Live Q&A with a Purdue Admissions Officer

Recorded Thursday, October 22 at 10:30 PM

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About this livestream

School information

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

Ask a Purdue University admissions officer questions about what it takes to get admitted to Purdue, their application process, academics, and more.

Purdue has seen limited campus visits and tours due to the coronavirus outbreak, and many families are missing out on the opportunity to learn about the college first hand from admissions staff on campus. Taylor will start the session with an in-depth overview of Purdue, covering topics ranging from admissions to academics to campus life. In the second half of the session, she'll open the floor to an audience Q&A session and answer your questions about Purdue admissions, life on campus, and more.

Q&A Participant

Taylor Patterson is a proud Purdue alum and has been on the Purdue Admissions team since 2017. She believes she gets the best of both worlds being a regionally based counselor in Southern California while staying connected to her Midwest roots. She enjoys any and all outdoor activities and trying new recipes.

School information

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN
Your host

Undergrad College: San Diego State University '12

Major: Bioengineering

Graduate College: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MS; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, MD '23

Work Experience: I have worked as a research scientist in cardiology, including research developing models to study the heart using stem cells - one of which is going to the International Space Station in 2022! While not as exiting, I have also worked in the health insurance industry.

My Admissions Story: I found an advisor I trusted and used their advice and any help they offered. Only good things came from having an extra set of eyes to look at essays and complete applications. The key for me was to find that person early on, and build that advisor-advisee relationship.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Nikki and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
28:52@anonymous:Does Purdue really consider alternate major if not admitted with first major? How easy it is to change the major across college of science and College of Health & Human Science?
31:00@anonymous:if you applied early action will you have more of a chance of getting your first major?
33:52@anonymous:Hi! I applied to the College of Engineering and Honors College. I was wondering if you could explain the relationship between Honors College and Goss Scholars... if I was accepted into Honors College, and was also a Goss Scholar, is there an overlap between experiences? Would I have academic obligations to fulfill in both? Thanks so much!
35:04@anonymous:If my child wants to apply computer science, should she apply school of engineer, or polytechnic institute or college of science? Thanks
36:28@anonymous:How to apply merit scholarship? What supplemental documents needed?
36:36@anonymous:Can letters of recommendation be submitted after the November 1st deadline?
36:42@anonymous:Do you guys offer scholarships to Caribbean students?
36:59@Aayush:Is merit scholarship only available for early action?
38:26@anonymous:What does Test Optional exactly mean? i.e if I have one SAT result, does submitting or not submitting that help or hurt in any way?
39:34@welshes99:What's different this year compared to others in terms of enrollment numbers and overall process for acceptance notification to students?
39:38@welshes99:Are there expectations of lower applications or any differences in anticipated enrollment numbers?
40:46@ADavey:What information do you expect to see in additional information?
42:16@sbsb0999:do you have any specific advice/input for what you're looking for in the big common app essay (the 650 word one) ?
44:44@Aayush:If I changed my major after the admission at Purdue, does it affect my scholarship? (from Mechanical to Aerospace)?
45:39@anonymous:Is there a way to apply to the Honors College after I've submitted my application? Or after I (possibly) get accepted?
46:01@anonymous:Does Purdue have a maximum number of in state students it accepts?
46:57@anonymous:Can you comment on coop or internship programs?
47:56@anonymous:what are the advantages of honors college? how is it different than regular college?
48:42@anonymous:Is housing guaranteed for freshmen?
49:24@Hippie_Hypatia:About what percent of your graduating class (Bachelor’s) is employed after 6 months?
51:08@anonymous:which hall is for the liberal arts majors?
52:09@anonymous:If I don't want to be considered for scholarships, can I submit after the Nov. 1 deadline and still get a decision in that Jan. 15 timeframe?
53:08@anonymous:What tips do you have for the Honor's college supplemental questions?
54:12@welshes99:How late are SAT scores considered during the application process?
55:06@rcnanofalcon:So can we self-report scores for the Early Action deadline and then submit the scores a few days afterwards (if that is the earliest we could send them)?
55:31@anonymous:Does Purdue contact students who qualify for scholarships or do students have to seek those opportunities out on their own?
56:32@anonymous:Can you take courses across different colleges?
57:35@sbsb0999:Can you talk a little more about applying undecided and what your freshman year looks like if you were to be admitted into the exploratory studies program?


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