Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions for students regarding admissions, programs, and financial aid.

  • Is Purdue Global affiliated with Purdue University?

    Yes, Purdue Global is part of the Purdue University system. Purdue University reinforced its status as one of the world's most innovative universities by announcing in April 2017 that it would acquire Kaplan University and create a new, public institution—which is now Purdue Global.

  • Is Purdue Global a for profit school?

    Purdue Global is a public, nonprofit institution. It is an Indiana public benefit corporation and part of the respected Purdue University system.

  • What are the admissions requirements?

    Undergraduate applicants must have completed high school or received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other approved equivalent. Graduate applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or higher.

    Some programs may have additional requirements. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Admissions Advisor.

  • Does Purdue Global require the GRE?

    No. Purdue Global does not require applicants to take the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or SAT admissions tests to be considered for admission. Please see our list of admissions requirements for additional information.

  • How long is a term?

    Purdue Global has two different term lengths: 10 weeks and 12 weeks. All undergraduate programs and graduate nursing, health sciences, and social and behavioral sciences programs follow 10-week terms. Graduate business, information technology, education, and criminal justice programs follow 12-week terms, which are divided into two 6-week sessions.

  • How do I participate in my classes?

    Courses are divided into one-week units. During each unit, students are expected to participate in class discussions, take quizzes, and submit at least one paper. Some courses have real-time learning experiences, called seminars, which happen at the same time for all students in a section. Professors will also hold optional online office hours at designated times.

  • How much time should I expect to spend on coursework?

    We estimate that students enrolled in 10-week terms require a minimum of 15 to 18 hours per week per course. Students enrolled in 12-week terms require a minimum of 20 to 25 hours per week per course. This includes time spent in the online classroom and studying offline. Advanced courses may require additional study time.

  • Can I join student clubs online? How do I meet other students?

    You can meet other students in your classroom at any time via the discussion board and seminars. Make sure to introduce yourself at the beginning of a course.

    You are also welcome to join one or more of Purdue Global’s student organizations, which let you engage outside of the classroom with others who have similar academic interests. In addition, webinars hosted by Career Services and other University departments can connect you with fellow students, alumni, subject-matter experts, and industry leaders.

  • Does Purdue Global offer laptops?

    Purdue Global does not provide laptops as part of enrollment. Students may use mobile devices such as tablets, mobile phones, and notebook computers (e.g., Chromebooks) to perform some academic activities, such as watching pre-recorded lectures or participating in online discussions. However, students should have access to a desktop or laptop computer as their primary device.

    Data rates may apply for mobile devices; check with your mobile service provider.

    View technology requirements.

  • What student support services are available?

    Purdue Global students receive personal academic support from day one to graduation.

    Student Advisors offer degree planning assistance, provide access to resources and academic tools, and help you stay on track to graduation.

    Our Writing Center, Math Center, Technology Center, and Science Center provide subject-specific assistance, including free live tutoring, workshops, and self-paced tutorials.

    Career Services offers comprehensive career planning to students and alumni, including résumé and cover letter reviews, mock interview assistance, and networking advice.

    Students will receive guidance notifications once all applicable changes are completed. Notably, service members would then select "Purdue University Global" versus "Kaplan University." Student accounts are expected to remain as is with no lapse.

  • Are there any special benefits for military servicemembers?

    We believe active-duty military and veterans have earned a quality education through their service and should not have to pay excessive out-of-pocket expenses to reach their educational goals.

    Current servicemembers (including Guard and Reserve) save 55% per credit for undergraduate programs (plus we waive the technology fee) and 17% to 30% per credit for graduate programs. Veterans save 38% per credit for undergraduate programs and 14% per credit for graduate programs.

    We also offer reduced tuition rates for military spouses.

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