Application Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Does my Statement of Purpose and my Diversity Essay need to be exactly 500 words?
A:  The Statement of Purpose should be approximately 500 words, concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history.
Q:  My recommender that I listed on my application is not receiving the e-mail prompt to send their recommendation letter.  What should I do?
A:  First, ask your recommender to check their SPAM mail.  If the e-mail prompt from Purdue’s Graduate School is not there, you will need to contact Purdue’s Graduate School at and let them know that your recommender is not receiving the e-mail.  Purdue’s Graduate School handles the online application.
Q:  I am an international student.  Do I need to submit the Diversity Essay?
A:  The Diversity Essay is not a requirement for admission -- it is entirely up to you whether or not you submit the essay -- but the Diversity essay is required from applicants seeking funding.  The essay should be approximately 500 words responding to the statement:  Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.  Please note:  For U.S. citizens and residents - include the name, city, and state of your high school at the top of the Diversity Essay. 
Q:  Do I need to mail your office my application documents including my transcripts?  And if so, what address do I sent them to?
A:  No, you do not need to mail any paper documents (including transcripts) to our office.  All documents and transcripts are uploaded onto your online application.
Q:  My online application is stating “Awaiting Materials,” because my TOEFL and GRE scores have not posted.  I had them sent electronically to Purdue.  Could you please check into the matter for me?
A:  It does take several weeks for new scores to post (verified) on the very large Purdue database.  If you had your scores sent to Purdue electronically from your testing center using the code 1631, they should post.  We will keep checking the database for your scores.
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