We are excited that you are interested in the Purdue Honors College! It is our mission to support and foster well-rounded, well-educated global leaders. We work to support student leaders on campus who impact society from their very first semester and go on to enroll in the top graduate programs and receive the best employment their fields.

By combining the small size and feel of a close-knit community of scholars with the curriculum, faculty and research capabilities of a top-ranked public research university, the Purdue Honors College provides the university’s most motivated students with a one of a kind experience. As the university’s only academic residential college, where students live and learn together, the time outside of the classroom holds as much opportunity for personal growth as the time inside.

To learn more about joining the Purdue Honors College, please refer to the links that correspond with your student status: future first-year student, transfer student, or a current Purdue student.

To learn more, schedule a campus visit, or meet with a current Honors College student, please contact mindy@purdue.edu.

Selection Criteria

As a residential college that seeks to educate the whole student and to bridge the gap between curricular and extra-curricular learning, Purdue's Honors College follows holistic criteria in selecting students for admission. While high grades and high scores on standardized tests are certainly important factors, the selection committee will also consider a student's potential for interdisciplinary learning, campus and community leadership, and engaged citizenship. The Honors College hopes to draw curious, motivated, and dedicated students who want to be a part of a diverse community of scholars. Each year, we are limited to an enrollment of approximately 700 new students. Honors College admissions decisions will be rolled out for future students in February each year.

Please Remember

Students applying to Purdue university are eligible to apply for the Honors College. Current Purdue students and admitted transfer students who wish to join the Honors College should visit:

Benefits of Joining the Honors College

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Enjoy the intellectual challenge of honors courses.

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Conduct original and exciting research.

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Develop social and intellectual relationships with other Honors College students and distinguished faculty.

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Compete for prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

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Enter the best professional and graduate schools.


Gain a competitive edge in employment.