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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Purdue is a highly rated public university located in Wabash Township, Indiana. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 31,849 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Purdue acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Business, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. Graduating 81% of students, Purdue alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,800.
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference

Purdue University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1180-1410
ACT Range
25-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$11,898/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,524/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
69%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.264 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.303 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.299 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    18%
  • On Campus
    80%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
31,849Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,886
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 185 responses
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  • Focused
    23%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Friendly and focused
    21%
  • Indifferent-they do them and you do you
    13%
  • Driven
    6%
  • Nice
    6%
  • Easygoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.357 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.412 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 188 responses
Report
  • Boiler up
    32%
  • Diverse
    16%
  • Driven
    16%
  • Challenging
    12%
  • Community
    8%
  • "What are our school colors?" "Mostly red brick."
    5%
  • Degree
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.170 responses
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I have really enjoyed being apart of the Boilermaker family at Purdue. It has been the best decision I've ever made to attend this outstanding university. They have provided me with resources to get connected with companies that I could gain employment and internship opportunities from. I have joined many clubs and organizations on campus that have allowed me to stay connected to the campus and make lifelong friendships and connections. It truly is an amazing school with a lot to offer. The school spirit here is above anything I have ever seen. If anyone is thinking about coming to Purdue, take the leap of faith and do it. It is an amazing school with amazing faculty that really take the time to get to know their student. Being apart of the boilermaker family has been a dream. Boiler up! Hammer down!
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Purdue University is an overall great university. One of the best parts of Purdue I have experienced is the amount of diversity. Although Purdue is a school known for its great engineering program, I have met plenty of students within medical, business, agricultural, etc. Purdue also has a large international presence, where I have met many students with different backgrounds, have had the opportunity to learn about cultures as well. As a lifelong sports fan, Purdue also participates in the Big Ten Conference, which allows for incredible sporting events among with top tier collegiate athlete showcases. Purdue is a university where there is plenty of opportunity to fit in and find your place, as it is very diverse and doesn't fit a stereotype as a whole. Whatever path you chose, Purdue is a great school with great experiences to produce with it!
I really love the campus at Purdue, it's beautiful all year and nearly everything you need is within walking distance. It also feels super safe; I've walked between the libraries and my dorm in the middle of the night and felt very safe. You will usually see people walking around campus at all times of the day and night, but there's very few disturbances, and not much of a party scene except on some weekends. Everyone is very academically focused, and the vibe on campus is usually pretty serious, especially during finals week. The sports are great, basketball/football are really big but volleyball and soccer are also fun and really cheap to watch. Purdue also brings great speakers and concerts to school, so there's a few big events each semester. There's plenty of great places to eat and stuff to do if you have time between studying!