Counselors and Advisors

Purdue University Calumet understands the key role  Guidance Counselors and Advisors play in the college application process. This section has important information as well as helpful links that will assist with getting students prepared. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our admissions staff. Also, we are always open for suggestions, so if you have  any helpful additions you would like to see on this page feel free to let us know.


Indiana Core 40

*Core 40 became Indiana’s required high school curriculum in Fall 2007. As of Fall 2011 a Core 40 high school diploma will be required for entrance to any four-year public Indiana college/university. In addition to considering high school courses, Purdue University Calumet will continue to use other factors such as grade point average, class rank, trends in achievement, honor courses, and test scores when reviewing applications for admission. We will evaluate applicants on an individual basis and in relation to their requested major.  Indiana’s CORE 40 requirement


 15 To Finish Indiana

Purdue University Calumet is a proud supporter of the 15 to Finish campaign. Counselors, this campaign pushes for students to take/pass, 15 credit hours each semester of their college career, so that they will graduate on time (4 years). Following this plan will save time and money for both students and parents alike. 15 to Finish Indiana


 High School Directory Update Form

Counselors, please use the form provided to update us of any changes that have been made in regards to your school’s staff, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. It is very important that we have updated information so that our communication is as efficient as possible.  There’s an online link as well as a link to the PDF version of the Update Form for you to fill out and submit the new information.

  Online versionPDF version is a very resourceful site that gives valuable information to both advisors and counselors about the transfer process.  Please utilize this site to assist you when working with transfer students. It will help you and your students learn more about college admissions, financial aid, dual credit and much more.


 Indiana Core Transfer Library

To enable you to transfer college credits, Indiana has developed the Core Transfer Library (CTL) – a list of courses that will transfer among all Indiana public college and university campuses, assuming adequate grades.

All Core Transfer Library Courses will meet the general education or free elective requirements of undergraduate degree programs, and a significant majority of CTL courses will also count as one-on-one equivalents to courses taught at your new campus.


Dual Credit

Definition of Dual Credit

Dual credit is a high school student who is enrolled in the high school and is taking college level courses. These students are not considered dual enrolled and you do not calculate instructional days and minutes for them. Definition provided by the Indiana Department of Education.

Dual credit as defined by Indiana Commission for Higher Education

 Dual Credit Courses That Meet The New Academic Honor and Technological Honors Diploma Requirements

Students wishing to fulfill the Core 40 with Academic Honors or Technological Honors diploma requirements should choose dual credit courses from either the CTL or from the list of independent colleges and universities courses currently under review by STAC. Both courses from the CTL and this list of courses meet the dual credit requirements necessary for Core 40 with Academic Honors or Technological Honors for the classes of 2009 and 2010.

 Dual Credit Courses

Dual Credit Course Listing and Descriptions

Indiana Department of Education Frequently Asked Question About Dual Credit (PDF)

Indiana Dual Credit Programs



Fee Waiver

Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver (PDF)

Rule 10: High School Enrollment Application

Rule 10 Application (PDF)

Rule 10 Course List (PDF)


Helpful Links



What are the Freshman Admission standards?

Applicants must:

  • Graduate with a minimum Core 40 Diploma (for students graduating from an Indiana High School beginning in 2011).
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Meet the minimum ACT/SAT score set by Purdue University Calumet


Should Students take the ACT or SAT?

Purdue University Calumet accepts both the ACT and SAT tests. There is no preference for either test; however the writing portion of the ACT is a requirement for a student to be admitted into the university. Be sure to inform students that are interested in applying and have taken the ACT to be sure to take the writing portion as well.

We suggest that students take the ACT/SAT more than once.  For the ACT we will take the best composite score. For the SAT, we will take the highest individual score from each of three sections (math, writing, and critical reading).   


When is the application deadline?

Degree Seeking Application Deadlines:

  • Summer 2016-  May 1, 2016 at 4 PM with classes beginning May 16, 2016
  • Fall 2016- August 1, 2016 with classes beginning August 22, 2016

Non-Degree Seeking Application Deadlines

  • Summer 2016 – May 20, 2016
  • Fall 2016 – August 26, 2016


What does a student have to do to apply?

First Time College Student:

The following documents need to be submitted to apply for admission:

  • A completed Application for Admission (PDF) or Apply Online
  • $25 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • An Official High School Transcript or GED Scores(if applicable)
  • Results from either the ACT or SAT tests

EXCEPTION: For applicants who have graduated from high school one year or more, the appropriate placement test results from the university’s Testing Services Center will substitute for SAT or ACT scores.

Transfer Students

  • Completed application for admission, with a non-refundable undergraduate student application processing fee of $55.00. Application for Admission (PDF) or  Apply Online
  • Send us their official college transcript(s) from each institution attended.
  • Official high school transcript and/or, GED scores, if applicant completed less than 24 college level credits from regionally accredited college or university.
  • College transcripts can be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions

Purdue University Calumet

2200 169th St

Hammond, IN 46323



What scholarships do you have and how can a student apply for one?

All Purdue University Calumet first time in college applicants are automatically considered for some Purdue University Calumet scholarships and are awarded based on the requirements of the donor, qualifications of the student, and fund availability. In general, there is no separate scholarship application required. 

However, certain scholarships require that students complete an application specific to that scholarship in order to be considered. Transfer students can apply for Transfer Scholarships through the Office of Admissions. To find a list of those scholarships and links to their applications click here.