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Purdue University is an institution that is committed to assisting students, staff, and faculty achieve their objectives and reach their full potential. The Purdue University main campus is situated in West Lafayette, Indiana and is the flagship institution of the Purdue University System’s 6 campuses.

Purdue University is is committed to research that will have a strong impact on the health and lives of individual across the planet. Purdue is also committed to moving all of its findings out of the labs and into the marketplace where high-tech economy can be powered by it, particularly in the state of Indiana. Purdue is centred on leadership and structuring an innovative model for higher learning in the 21st century.

The top priority at Purdue University is providing world-class education for its students. Students have access to world-class faculty members, top notch classrooms, labs, libraries and technology; all provided to foster education. The institution also includes innovatively linking technology, the sciences and liberal arts.

At Purdue, students will be exposed to experimental educational opportunities like community service and internships. This also includes undergraduate & graduate research experiences and entrepreneurial education. Students will get the chance to broaden their horizons through an institution that is not only well recognized for bringing individuals from across the planet together, but also supports students from the United States to pursue study-overseas opportunities. This will not only promote diverse culture, but also celebrate diversity and the part it plays in a learning community – this institution does not only teach its students, it also inspires them as well.

An institution’s faculty members actually define the quality of the school, and at Purdue University, quality is KEY in all of its land grant missions for education, finding, and engagement. At this institution, the faculty members are acknowledged and are rewarded for training/teaching, public service, scholarship and research.

Purdue University–Main Campus’ Discovery Park – which has over ten centers – provides interdisciplinary opportunities that range from the study of education to information technology, biosciences, nanotechnology and new fuels that have the ability to successfully power the economy while improving life on planet earth. Purdue University is seen as the pole star that is known to set the compass for the state of Indiana. This university is known to energize the state of Indiana’s economy. The institution’s faculty members, students, and personnel help existing businesses and also help to establish new ones.

Purdue University’s agricultural extension is known to be quite active in every community and county in the state of Indiana. Its land grant mission is one that goes way beyond agriculture. It is simply a spirit of being able to give back to communities in which each college, school, and department at Purdue University transfers its knowledge and findings in order to develop the quality of life, economy and the culture for folks.


The Morrill Act was taken advantage of by the Indiana General Assembly in 1865, and started arrangements to found an institute with a really strong emphasis on engineering. A Lafayette business philanthropist and leader, John Purdue, sought to assist in setting up a land grant college in the state of Indiana. A gift of 150,000 dollars was received by the state of Indiana from John Purdue, and they also received 150 acres of land from the residents of Lafayette and 50,000 dollars from Tippecanoe County in support of their laudable project.

It was decided that the institution would be established close to the city of Lafayette on May 6th, 1869, and the institution was founded as Purdue University by legislators, in the honor of the college’s chief benefactor, John Purdue.

September 16th, 1874, was when the very first classes commenced at Purdue University, with only 3 buildings, 6 instructors and just thirty nine students. In 1875, Purdue University issued its very first degree – a BSc. in Chemistry.

Programs Offered

Students can earn associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Purdue University-Main Campus in over 20 programs such as History, Agriculture, Agriculture Operations & Related Sciences, Architecture & Related Services, Natural Resources & Conservation, Computer & Information Science & Support Services and so on.


Purdue University-Main Campus is an accredited institution and is accredited by over 15 accrediting agencies some of which include: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy), PHAR (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Pharmacy), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and so on.

Most Popular Fields of Study


At Purdue University, applications will be reviewed on holistic and individual basis. Applicants will need to be first and foremost, well prepared academically in order to cope with the rigors of university education and the educational demands that is particular to the Purdue program, school or college to which they seek admission.

Prospective applicants should please note that applications for admission into Purdue University will not be reviewed until the application form and all other necessary materials are received. Many freshmen applicants are required to present their high school transcripts, ACT or SAT test scores (this includes writing), and their application fee.

Purdue University takes into consideration the following factors in its individual review of applicants:

  • The grades that are related to applicant’s intended major
  • High school class expectations
  • Trends in applicant’s achievement
  • The strength of applicant’s total high school curriculum
  • Applicant’s class rank
  • Total GPA
  • Core GPA (lab science, academic mathematics, English, speech, foreign language)
  • ACT or SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency (this includes the writing section).
  • Applicant’s ability to succeed in his or her intended major.
  • Applicant’ background and experiences
  • Essay
  • Time of the year applicant applies for admission
  • Availability of Space in applicant’s intended program
  • Please Note: Every applicant who wishes to attend Purdue University MUST graduate from high school or have a high a General Education Diploma (GED.) Indiana state residents are given preference.

    Financial Aid

    Getting accepted into the college of your dreams is one thing, having the money to pay for your college tuition (and other educational expenses) is another thing entirely. Getting financial aid information can be quite overwhelming sometimes. Purdue University has created a webpage where students can check out Financial Aid information concerning application processes, services, financial assistance policies and the costs of attending Purdue University.

    Those who are searching for online information concerning their financial assistance bursars account are advised to use myPurdue.

    Students can receive financial assistance from more than one source such as Institution Grants, Scholarships, Student Loans, Pell Grants, Federal Grants, State Grants, Local Grants, and so on. With Purdue University’s financial aid programs, students can get quality education without worrying themselves sick on how they are going to pay their way through college with limited funds.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 2691st for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Indiana.


    Purdue University is an institution that runs 15 separate on campus housing for both undergraduates and graduate students. In July 2009, Purdue University’s newest residence hall opened and is exclusively for the institution’s upperclassmen.

    Purdue University-Main Campus is known for hosting the country’s 3rd largest Greek Community, which has about 5,000 students taking part in one of the institution’s forty six men’s fraternities or twenty nine women’s sororities. Many of the institution’s most well known graduates are members of sororities and fraternities, Purdue University-Main Campus’ Greek system is quite strong and is known to work together in a number of aspects, which includes the Panhellenic, Inter-Fraternity Council and lots of other successful philanthropies.

    In 2010, BMOC (Big Man On Campus), Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy helped to raise more than 125,000 dollars with the assistance of the rest of the institution’s Greek Community, all to help Breast Cancer awareness & research. In addition to taking part in philanthropy cause, Purdue University Greeks are also involved with other projects such as College Mentors for Kids, Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue University Dance Marathon, Purdue Student Government and lot of other activities.

    Purdue University-Main Campus also has a radio station known as WBAA. The Edward C. Elliot Hall of Music is where the WBAA studio is located. There are several other student radio stations on Purdue campus as well. Presently, 3 of these radio stations operate from the residence halls and broadcast through the internet.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

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    Purdue University has eighteen Division I/I-A National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams which includes cross country, basketball, football, wrestling, volleyball, golf and so on. Purdue University is also one of the founders of the Big Ten Conference; Purdue played a major role in creating the Big Ten Conference.

    Purdue University is also known for producing quarterbacks with the most Super Bowl wins.

    Purdue’s mascot is known as Boilermaker and the school’s athletics team are known as the Boilermakers. The Purdue’s men’s and women’s basketball teams hold the record of winning more Big 10 Championships than any other conference institution.


  • Gus Grissom – The first individual to go back to space
  • Neil Armstrong – The first man to ever walk on the moon
  • Eugene Cernan – The last astronaut to walk on the moon
  • Edward Mills – Nobel prize winning physicist
  • Thomas B. Sheridan – One of the pioneers of robotics & remote control technology
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    • Online Education ”Purdue University-Main Campus”. 2009-2011
    • States.com. ”Purdue University-Main Campus”. 2011.
    • Purdue University website ”About Us”. 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 6th in Indiana and 132nd overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Indiana and 306th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 4 0.01
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 4 0.01
    Robbery 1 0.00
    Arson 2 0.00
    Burglary 44 0.11
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 4 0.01
    Arrest 113 0.28

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 44 0.15
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Forcible Rape 3 0.01
    Robbery 6 0.02
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 58 0.19
    Larceny 383 1.29
    Vehicle theft 18 0.06

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (very high research activity)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1804

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 548th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,208 $9,208 $28,010
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $784 $784 $784
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $348 $348 $948
    FT Graduate Tuition $9,208 $9,208 $28,010
    FT Graduate Required Fees $784 $784 $784
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $348 $348 $948
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,242 $23,242 $42,044
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,232 $22,232 $41,034
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,312 $14,312 $33,114

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $21,232 $39,492
    Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $784 $784
    Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $19,134 $43,962
    Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $784 $784

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $9,478 $9,900 $9,478 $9,900 $27,646 $28,702
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,330 $1,370
    On-Campus – Room & Board $9,510 $10,378
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,430 $1,820
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,510 $10,378
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,430 $1,820
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,620 $3,040

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$60
    Graduate Application Fee$60
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 31,083 (18,258 male / 12,825 female)
    Admitted 18,779 (10,589 male / 8,190 female)
    Admission rate 60%
    First-time Enrollment 6,422 (3,659 male / 2,763 female)
    FT Enrollment 6,388 (3,639 male / 2,749 female)
    PT Enrollment 34 (20 male / 14 female)
    Total Enrollment39,794

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Big Ten Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference Big Ten Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Big Ten Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Ten Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    125th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 54%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 31
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 32
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 30

    SAT Test Admission

    169th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 73%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 690
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1080 / 1320

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity11,738
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room Fee$4,860
    Board Fee$5,440

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 185th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $103,401 ($110,159 male / $75,345 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,772 (1,232 male / 540 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 2,107
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
    Total Benefits $122,084,457

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