a diversity essay. It is not required for international applicants.

11. How long should I wait to get an admission decision?
For domestic applications, it usually takes about one and half months to release decisions. For international applications, it usually takes about two months to release decisions. Time frame may vary depends on the application volume.

12. My application has been denied. Can I find out the reasons for denial/ weakness of my application?
Reasons for denial include a number of factors, such as academic qualifications, available funding and/or enrollment limitations. Each application is reviewed and considered based on these factors. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to individually respond as to what weakness your application may have had. The admission decisions are final.

13. I have been admitted. When is the deadline to respond to the admission?
Please respond by June 1 for Fall enrollment and by November 15 for Spring enrollment.

14. I don’t know who my advisor will be. Will the school assign an advisor to me?
We don’t assign advisors to students. You can contact professors you’d like to work with after getting admission or during the first semester of your graduate study at Purdue.

15. Does admission guarantee funding?
No. Admission and funding are separate.  To get financial support, you will have to engage in professional communication with professors with whom you’d like to work.

16. What kinds of funding can be provided by the School?
Our school provides fellowships (most of them are for domestic students) and research and teaching assistantships (RA/ TA) to newly admitted students. You can find Fellowship links from our College of Engineering’s graduate program website. Professors are responsible for hiring RAs. Email the professor you wish to work for to find out RA availability. You will need a professor’s recommendation to get a TA position in our department.

17. How can I be eligible for a teaching assistantship (TA)?
You have to be recommended by a faculty member to get on the TA waitlist. There are additional English speaking requirements for international students. International students whose TOEFL speaking score is 27 or higher are eligible for TA positions. International students can also be certified by passing OEPT. Please check Purdue OEPT program website for exam details.

18.  I have to defer my admission. How can I do that?
For domestic students, you can register no courses for 2 semesters without deferring your admission. For example, you’ve been admitted for Fall 2017, you can wait till Summer 2018 to register. Any term longer than 2 semesters requires a deferred admission. You can send a deferral request to After our grad education chair and the grad school’s approval, you will be able to defer your admission. Each student can only defer admission once.

For international students, you have to send your deferral request to us if you cannot enroll in your admitted term.

19. What is the tuition rate for your grad program?
Tuition and fee rates may vary from year to year. Please check the Purdue Bursar’s Office website for accurate fee rates.

20. Where can I get information about your school’s health insurance?
For student health insurance coverage, cost or other questions, please contact Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) at 765-496-3998 or