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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 30,277 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Purdue acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Business, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. Graduating 78% of students, Purdue alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,800.
About Purdue University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Website
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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
57%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1150-1380
ACT Range
25-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$12,117/ 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
$10,703/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

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.298 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.294 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
30,277Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,855
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 183 responses
Report
  • Focused
    22%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Friendly and focused
    21%
  • Indifferent-they do them and you do you
    13%
  • Nice
    7%
  • Driven
    6%
  • Easygoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.352 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.407 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 183 responses
Report
  • Boiler up
    31%
  • Diverse
    17%
  • Driven
    16%
  • Challenging
    13%
  • 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
78%
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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Purdue University Reviews

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Purdue has such a large campus that your opportunities are truly endless. Over 1,000 student organizations means everyone can find their fit. On top of that, Purdue has one of the biggest names for engineering which really helped me participate in a lot of unique activities (like going to Bolivia with an Engineers Without Borders team!). Aside from all that, Purdue focuses on its campus resources around the board the make sure students feel helped with academics and personal life. If there is one thing I wish would change, its the way they get information out to the students. I feel like I had a late start with a lot of my college involvement simply because I didn't know of all the opportunities I had available to me!
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I just finished my first year here and feel that I have gotten so much out of my experience already. I have been able to join organizations I care about. Within those organizations I have been able to really involve myself and secure a leadership position. I have also been able to get involved with research as an undergrad! This has been an awesome experience because I am already learning tangible skills. The campus is beautiful and compact enough to where I can get around just by walking. The faculty here is wonderful, and I have already started forming meaningful relationships with some of them.
My experience at Purdue has been great! At Purdue, students are offered great opportunities to participate in research, student led organizations, and extra curricular activities on throughout the year. Because Purdue is a research university, students and faculty definitely can develop a rapport that fosters a students growth in obtaining certain knowledge and skills. Purdue also offers many great opportunities for students to develop leadership through becoming members of one of the hundreds organizations on campus. Lastly, Purdue students can attend many sports events whether it be for the school's football team or even an intramural team game. Purdue has may eateries and study spots so people can meet up for lunch or dinner then study for upcoming exams. Together, Purdue is a great school for people to cultivate connections and develop necessary leadership skills for their careers and in life.