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  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 out of 49 people found this review useful. 1 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are wanting to pursue a career in engineering, pharmacy, or in a science field, Purdue is a really good option for you. Students who are motivated, determined, and work hard will really find Purdue to be a good fit. You will be surrounded with people just like you. Students who are outgoing and enthusiastic will love the sports scene and school spirit. The Boilermaker community is full of people who are friendly, outgoing and extremely well-rounded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour. If you are still taking part in the college search, visit the Purdue campus. While on a tour, ask questions! The tour guides want to help you to decide if Purdue is your perfect fit. Ask about programs associated with your intended major, about dorm life, anything! It may be a good idea to have some questions in mind that you would like to have answered. Also, see if you can sit in on a lecture. It is a really great way to get a feel for what your classes would be like. Don't be scared off by the large number of students. It is a big campus, but after a couple of weeks it will start to feel much smaller. Especially within your focused schools you will get to know people who will be in several of your classes. Also, every class does not have 500 students in it. Some of your classes will be large and others much smaller. I had anywhere from 15-400 students in a class this past semester. If you are an incoming student, participate in Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). It is an awesome new student orientation program and a great way to meet new people. There are a ton of super fun events throughout the week, not to mention free stuff. It is also a great way to calm any nerves you might have about leaving home, finding your way around, or starting classes. Get involved in something! There are so many clubs offered here that span the spectrum, and if you somehow find what you are looking for is not offered, you can start that club! This is seriously a great way to meet new people or try something new. Do not be afraid to get to know your professors! Two words: Office Hours. They want to meet you too! It can be a little intimidating at first, but after you meet with one professor you will find that they are really nice and can give you great advice or help in their course.

    Bang for the buck

    Any college tuition is expensive, but at Purdue you really are getting your money's worth. You are getting a great education and will graduate with a degree from a very respectable and accredited university. Especially in the science field and engineering, several businesses hire Purdue graduates because of the great educational reputation. Aside from benefits for your future, Purdue has a lot of great ways you can get bang for your buck. If you are living in the dorms, there are plenty of activities and programs offered. The dining hall food is unbelievably amazing and there is so much variety. There are a variety of free admission events put on by clubs throughout the year where students can relax and have fun as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. I really enjoy the classes I am taking, and the social life is awesome! There is definitely something for everyone. Whether you are wanting to get involved in Greek life or maybe just a few clubs, it all is available at Purdue. Being able to attend Big Ten sporting events isn't so bad either.

    Am learning a lot

    I am studying in the school of science. My classes are challenging, and I am definitely learning from my professors. There are plenty of resources to get extra help here as well such as free help rooms or study sessions with teaching assistants.

  • 07/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 2 of 313

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to learn and enjoy a big campus with lots of diversity. The campus is within the city so students who love having many things to do on the weekends will love this school. Purdue is so active during the night and this makes the campus an amazing place to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to all of your classes. Many professors will give extra credit points or actual points for good attendance. Most of your classes will not have a lot of homework and only a few tests so every point you earn is important. There are rarely any easy points in college. Set aside time to study each week, that way you won't panic when the tests come around. For many of the harder classes, it is recommended to begin studying for test AT LEAST a week in advance. Don't procrastinate or you'll be very sorry when the grades come out at the end of the semester. Also, try to get involved around campus. This helps you make friends and will look good on future resumes. Also, having some good friends will help you get through your first year. Go home as little as possible. Several people I know went home to visit their boyfriends almost every weekend during the school year. These people now have few to no friends at school. The best time to bond with your new friends and meet even more new people is during the weekends. If you go home all the time you will have a lot of trouble in the long run with loneliness because of this. Tough it out for a few weeks because I guarantee you'll be grateful you did by the end of the year. College is where you will meet some of the best friends you will ever have.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a public university therefore it is one of the less expensive campuses in Indiana. However, there is very little financial aid given unless your family is extremely poor. Purdue does give a lot of student aid when it comes to loans. The student will only get around 5,000 dollars in loans but the parents will be able to get the rest through a parent plus loan. This does help when paying for school because the interest is very low on all of these loans. Work study and grants are very rarely given out unless you are very good at a sport, especially football or basketball. One thing that's good to know though is that with a Purdue degree you will have many amazing job offers and this is essential in this day and age.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is wonderful. There are many restaurants close by and lots of things to do. There are many free concerts and movie nights on campus and this is a good thing to take advantage of. The people here are great. Most of them are hard workers and it is easy to find people that have similar interests.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in the nursing program and joined a learning community. This is where around 20 freshman nursing students get put in most of the same classes and are put in the same resident hall. This helps with finding people to study with and is a great way to easily make some new friends. Most of the programs have learning communities and I would recommend getting into one. It is not absolutely necessary for success in college but it might help make things a little bit easier.

  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 3 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for ANY student, but specifically, students looking to major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or pharmacy are probably the best candidates for the college. Every major option at Purdue is sure to be rewarding to the student taking the courses. However, out-of-state students not majoring in any of the areas mentioned above should probably consider other colleges, as out-of-state tuition is a bit pricey. But Purdue has something to offer for everyone, no matter where they come from, what their major is, or what their interests are. It is a well-rounded university, full of students who are proud to study there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get to know people, whether it be your roommate, your professors, or just other students on campus. Getting to know people is part of the college experience, and at Purdue, it is DEFINITELY not hard to to; there are people everywhere! Also, your roommate is probably one of the most important people you meet at school, so don't neglect to get to know each other a bit. And finally, there are your professors; they have office hours for a reason! They want to get to know their students, and if you are having any problems, they are more than happy to explain the material to you until you understand. Aside from meeting people, it is also important to complete any/all coursework (even if it is deemed optional). The work is designed not only to test your knowledge of the material, but also to prepare you for the exams that come later in the semester. And even though you may feel pressed for time with so many assignments, if you manage your time carefully, you can get everything done with time to spare! Finally, don't get stressed out over exam week(s). They are just tests, like any other test you've ever taken, but with new material. If you get stressed over the exam, chances are, you won't be focused when you are studying. Do what I do, start studying 2-3 weeks before the exam to cover the older material before your professor starts covering new material in lectures. If you do this, you should have no problem studying ALL of the material with time left over to go back over sections that you may have had issues with, allowing you to do your very best on each exam!

    Bang for the buck

    Sure, college can be expensive, and Purdue is not an exception to the rule, but as far as it goes for Indiana students, Purdue is probably the best choice. Not only does your cost of admittance include your tuition and room/board, but it also includes estimated travel expenses, book costs, and other miscellaneous expenses that may occur throughout the semester, which, to me, seems to be an extremely efficient system. Also, when you apply for housing, you also apply for a meal plan, which not only allows you to eat at any of the university dining halls, but also gives you extra dining dollars which can be used at the university grills, the union, and the mini-marts on campus! In short, if you are looking for an Indiana school that fits your budget, Purdue is the choice for you.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere here is wonderful! There is always something going on: performances, club activities, sporting events, and they all allow you to meet new people who have interests that are similar to your own. Also, this school has an enormous amount of diversity in its students, which I believe is an essential part of any university. Aside from events, the university itself is quite amazing. The residence halls are all great, and they even offer programs and activities for the students who live there. Furthermore, there are the dining courts, which not only offer amazing food, but also an amazing variety for ANY diet. Then there are the sites around campus. The student union is an amazing place to meet for lunch/dinner and socialize, and the fountains around campus are great places for sitting outside. There are also all of the academic buildings which are exceptionally fun just to be in!

    Am learning a lot

    I started off my college career last year in the college of science, learning quite a lot of new material in all of my courses. Also, each course does not only deliver the information itself, but its connections with real-life situations as well. All of the professors and teaching assistants are very knowledgeable in their specific fields, which definitely aids in the learning process.

  • 08/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 4 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, self-motivated, socially diverse, and open-minded students are the perfect match for Purdue. Students who are looking for a college where they can mix fun and education would find a home at Purdue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take too many credit hours your first semester. It will be easier to get yourself acclimated to the new environment and find activities and clubs to become a part of if you aren't bogged down with hours of studying and homework. I would suggest taking 15-16 credit hours your first semester, and then bumping it up to 17-18 credit hours your second semester. Also, you shouldn't skip class. A lot of professors do put their notes online, but the notes can never make up for actually being there in person. Many professors have in-class quizzes or take attendance, so skipping class can hurt your grade. Attendance points are the easiest way to help yourself get good grades. Being in lecture also helps when it comes to test time. A lot of professors will go over previous exams and take questions during lecture to help you get ready. Also, just having been to lecture helps with studying and cuts down on the time you have to spend preparing outside of class. One final suggestion: bring a good umbrella and good rain shoes. West Lafayette has a pretty wet spring, and there's nothing worse than sitting in lecture for 50 minutes with wet socks on.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an Indiana resident, then Purdue is the perfect place for you to attend. The tuition is much cheaper than many private colleges who offer the same programs of study. If you aren't an Indiana resident, Purdue is still a nationally recognized college for excellence. With scholarships and grants, the out of state tuition can be very affordable as well. The programs of study here are well worth the cost of attendance.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue offers a wide variety of clubs and societies for students to participate in. There are also frequent events on campus that are both promotional to a certain company or aimed at recruitment for different clubs, etc. Also, the campus is located in the city, so there are always things to do and places to go off campus. A lot of the surrounding community is diverse and interesting, with many stores well within walking distance or along the bus route. You will never be left without something to do. Also, there are so many study groups and areas for students to come together and help each other with homework, studying for exams, and just have fun while getting work done.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in the College of Science, and the classes are challenging, but not so difficult as to be unmanageable. The course studies for all majors are rigorous and test your abilities at time management and focus. The pace is much quicker than in high school, but not so quick as to leave you racing to keep up.

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 5 of 313

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who know what they want, and are not afraid to put forth a little work to get it.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make a daily schedule. Find times between classes, and instead of laying around, use that time for homework and study so that you can have free time at night. -Get involved in organizations. They are incredibly fun, and allow you to meet new and interesting people both from, and outside of your major.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue increased its tuition 5% this year, and for us out of state students that is a lot.. But the cost is worth the education, and the prestige of receiving a diploma with the title Purdue University on it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely beautiful! It is kept in credibly clean. The weather is moderate, although the summers can get a bit hot. You will never be bored. When there is down time from course work, Purdue has over 800 clubs and organizations, so everyone will be able to find something that fits their fancy.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at Purdue are filled with a ton of information. You will learn a lot, but that does come at a cost. You will have to work for your grades, but in the end it really pays off.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a great choice for: >Students who enjoy sports. >Aspiring Engineers. >Students who want to meet new people from around the world. >Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will hear a lot of this information again and again, but listen to it. >GET INVOLVED. There are so many different clubs and activities for you to join. Do it. Not only will you meet other students that share similar interests, but you will have fun! >BE SOCIAL. When I say this, I do not mean go out and party every night. What I mean is, do not be anti-social. For example, when you are in your room, leave the door open. This allows others on your floor to come in and talk. You can meet some great people this way. >STUDY. If you are in tough classes, be ready for a lot of late night studying. One tip, do not sit in your room. Go to a quiet room, a library, somewhere where you won't be distracted.

    Bang for the buck

    I am studying Engineering, and Purdue has definitely earned my respect for this course. It is a tough major to study, but because Purdue is known for its Engineers, it is a great place to study it. The food is also great. There are five different dining halls to choose from and each specializes in something different, such as Earhart is more oriental food, and Windsor is geared towards vegetarians. I am a vegetarian, and while I prefer Windsor, there is something for my at each dining court.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is amazing! I choose Purdue based on its academic purposes, but also because it is a member of the Big Ten. I am a huge sports fanatic when it comes to Purdue sports, and there are many students that share this with me. I am a member of the VIP club at Purdue which means that I get into all of the home games for any sport. So far, I have gone to every football game, almost all the volleyball games (including a trip down to IU), a lot of the Boys' Basketball games (front row at one game!!!), and a couple of the Woman's Basketball games. The school spirit is really high here, and it is a blast to be included in the Purdue family. Other than sports, Purdue offers so much. There are clubs for anything and everything. And if by some chance Purdue does not offer something that you are interested in, feel free to make a club for it!

    Am learning a lot

    In high school, I was lucky enough that I didn't have to study for many of my classes. After the first couple of weeks at Purdue, however, I realized that I had to study a lot if I expected to pass my courses. It sounds a bit odd, but it has been rough learning how to study. Not only have I gained knowledge about my classes, but I have also learned many traits that will help me outside of school.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 313

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, for sure! Students looking for a big University but still wanting to be able to feel like a part of a community.

    Tips for prospective students

    The key is just knowing how to balance fun and academics. Finding ways to have fun at Purdue and making friends is easy! But if you skip class a lot and lose sight of the reason you're in college, it's just as easy to let your grades slip. It can also go the other way. It's important to have a nice, full schedule but don't overdo it! Give yourself time to go out and run through the fountains or chant in the student section of the football games!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue University is a great school and graduates some of the best students! The programs offered to prepare you for whatever you choose to do with your life are top notch. You get out what you put in but Purdue makes the 'putting in' part easy!!

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue has a club for basically every interest, and if you still can't find the right one for you, they allow you to start your own! The students are all really friendly and I feel comfortable around everybody. You're always able to find something to do and the traditions and atmosphere of the campus make it so enjoyable!

    Am learning a lot

    The variety of classes is incredible and the professors enjoy what they're teaching... which makes it easier on us students to learn the material!

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for any student; from the goal driven student to the socially active student, Purdue allows opportunity to all. Remember to try your hardest and even if you need help, Purdue students and staff can assist. Hopefully you too can become a boilermaker!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with social activities and do your best when it comes to academics. If you can, try living on campus for at least one semester and take advantage of the learning communities and teaching help. Go to class and try to understand the material to the best of your ability. Remember also that you are paying for these classes so if you are lazy or aren't ready, I suggest doing a community college first. This way you can prepare and even do general education classes.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as the standard of education goes, it is above average. Which you can imagine comes with a pretty price tag. However, Purdue provides many opportunity for financial help. If you come from out of state, it can seem a little expensive and even during this time of economic turmoil, can seem a little to much. But, the reason for this is the quality and recognition as a Purdue student has on an employer. Purdue provides one of the best engineering programs not only in the nation but the world. An education might seem expensive, but the knowledge and college experience is priceless. Purdue offers many technological benefits and provides amazing professors and teaching assistants.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue is a large campus and home to some of the brilliant minds of today. Being that it is large, you are sure to find a comfortable social environment both on and off campus. I encourage prospective and current students to get involved at Purdue in activities and groups there. If you can live on the campus for at least one semester so as to take in the college atmosphere and interact with fellow classmates. There are many restaurants and dining halls for food and there is always something going on. Whether it be a sport or a student organization, you can be sure that Purdue students focus on both academics and social interaction. The football games are an activity that all can enjoy(myself included). While it is wise to keep up with the books, it is also smart to have fun and take advantage of the Purdue experience.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a current student within the College of Chemical Engineering and have had my experience with the first years of Purdue. Academically, Purdue is a great school that provides some of the best professors in the fields that explain difficult subjects and can easily relate the material. Some advice would be to listen and comprehend the material to the best of your ability. Those that are planning on becoming an engineer at Purdue have their work cut out for them, and Purdue isn't a place for laziness. However, it is a school that wants to see you succeed and will help you by challenging you and preparing you. Do the best to your ability and eventually you will see yourself succeed. Get help if necessary and plan your time and energy accordingly. Take advantage of what Purdue offers from the recitation classes to the learning communities. By doing this no only will you learn and understand the material, but you become a part of the social atmosphere at Purdue. The classes at Purdue provide a lot of material and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, but always try your best. The first year is always the general education classes which to some can seem a review or a struggle. Only once you get into your Sophomore year will you begin to get into your field of Engineering. Choose what you like to do and eventually you will see you succeed at it.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 313

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone at night...it's a no-brainer for any campus. There are lots of cab services around, and a walking service that you can call if you want someone to walk to home at night! Overall, if you're smart, it's a safe place :)

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in the greek community, but if you want to be, ours is huuuge.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for every interest. If you don't find one that fits yours, create it!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone?! I used to think I wanted to go to a small school, but at Purdue, you get both the big school and small school experience. Attention in classes (sometimes you have to seek it out, but it's there), but huge atmosphere where the possibilities are endless. Sounds corny, but it's totally true.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sledding down Slayter Hill on dining court trays (how you get them is up to you...;) XXX (relax, it's a restaurant)...they have the famous peanut butter burger

    Bang for the buck

    Sports. Tradition. Brains. Boilermaker Love. We have it all.

    What to do for fun

    Under 21: the levy has a ton of stuff to do, including a movie theatre, shopping, and a pottery place. There's a bowling alley in the Union, free movies on Slayter Hill and in Loeb, and a ton of free events going on all the time! Over 21: ...we have good bars.

    Food and Dining

    PURDUE HAS THE BEST FOOD EVER. I'm not even kidding. I've been to other schools dining courts, talked to other friends about the food at their schools...seriously, Purdue wins. Plus there are like 5 to choose from for every meal. NOM.

    Dorm Life

    It's a dorm, not a hotel. There are a TON to choose from at Purdue though, and each one is different/offers different things. Regardless of where you stay, I guarantee you will love it and it will end up having a special little place in your heart.

    Academic Rigor

    Guys--it's hard. But Purdue is a top school, so getting your butt kicked by academics (it will happen to even the smartest of the smarty-pants!) is only going to put you on top of the applicant pile when it comes time to get a big-kid job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to BGR! It might sound like a lame college orientation, but you will meet so many friends and learn SO much about Purdue.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is basically a land of opportunity; you get out of it what you put in, and much, much more. More majors and minors than you can imagine, even more clubs and organizations--something for everyone! I love this school and campus to the bottom of my heart and would recommend it to anyone.

  • 08/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for anyone who wants to have the big school feel in a small town. Students have the ability to get lost in the crowd or to stand out on there own. I believe that this is a great feature to Purdue University because even though it is a university of over 40,000 students, it doesn't have to feel that way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go to college thinking that everything will be the same as it is back home. I hate to say it, but everything changes; friends, relationships, school work. Have an equal balance of friends and school and you will do great at Purdue.

    Bang for the buck

    I will be the first to tell you that Purdue is very expensive. At the same time, I am enrolled in the top Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the country so I know that this will all be worth it in the future.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'll admit it, I had a very hard time first semester with adjusting to everything. I am very glad I stuck it out though and am back for my second year. It has been worth it so far and I cannot wait for the future.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class is different from each other, even if your roommate takes the same one at a different time. Each professor has a different way to teach and going from class to class, this makes it interesting. I am learning a lot by meeting new people as well!

  • 12/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 313

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for any type of student!

    Tips for prospective students

    I think that you should visit during a time when class is in session. Preferably in the spring and early fall. Not only is the campus beautiful, the students are full of energy and excitement. I would also try to shadow a student in a major that you are thinking about. If you do decide to go to Purdue University, PLEASE attend Boiler Gold Rush Orientation program! It is one of the best experiences that you will have at Purdue University! You will be able to get acquainted with the Purdue campus before any of the other students arrive. You will participate in many fun activities through out the day and meet many new people!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a little pricey, but you get a quality education and college experience for your money. Not to mention Purdue is ranked No. 4 in job placement and we have many job fairs and opportunities to meet with large companies. We have the Career Center is good at critiquing your resume and good at setting up mock interviews to make sure that you are ready to meet with potential employers. Purdue really wants students to be successful and to think beyond the college experience and prepare them for the work world.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue University may seem like a large campus, but it is a small community. There is great energy around campus all the time, and the students are very nice and welcoming to one another.

    Am learning a lot

    At Purdue University you get a great education. Many prospective students are concerned with the class size of Purdue University and don't think that they will be able to excel in a large class size. Although some of your freshman year classes may be in a large lecture room, I have never had any difficulties scheduling office hours with my professors. Many students do not take advantage of the opportunity. Once you get more involved with your major, you will be in a smaller class size and you get to know your professors and they will help you find many opportunities related to internships and possible jobs.

  • 06/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 9 people found this review useful. 12 of 313

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to learn, get ahead, have great future prospects with large employers, and also have fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip classes and make sure to study. Also, having friends to study with and get help from can NEVER hurt!

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    The engineering department is huge here, if that's your major then you're coming to the right place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your classes aren't too far apart, back-to-back classes allow you 10 minutes passing time. Always leave early for classes which require you to use the bus, as they can be unpredictable or even get full at certain stops. Make sure to choose a meal plan where you'll be using all of your swipes on a weekly basis, every swipe unused is wasted money.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not that much more expensive than comparable schools, but it's still very pricey.

    Am enjoying being here

    I had the time of my life at Purdue, and have been waiting all summer to go back.

    Am learning a lot

    If you already have your major figured out, you're still going to be forced to take a couple of unimportant classes that aren't very much related to your intended major, but once you're through that it they become much more related to your specific major.

  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    STEM--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Krannert school of Management is good too. I wouldnt reccommend liberal arts from out-of-state. (More of a bang for your buck thing). Other than the majors, Purdue is basically a good fit for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get your work done for class. Also you will have to study for tests, and even just as you learn new material. But if you keep up with your work and studies lectures aren't always that important to go to. Just make sure to keep your priorities straight. School first, fun later.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like that fits under I'm learning a lot. Its expensive out-of-state but well worth it. In terms of everything more than just the education, the food is good and the dorms are ok. The no AC in a lot of them can get to be annoying for the first 3 weeks but other than that its fine. They're expanding/remodeling the rec center, as well as building many other new things. Also, there are a lot of internship opportunities there either in Coops or various majors. For the money, you can get a great education, have a lot of other opportunities, and have a great time while youre there.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it there. I move back in in 12 days and I can't wait. There is plenty to do. I personally am involved with athletics. There is also a big Greek life and many other clubs and other opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    I am going to be a sophomore in Civil Engineering. It starts out slow but picks up the pace as you get through freshman year. I only really learned a lot in chemistry and calculus, and I learned how to use AutoCAD in CGT. The rest of the classes freshman year I didn't learn too much. This year I'll be taking PHYS 241 aka electricty and optics, geomatics--I think that's like surveying, and statics. So I should learn a lot in those classes.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 313

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has its own fire and police stations. They are both located at the residential end of campus and have a fast response time to anywhere on campus. Purdue also has a student escort program. If a student feels unsafe while walking on campus at any time, they can either call the escort service and someone will come to them to walk them to their desired destination, or they can press the blue button on one of the emergency boxes throughout campus, and the police will come to escort them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 clubs available. If there isn't a club that fits your interests, you can create your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone has to go on a fountain run at least once while they are attending purdue. Usually, after a winning home game, the student section will sprint across campus and run through the two fountains in celebration. It is especially great on hot days in august and september! Also, you have to make a stop at the discount den and buy a den pop (yes, we call it pop, not soda). A den pop allows you to mix different drinks together, all for a cheap price.

    Bang for the buck

    As with any college, Purdue can seem kind of expensive, especially if you are an out-of-state student. Make sure to check of the division of financial aid and fill out that fafsa and scholarship applications!

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities on and off of campus. There are over 900 student clubs and organizations to get involved in. By getting involved in these organizations, you will always have something to do. If that isn't your thing, you can always go to the union and bowl or shoot some pool. Also, there are lots of restaurants and shops on chauncey hill and the landing. You can go to the movie theater, or in the winter, you can ice skate. There are also plenty of intramural sports to play throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food at purdue is much better than the food you find in your high school cafeterias. There are a number of dining courts that serve different things every day, so you have plenty of options. Each dining court is known for a specific specialty. There are also a couple of small cafes around campus that accept cash and dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty great, especially if you happen to live in one with air conditioning. The staff are all very friendly and willing to help you if you need it. The RA's plan floor-wide and hall-wide events throughout the year, so you will have plenty of opportunities to meet your fellow residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue's classes vary on many different levels. most freshmen of any major are typically required to take some large lecture classes, such as biology or chemistry. Even though these are intro level classes, they tend to be more difficult and are often referred to as the weed out classes. The higher level classes tend to be smaller, so students receive more individual attention from the professors and typically do better. Ultimately, it is up to the individual student to seek out the help they need to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on a campus tour. If it is possible, look into taking an individual tour with someone from the college you are looking into, such as the college of agriculture or science. If you are there during the school year, see if you can sit in on a class. It will help give you a feel for what you will be doing if you decide to go to purdue.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a school of opportunity. The university itself is very large, but the individual colleges and departments work hard to make you feel like you are part of a family. Purdue definitely deserves more than just a passing glance.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a great school for nearly anyone serious about their education. It is a big enough school to offer a ton of majors and extracurriculars, but still has the community feel. There is a place for everyone at Purdue!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun! But not too much. Remember why you are at school. Also, make sure to balance all that studying with some extracurriculars. It is a great way to meet people and spend time outside of school. So let loose a little. Try something new. Join the intramural teams, or the juggling club or even spit crickets at Spring Fest (well, maybe not, but they do have that!).

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue offers the best of the best. Certainly worth your money if you plan to enter and be successful in almost any career. The university itself as well as the individual schools offer good financial aid for those eligible also.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met so many people at Purdue! They emphasizes diversity, so I have made friends from literally all over the world, such as India, China and Britain. I really enjoy the clubs too. There is certainly something for everyone. There is never a dull moment for me at Purdue!

    Am learning a lot

    Purdue University offers so much more than I ever dreamed. I am interested in Animal Sciences and there are so many opportunities to learn from the best inside and out of the classroom with clubs and other activites. From what my college friends tell me, the other schools are just the same. Purdue is a very well-rounded university.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue's name on any degree looks amazing to any employer, but if you are studying Management, Engineering, or Pharmaceuticals, you are getting an astounding background for the future. Right now the Management School is ranked 17 on the list of the best business schools in the U.S. and this is the same home of engineering that put people on the moon. The studies are genuine and the sense of completion is worth it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about coming to Purdue, make sure that you are ready to work hard. You will be challenged to the most of your ability here. There are some classes designed to test your strength in your self and your brain power and it is important that you take these tasks on head first and apply everything you have learned.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is expensive, any way you look at it, but if you have the credentials to get into it, then you have the crendentials that would make you qualify for scholarships to help you pay for it. You just need to apply for it. Its definately worth it thought because for one, Purdue is accreditated which is very important, and it is also internationally known. With the way that business is changing these days, jobs are found all over the world, and its good for the institution that you graduated from to be so well known so that people know how much your are worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    West Lafayette is a small town with not too much to do outside of education besides eating, and relaxing. To be at a prestigious school such as Purdue, you need to be someone who is about their business and is dedicated to their work. If this is your mindset and continues to be your mindset through the years, you will love it here. There are plenty of places for you to spend hours studying, relaxing, or just thinking to that you can better yourself as a student. You have to come with the right purpose and drive to be successful and consisently proud of yourself.

    Am learning a lot

    Purdue has classes that are made to fit your level of experience with certain classes when you come in. So if you know that you need to spend another semester on material that you took in High School you can, but the teachers that you have make sure that they are clear in what they are teaching. If you are one of those students who need extra help, there are tons of resources all over campus including Teaching Assistants, Help Rooms, Office Hours, and much more.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 313

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is a very safe campus, Police patrol campus after hours to help people get home safely and bus service is always free to Purdue students and staff.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has one of the top Greek communities and has thousands of students entering the Greek programs every year. It is not mandatory to join a fraternity or sorority, but finding new friends with similar interest can be as easy as going Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and extra activities allow Purdue students to pursue their interests outside of school while getting a high quality education.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a high quality education in Engineering, Sciences, or Agriculture will have the most opportunities, but there are several other majors available that are just as competitive and worthwhile. Purdue even offers a Create your own Major program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Summer fountain runs are a blast and a quick way to make new friends. Just put on a swimsuit and gather some friends and splash in on one of Purdue's beautiful fountains.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue can be a bit expensive, but they offer a lot of opportunities for networking and quick job opportunities after college.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs at Purdue that you can find almost anything imaginable as a club. Everything from unicycle club, chess club, Nerf Dart Tag club, running club, fishing club, to club sports such as crew team, rugby, skateboarding, soccer; Anything you can imagine is probably a club, and if it isn't you can propose it to the college and more than likely they will be willing to start a new club.

    Food and Dining

    All you can eat buffets, the only problem is that Sunday night has no food offered at the dinning courts. But there are at least 20 different delivery spots within a 30 minute wait for food. Some fast food spots can be less than a three minute walk if you live in the right part of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a great experience. If you want to live by yourself and not be bothered, you can be. Or you can be involved with the people in your dorm simply by stopping by and showing interest. Some of the closest friends you will meet will be in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be very hard for freshmen, but if you are willing to accept the challenge and take advantage of the countless study groups and academic clubs, it will be a lot easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study hard, but remember that there is always a listening ear if you need it and a supporting friend if you want one. Purdue's campus allows you to be as involved as you want to be. All you have to do is reach out and people will accept you. And don't be afraid of diving into the culture or being judged, Purdue students will accept you no matter who you are of how you act.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a very challenging college with a large amount of academically competitive students. It is a very friendly campus with hundreds of clubs to join and thousands of people to make friends with. Purdue campus is always going and there is never a boring day, between classes and clubs, incoming students will have the best time of their lives.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue University is a great place for students who want to be challenged academically, who enjoy meeting lots of new people, and want to attend a Big 10 school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is an expensive school to attend, but it is worth every penny. You are getting a great education and I for one am having an amazing time being a Boilermaker.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue University is a fun place to be. You can always find a friend who enjoys doing the same things as you. Everybody fits in, and there are many things to do on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been challenged academically in every class I have taken. Purdue has a fantastic science program and although I am not majoring in engineering I also know that their program will challenge many students.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 8 people found this review useful. 20 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a bright future and are willing to work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and don't give up if you are having trouble with something. There are many organizations on campus that want to help students succeed. If you need the help contact them.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 21 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    People who love schools that have huge school pride with plenty of alumni coming back for school events such as football games. The Engineering, Business, and Aviation-oriented students since those programs are one of the best in the nation. Purdue is also great for students who want to be part of a huge Greek community, since we do have the 2nd biggest Greek Life in the nation. Boiler Up!

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a lot of majors available to you and this allows you to switch majors easily within Purdue. However, if you have a list of majors you want to pursue and Purdue doesn't have it then I would reconsider this school. There are a few majors I myself wanted to pursue such as Architecture but it wasn't offered here and the Building Construction Management program is more on-site work not office work which was something I preferred.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a few classes at Purdue that are basically a joke. There are also some classes that actually are quite helpful in terms of your major. However after having a unmotivated first year I realized that going to class actually helps you learn stuff. However as stated above there are those classes that are a joke and basically you just have to show up to class.

  • 01/08/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those seeking a technical major (computer science, engineering, business and other technology majors). Also great for in state students who want a good name with their equally good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get a good tour of Lafayette, though the campus is probably the most maintained part of the area, the neighboring town is great to get away from the school environment for a while.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, it's a little hard to justify the price. However, remember you are getting a world class education. Purdue is famous around the world (I have family in Hong Kong who definitely knew the name, also the international student population is booming). If you attend as something other than Engineering or Business, it may be difficult for you to find a reason to go. Purdue is most definitely a school for technical majors and not so much education or English. However for those In State, it is a very cheap school in regards of tuition and as long as you know how to make your education worth it, Purdue will repay you well.

    Did enjoy being here

    Purdue has a great social environment if you want to get away from the city. This is not to say that it is quiet and conservative, rather you can escape from noise if you want to, but you can have your fun any day of the week as well. I personally was pledging a fraternity and enjoyed my time there meeting people of different backgrounds. I also attended several different religious groups so that I could keep in touch with my faith. Through this I was able to spend my time doing different activities throughout the weekends. Though the town isn't necessarily exciting at first glance, if you know where to look you definitely can enjoy your time.

    Did learn a lot

    Purdue offers students a very educated and intelligent work environment. Being a school notorious for engineering, more than half the student body is part of the engineering college. Being a first year here is great because most everyone will share their classes with you therefore you have a lot of students to study with. The professors usually don't teach on a one to one basis, but this is expected of a large university. Though the TA's in the Physics and Math department have a large international population, all of them are willing to help how they can. It would be very difficult for you if you don't utilize them some how.

  • 01/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students with a passion to achieve great grades and meet new people. It has a club for just about any interest. just like any college, it is not easy and requires a lot of hard work. Come to purdue with a willingness to learn and get a great education!

    Tips for prospective students

    Weigh the pros and cons of attending a big school. Make sure it is what you want before accepting admission. Also, talk to your counselor about your decided major or options leading towards your major and make sure Purdue has one that will suit it. I love the large amount of people because it adds that much more diversity. It is a wonderful school with a lot of credible academics and a ton of awesome clubs and sports!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a great school with a very diverse selection of majors. Like any big school, however, lectures and a large amount of classes can have up to 400 people in them. I am one who doesn't mind this teacher to student ratio. I came to a large school knowing that it would be this way. I do feel like i am learning a lot and still getting a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying my time here more than anything! I was more than eager to graduate high school and move on. Being at Purdue has introduced me to so many opportunities that spark my interest. For example, I joined the rowing crew within the first weeks of school. It was something that I had never tried before. It is great to have so many educational and extracurricular clubs! Plus, it is a great way to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently a junior in the School of Health and Human sciences. my courses, like any other science major, are extremely tough. However, they are not impossible. I am learning so much because it is crucial to put my time and effort into studying in order to get the grade I desire. Without hard work, it is so easy to fall behind and get an undesired grade. I am learning new ways to study, how to be more diligent, and when to get help when needed. Fortunately, there are so many free resources and tutoring opportunities available here!

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 24 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    -Well-rounded -Internationally-minded -Progressive -Has great social skills or wants to develop them -Loves challenges

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get to know the in-and-outs of the campus (dining, transportation, etc.) before you come to Purdue and during your first month, since this will greatly alleviate the burden of a huge transition and give you a foot up over the competition - Always study at least 2 hours a night for each class and read ahead whenever possible: Being up to date in classes is often not enough -Take every opportunity presented to you which interests you: You will be surprised where you thrive and it will only aid you to excel in your academic, professional and personal lives -Enjoy the campus environment: Purdue University is a prestigious university with a culture of its own, so enjoy the vibe and take a look around!

    Bang for the buck

    The University is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, not to mention access to some of the greatest minds from around the world. Purdue's tuition seems high, especially for out-of-state and international students, though when you think of all the opportunities and facilities present, you know you are getting your money's worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have truly enjoyed living on such a diverse campus with incredibly friendly and welcoming students. You can truly find your fit here with the variety of courses offered and clubs organized and it is refreshing to discover who become your best friends and where your specific niche is on campus. With such a variety of opportunities, the only way is up!

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum offered for every major here is truly comprehensive and you never leave classes feeling unchallenged or short-changed in any way. Teachers very often encourage you to research class topics outside of class in addition to the thorough coverage presented in class.

  • 08/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for really any kind of student, but I would say that if you are planning on pursuing and engineering degree from Purdue than you have to be the person who is driven and willing to work. This means that sometimes you will have to miss the big party or not hang out with your friends because you have to work on a project or study for an exam. In the end it will be worth it though, I have talked to several older engineers and degrees from Purdue are always very highly regarded in the workforce.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on going into engineering I would recommend to try and take at least two physics courses in high school. I took AP physics and I was way more prepared for the freshman physics class than most of my peers who had only taken one class. I would also say just get ready to work. Purdue hits you hard with homework and projects right at the start of school, they don't mess around. This last point may sound silly but always do your homework for your classes. This may seem like common sense to most people, but I have several friends who couldn't make the grades in classes because they didn't get the extra practice from doing their homework.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state tuition payer and that hurts the pocket a bit, however it would have been like that had I gone anywhere out of state. Don't let the cost deter you if you are a prospective engineer or science student though. Purdue has excellent professors and teaching assistants who for the most part are always willing to lend the extra time to help you learn.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. It's one solid reason why I chose this school. The red brick that all the buildings are built with really makes the campus look uniform and gives it a great academic feel. I also like the people. The first year I was in a learning community and this helped with my studies and my social life a lot. Many of the people that were in the community are my closest friends today. Purdue also has a good balance between Greek life and non Greek life. There are also so many clubs that you can be a part of almost whatever you want here!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a student who is currently enrolled in the Nuclear Engineering program here at Purdue. Make no mistake if you choose engineering this school then you are going to work hard for your degree. One downside to the engineering program is that since there are so many engineers the class sizes are very large. This can be a less than ideal learning environment for some people. However, there are always professor's office hours, teaching assistants for courses and help centers to use in order to really learn the material.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 313

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    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is an excellent school. If you come here I would definitely recommend going to BGR the week before classes start. Also, don't let your work stress you out, if you have a lot of work or feel stressed out talk to your professors, most professors will help you out. After the first week or two you will have a general idea of what your professors are like and you will know which ones will be more likely to help you out than others.

    Bang for the buck

    For out of state students Purdue is pretty expensive, however, depending on your major and how seriously you take it you can definitely make your experience worth it. I know that I make my academics and social life here worth the expenses that we pay. For in state students it is not as expensive but it is a great school so they definitely get more than what they are paying for. The professors are all very into their job and there are many award winning professors at our school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue is a great school with a great environment, academically and socially. I am very far from home but I haven't really felt very home sick because the people here are mostly very nice and cool. Also, there are always activities to do around campus and the sports atmosphere makes the weekends even more fun.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only been here for half of one semester but I have definitely learned a lot. Depending on how good of a high school you attended you might find some of your classes first semester to be really easy, however it will get more difficult and you shouldn't just brush it off as nothing if you have learned something before.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 313

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue light boxes for help all over campus. If there is an incident on campus, it is communicated to students electronically .

    Greek Life

    If you are interested in greek life there is one for you .

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of activities on campus that you can get involved in if you are interested . Each major also have their own special groups .

    Great for these types of students

    For anyone that loves a large ,yet friendly campus, Purdue is for you. Even though Purdue is a large campus , there is a small campus feel to it . I love the atmosphere of Purdue .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Friday night's before home football games there is a walk with the team over the bridge . The marching band plays for the crowd as they march through the campus before each home game .

    Bang for the buck

    Your experience at Purdue is what you make of it , but I feel it is a tremendous place to go to school !

    What to do for fun

    We have weekly dorm floor functions. We do fun activities that everyone agrees on. It is an optional activity for everyone. I attend most of the home football & basketball games . I also belong to my major society .

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different options for food on campus. A menu is listed on the university website weekly . I plan where I want to eat each week.

    Dorm Life

    It is nice to be close to my classes and to have a group of friends that are always there . The majority of the dorms are now air conditioned .

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is known for its standards and the university expects excellence from both professors and students . You go to Purdue for the degree you can get , not to party . There is always help for you if you are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind . Remember this is not high school and ask for help if you need it .

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a such a reputation for academics . If you are interested in Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, Agriculture, Computer Science, Sciences & Veterinary Sciences ; Purdue is for you !

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 28 of 313

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue University is a large campus, so safety is important. We have a program called Safe Walk in which you can call or text a certain number and a couple of people will walk with you to where on campus you need to go. We have our own police on campus and call boxes for emergencies just about everywhere.

    Greek Life

    There is probably a frat or a sorority for just about everyone and hazing is strictly forbidden. There are always events that are hosted by the panhelenic groups on campus nearly year round.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 groups and societies offered at Purdue University. Literally, a group for every person imaginable.

    Great for these types of students

    Like basketball? We're the best in the Big 10! Planning on being an engineer? We're the school for you! Want to go to college in a place that promotes excellence and will give you that little bit extra that future employers are looking for? Then you need to BOILER UP! and come to Purdue University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sledding Slayter Hill in the winter -- but using anything but an actual sled! Fountain runs in the summer. Den Pop -- cheap and yummy creations. Bell Tower crossing after you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    You're getting a top notch education, in a beautiful setting that encourages exploration and excellence with some of the best students and professors available. If you have any doubts about how great Purdue is, consider the fact that both Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart walked the campus -- one a student, the other a professor -- both known for great feats of aeronautic history. Purdue University is known as the Cradle of Astronauts because PU has put more people in space than any other college on the planet! The first and the last person to step foot on the moon attended Purdue University.

    What to do for fun

    There are a million fun things to do at Purdue in all seasons! Fountain runs in the summer, sledding down the Slayter Hill (using anything but an actual sled), football at Ross Aid, check out our amazing basketball team, cheer for the ladies of volleyball. There are over 900 panhelenic frats and sororities, groups and societies. Try hanging out on Chauncey or at the PMU or any of the malls. West Lafayette and Lafayette have tons of restaurants and movie theatres and outdoor places like parks to spend time in. We have a free for students bus that can take just just about anywhere in the two cities so you don't even have to worry about driving and getting lost or finding parking.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are amazing and offer a wide variety of foods for every palate and the menu changes daily. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the dining halls are a great place to grab a meal. Don't have time to run to one during the meal hours? No worries! At the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU), there are plenty of different little cafes and restaurants to get something to eat at in those odd in-between class times; plus, we have a Starbuck's so coffee is always readily available.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms, but I have plenty of friends who do. You will have a roommate and, depending on the building, you will have to share bathroom facilities like toilets and showers. Most of the dorms have attached dining halls -- which are AWESOME!

    Academic Rigor

    This isn't an easy university -- expect to be challenged and realize that the professors have certain expectations that they want met; they are going to immediately start treating you like an adult and peer (in some ways) and you are expected to act like one! There isn't daily attendance-taking; you're expected to come to class, but if you don't, it's your own fault and you WILL miss something important. Each lecture is designed to make you think and help you learn -- none of the stupid high school cramming and memorization that floats out of your head right after a test. Purdue University turns out scholars, not dummies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan a long weekend to come check out the campus and surrounding area. The STA program and Boiler Gold Rush helps incoming students learn some of the important locations and helps introduce people to fellow students, but it's kind of structured and scheduled. Take some time during the summer to come visit West Lafayette and just explore on your own before doing the STAR and BGR -- mainly because almost all the beautiful buildings are red brick!

    In three sentences

    The Cradle of Astronauts, Purdue University offers a top tier education in a beautiful setting without being pretentious. Great sports, great clubs and activities, great societies and events, and friendly people and professors. As a Purdue University alum, you'll be telling the world that you achieved excellence and can handle anything the world can throw at you.

  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is a very smart choice for students interested in Technology, Engineering, or Pre-Med and Veterinary sciences. I would especially recommend it to in-state students, but it isn't too bad for out of state tuition either (I have friends here from Hawaii and Wyoming).

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a tour. This lets you get a feel for the dorms and how far they will be from your classes. If your from out of state, definitely ask about the weather. Several of my friends had to make emergency trips to Walmart because they didn't have any winter clothing. If you can, try leaving your winter clothes at home for the warm months, and then switching your wardrobe over a break, so that you don't bring more clothes than you have room for, because you won't need that cute turtleneck sweater in August.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an Indiana resident, so I have in-state tuition, and that's perfect for my family's budget. Purdue has one of the best Technology schools and Engineering schools in the nation, so being able to go here for a lot less than MIT or somewhere else is perfect.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus here is beautiful, and I mad a lot of friends at Boiler Gold Rush, the orientation program. The construction is a bit annoying, but it is easily avoided. Most of my professors are a bit crazy, so my classes are very entertaining.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Computer Graphics Student. Even though my major is generic, one of the required classes for Freshman is CGt 101, which is all about finding a topic you enjoy and turning it into a career. Through my classes, I have met alumni of the college, along with professionals in my interest area. I feel that all of the classes work well together, and you can easily personalize your degree.

  • 11/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 313

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    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies; students looking for a lot of great opportunities and looking to meet a lot of wonderful people; not recommended for students who want to be in a small school environment all the time (the small school environment is felt at certain times, but you definitely know it is a school of 40000 at others)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress your first few weeks. It's going to be new to everyone, just enjoy meeting a lot of new people and experiencing a lot of new things. Don't judge people or stereotype. Don't be afraid to pull out your map on campus or ask people for directions. At Purdue specifically, find landmarks (like the Bell tower) and walk everywhere the first few weeks (it'll delay the freshman fifteen and you'll get to know campus better). Do well academically those first two semesters! They are most likely going to be your easiest semesters in college, and it is much harder to bring a good GPA down than a bad GPA up.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is still cheaper than a lot of private colleges, and if you have the grades, there are some decent scholarships. It is hard though. There are some scholarship opportunities once you are here, but you have to look for them. My recommendation, get to know the right people. Getting involved with your major or with departments (such as women in engineering) will open you to a network that will share resources with you.

    Am enjoying being here

    What is not to love? It is a Big 10 school with 40,000 undergraduate students! No matter what you like to do or what type of person you are, you will find other people like you with the same interests. From quidditch to Greek life to intramurals. We have a lot of fun, whether it's going to see big concerts (Lady Gaga anyone?) or rooting on our football (eek...) or basketball (yay!) teams, there's always something to do. The one thing I struggle with is not being in a Christian environment.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on your major and the classes you decide to take, you are very well prepared for your intended career. I am in Biomedical Engineering. Classes are sometimes boring, but you learn more than you think while doing homework and studying for exams. The professors are amazing. In both engineering and in communications, where I did research, the professors want you to succeed and continually open doors for you succeed and gain experience.

  • 12/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a fantastic school for anyone social. It is not a school where people will come to your room and pull you out to become friends with you. A student needs to go out and look for friends but they will not have to look far. Also Purdue is great for someone who has varied interests academically. Many programs at Purdue allow for plenty of elective classes so you are able to take any class that is about one of your random interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one advice I would give to any prospective students is to get involved as soon as you arrive on campus. Although that sounds cliche it really works. Now do not go and join seven different clubs. My advice would be to find one thing that you are truly passionate about, find a club that has a lot of people with the same passion, and get really involved there. That way you can spend your time doing whatever your passion is and creating friendships with people who share that passion with you.

    Bang for the buck

    Since Purdue is a public school the tuition is definitely on the less expensive side especially for in-state students. Even though a student pays a bit less to go here, though, they are in no way losing out on anything. Purdue has some of the best professors including one of the chemistry professors who just got a nobel peace prize. The food in the dining halls is actually quite delicious. The residence halls are comfortable and most rooms are a fairly good size. Purdue gives a lot of resources to its students and is without a doubt worth all the money spent.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at Purdue has without a doubt is my new home. Everybody that I have met is so kind and ready to make new friends. The greek life here is very popular but in no way so exclusive that non-greeks feel left out. Regardless of interests, anybody can find a place where they feel at home since we have over 800 clubs varying from religious groups to a sailing club!

    Am learning a lot

    Purdue has certainly been teaching me many things not only in but also out of the classroom. In the classroom the professors are definitely dedicated to their subject and passionate about what they teach. Outside of the classroom, the life experience here is invaluable. With the large campus you are constantly meeting new people who often have a different culture than yourself. That is a life lesson that only a campus like Purdue has to offer.

  • 12/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who aren't afraid to accept a challenge, that want to be globally competitive, and who want to make an impact.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to study efficiently before you get here, it will save you tons of sleep. Considering taking calc and/or chemistry before you get to campus is the aren't your strong suits (talk to the admission office or someone in your respective college for more info about outside credits.) Be ready for new challenges. Don't be afraid: there's over 6,000 students that have never been college just like you. Smile and friends will come naturally. Come with a receptive attitude for all Purdue has to offer. If you decide to change your major don't sweat it. Just make sure you visit your academic advisor or the career center (CCO) if your not sure exactly what you want to do. Don't wait until the last minute to ask for help. Treat issues early before they become unbearable.

    Bang for the buck

    After three semesters and a summer at Purdue I now understand why a Purdue grads are so coveted: you will be put through the ringer academically. Coming out of Purdue employers know that you're able to think outside the box, produce results under tight deadlines, work as team player, and be ready to be the next world changer. They also know you've interacted with student from around the world. Oh and did I mention the food on campus is good too?

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue definitely feels like home. Coming from Chicago I'm used to living a fast paced life. There's always something going on here. With call-outs, greek life, Broadway shows, and Purdue traditions no day is like the next. Boasting about 40,000 students, Purdue could Probably stand as its own small town. But you can definitely make campus feel as big or as small as you want. As far as climate goes, Purdue is much more than your average college campus. There's a sense of pride and community by all students that is like no other. No matter what your major is or what issues you may have ,be it personal or academic, someone is always willing to help.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm sophomore in Food Science. Purdue will teach you more in your first semester than you would ever imagine.Whether it be learning about chemical bonding, derivatives, how to brave the snow, traditions and customs of different cultures, or how to swallow your pride, Purdue has a seemingly infinite amount of knowledge awaiting you.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is good for a wide variety of students, i came from a school that had a graduating class of 24 people. Making the switch from such a small school to one as big as Purdue was easier than i thought. Of course i still miss knowing everyone i walk by, but sometimes seeing new people everyday is refreshing. They also say a school that big cant be good because some classes are 300-400 people. But honestly, i had a math class that had 300 people in the beginning of the semester, and it did not feel that way at all. I asked questions when i had one and the professor would always stop for a question and answer it before moving on. Also, by the end of the semester that 300 turned in about 100 because people had either dropped out or didn't go to class. So don't be scared of that number. If you care about your education and pay attention in class and sit close to the professor they will even learn your name and call on you by name during class to answer questions. You just have to be whiling to try.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing to do is visit the school. You can never know too much about a school so ask questions. ASK STUPID QUESTIONS. Questions that you may now think are stupid, your going to wish later you knew. Ask little details about everything when you are on a tour. When i got to school i found that i had no idea how to use the laundry system. Also, do the research online about the school, find different specific information on meal plans, clubs, and even classes. Most importantly with Purdue, EAT AT ONE OF OUR DINNING COURTS. Their are amazing. the food is truly one of the best I've ever had at a university.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of purdue I feel is reasonable. Also, if you are having difficulties finding money for school the Financial oddfice is very helpful in showing you what all your options are and what you must do. They will help you step by step with whatever your problem is.

    Am enjoying being here

    everyone is concerned with the social life at a school as well as things to do around campus. Well Purdue is full of both. We have The Village, which is basically on campus, and full of mini marts, restaurants, and for the older students-bars. Also, its not hard to find things to do on the weekends, you can find anything from cultural dance shows to concerts to Broadway shows. Purdue is a very alive campus when it comes to social events.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an engineering major, so the classes are hard. However, the resources of help are countless! One thing that makes Purdue stand our for me is the fact that help with any subject is not hard to find. Anything from payed Tudors to free Tudors to help rooms. Learning is really made easy at Purdue, you just have to be motivated to put in the effort.

  • 03/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a great school for students who want to experience the College scene. If you like to party a lot you can find parties almost every weekend! Boilermakers wake up before dawn during football season to dress up in costumes and hit the bars for Breakfast Club and celebrate the approaching weekend at a local dance club called The Neon Cactus for Thirsty Thursday. People who would like to be engineers would like Purdue University. Purdue's engineering school is ranked 8th in the country. People who like Agriculture. Purdue has a great agriculture school and many opportunities for student interested in that area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not going home every chance you get! Even if you want to go home so desperately, you should really stay at school! If you do stay at school and have made some friends but you still dislike it talk to your parents or a friend about you problem! GO TO CLASS! Do not skip classes! It will only harm you in the long run. Stay up to date on your home work

    Am enjoying being here

    At the beginning of my first semester I did not want to be here, I wanted to go home every weekend and see my family and I did. By doing this I was not going out and making friends. The only friend I had for the first few months was my roommate and two girls that I had met during Boiler Gold Rush. At this point I wanted to not even return to Purdue the following Fall Semester. I wanted to go to school close to home. Going home every weekend was not getting me anywhere with friends, but when I actually started to stay at school and meet new people I made friends. After I began to make friend I realized how much I had really been missing out on by not staying at school. No instead of looking forward to going home every weekend I am sad to go home and leave my friends when I do actually have to go home!

    Am learning a lot

    College is definitely different than High school. In many of classes attendance is not required so student will not go. But attendance is recommended. You will do better if you attend your classes if you decide to go class. But, just going to class isn't enough. You have to pay attention, and by doing o you will be learning so much.

  • 05/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're an athletic, hard-working, determined student, this is the school for you. They have top-notch athletic teams, and everyone on campus seems to be in good shape (they all excercise all the time). Their engineering and physical science departments are top in the country (plus, a bonus for physics students is the former Astrophysicist and new university president they have).

    Tips for prospective students

    You definitely need to visit the campus. That is a major part of the college choice. The first time I visited the campus, I felt immediately at home- I felt I could walk around (as a highschool student) and not be looked down upon or ridiculed by college students. I was welcomed to watching a track practice and students smiled at me as I walked around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have worked hard through school to become the best you can be, have good grades, and are a well-rounded student (with a bounty of extracurricular and volunteer activities), there is a possibility to be awarded many scholarships- that are worth a lot!

    Will enjoy being here

    The town is centered around the university, so everyone you meet is very friendly. The campus is easy to get around and very beautiful. The people/students on campus are always friendly.

    Will learn a lot

    There is so much information- so make sure to read through everything they give you, it helps. There are more than enough opportunities for any major here. If you are interested in chemistry and biology, but also want to take up flying, it's available. This school is already well known, so it will probably earn many grants to begin research (if they haven't already), so be ready for lots of new adventures.

  • 06/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! Purdue is a beautiful and unique university, and I can say from experience that visiting the school made all the difference in my decision. When I was first accepted to Purdue, I thought that was great, but that I wasn't sure I would want to spend the money or drive so far to go to school. Yet on a weekend visit, and after a tour from a professor, I knew, right then and there, this is where I wanted to be. I never felt the same way when I visited my other potential school choices. Talk to students! Purdue Boilermakers are smart, friendly, and energetic. We love to tell new students about all the unique things about Purdue and why Purdue is the best place to be! Try new things! At Purdue, you are bound to find a group, organization, or activity that will peak your interest, so don't be afraid to find out more and try it. These opportunities will not only look great on a resume, they will offer you experiences you can't get anywhere else!

    Bang for the buck

    The out of state tuition is a bit high (and still rising...) but the Purdue name will definitely be worth it! Purdue is known world-wide, especially for their engineering program, and the faculty, programs, and campus are top-notch.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love the atmosphere at Purdue! I was afraid that being so far away from home would make me homesick, and while I do occasionally miss my friends and family at home, I never regret being here! In fact, I miss being away from Purdue when I am home! There is so much spirit around the school and the students are always so friendly and energetic. The dorms are comfortable and convenient, and the dining courts are amazing! There is a wide variety of food for any diet and the mini-marts on campus make it easy to dine on your own also. The campus is welcoming, comfortable, fun, and beautiful no matter what the season!

    Am learning a lot

    Not only am I learning in the classroom, I am learning in the real world! Purdue offers so many opportunities to learn outside of classwork through community projects, competitive projects, learning events, and internship/co-op opportunities.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students who are at college to learn, and are willing to try hard. Most students at Purdue are secretly nerdy as I like to term it. The campus has an older stereotypical college campus feel, so if that is the atmosphere you are looking for, then Purdue is great for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Purdue and talk to current students there to a get a feel of what type of people go to Purdue. If you get along, then perhaps Purdue is the place for you! If you do decide to come to Purdue, definitely participate in Boiler Gold Rush. It is one of my most memorable experiences at Purdue, and it is where I met most of my college friends!

    Bang for the buck

    Being out of state, Purdue is expensive. However I personally have applied to scholarships to hopefully get a helping hand.

    Am enjoying being here

    Choosing a college was a hard decision for me to make, however now that I have completed my first year at Purdue I can not picture myself at any other school! All of the students and professors at Purdue are very friendly and will always offer a helping hand if needed. There is basically a club for every single interest, which makes it very easy to get involved and meet other people.

    Am learning a lot

    In high school I learned a lot, however it wasn't necessarily information applicable to everyday life. At Purdue University, the professors raise questions about our world today and apply it to the information we are learning. For once I feel as though I am actually being highly productive with my education, which makes classes more exciting!

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    -People who like people. There are 40,000 students at Purdue so be prepared to meet all kinds of great and interesting people. -People interested in the sciences. After all, Purdue is an engineering school. Of course, Liberal Arts degrees are offered too but keep in mind the majority of the people you will be interacting with will be of the science type. -People who like sports. The massive co-rec center offers pletny of room to play any sport you could ever want. But even if you don't play a lot of sports, there are some pretty amazing games to go watch and the fan section is a real blast. (I recommend the basketball games the most. I can't get enough of them!) -People who are motivated. Purdue sets a high standard for academics and will be sure to be a challenge. However, one of the best things about Purdue is that everyone there is so down to earth. Nobody is too good for anybody else. Be prepared to work alongside award-winning professors who truly are leaders of innovation in their respective fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Plan out your financial plan ahead of time. Make the scholarship deadline! -Get involved. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to join and even more unofficial projects to occupy your time. -Participate in Boiler Gold Rush. This is the freshmen orientation program at Purdue. Not only is it a ton of fun, it's one of the top rated first-year orientation programs in the nation. You won't regret it.

    Bang for the buck

    Saying Purdue is an expensive university is an understatement. Unless you're paying in-state tuition, be prepared to pour thousands and thousands of dollars into your education. With that being said, MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE WHEN APPLYING. You can still be admitted and make the regular deadline with your application but you must submit your application before an EARLIER deadline to be eligible for scholarships. To make matters worse, this is the ONLY time Purdue will assess you for scholarships so your financial aid for the next four years (or more) will be based on your college application. Trust me, they won't give you more money later on no matter how well you are doing. 4.0 or not, it all comes down to what you put on your application based on your high school credentials. Being an out-of-state student, I feel Purdue is a little too expensive. To be fair though, I have obviously deemed the high prices to be worth it and am doing everything possible to continue my education there. Also, at least in the engineering field, a degree from Purdue goes a long way. The name alone will do wonders for job placement.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Purdue. It has so much to offer. I'd say one of the biggest downsides to attending Purdue is the sheer amount of opportunities available; there are just so many it's hard to choose! I know that doesn't really sound like a downside but it really can be overwhelming. You can join intramural sports teams and participate in all kinds of tournaments. You can join the Solar Racing Club and help construct a solar powered vehicle entered into a National Competition. (Which Purdue has won every year it has entered.) You can even work with graduate students on research projects in one of the state-of-the-art facilities... as a FRESHMEN! The list goes on and on. From the wide range of opportunities, to the amazing people you'll meet, Purdue really is a great place to be.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel like I have learned more in the past year at Purdue than I learned during all four years of high school. It really has been a great academic experience. Initially, I was worried that the transition to college would be extremely difficult. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to handle the high academic standard. Much to my surprise, the transition was simple and relatively easy. Not to say that it wasn't academically challenging, but rather to emphasize the vast number of resources available to the students there. You can receive as much or as little help/tutoring as you want; not only from professors or TAs, but from various clubs and academic honor societies. Having students fail doesn't look good on any university so Purdue pours a lot of funds and resources into making sure its students excel.

  • 07/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This university is probably for more outgoing students, who are ready for a bit of adventure/challenge. Yet even those who aren't as outgoing, still do very well at Purdue. Purdue has a very diverse student population and therefore there is not one type of person here. You will find yourself learning from the diversity, that the world has to offer. It is a very big campus so it does take some time getting use to. Purdue has a great name, so if you want to go far in your career this university will help you get on your way.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a huge school, in the midst of it do not forget who you are. Find friends you know you can trust, who will be there for you. The more connections you make with others, the more opportunities you will find within your major. Do not be afraid to try new clubs or new roles in different organizations, it will help you become more marketable. Study hard, never be afraid to ask a question, and you will be fine at Purdue. I also highly recommend Boiler Gold Rush for incoming freshman, it helps you learn the campus and helps make that first day of class less nerve racking.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue, being a public school I feel the price for tuition and board is pretty decent. Especially when you are getting a great education at the university. Though there are other ways that the university makes money. Watch where you park your vehicles, because you will get a ticket if you're not careful. Books can also be very expensive, so save where you can.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue is very diverse, so there are many activities for all interests. As I said before even though Purdue is a huge University there is a strong sense of community. This is why I enjoy being here so much. You will meet so many new people and will be able to learn from their life experiences. The weekends are the best time to be on campus. Whether that entails watching a football game or cheering on the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena. The energy of the student section is amazing, you don't want to miss out.

    Am learning a lot

    This is a great university, if you are looking for a challenge. Purdue will make sure you stay on track for your degree and will also provide classes that push your thinking. They also have many clubs and internships to help their students become more involved in their majors. Campus has a great family atmosphere, so do not be afraid to talk to your professors if you need help.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are looking for a vigorous and competitive work load, but ready to chill out and have a good time. Purdue definitely sees both sides of the track, you can get a world class education and enjoy yourself at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not schedule classes before 8:30 am ever and meet as many people as possible. There are 20,000 different students at Purdue, surely there is someone that you can connect with and friends make the experience that much better!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue offers a wide range of classes and majors to choose from so that you can find the academic track that best fits you. They also offer lots of free tutoring and help along the way. Plus, there are lots of extra stuff that is offered like traditions and sports. It is definitely worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many opportunities at Purdue. There are tons of clubs to join and people to meet. The housing options are endless and all seem to be very nice. There are so many extra things that Purdue does for their students for help all through the year like the taste of the union and BGR for freshmen. Purdue is fully prepared to accommodate all walks of life and will help you find your place once you are there.

    Am learning a lot

    I have taken mostly classes for engineering, but the teachers are very helpful and office hours have been a huge help. There are so many resources to help you learn all of the information that you are required to know not just for the test, but for your future.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A hardworking student is a definite must, especially those interested in engineering or the sciences. If you want to go to a school where you can have an excellent academic career but still have a ton of fun at a large, Big Ten school, Purdue is a great campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on your game through high school, make sure you take as much math and science as possible, especially if you plan on getting into engineering or sciences. Stay a well rounded student as well, find extra curricular activities you enjoy and then you can continue to be a part of them during your time at Purdue.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going to be expensive everywhere, but you can't put a price on your experiences. Opportunities seem to be endless at Purdue, from research or academics to social activities around campus. A degree from Purdue isn't like one from any other school, people will recognize you for your intelligence and work ethic that comes with the degree.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am an out of state student from Colorado, I grew up with mountains and a big city right in my backyard. Indiana was the last place I expected to have a good time, but it quickly proved me wrong. There are huge amounts of school spirit and everyone generally loves Purdue. West Lafayette is a fun town to be in and even though you may be in a fairly rural area, there are plenty of things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    First things first, yes, Purdue is hard. However, it is all worth it when you realized how much you have learned and grown in just a semester. After completing two years at Purdue, I am worlds beyond where I expected to be and it's thrilling when you realize how smart you really are.

  • 09/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for those students who are social and would like to live in a diverse community. If you like to eat different and ethnic foods, Purdue definitely has the best food courts. (of course they also have american foods too) And they are buffets! YUM!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! You don't have anyone making you go to class and the teachers will get paid whether you go or not. You are paying for the classes so don't throw that money away by not going. Plus, you could have a quiz any day in most classes so attendance is critical.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is quite expensive but that is expected from a top big 10 school. I'm only a freshman so I'm not quite sure if I am getting my money's worth yet.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy being out on my own although it did take me a little while to make friends since only one of my friends went to Purdue. But the BGR (Boiler Gold Rush) is a perfect opportunity to automatically make at least 4 friends :)

    Am learning a lot

    Purdue is very diverse! I love learning in my classes from professors and TA's (teaching assistants) of different ethnicity and backgrounds!

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue University is great for students who are motivated. They want to succeed, and they put in the effort to get it. Other than that, there isn't really a stereotypical Purdue student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do Boiler Gold Rush (the optional orientation program a week before classes). Even now, most of my best friends are people I met at BGR. Also do a Learning Community (group of kids in similar majors who live on the same floor). It's great for when you need homework help and for meeting others in your major who have common interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is an amazing school, but I would definitely try to get a scholarship if you're out of state like me. Even though it's worth the money, it is still difficult to afford.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many clubs and organizations that it is easy to find your niche and a group of friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in the engineering honors program, and I am learning a lot of things such as computer programming, physics and calculus.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for whatever you are into.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic minded students that wouldn't mind a well paying job after college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of traditions at Purdue and my fingers would get sore trying to explain them all.

    Bang for the buck

    Great bang for the buck compared to colleges around the area. Purdue is well known for its academics and it is fairly easy to get a job out of college.

    What to do for fun

    If you are over 21, there are plenty of bars off campus to have a good time. The Greek life also offers nice parties. There is still much fun to be had for the under 21 crowd and events are regularly scheduled to give them things to do. No matter the age, sporting events are always a blast.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are located around campus and have excellent food

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very fun. There is a lot to do and very many people to meet.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue prides itself on academics, employers take notice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Purdue! Keep your grades up in high school and treat yourself to a world class education.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an excellent academic institution. I have heard it called Ivy league of the midwest. Although campus is focused on academics, there is much fun to be had as well.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue's SafeWalk program ensures that you can have an escort from anywhere to anywhere at any time of night. There really is no reason to walk outside in the dark alone. My main safety concern tends to be avoiding getting hit by cars that have trouble understanding the one-way streets.

    Greek Life

    One in five students on campus is a member of a fraternity or a sorority. It's a good thing to be a part of, but no one looks down on you if you choose not to partake. There's opportunity to be a part of it if you'd like, but it isn't necessary.

    Clubs and Activities

    I couldn't even take a guess as to how many activities there are on campus. I can, however, guarantee that there is some type of club or activity for everyone, whether you're into agriculture, bugs, horses, reading, religion, politics, etc. If you can name, we probably have it.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for anyone seeking a degree in a math, science, or business major. It is an exceptional school for engineering, and is a great place for anyone who wants to be successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a freshman, everyone has to cross the railroad tracks, and then after graduation cross them again. In addition, in a career at Purdue, several Engineering Fountain runs are a must.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school if you're from out of state. However, you will receive a top-notch education, and Purdue graduates have high success rates of obtaining jobs.

    What to do for fun

    If you're looking for something to do, check out the PSUB (Purdue Student Union Board) website. There are always a large number of activities going on, from movies at Fowler to free food in the ballrooms. If you're more of a partier, Purdue has over 30 fraternities.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining courts is delicious by almost any standard of dining court food. By far the best is the make-it-yourself station(s), which are located at most of the dining courts. You can top pizza with whatever you want, decide what to put in pasta or a quesadilla, or make your own noodle bowl. Just be careful...a fair amount isn't very nutritious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. Some are larger than others, some are older, some are nicer. My biggest recommendation would be to go see the dorm before you decide on which to live in. It'll give you a better idea of what you're in for.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is tough, particularly if you're planning on pursuing a degree in the math or science areas. Be prepared to have to study and work hard to pass your classes. Math classes are the worst, with a grading system set-up to fail at least 20% of the class. Be careful, and work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out of your comfort zone. Attend every callout the first few weeks of school. Get involved, and connect with people. The more you meet people, the better your experience will be.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University has become my home away from home. In just a year, I've developed sets of friends that I consider family here, and I'm already starting to dread leaving this summer.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No place is without flaws but I've never felt unsafe on Purdue's campus. Every place has their issues, but Purdue's police and fire personnel make an effort to get to know students and make them comfortable with the campus. The campus is set up with emergency buttons in case of any issues and there is also a text/email service to make all students aware of any campus wide emergencies or issues on campus or near campus.

    Greek Life

    Extremely popular. About one third of our campus is Greek. We have several fraternities and sororities that students can explore. These organizations are great gateways for networking, leadership and student involvement on campus. Greek organizations not only give students a foundation for their future, but they also provide them with relationships that they can cherish and build for the rest of their lives.

    Clubs and Activities

    Several options and opportunities for all types of students.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is the best place for the student who loves to be involved. Involvement in campus groups and other opportunities is a vital part of your resume. You could go to Purdue without being involved in anything, but you wouldn't get the most out of your experience. It's amazing what young people can do when they come together and Purdue has a lot of organizations that can testify to that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purdue has so much history and some truly great traditions. I recommend checking these out at the following website: http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/about/traditions.html

    Bang for the buck

    This depends on if you are in-state or out-of-state. There will always be flaws no matter where you go. However, I can't say that the short list of flaws I've experienced have outweighed my experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater not far off of campus. Purdue always has some kind of event taking place on the weekends from cook outs to volunteer opportunities. Additionally, there are several different intramural sports teams that students can join in. The buses take people to the mall in Lafayette on a regular basis. You can't complete your time at Purdue without going to Chauncey Mall to get a 60 cent Den Pop or ordering Insomnia Cookies for a late night of studying or hanging out. Additionally, Purdue has one of the largest, greatest Greek and Co-Op communities in the nation. They're not for everyone but are definitely worth giving a try. You're not a true Boilermaker if you don't attend AT LEAST one football or basketball game a year. It's a must! We have so much Boilermaker pride. In the winter go sledding on Slayter Hill. There are tons of opportunities to get involved in clubs and societies at Purdue, you just have to make the effort to find them.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts offer an amazing variety of cuisines every day. There are several different courts that offer something different. They are located across the residential part of campus. As upperclassmen, we BEG freshman and sophomores to take us back to the dining courts. The availability of other fast food and restaurants on campus is good and easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Purdue is great. It allows for great community involvement. There are several dorms and all are within walking distance of one another. Most dorms have air conditioning and are very close to dining courts.

    Academic Rigor

    This definitely fluctuates according to major. However, the majority of Purdue students are in technology, science or engineering which have rigorous courses. However, any student should want to be challenged and these rigorous courses are often a great way for students to find out the path that is truly for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is an awesome school. Focus on the particular college that you are applying to and research Purdue's success in that field, particularly in the major that you plan on pursuing. Inquire about Purdue's rich history as well as the countless opportunities that are given to students to get involved.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is an amazing university that is currently excelling in many areas of education. Purdue is a research based, land-grant university. I love Purdue because it's not too big and not too small and there is a great feeling of community there.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Playing Musical instruments

    Food and Dining

    Best value for your money

    Dorm Life

    One of the best in the world

    Academic Rigor

    Unlimited Opportunities

    Tips for prospective students

    Best for knowledge and challenge facing humanity

    In three sentences

    forefront in education and discovery

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge deal on our campus, with us having the second largest Greek life in the country behind University of Illinois.

    Bang for the buck

    As expensive and difficult of a school there is, not many universities can compete with the prestige and weight of the name with Purdue.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is very popular at Purdue, as is going to our football and basketball games.

    Food and Dining

    Consistently rated as one of the best dining experiences in the country, Purdue has 5 dining courts that serve excellently prepared dishes from all over the world.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a good size, offer a lot of opportunities, and you get to meet a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    All of Purdue's classes require a lot of work, especially those in Engineering, Sciences, and Technology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you manage your time well, especially first semester. It's very easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is college life at first.

    In three sentences

    A small town campus with a worldwide scope. Great academics mixed with an exciting Big 10 lifestyle. A world-class university.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you're over 21 you can party early in the morning before the football games! Its called the Breakfast Club.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is a little steep for students. Especially if you are paying housing or from out of state. I would say its worth it though for the atmosphere and experience.

    What to do for fun

    Play a round of disc golf on slayter hill, get a peanut butter burger at Triple X, or get a den pop at The Den! Lots of fun things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but sometimes they make the same things too frequently. I love it when they have sushi though.

    Dorm Life

    I've been in a suite in Cary Quadrangle East which has a lot of space and air conditioning. I've made lots of friends in the hall too.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is HARD! Especially in the different science classes and math classes. If you survive though its all worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY STUDY STUDY! Have fun but don't let fun take over.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great university for people looking to get into engineering or technology related. The resident halls are pretty nice and the dining courts have good food. I've made many great friends on campus from all different parts of the world and love going to all the sporting events.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. I have late night classes and I always feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands of clubs to join

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap, Cheap, Cheap compared to the private schools, but just as good or better education.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals, movies, rec center, clubs. Too many things to mention.

    Food and Dining

    Great choices for food. The only thing that I do not like is that I have to get up, get dressed and leave the dorm for breakfast. We have food courts and my dorm does not have one.

    Dorm Life

    I am in one of the oldest and smallest dorms. No AC in my dorm, but it is still nice, and feels like home

    Academic Rigor

    Classses are tough but fair. You are not in high school anymore toto.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Attend tours and definitely tour the residence halls

    In three sentences

    A big university with a small campus feel. I attended BGR and is was fantastic.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are blue lights on campus that, should you feel unsafe walking back to your dorm or to your class, especially at night, or if there is some emergency, you can go to these boxes and call the Purdue Police. There is also a SafeWalk that is highly promoted here where you can call a policeman, and they will walk you back to your dorm at night after your class. Purdue has its own police department as well as its own fire department, which is rare for most colleges.

    Greek Life

    There are many different sororities and fraternities to choose from on campus, and during Rush Week, you can walk down the Memorial Lawn where they all have booths telling you about their sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Of over the one thousand clubs and hundreds of outside-of-school activities, there is always something to do. There are the academic type of clubs that, while they are clubs, they are more on the academic club and are available only for people in certain majors or certain career goals. Then there are the community service clubs that help out people, students and Indiana residents. Then there are the purely for fun clubs that include ballroom dancing, Boiler League of Tag, anime club, gymnastics club, etc. There are also many different intramural sports available if you want to join a sport without a huge time commitment.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students that want to work hard, learn, and have fun. It is important to have this balance in life, and Purdue is very encouraging in terms of finding this balance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) is the orientation program at Purdue which is well worth coming to school a week early. Besides being orientation, it is a tradition in itself because it makes you not only want to be a part of the Boilermaker community, but also you make friends who you may not have ever met. It is not a usual orientation, it is more like summer camp. During BGR, your team leader teaches about fountain runs, not running under the Bell Tower (an urban legend that should you walk under it, you will not be able to graduate in four years), why the four on the Bell Tower is not written in proper Roman numerals, jumping the railroad tracks, and getting Den Pops. Another tradition you learn very early on is the Hello Walk. Traditions are a big deal on campus because they unite everyone that has gone and currently goes to school here.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Scholarships, grants, and loans are available through Purdue, but you should try to get some from outside sources as well. Purdue is a great place to learn. There is a very accepting community here, there is good food, classes that challenge you, and instructors that not only encourage you but challenge you to be a better person.

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of clubs and organizations on campus. From Humans vs Zombies to Gymnastics Club to Circle K, there is a club for everything. If you cannot find a club that fits your interests you are free to create one as long as you have at least two other members and a written constitution. There is a bowling alley and a food court in the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU). During the warmer months, you can go on fountain runs through campus. During the winter when there is enough snow, people go sledding down Slayter Hill. There are concerts and performances regularly held at Elliot Hall of Music. Sports are very important here, and Purdue is very big on school spirit. Even if you are not that interested in the sport, you should try to go to a game with friends because it is a lot of fun. There is a movie theater nearby, and the mall is a bus ride away. The new Recreational Center (Rec Center, or sometimes called the Dova) just opened and has brand new equipment, squash rooms, basketball courts, multipurpose rooms, table tennis, a rock climbing wall, a bouldering wall, a pool, and a multipurpose court. It is free to use to students as long as they have their Purdue ID (PUID).

    Food and Dining

    The food at Purdue is ranked as some of the top dorm food in the country. The food is always different at every meal. There are many options so that you can choose what you want to eat, and how much you want to eat. The menus are posted online as well as on apps for Android and on the iPhone Purdue app. One of the most unique things about the food at Purdue is that the waffles have the Purdue logo on them. There are not dining halls in each dorm, however all of the dorms are within a short walk of each other, so it is easy to go to a different dorm or dining hall. There are also these places called On-the-Go where students can pick up a quick meal to take with them if they do not have time to sit down and have a meal in between their classes.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms to choose from at Purdue. All the dorms here are very well kept. At the beginning of the process for applying for residency, you are given a questionnaire about your preferences in your roommate (in regards to tidiness, early riser or late riser, smoker or non-smoker, etc.). There also is the option to request a roommate which is good for people who know that they would like to room with a particular person/group of people. At the end of the semester, you are given the option to change dorm rooms if you so choose, so you are not confined to your room should you truly wish to leave. The residence assistants (RAs) are very helpful and encouraging. They try to have fun with those on the floor they monitor and are good about going out of their way in order to help people out. There is a lounge area and a study area in each dorm. There is also a laundry room, printing labs, and recreational areas that have a pool table, ping pong tables, and an air hockey table. There are also DVDs that are available to rent.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue tries to ease students into the work when they begin as freshmen. This is not to say that the work is easy though. The courses are rigorous and are meant to make you think and make use of your resources. Naturally, each student will find certain classes easier than others, but each instructor does have high standards. It is important to find a schedule that one can stick to in order to most effectively complete work, and have time for extracurricular activities in order to balance academia with other interests so as not to be overloaded with stress from classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students looking to come to Purdue University, I believe it is important to take tours of the campus. I also believe that the students should try to have a friend or pen-pal of some sorts that already goes here so that they can feel more comfortable when it comes to asking about college life. Prospective students should also consider the distance from home - while Purdue is like a second home, it may be far from your actual home, and one must consider whether or not this is doable for them emotionally and financially, especially when coming from a different state than Indiana. It is also important that prospective students learn acronyms, because Purdue does use a lot of them. If you ever do not know an acronym so not feel embarrassed about asking.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a large, welcoming campus that encourages diversity, collaboration and dedication. There is something at this campus for everyone, from different foods to different majors. Not only are the people who work on campus friendly and encouraging, but so are the other students you meet; everyone is glad to be here and wants you to enjoy it as well.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I'm counting on the reputation of the University to speak for its self. As for a state college Purdue is comparable to other state colleges. Federal updates and changes in funding will yet to be seen.

    What to do for fun

    Watching TV and playing video games is all we seem to do. The nearest golf course is too expensive to play a round. At times we walk campus or nearby West Lafayette to take in the sites.

    Food and Dining

    The food becomes boring. A pizza is a pizza no matter where its cooked. Nice variety if you are not a picky eater. Locations are easily acceptable.

    Dorm Life

    If you are able to pick your room mate, life still wouldn't be easy. Be open minded with others. Take responsibility or else you will not be in favor with the other class mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes you can get just as much information from the notes on line as you would if you went to class. Be sure to read all of the questions on the exams so you can better answer them. As a first year you will not have enough time slacking off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what career path you want to start and don't change your mind. Include all activities on your application this will help with scholarships. Don't believe the classes are easy , even if your friends tell you so.

    In three sentences

    The orientation process was well thought out and planned. The web site in easy to navigate. The campus is spread out and can take 15 to 20 minutes to walk.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many little hole in the wall restaurants and Cafes for students to go and hang out. Almost every place has free wifi.

    Dorm Life

    There are TONS of well located dorms all across campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    When it comes to motivation, you are on your own.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a large cultural school full of fun extra curricular and amazing people. The architecture is amazing and there are fountains all across campus. Down town Lafayette is within a walking distance.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Anything at Vons, being able to work out at the awesome new rec center, and the free stuff fair at the beginning of the year during BGR!

    What to do for fun

    Greyhouse coffee shop has live bands most fridays nights, frats are always busy, the rec center is awesome, especially the rock climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but the lines can get crazy during peak eating time.

    Dorm Life

    Living in Meredith Hall is awesome. It has a reputation for being the oldest and not having air conditioning, but people are always just sitting in the lobby, and it is definitely one of the more social dorms. It doesn't even matter that the rooms are narrow, because you can just hangout in the lobby.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineer, the classes are really tough and really challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms freshmen year, study harder than you think you need to, and just go to as many things as possible.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has everything a student could ever need. The education is great, the athletics are fun, but most of all the people are absolutely amazing. Purdue is not a school that just one area stands out, Purdue is really well rounded.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been reports of violence, or thefts, but I have never personally had any issues. There is a free 'safe-walk' program for anyone concerned.

    Clubs and Activities

    As far as clubs, there is about anything you can imagine, from a Christian club, to the rowing team, to boxing, to tae-kwon-doe.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue has so many resources available. Many professors are among the elite in the field, so it is usually interesting to listen to them speak about a topic they love

    What to do for fun

    This is all up to you. We enjoy fountain runs, Frisbee football, golf, intramural sports such as football, basketball, going to the corec, volleyball, swimming, singing, concerts. There is a ton to do here.

    Food and Dining

    Although I don't frequently go to the food courts, when I have gone, and reports I have received are that the food is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off-campus with a group of close friends. We were a really tight group, and have grown a lot these past few years.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue will keep you busy, and force you to ask for help, at least it did me. It took me a while to humble myself enough to ask professors for help, but when I did I actually began to learn and enjoy the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any college, keep organized and be sure to focus on school work, but also be sure to get involved with a good group of friends. Most of what I have learned through college has been outside of the classroom. Pick good friends, don't get caught up in the party scene just because it looks 'fun'. It isn't worth it and you will be glad you didn't

    In three sentences

    I have been impressed these last few years of the kindness and courtesy of students on campus. People tend to be respectful and polite. The fountains are also good for cooling off during the summertime :) .

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always loads of parties, dorm activities, organizations to join, and concerts going on during weekends, and lots of cool stuff happening in downtown Lafayette, just over the river from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has some of the highest rated dining courts in the US. There's something for everyone, whether you enjoy trying new things or keeping it simple.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is convenient and close to campus, busy and full of helpful, friendly people. There's always something to do, games and parties and study groups to be a part of, and lots of people in the lobby and game room most of the time. However, the dorms are much more expensive than living off campus and you have very little privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is a tough school. The prerequisites especially are very tough to get into at times, but well worth the patience and effort once you get to courses that you can really be passionate about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should get organized, learn good study habits, and never be afraid to put themselves out there and ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is full of course, club and research opportunities! There's something out there for every interest, whether it gear toward a dance organization, an philosophy major, or a love of great food. There's always something to do on campus.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe walking on campus or off campus, even at night. There are security posts located every few blocks where you can push a button to have the police come if you do feel unsafe. There is also a text message system that alerts all students when a security issue occurs and what area to avoid. However, based on the frequency and severity of the events that occur each year Purdue is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty big at Purdue. Sorority rush happens really early in the fall, so if you are at all interested in getting involved you should look into it before classes start. Rush for fraternities is more casual throughout the fall, so there is more time to decide if you want to join. I am not personally involved in the social Greek Life, but I have heard great things about the experience from people I know. I also dated someone for a year who was in a fraternity where I was able to see that the friendships you make are really for life and it can be a lot of fun to be a part of if you have the time to commit to it. There are also a large number of professional and service fraternities that are less of a time commitment, but another great way to get involved and network.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest in something, there is most likely a student organization for it. If not, you can create it! We even have a Quidditch team. For example, I was able to try out sailing for the first time ever during my freshman year. There are activities fairs early on in the fall where you can find out about a lot of the organizations, but they are all listed on Purdue Get Involved. I highly suggest getting involved in at least one organization because it is a great way to meet people and to gain leadership.

    Great for these types of students

    In my opinion, there is no one type of student that Purdue is best for. Since it is such a big school there is a place for everyone here. You will learn quickly that there are students from every state and a large number of international students that go to Purdue. You will be exposed to a great number of different people and cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The following link provides a really comprehansive list of Purdue traditions: http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/about/traditions.html. My personal favorites are the fountain runs, Grand Prix week, and sledding at Slater Hill!

    Bang for the buck

    Even though I pay the out-of-state tuition rate along with professional student fees, I could not be more confident in my decision to invest in an education from Purdue University. What I have learned from my past three years there is how much people respect and trust Purdue graduates. I know that I am making so many strong connections while studying at Purdue and that I will find a great job upon graduating. The experiences and opportunities that Purdue provides are what make the cost of attending completely worth it in my opinion. Also, there is recent talk about a two year tuition freeze which is great news as far as making it more affordable for students.

    What to do for fun

    When you are living in the dorms they provide you with a lot of options for things to do. You can use your student ID to rent just about anything from the front desk, which includes equipment for the pool tables and ping pong tables as well as a ton of movies. Purdue is also located near a bigger city, so you are close enough to go to the movies or bowling alley with friends. Since it is a big campus there are always events or parties to attend on the weekends. If you are involved with the Greek Life, or have friends who are, they almost always have functions going on. We also have a lot of big name artists play at Purdue every year and the tickets are reasonably priced for students. Big Ten sporting events are always fun to attend too, but unfortunately tickets are not free to students at Purdue. The best option if you are a big sports fan is to purchase a VIP pass that will get you into every game for every sport, but they sell out fast!

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts at Purdue have a great variety and quality of food. They are all buffet-style with a combination of pre-prepared and make-your-own food options. For example, you can craft your own omelet, pizza, pasta, quesadilla, burrito, and stir-fry every day at one of the dining courts. Each dining court has their own signature food areas, but they all have the basics as well. There are healthy food options at every dining court, so it is possible to avoid the freshman 15 if you chose wisely. There is also always the option to get On-the-Go food for a meal if you do not have a lot of time between classes to walk back to the dorms for lunch and sit down to eat. The meal plan is based on a swipe system where you get 12-20 swipes (each meal is one swipe) per week and a certain amount of dining dollars per semester. The swipes expire at the end of the week, so make sure you get to On-the-Go before it closes on Friday afternoon to use any extra swipes you will have that week on dorm room snacks! The biggest downside to the system at Purdue is that you cannot use your swipes on other people, such as your older friends or visiting family. You will need to budget your allotted dining dollars each semester to pay for them. Dining dollars also work at the Residence Halls convenient stores as well as the food places in the Union, which was really nice if you like Starbucks! Finally, the dinning courts are open for every meal except Sunday dinner. So you will need to figure out another option on Sunday nights. I suggest using dining dollars at Cary Knight Spot which has really good food and is open late!

    Dorm Life

    I chose to be a part of a learning community in the University Residence my freshman year at Purdue because it was located in my number one choice for housing, Wiley Hall. It was the best decision I made because it was so easy to connect with people in my major. The one I was in was specific for pre-pharmacy, but I know Purdue offers many different learning communities for different majors and interests. When you live with people in your classes it makes it really easy to study together and be constantly reminded when projects are due. I liked my experience in Wiley Hall so much that I chose to live there again my sophomore year with some of the people I met though the learning community. The friendships I made during those two years were so strong that I now live with the same people off-campus. Dorm life at Purdue makes it so easy to make new friends despite it being a large campus. The only negatives are that the dorm I was in did not have air conditioning, so the first month each year was VERY HOT. Also, they have pretty strict policies about guests of the opposite gender always being escorted once they leave your room. This is different than other schools where the dorms are not separated by gender. These rules can be annoying if you have a significant other, but it was also reassuring that they want your dorm to be safe for everyone who lives there. If you think you will want to live off-campus after your freshman year, make sure you find roommates and start looking as early as September!

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I attended a high school that was fairly strong academically where I took nearly all advanced and AP courses. Therefore, I was looking for a university that would continue to challenge me academically. I started out in pre-pharmacy at Purdue and am currently in their Doctor of Pharmacy program. Purdue has definitely lived up to my standards academically and I could not be happier with the education I am receiving. Although I have only taken courses within the pharmacy curriculum, from what I have heard from students in other majors and colleges nearly all courses are Purdue will challenge you within your desired field. However, if you are willing to put in the effort and hours of hard work into your core classes it will be completely worth it in the end when you receive your degree. There is a reason that employers look for Purdue graduates when hiring, because they know what a degree from Purdue represents.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interesting in learning more about Purdue University, the best place to start is with a visit to our breath-taking campus. I visited a lot of schools when trying to decide where I wanted to go, and it was only after my trip to Purdue that I knew it was where I belonged. During your visit be sure to check out all of the University Residence living options to find where you would feel most comfortable. Do not be afraid to ask any current Purdue students you might run into about their experience too! Everyone at Purdue is very friendly and will share their Purdue pride with you. You will also want to take a walk through the academic campus to get a feel for a day in the life of a Boilermaker. Be sure to go by both the Engineering and Beering Fountains where you might see Purdue students doing a fountain run if the weather is nice (or even if it is not). Another Purdue landmark to check out is the clapping circles located near the Purdue Memorial Union. During your visit you might even see the official Purdue mascot, the Boilermaker Special, riding through the streets of campus blaring its horn. If this all sounds great to you and you are ready to attend in the fall, then my biggest piece of advice is to get involved! Be sure to attend Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) - one of the largest new student orientations in the country - before classes start, participate in rush for Greek life at Purdue, check out the activities fairs to find student organizations you are interested in, attend as many sporting events as possible (but get your VIP pass early), and just find you niche! Finally, after a long day at Purdue to only place to go is The Den located in Chauncey Hill to get an infamous den pop. Boiler up!

    In three sentences

    If you are looking to attend a big university where the degree you earn will impress future employers, then Purdue University is the place for you! Purdue has so many opportunities to help you develop your personal and professional identity while fully enjoying the best years of your life. As a Boilermaker, you are difference maker that will help shape our world.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Looked pretty safe to me when I went and in the 2 years that my sister has attended Purdue she never once mentioned anything happening that was dangerous.

    Greek Life

    There is greek life. I don't know much about it because my sister isn't really into that stuff, but I do know that they are a pretty big community and the Greeks go around the dorms of the freshman and recruit people. They throw a lot of parties.

    Great for these types of students

    people who like the suburbs, don't mind being in the middle of nowhere, want to study engineering, like parties, like diversity, like big campuses (this campus is really really huge. My sister sometimes takes a bus to get from her dorm to her class when it's too cold to take a long walk. The buses take you around campus since the campus is so big)

    Bang for the buck

    The education is really good and Purdue is a well known university. People from all over the world come to Purdue to study, especially engineering. So if you want to study any form of engineering, Purdue is a good place to go. The tuition is pretty high, but it's considerably lower than some of the other universities I've been looking at. Also, if you're a good student you'll most definitely qualify for some merit scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    Frat parties for under 21. There's a theater not far from campus. Restaurants, cafes, clubs, activities, sports, football games (really big over there). People in Purdue are very proud of their university and just walking down the street you will see at least a couple of people wearing a purdue T-shirt, jumper, or sweatpants. over 21 you can go to a bar or a club. Even if you don't drink, apparently it's a nice place to hang out. also, chicago is pretty close and you can take a bus there or drive there with some friends on weekends or during holidays when you're stuck on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of foods. There are several dining courts, each in different areas. Normally people just go to the closest one to their dorm, but you can chose from any of the dining courts available. You can get a meal plan of 12 or 15 meals a weak, though 12 is more than enough. The dining courts are all-you-can-eat and they offer foods from different cultures. For Muslims they keep the dining courts open until after iftar during Ramadan when Ramadan occurs during the school year. You can also eat in a restaurant if you want to-there are a lot to chose from.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different dorms to chose from, and each one is different from the other. The university makes you fill out a survey where you select your preferences for what you would want in a dorm mate and what kind of person you are (boundaries and stuff) and they set you up with someone who had similar answers so you get a roommate that's on the same page as you. you can also chose you own roommate if you have someone in mind. The rooms are nice. My sister's freshman dorm had a walk-in closet and the room size wasn't too bad with the beds lofted. Depending on what dorm you go to, you might end up with your own bathroom to share with your roommate or you might end up sharing a bathroom with the whole floor. It's not so bad though, and I've never heard my sister complaining about her room. (except in her second year when she got stuck in a room with a slanted ceiling cuz she picked her room late.) a lot of people move out of the dorms after the 1st or 2nd year My sister is going to move into an apartment this year (her 3rd year), so that is also an option if you want to. You can also move into an apartment in freshman year, but that wouldn't be very nice right?

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is one of the top engineering schools, but other programs are pretty good too. My sister is double majoring in Mass Communications and political science and she likes her classes a lot and she works hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like the idea of being in the suburbs in a community solely made up of people attending the university or working in it and experiencing that kind of university vibe, then this is the place for you. My sister is currently attending this university and I have researched it and been to the campus. My sister tells me that the main source of fun for people under 21 is the frat parties that are held all the time. If you don't like that kind of thing, there's not that much else to do so you might want to think of other places. of course, there are a lot of activities, clubs, etc.. that you can join. there's a theater near campus if you want to watch a movie. The restaurants are quite diverse. There's an Arab restaurant and an Indian restaurant and there's a chipolata and a bunch of other stuff. The dining courts have good food.

    In three sentences

    It's really big. The university campus is the town. Really good for engineering.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are constantly numerous activities taking place, bustling with activity. I would recommend regularly checking the activities guide to find something to suit your interests. The size of West Lafayette and Lafayette combined allow for nearly infinite possibilities of off campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    While on campus dining is really beyond adequate, the options placed before you in such a large twin city environment can please both the finicky and expansive pallet.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot comment on dorm life, for I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is ranked very high among graduation rate, but that does not mean that the work is easy. The courses dive right in, and a slow student will soon find themselves miles behind the pack. The second you feel lost you need to utilize the many resources to get yourself back on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always apply early, as there is allot of paperwork needed for any college. Visit your guidance counselor early and often, because after all that is what they get paid for! Remember to allot three times your credit hours for school and homework, as 19 credit hours will take essentially 57 hours out of your week.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is committed to preparing it's students for their career, and lets face it that is why we are going to college! I have found the faculty and staff exceptional, for they have gone above and beyond to make sure that I was setup for success. The campus is inviting and full of potential extracurricular activities, allowing for the bonding of students as well as stress relief.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the bell tower. Just... just don't do it.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to school at Purdue is definitely worth it! I was worried a little bit before I came, thinking that it would be hard to get used to college life and studies, but it's really not that hard if you're a responsible person. There's so much to do here, and it's a lot of fun!

    What to do for fun

    The rec center (Co-Rec, as it is most popularly called) is where I go to do stuff for fun. There's all kinds of things to do there, but I usually climb the rock wall, or work out. The Co-Rec is huge, so there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! I looked online and Purdue ranks in the top ten for best university dining courts. There is always a wide variety of food that you can pick from, and each dining court usually has its own specialty. There's also something called On-The-Go!, where you can get food quick to go if you're in a hurry for a class or something.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Cary Quadrangle, so the rooms are tight and there is no air conditioning. But it's still a great place to be since the Quad is really nice, and you'll meet a lot of good people in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, so far, the classes have been pretty challenging, but they haven't been unbearable. At least, not yet. You just have to make sure you don't miss any lectures and take good notes, and ask the professor if you aren't clear on something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is a great university! You won't regret coming to study here. It is really nice living on campus, as you get to know people and make new friends. The classes will definitely give you a challenge, and the professors (at least the ones I've had) are really nice. Also, go to BGR (Boiler Gold Rush)! It's a really awesome program before classes start to help you get used to the swing of things, you'll meet a bunch of great people, and it's a lot of fun! By the way, if you're thinking about going into the College of Science, which is what I'm in, it's a really great program! You'll meet so many great people with great talents!

    In three sentences

    I love it here! The campus, the food, and the people are all really nice. The classes here are challenging, but they are definitely a good time.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    rape buttons at every corner!!

    Greek Life

    I have no idea about greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every single sport club you could think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Analytical, loners, introverts, creative students as well though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs: you run from one of the fountains on campus to the other, preferably in clothing that can get wet.

    Bang for the buck

    It was rated in the top five for job placement after education.

    What to do for fun

    I know the union is really cool, there's a lot of stuff to do inside.

    Food and Dining

    I went to the hospital the fourth night I was there from digestive problems. But I've heard it's pretty normal to experience these problems. You just have to know which dining court you like.

    Dorm Life

    When I went it was alright, but I know freshmen dorms are probably not as nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It is one of the hardest engineering schools in the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you start writing your essay early, and start getting to know your teachers so you can use them as recommendations.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a fantastic institution of higher learning. It has a very big campus, and offers one of the best engineering colleges in the nation. I just wish they hadn't switched to the common app, because it's a pain.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't leave your bike unlocked, it might not get stolen, but it WILL get tossed up in a tree.

    Food and Dining

    I hope you're not a vegetarian, otherwise there really isn't much for you. Same goes for those hoping to find ethnic comfort foods from home! What they do have plenty of is burgers, pizza and fried things, and while good, aren't something you'd want to eat every day.

    Dorm Life

    Really hit or miss. Some dorms are a lot nicer than others, but they do try to keep them all pretty up to standard. The rooms are just as small as you'd expect, but really any bad times can be chalked up to dorm or floor mates. As far as the rooms go, they could be worse.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rarely do you find classes you can fly through. It's great for a challenge, but you do get burnt out after a while. I've worked hard in all of my courses and still had the blemish of a bad grade. It's rough, anyone'll tell you that, but I feel you do come out a little better in the end.

  • 12/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is heavily an engineering based school, however I would say that doesn't limit it to only that field. Purdue is well renowned in other areas as well such as Tourism and Hospitality Management, Nursing, and Pharmacy just to name a few. So if you are interested in Purdue don't let your career choice hold you back. Whatever your career choice may be, Purdue will offer an excellent degree program for you so come join the Purdue Boilermaker Family!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early, Definitely check out the campus and college life at Purdue. Try your best in high school, as grades do matter however are not everything. Most important of all find yourself here at Purdue.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Purdue University is pricey for out of state student I feel that I am getting a world class education at a relatively low price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue has a lot to offer, with hundreds of organizations for every interest that any one may have. There is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot here at Purdue. For instance during my Pre Calculus course I learned a lot more than I ever imagined I would in such a short period of time. I had taken Pre-Calculus my last year in high school and got an A and thought I knew everything there was to know about that subject, and boy was I wrong. That goes to show you that even the most simple subject taught here at Purdue are taught on a world class level. One of the most interesting things I found about this course was a quote that the teacher used to post every day before class. It went something along the lines of, Haven't I told you if you think you know something that, that is most certainly your barrier to learning something new. This spoke volumes to not only me but to the style of instructing here at Purdue.

  • 04/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineers.

    Tips for prospective students

    if your not going for Engineering look for another school. This school does not care about its students and is raising tuition 5% a year in order to compete with the prices of other Big Ten schools. They have too many teachers that do not know how to teach, cannot speak english, or do not care.

    Bang for the buck

    Its well known within this school that they make some classes so hard that the only way to pass them is to have known the material before hand and even then you do not have the time to even think through their exams. I have had to retake 2 classes already due to having a teacher that couldn't teach/barely spoke english and one where they give you so many problems on the exam that only the teacher or calculus geniuses could complete them within the time limit. Really a waste of money to have to retake classes that you passed, thanks to bad teachers, yet is not an acceptable grade by management.

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue has a lot of fun things to do, only problem is I am so busy studying for exams with tons of trick questions and trying to figure out how to do calculus faster for the exam I have no time to enjoy anything here. If your in political science I hear you have lots of free time.

    Am learning a lot

    If your going here for history or engineering this is a good school. If you are going for business (Aka Krannert) its quite useless. 3 Years into school and still my only management class has been accounting. Had to retake accounting because of having a TA that barely spoke English and could not understand questions I was asking her, teacher always said talk to the TA. I am having to retake calculus thanks to them giving us so many problems on the exam that it is impossible for us to even have time to calculate them all, the teacher said that when he took his own test he had plenty of spare time left. I have also had teachers that do not know anything more about their topic then what they read in their book. So far I have learned more from TV and playing Video games for how to manage a business then I have by going 3 years at purdue. The most I have learned at purdue would be from economics, history courses, and political science courses. The classes are really good, and required, but they are quite useless for my degree.

  • 07/23/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    It hits the pocket but you can work at you go to college. It's all worth it in the end too.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's far from home, but meting the people seem like a new family.

    Will learn a lot

    This school will help you achieve your major.

  • 10/05/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Is it possible to get into Purdue with an ACT composite score of 22?

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Really anyone. Purdue is so big that you can find every type of person here, and fits for every student.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you get your books, no matter your college, do your research. I find that some of my books I hardly use. Also, some of my books are available online, complete copies, and they're cheaper. I also ended up renting a few of my books, which saved me hundreds.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student, so my tuition is pretty high. I still feel like I am getting my education's worth though. Not only am I getting a degree from one of the leading universities in the country, but I can readily network with other Purdue students from things like help with interviews to setting up job shadowing opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was intimidated by the size of Purdue at first. But I quickly realized that it feels much smaller once you live here. Everything is in walking distance. I live in Wiley Hall, and there are always activities going on. From electricity-free gaming night to penny wars for UNICEF. And if you can think of a club, Purdue has got it. If we don't? Feel free to make one.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a pre-pharmacy student. Purdue makes it easy to fit in as little or many classes as you want. I am taking 17 credit hours and I don't feel pressured. Even though Purdue has many classes that take place in big lecture halls, they feel much smaller because the teachers have such a great dynamic to immerse students. For every large lecture, Purdue also has recitations for more personal times. These are often taught by TA's, but they know plenty about the subject they are assisting in. Every TA and teacher has office hours and are available by email, which they check multiple times a day. I have never had a hard time finding someone to help me.

  • 11/29/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. Very welcoming community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and get tasks done as soon as they open up.

    Bang for the buck

    I will get a very good education, and I only have to pay the in school tuition.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have a bunch of friends at Purdue right now, and they are all having a blast.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm so excited to be joining the College of Engineering for the Spring Semester.

  • 05/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is mostly know for engineering so if you want to be an engineer come here! Purdue also has a great pharmacy program along with a excellent business program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply as early as possible to be automatically put into their pool for scholarships. I was a few days off from that deadline and I wished I had applied earlier.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm coming from out of state and tuition isn't cheap. However, Purdue is know for their great engineering program and I received a great job offer as a freshman! So far Purdue has shown me that it is worth the price.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty tough but when you compare the work to other schools you realize that you are learning more and at a better quality.

  • 05/13/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Going to major in Aeronaughtical engineering!

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoying learning, who want to experience diversity, who want to receive an efficient, productive degree and who want to expand their minds and horizons will love Purdue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Going to class and participating in class discussions truly helps you to understand the material and to do better on the tests. Truthfully the easiest part about going to college at Purdue is simply going to class. Going to class also makes everything else that much easier too. Many teachers reward attendance and/or participation with extra credit as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state and international have to pay quite a bit just like at any college but the in state tuition is not that bad and it is certainly worth the experience that Purdue provides.

    Am enjoying being here

    I truly love it here. The campus is great and the availability of both on and off campus housing makes going to Purdue easy, fun, and fitting.

    Am learning a lot

    Each of my classes brings something new everyday. I have learned so much so far and I continue learning with each passing moment at Purdue. The teachers I have had so far have all been well-qualified and interested in their subject material and have great backgrounds and renown in the academic community.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Beautiful campus! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships!!!

  • 05/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    - People planning on doing engineering - People who are well balanced between academics and fun - People who live in Indiana (In State tuition is great) - People who like math and science - People who want exceptional job placement

    Tips for prospective students

    1. When you first come to college, keep a level head. I have seen a lot of people face problems because they choose to put partying before academics. 2. If you are in engineering make sure to take the first year HONORS engineering course at all cost. Otherwise your in for a tedious and pointless year. 3. Get involved in the numerous clubs at Purdue. Just about anything you can think of for a club, Purdue has it.

    Bang for the buck

    Hard to say much about this, I guess it is about average. The one thing you should probably keep in mind is that scholarship money from Purdue essentially is decided before you get to college. By this I mean that the financial aid department will decide how much scholarship money you will get for your first four years based on the application(with SAT and ACT scores) that they received prior to you arriving. So, keep in mind that no matter how much you plan to improve your grades in college you won't get any merit scholarships unless you did good in high school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is no doubt I am enjoying it here at Purdue. The classes are engaging, the clubs are abundant, and there is always something big happening (except during summer school). No matter what, you should never be bored at Purdue because there are always so many things going on.

    Am learning a lot

    I think the education here is great, especially if you want to go into engineering. If you are an engineer, your first year will be fairly restrictive and you will only be able to take the basic science, math, and general education classes. However, don't fret because the classes only get more flexible as you progress. The one class I feel compelled to warn everybody about is the first year engineering class. If you are lucky enough to be in the honors class you will get to work with robotics if not then you will be doing mind-numbing work for hours that is completely inapplicable in any career unless you happen to teach this very class in the future.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Since I am out of state, it is very expensive to go to Purdue.

    Will enjoy being here

    On my visit, I enjoyed the campus a lot!

    Will learn a lot

    I think that Purdue has a very tough curriculum and plan to be challenged.

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    For the money, it's a great engineering school. If you have the grades, you can get really great scholarships and easily pay much less.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for students interested in engineering and pharmacy. They offer many other great programs as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early to get into a school like Purdue University.

    Bang for the buck

    The nice thing about Purdue is that you can attend one of their smaller school then transfer. This is a good way to save money.

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If u have money, you can pick this college

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a very large and diverse campus. It has just about anything that any student could want. Do your research and talk to admissions. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask questions. Everyone on campus including the students are helpful and kind. If you have a question just ask!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus and talk to the admissions staff and tour guides. They are passionate and well informed about the University. Make sure you pick a college or university that has a diverse curriculum to offer you as a student, whether that is Purdue or some place else. If you pick a college you love, you will be happy. My last piece of advice for prospective students is to get involved! No matter where you go, if you just sit in your dorm room and go to class you will not be happy. Get out, meet people, make friends, and get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    As mentioned I am an out of state student. While my hometown is only a few hours away, it is in a different state. Purdue's name is truly world renowned so I know I am getting a high quality degree, but I am still paying extremely high tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have become very involved with the Purdue Band department. I have been a member of the drumline in the marching band both years. This past year also gave me the opportunity to travel with the marching band to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. I was also selected as one of three drumset players for the men's basketball band. As an out of state student, the ties I have to the band department staff and students has made the transition easy. The friendships I have made during my first two years are lasting friendships that I look forward to continuing for the next two years of my schooling and beyond graduation. Add to that the fantastic campus and Purdue has become my new home.

    Am learning a lot

    I have attended Purdue University for the past two years. During my time here I have been challenged academically in most of my classes. The rigorous level expected of students by the faculty is standard for the caliber of this college. Purdue's name is recognized world wide and the level of academic excellence expected reflects that.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is perfect for students that take learning seriously and love to gain new knowledge and skills.

    Bang for the buck

    It is well worth the cost. I may have a full-ride, but I still think the services provided at Purdue are worth way more than they're priced at. The food, the dorms, and the classes are all quality.

    Will enjoy being here

    Everybody here is so nice and the campus has its own intrinsic beauty. Purdue is full of opportunities to enjoy life.

    Will learn a lot

    I've learned a lot from simply visiting the campus. The classes are engaging and the course selection is wide. A great education is guaranteed here.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Selling and Sales, Any Science major, Management

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you review course materials before classes begin in the fall or spring so that you have better knowledge about what you will be learning about in class. Also, make sure you contact and meet with TA's frequently.

    Bang for the buck

    Well worth the cost of attending a university of such a high stature. It really looks great on a resume so that employers know you have attended a premier university.

    Am enjoying being here

    Outstanding faculty and staff. Sports are also a major plus for those who enjoy tailgating and having a great time with family and friends. Also a very safe and secure campus.

  • 07/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    It can be pricey, but it is worth it to go to one of the top schools in the country and they offer a lot of help.

    Will enjoy being here

    It has a beautiful campus and everything is basically in walking distance of everything else.

    Will learn a lot

    Classes are specified toward your major so look at what your curriculum would be to see which classes will be beneficial to you.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Stop, right there! Quit being so excited to move out of your house, away from your family and into your new life. Take advantage of the time you have left at home. Sure, going away to school is exhilarating but that feeling will wear away quickly and soon you may be wondering why you even left home in the first place. I was so happy, I cried the day I received my acceptance letter and I wished my last few months at home away too quickly. My freshman year looked terrifying a few times which made me want to be home more than anything. Be excited about becoming a more independent adult! You deserve that right. But know that, every once in a while, you're going to want to be home and completely away from everything Purdue has to offer. Sooner or later, you're going to miss your family and old friends. Cherish them while you still can. Best of luck at Purdue!

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student so my tuition is so much higher than in state students. Many of my friends say I could stay in Wisconsin for cheaper, but the campus and school seems so much better than the Wisconsin schools that I looked at.

    Will learn a lot

    The Pre-Pharmacy program is intense, but an awesome program. At 17 credit hours for two years and then 19 credit hours for the next four years, I know I am going to learn a ton!

  • 08/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated students. (especially for engineering)

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a major that you are interested in, but also take into account the requirements of the degree program. If there are two similar programs that you are interested in but one lets you do what you want (e.g. take whatever extra classes you want), do the one with the flexibility.

    Bang for the buck

    As a local with parents who work at Purdue, I don't really have a very fair perspective on this either. I have the option of living at home and have a 40% fee remission because of my parents. However, even at full price this is most definitely one of the best deals for in-state students. For out of state students, it may be a good deal depending on your program. If you manage to stick through engineering it is probably one of the better value degrees.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a local, I'm not sure I can say that I thoroughly enjoy being here because I've lived here for a while (10 years). I'm not saying that the atmosphere is bad, but perhaps I just stopped paying attention because campus is basically my back yard.

    Am learning a lot

    One word of warning is that I entered with a fair amount of advanced credit with the intention of pursuing an engineering degree. However, I found the First Year Engineering program to not only be very restrictive, but also a complete waste of my time and money. I learned almost nothing in the first semester because I was basically not allowed to take any majors classes and was stuck taking the FYE courses that didn't teach me anything. The ENGR labelled class spent hours talking about subjects that I learned in 7th grade without adding much or any depth to my understanding (e.g. mean, median, mode, standard deviation) After CODOing (Change of Degree Objective) into the College of Science, I was able to actually take classes that would advance my degree or at least my personal interests. In particular I was able to take a physics class that was completely new material for me

  • 08/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, social types, scientist and those who want a all star college experience whether you are a computer scientist, theologian or athletic trainer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a open mind and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. trust me there is something for everyone

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is great for instate and pretty pricy for out of state but the degree STANDOUTS AND WILL GIVE YOU THE LEG UP IN ACQUIRING THAT DREAM JOB. with the purdue center for career opportunities there really is no downside to the costs of tuition

    Am enjoying being here

    Purdue is a great place to hangout walk around with friends, go to great student athletic events such as football, and basketball, and be able to enjoy some great concerts offered by the student convocations center. Whether your a writer, thinker, reader, overachiever or athlete Purdue is a really a great fit for all who have a opened mind to a great rich college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    At purdue you learn the most up to date research techniques and analytical skills necessary to get that leg up, that will score you that dream job or graduate researcher position. Purdue is a great place to learn about other cultures and gain key friendships and references to really help you thrive and succeed throughout the sometimes tough college classes

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student that likes to mingle with others or simply loves the sciences then Purdue is the place for you. Large campus, tons of resources, and a very accredited school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be successful in college I recommend doing your best in high school because it doesn't get easier.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue has limitless opportunities for students that are for the most part free. So on top of having high quality professors and being a top school it is nice to the students who go here.

    Am enjoying being here

    While the community is very large and is sometimes hard to meet new people it is fun when you do. I joined an organization and we get together to shoot nerf darts at each other in a variety of tag based games. Not to mention we have Humans vs Zombies as a campus wide activity.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot of different things while being here and will likely learn much more in the coming semesters. The professors are very helpful to students and wish for our success.

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Their campus is absolutely breathtaking. Though Purdue is large in size, it has the feel of a small town, with a lot of hospitality. The people there are kind and take the extra time to just stop and listen. They are also amazing at answering your questions in depth.

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and get to know how the campus feels to you. See if you like the atmosphere and if you like the size. Tour the residence halls and make sure you pick the one you think fits you the best.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are definitely challenging and are worth the money that you pay. Even though it may seem like the classes you take are review they are definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and as cheesy as it might sound, when the leaves begin to chance colors, it lights up the campus. The professors are understanding and willing to help when you need it. The atmosphere is very calm and is a perfect learning environment. The first snow of the season made the campus look so beautiful and makes it look like wonderland.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I am taking here are definitely teaching me more than I thought I would learn. Some classes are a review from high school, but some professors have a different take so you learn a whole new prospective.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineers

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is definitely great for students who love the cold. It snows like crazy here and the weather is always cold. So if you're from California or Florida, this may not be the best school for you. This school is also great for international students. There is a lot of diversity around campus so you will always be able to find a group of students that have the same interest as you. Last, but not least, this school is great for hard workers. Purdue is a very tough university. Many people transfer from here because the work is too hard. If you want to succeed as this school, be prepared to bust your butt. Work hard for 4 years for a great job after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and find as many study groups and resources as you can. The higher the GPA the more things you can do in life. Enjoy the campus and stay involved also. They say, College is what you make it. Believe me when I say this is 100% true. College can either be fun or a complete bore. It's your decision.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not sure spending $40,000 is a bang for the buck anywhere. But I guess that's my opinion since I am out of state. It is a great school though. There is a lot to learn and gain from being at Purdue. If you are out of state though, strive to obtain scholarships. It will make your stay there so much easier when you aren't worried about your finances. As for in state students, it is a lot easier for them. In state students have plenty of ways to get their tuition payed off. So it may not seem as expensive to them. If you are in state look towards getting Purdue Promise or 21st century scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    Weather is very bipolar. Can be raining one day, to sunny, to snowing all in the same week. Other than that, the campus is beautiful. Plenty to do if you keep your ears and eyes open. There is always stuff going on around campus. The school is big on Greek life also so join a Fraternity or Sorority if that is your thing. Also there are plenty of professional organizations to choose from also.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a freshman from Charlotte, NC. I am a Computer and Information Technology major. I am indeed learning a lot from Purdue. There are lots of international students around campus so if you open your eyes, you can learn a lot from them. Many things you can learn from other people's cultures. I definitely learned a lot about Greek life coming to this university. My family was never big on Greek life so coming to a school with the 2nd or 3rd largest Greek system is in the nation is definitely a learning experience.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent, international, outgoing students will do great here

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a lot of new friends, and don't be afraid to put yourself out there

    Bang for the buck

    A Purdue education is so valuable, everyone recognizes it.

    Am enjoying being here

    It has been a lot of fun being at college, i have made so many great friends and many amazing memories!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much about the industry i am about to be going into. The classes i take are a lot of fun, and i really enjoy school.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am learning a lot

    The professors there in my major are awesome and very helpful but the general class professors aren't as helpful.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 93 of 313

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    Greek Life

    About 80 fraternities and nearly 30 sororities. Great way to meet new people and have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds (maybe thousands) of options.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I'm learning a lot and the price is relatively low compared to other schools in the area, especially private schools.

    What to do for fun

    There's hundreds of clubs to join, intramural sports, and even greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing. Five awesome dining courts with plenty of food and best of all, it's all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty social and easy to meet new people. Some dorms don't have air conditioning because they're so old and others are extremely small. It just depends on how much money you're willing to spend.

    Academic Rigor

    I was blown away at how hard a lot of the classes can be. Adapting and managing your time is key.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be as social as possible. There are so many people here that you're almost guaranteed to find friends that suit you. Also, joining a fraternity is a great way to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    It's a very prestigious school that can cater to nearly anyone's interest for a career. The school is extremely large, and is intimidating at first, but once I got used to it, I loved it. Overall, I'm extremely happy that I came here because the professors are excellent and people across that country know the name.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    yellow boxes exist everywhere on campus with emergency buttons. purdue's fire and police departments are always ready for duty should dangerous situations arise. purdue also has a text alert system used for major emergencies.

    Greek Life

    greek life at purdue is a vast category. there are houses for all different types of people, so if you think rushing could be for you, try it out. there are many great opportunities within the greek system. it isn't for everyone though, so don't worry if it isn't a good fit for you. you'll find other activities that are more tailored to fit your personality.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of clubs at purdue! it can seem overwhelming, but purdue's 'getinvolved' lists all clubs on campus. if you don't see one you like, feel free to get an advisor and start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    purdue is great for a wide variety of students. because there are so many that attend school here, it makes it easier to find people similar to yourself. i would say purdue is best suited for focused, outgoing students, who aren't afraid of being around numerous people in class or on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    john purdue set a high limit on academic buildings on campus when he established the university. needless to say, purdue found a few shortcuts to his rule. the top floor of beering hall is registered in another zip code, and the nine-story math building has a breezeway underneath so it can be considered a bridge!

    Bang for the buck

    i think purdue offers a great value for students. the education we get here is definitely worth the money we pay. there are also scholarships from purdue, but they end up being pretty competitive. don't be afraid to apply for scholarships off of websites like cappex.

    What to do for fun

    in the dorms there are always events to attend. if you bring friends, you will have a blast! apartment life is different because you have to plan events for your friends group or find psub or community events to attend. (in other words, the activities aren't right out of your front door.) there is never any shortage of fun activities, as long as you keep your eyes peeled.

    Food and Dining

    i had no trouble getting used to the dining courts here. the chefs are all very well trained and make delicious food. each dining court has its specialty cuisine so i would try all of them and mix it up every once in awhile.

    Dorm Life

    i can't account for every dorm here at purdue because i only lived in earhart. i really loved the fact that we had air conditioning! the staff and ra's were really awesome there. they know that the dorms are a big adjustment for people, so they are understanding about your situation and any problems that arise. there are always events planned for the hall, so don't worry about being bored! learning communities are also a big part of earhart, but i would make sure to meet a few people on those floors because they definitely aren't for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    purdue is a very tough college. it has very difficult programs in science and engineering, especially. not to say that there aren't great liberal arts opportunities also, because there are. i wouldn't come to purdue expecting any 'easy a's.' the work load is hard, and professors expect you to study accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    -visit more than one college! make sure purdue is a good fit before diving in. -don't be nervous about the size of purdue; everyone is friendly. -get excited for college because it's a great time in life, but get ready to work, too. don't forget why you are really here.

    In three sentences

    purdue is a dynamic school with all types of students and curriculums. attending college here allows students to take responsibility for their studies and mature as people. with some many wonderful students and staff, you will definitely find your niche at this university.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety on campus is of top priority. purdue has its own campus police department and fire station. both are full service, and work only on purdue.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of sporting event to attend. furthermore, there are many clubs and intramural sports that any student is sure to find something he or she will enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    food and dining is great at purdue. there are five different dinning courts throughout campus (not including a number of small cafes all over campus). outside of campus there are many places to eat raging from fast food to dinning restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life can be rather exciting or really boring depending on how outgoing you are. there are some dorms that are rather small and have ended up with the name of cary closets. nevertheless, dorm life is still not bad. there are many options to choose from, and plenty of greek houses to choose.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are not easy at purdue. purdue is a great college for those students who want to challenge their mind and knowledge and don't just want to get a degree the easy way.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus before school begins. ask around if you are not sure where to go or what do to. the staff are really friendly, and don't worry about being looked at funny for asking directions, everybody on campus has gone through the same situation.

    In three sentences

    purdue places a great deal of importance on academics. purdue faculty try to do their best in making their courses challenging and pushing their students to achieve their best.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe, there rarely anything bad happens. purdue sends out warnings in case an event happens, it's very handy to have.

    Greek Life

    being part of a fraternity of sorority is a great way to enjoy college and gain social experiences. purdue has one of the largest greek life in the u.s. try to rush, if you don't like what you see, there's no lost.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for everything, you will find the club you like.

    Great for these types of students

    purdue is a good place for all kinds of students.

    Bang for the buck

    out-of-state tuition is not cheap, but it's worth it for a good education. if you get in-state tuition, it's a steal. purdue is on par with a lot of public universities as far as tuition concern, but the quality and the value behind a purdue diploma far exceed what you will send on tuition and expenses. the school and government offers many financial aids to help you attend college, just make sure you follow through with the applications.

    What to do for fun

    hanging out with friends are always great, going to the union is a good option. you can bowl or play pool, or simply just have a cup of coffee and chat with friends. the new gym will be completed in the fall of 2012, so you will have a great new place to workout and play sports. joining a club is always a good idea, there's no better way to meet other people who likes what you like too.

    Food and Dining

    dinning courts are great, there are many dinning courts to choose from and all of them have different food. you would not miss home cooked meal too much with the food at purdue. off campus dinning is good too, there are many options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    purdue organizes events for all the dorms, it's a great way to meet people. most dorms are small but clean and well build, you won't be disappointed. if dorm life it's not for you, greek housing and apartments are easily found around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    being an engineering student at purdue is a challenging experience, you are demanded to understand class materials and have good study habit. through getting internship i felt my classes prepared me well for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    do attend orientation, it's a great way to meet new friends and know your way around the campus. because the size of classes in your first and second year, it's difficult to know the professors, try going to their office hours and communicate with other students to get the best out of your education.

    In three sentences

    purdue university is a great place for well-rounded students from all over the world. no matter what major you choose, you will receive a great quality education and a lot of help from follow students and faculties. living in west lafayette and attend classes at purdue is a very great experience.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    football games, basketball games, flicks at fowler, sledding down slayter, fountain runs, den pops

    Food and Dining

    incredible!

    Dorm Life

    nice facilities and the food is delicious!

    Academic Rigor

    it takes a lot of work, but it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    research your career interests and what opportunities purdue can provide for you in terms of jobs and internships.

    In three sentences

    it has an amazing faculty. they have great facilities. i love purdue!

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    fire and police men on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    over 900 different kinds of clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    no college is worth the amount we pay for.

    What to do for fun

    go to the movies, go to sporting events, do campus activities, get involved with clubs

    Food and Dining

    purdue has the best food.

    Dorm Life

    some dorms are better than others. the ra's are pretty cool and do fun events.

    Academic Rigor

    it is very difficult. a lot different from high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a tour and make sure you like it.

    In three sentences

    it is a wonderful school. it is beautiful and the professors are great. it is difficult though.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    lots of greek options that are not only fun, but the greeks do a lot of charity work.

    Clubs and Activities

    nine hundred and thirty-seven of them!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the best tradition is sledding on slayter hill. students snag trays from the dining court and go out and sled when it snows. another cool place on campus is triple x. it is a diner with awesome food, and it is open 24 hours every day! great for a meal at any time. and make sure to try the peanut butter burger!

    What to do for fun

    lafayette is a great city and the best things to do are found outdoors. the weather is great in the spring and summer, and there are many places to walk or run outside. during colder times, there is great little things you can find to do over the river because the old downtown part of lafayette is nice and quaint.

    Food and Dining

    good food, but sometimes gets redundant (of course). i know that it is a step above most college food though and many people miss it when they move out of the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm system at purdue is amazing! it gives you a real sense of community, and it is easy to make and keep friends. the vast amount of students within the dorms also makes a great living experience in which you are never isolated from society.

    Academic Rigor

    purdue is academically rigorous in the technological fields, however, in the liberal arts field, many classes are easy, and don't even require studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    my best tip is to go crazy your first year here. i don't mean crazy parties, i mean fill up all of your time. make tons of new friends and do fun activities with them, join any clubs you think sound interesting, and keep up on your schoolwork. above all, get out and keep yourself busy!

    In three sentences

    purdue is a technology-focused school, but is growing in other majors. purdue is a great big-ten sports school, with a small, country-college setting. purdue is very community focused, especially within the residence hall system.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    purdue has an escort hotline, which is cool. never used it, but it's nifty. incidents rarely happen but they do occur, as we get texts when there have been incidents. purdue also has these yellow boxes where you press the button and it's an instant 911, and campus security or the police department on campus, which is an official legit police department or something, will rush to you. purdue also has a legit fire department too, and it's pretty official, as i've been told.

    Clubs and Activities

    purdue has like 900+ organizations, which is great. granted, some of those organizations may seem dead or old, but regardless there's still a good number.

    Great for these types of students

    engineering! purdue is highly ranked, top 10 i believe, for the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country. purdue's sports games are also awesome, and if you love getting involved on campus, this is great too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    apparently if you walk under the bell tower you won't graduate in four years. i learned this during orientation, still have yet to walk under it, though i see people do it all the time. there's also a lion fountain on campus that spouts drinking water, which is awesome, and there's some superstition with that, like after you go to the lion fountain you have to kiss under the bell tower...or something.

    Bang for the buck

    purdue is a pretty well known school, also for it's athletics and stuff too. going to a well known school is pretty good, as i feel like it bumps up your chance to land a job after you graduate. there's also a lot of job and internship opportunities that come to you by email, at least for my college. though i may say that if you're out of state you might wanna consider going somewhere else. i'm paying out of state tuition, and it really, really hurts. but i love the school, so it really depends on how worthwhile you make your stay here.

    Food and Dining

    freshman fifteen indeed. the dining courts here are amazing with a wide variety of food for you to eat. there's also an area where there are restaurants that aren't part of the residence halls if you don't want to eat at the dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    awesome! all of my good friends i've made so far are mostly the people who live around me. the sense of community is awesome and we do a lot of things that might be held on campus together. my ra is amazing too, and the dorms here all hold programs that the residence members are able to take part in.

    Academic Rigor

    since i'm still just in my freshman year, i can't really speak for all the of the academic rigor of the school. purdue is ranked as one of the hardest schools to get an a in, and i do have classes that require me to put extra work into. but of course you always have those classes where you might think is a joke, but for the most part all the classes require your attention in order to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're given the chance to join a learning community, join. you'll start seeing a lot of people who are in a lot of your classes, and depending on you and the class size sometimes, you'll make friends quick, which really makes the school all that much more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    i'm a freshman here at purdue and so far i really enjoy. i've made a lot of friends, most of whom live around me from joining a learning community. there's a lot to do on this really pretty campus.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    purdue has its own, on-campus police and fire department that ensure safety for everyone on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    countless clubs and activities to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    ready for a heavy workload, loves a good social life, enjoys sporting events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    too many to list!

    Bang for the buck

    a great cost for a great education.

    What to do for fun

    purdue has many great clubs, intramural sports, sporting events, and even a mall that allow for a great social life!

    Food and Dining

    there are tons of restaurants to choose to eat from along with many different dining courts; the dining court food tastes good and has many choices of food to choose from, but don't expect to eat there three meals a day without eventually getting tired of the menu.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is a good way for incoming freshman to meet to new people and get involved in campus clubs and activities.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics here at purdue university are top notch! great professors and t.a.'s that speak perfect english for the most part. many help rooms and computer labs are available for the students. be forewarned that the engineering program has a rigorous and heavy workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are planning on studying engineering at purdue university, be prepared for a heavy and hard workload!!

    In three sentences

    purdue university is a great overall college! outstanding academics, great social life, and a beautiful campus amongst other things. one of the top colleges in the country for a very reasonable price, you will not be disappointed with this great university.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is generally pretty safe. there is a safe walk program where you can call and get an escort for walking at night if you feel it necessary. also, the police are very friendly and take their responsibility seriously.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 900 different clubs and student organizations, there is truly something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    in the summer, people go on fountain runs where you run through all of the fountains on campus.

    What to do for fun

    there are countless things to do for fun! movies with friends, parties, activities, shows, clubs, organizations. whatever interests you, you'll find it here.

    Food and Dining

    food is great! although if you go to the same dining court everyday it can get a little repetitive, there are five to choose from. there are also tons of pizza and sandwich places around that deliver. and if your up to a short walk, there are a few decent restaurants around.

    Dorm Life

    this varies greatly depending on where you live. but generally dorm life is pretty great. there are always activities going on, and fun things to do. getting involved in study groups also makes studying easier and more enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    there are definitely high expectations in most of the courses here. these generally increase with higher level courses as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    go easy on your workload the first semester, and try and choose classes that you are genuinely interested in.

    In three sentences

    purdue is a university full of resources and opportunities. the university is pretty big and very lively, there is always something to do. the courses are very advanced, both in technology and content.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    talking walks ins fun there are also many attractions on chauncy hill for those looking to not go very far.

    Food and Dining

    thee ar slot f chocies and it's very convienent.

    Dorm Life

    it's very convenient for people not ready to be 100% on their own.

    Academic Rigor

    it's slot of work but very doable

    Tips for prospective students

    don't procrastinate if you want to have fun on the weekend. also get to know your professors they help alot.

    In three sentences

    it is a great school for all majors. it provides a safe environment. i would recommend it to anyone who is willing to put in the work.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    we have the union, bowling alley, there is a movie theater down the street. you can run threw a fountain, go for a walk, hang out with your friends or go shopping. many different places for that.

    Food and Dining

    some great food here, always served warm.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is amazing, and if at first you dont like your room mate you will get used to them, and you can also ask to switch, and its all an easy process.

    Academic Rigor

    your academic life will be fulfilled here.

    Tips for prospective students

    you will have a great time here, and you will enjoy every aspect of it, purdue is know around the world.

    In three sentences

    i love everything about purdue, there is a divers group of people, and there is always something for you to do here. you can be a part of any group, and if your group isn't out there, you can start your own. they can help you find a job, and they help with the process of getting there.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    many panic buttons are placed around the university. if they are pressed someone will come to that area immediatly. most of the campus is well-lit also.

    Greek Life

    greek life is going strong here at purdue. they have some of the best parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    a club is offered for almost anything you could think of here at purdue.

    Great for these types of students

    those wanting to get an education at a low cost, and have fun while doing it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    breakfast club, paint crew, don't walk underneath the bell tower or you won't graduate on time, drink from the lions mouth for good luck, world's strongest boilermaker competition.

    Bang for the buck

    this university offers a high quality education at a reasonably low price.

    What to do for fun

    activities within the dorms, going out to eat, the movies, bars (if you're 21), bowling, put put, and going to the mall.

    Food and Dining

    purdue has excellent dining. the food courts are the best i've ever been to, with hundreds of different choices to choose from daily. also many of the major fast food restaurants (and many unique to purdue) can be found right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms have a lot of fun activities that make it easier to get adjusted to college life. the tight bond that you form with the people on your floor will be a big part of the college experience. you can help each other with school or just hang out. plus you may make friends that will last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    classes at purdue are challenging, but not so bad you want to quit. a great level of knowledge can be obtained if you listen well and take notes.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to all of your classes and do all of your homework and you will be just fine. take care of the little things like that and the big things will take care of themselves. spend extra time on campus in the computer labs; it forces you to do homework and study.

    In three sentences

    purdue university is the perfect place to get an education. the combination of learning and fun activities makes it even better. the mixture of students from all over the world gets students use to the idea of a global workplace.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    with a top of the line ambulance, firetrucks and police force that the campus owns one tends to feel very safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    if you are into greek life purdue has a exalt selection with both party and nonparty greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    with over 800 clubs there is a club or should i say clubs for everyone and if not find one other person and make your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are into plants purdue has a massive green house complex that you can visit anytime.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    flag room in the union is a great place to get some quiet time. with comfy chairs and near 200 flags it's a great place to kick back and study or get some shut eye.

    Bang for the buck

    there are times when things get overly pricey but it is well worth your money most of the time.

    What to do for fun

    i hang out with my friends, go to one of the many libraries, or play some pole in the rec. room in the dorm.

    Food and Dining

    both the on campus and off campus dinning are great. the on-campus dining is the best and the off campus dinning has a huge variety.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are nice and have some of the best dorm food i have ever seen. the people and staff are very friendly. it makes for a friendly environment.

    Academic Rigor

    many of the classes are hard with few exemptions. but if you can pass the class you will end up knowing the material extremely well.

    Tips for prospective students

    study for exams do all the homework be prepared for labs

    In three sentences

    purdue is a friendly school and highly rigors school. with a good nattered people all around and a student body form all over the world it is a great place to learn. the education is hard but well worth the effort.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that can deal with a bigger campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boiler Express train!

    Bang for the buck

    great professors!

    What to do for fun

    the union provides a lot of opportunities to get students out and about. there are also great sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    great variety.

    Dorm Life

    lots of international students.

    Academic Rigor

    challenging but not overly competitive. you must study and work hard but are almost guaranteed the school you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved!

    In three sentences

    purdue is full of hard working students. purdue has many international students. purdue tries to provide a great experience for all.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have cops all around campus, and we have phones placed throughout campus in case of emergency.

    Greek Life

    huge! we have an excellent greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    so many offered, there is something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    all types. a large amount of international students come here, along with in and out of state students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we do not walk underneath the clock tower or else you won't graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    best experience of my life.

    What to do for fun

    anything that you could ever this want to do.

    Food and Dining

    although i have never lived in the dorms, i have gone to the food courts and there is a great variety and is very good.

    Dorm Life

    i never lived in the dorms, but i heard that they are very nice. i rushed cooperative housing when i was a senior in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    spread out your science and math classes so that you don't feel overwhelmed, especially if you are not good at those subjects.

    In three sentences

    the most beautiful college campus i have ever been to. there is so much stuff to do and to be involved in. there is something for everyone.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have never felt unsafe on campus. there are emergency phones located everywhere on campus. the campus is very well lit at night.

    Greek Life

    i'm not familiar with greek life. i do know that there are plenty of these types of organizations available to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many activities and clubs that may be suited to your major or more general like student body or habitat for humanity.

    Great for these types of students

    purdue is great for students who want the large university experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    insomnia cookies is a cookie store open only late at night that has the best cookies you will ever have. rice cafe is a chinese restaurant open late at night. there are many wonderful study lounges on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    i love it at purdue!

    What to do for fun

    the campus has a variety of activities such as intramural sports, a gym free to students, free concerts, a bowling alley, pool tables, football games, basketball games, etc. for those students who are older, the campus also has hooka lounges and bars.

    Food and Dining

    purdue's campus offers food in the dining hall that is exceptional given in a buffet style. the campus also has a wide selection of restaurants offered on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms offer a friendly environment with some even offering extra socializing events within the dorms. during finals week, some dorms even offer free food for those late nights.

    Academic Rigor

    all majors are different. some may offer a more difficult academic than others. purdue offers resources to help students succeed regardless of the difficulty level.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in lots of clubs to help you meet new people. also make sure to utilize all the resources purdue has to offer.

    In three sentences

    purdue is a great university! it offers wonderful classroom environments, organizations, and extra resources to help students succeed. the campus is great!

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is pretty safe on a general basis. there are text and email alerts sent out in case of danger. there are a lot of safety boxes which can alert the proper authorities if necessary. campus is pretty safe overall.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs and activities for almost every interest one could have. there are religious clubs (or for ones without religion), sports clubs, ones for international students, ones for your major, and about anything you could think of.

    Great for these types of students

    engineering, arts, education, science and math

    What to do for fun

    purdue has one of the largest theaters for concerts and other entertainment, and national tours come to campus frequently. we recently had the band perry on tour and john mayer is coming soon. the downtown scene offers many opportunities for local entertainment as well.

    Food and Dining

    there are a wide variety of dining options, ranging from italian to japanese and everything in between. the prices are reasonable and the food is great. there coffee shops on campus and downtown in lafayette.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in a dorm, but i've heard they're nice.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is challenging, but very course-relevant. the classes are optimized to help you in your future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    wait to purchase textbooks until your instructor asks for them specifically. many teachers do not use course textbooks. get involved, even in something you don't think you'd be good at; it's a fun way to make friends on campus.

    In three sentences

    this school is diverse and offers a wide variety of programs and majors. faculty and staff are willing to help you in any and all academic needs. it is a big school with a small-town feel.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Purdue has hundreds of different clubs and organizations that vary from athletic to artsy to political. There's really a club for everyone and, if anyone were to find that there's something missing, the ability to create an organization one's self is quite easy. In my sophomore year I brought a new sorority to the campus, and I'm also involved in other organizations. Intramural sports are a must every semester and seeing Purdue Student Union Board sponsored movies every month is fantastic.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining courts seriously have some of the best food. The options range from extra meaty, to vegan, to multi-cultural. There are five dining courts to choose from and all have different foods every day. The best day for dining court food--which brings MANY off-campus students coming back--is our thanksgiving day dinner. Seriously the most yummy food I've ever eaten through a school. Only down side is that gaining that freshman 15 is the easiest thing that will happen your first year of college.

    Dorm Life

    This really is where you start your college career. As cheesy as it may seem, the people you meet in your dorm can literally stay with you for life. Close quarters with so many people can seem really intimidating at first, but it's easy to adapt. As a plus, the friends you have are always just down the hallway and hanging out with them is a lot simpler than if you lived in an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging and engaging, but well worth it. The knowledge that one will gain from the wonderful faculty and staff will definitely give a better leg up in the world. The subject materials can be really fun or really dry, but our professors always try and use new ways to spice it up and provide opportunity for students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorm your first year! As frightening and stance as it may seem, the dorms really do offer you the best chances of getting adapted to college life as well as making many new friends. Join a few clubs/organizations and really get involved in them! There are literally hundreds of clubs to choose from and the interests are varied. Participating on campus really gives students the extra experience everyone wants to gain in college. Study hard! Regardless of how well someone did in high school, college is very different. Purdue's classes are tough and if someone doesn't study, it will reflect in their grades.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has some diversity issues that will, hopefully, be addressed with more time passing. Many of the courses that students will take will be rigorous and challenge them to levels they may or may not have been expecting. If a student can be active in organizations and clubs, more faculty and staff will recognize you as a strong leader and your relationships with them will prosper.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

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    Greek Life

    This is a very big Greek Campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs etc. here. I'm sure you can find at least one you would enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    This is great if you like a big school. If you're into Greek life you'll love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sledding on Slayter hill is always fun! Make sure not to walk under the bell tower.

    Bang for the buck

    College is going to be expensive wherever you go. I think the education here is worth it even though it's a bit pricey.

    What to do for fun

    My favorite things to do: Go out with friends Hang out on campus Go to the movies Join clubs Go volunteer at the humane society

    Food and Dining

    I loved the dining courts. There's always a good variety of food at every dining court. You'll get to know which have the best of what once you experience all of them.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Hillenbrand Hall my freshman year and it was great! We only shared a bathroom with the girls next to us and someone came and cleaned it every week. There's also a dining court downstairs which is nice when the weather is bad. The workout room downstairs is also a nice touch!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others but that happens at every school. If you stay on top of homework and reading this will help a lot. Go to class! There are many students here that tutor for any and all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous, you'll love it! Come for a tour so you know how to get around. Ask for help. Students are willing to help you out if you need it! Make sure you go to all of your classes. Many of my professors take attendance for points or give extra credit for coming to class every once in a while. Get into study groups. This makes it easier to study for exams and quizzes. Have fun and work hard!

    In three sentences

    I love being at Purdue University. It's a great school which definitely lives up to my expectations. I'm in Hospitality and Tourism Management and it's a great program.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports, movies, shopping, hang out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Love the campus. Great opportunities to be involved. Very diverse community.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There tons of activities to do for fun like join the intermurral softball, soccer, or baseball teams. You can go work out or play tennis or sit by the fountains and enjoy live music

    Food and Dining

    Dining court food is excellent

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of ways for students to get involved in campus life through the usage of dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I would rate the academic rigor at Purdue University a 5/5 with 5 being the mot difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work extremely hard, have fun, and take pride in your work and you ill always be successful.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a wonderful place for students continuing a higher education. They offer a wide variety of majors and opportunities to all of their students. There are multitudes of groups and organizations available for students to get involved in and start helping the community a better place.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Events adn activites.

    Academic Rigor

    Challanging, but fun. 5/5

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Find clubs that your intrested in. 2) Work hard in yur classes.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great University. There are many activites and events constantly going on to attend.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Purdue has 100's of different student organizations, clubs, and activities. There are also many club and intramural sports as well as entertainment facilities located nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the dorm life for the first year and then relocate to an apt or house. This gives you the ability to really get the college experience.

    In three sentences

    A very diverse well rounded school. Provides excellence campus life without being over bearing. Location is close to all major necessities.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is a very safe campus with emergency buttons all over campus and police escorts to take you back to your dorm after those late nights in the library

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to choose from! I cant wait for college:)

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is pretty reasonable compared to other big campuses and you definitely get your money's worth!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different clubs and activities to do that there is no way you could ever get bored!

    Food and Dining

    Every person I have talked to says the food is the best food they have ever had!

    Dorm Life

    I've heard dorm life is where you make all your closest friends and I can't wait to get to know all my fellow classmates. :)

    Academic Rigor

    You do not have to be super smart to fit in at Purdue. They have a wide range of classes and majors to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love big schools and you are looking to have the time of your life, Purdue is for you!

    In three sentences

    This is the school for me! The campus is beautiful, the teachers and students are very welcoming, and the overall atmosphere is perfect for me! I can not wait to get started in the Fall. :)

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is very safe. It provides security for all students. It has a texting and email system which warns students if anything happens around campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at Purdue is incredible. There are over eighty fraternal organizations on campus. The types of fraternal organizations range. There are four councils. There is the Interfraternity Council that is home for over forty fraternities in which many provide housing and have a large number of members. Then there is the National Panhellenic Conference that is home to over 20 fraternities and sororities, most of which also have housing available and also have a high number of members. Following that is the National Pan-hellenic Council which serves as an umbrella for the 9 historically black fraternities and sororities. Lastly there is the Multicultural Greek Council which is comprised of about 13 fraternities and sororities all of different ethnic origins. The Greek Life at Purdue is very popular and accepted and there are a different variety of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    The number of organizations on campus are over nine hundred now. There is a club or group for almost everything possible. We have a great Students Activities Office.They are so helpful in finding you information about all the clubs around campus. In addition, we do have a website called Get Involved where every student can access information about all the organizations on campus. If for some reason, you do not find the organization you were looking for the SAO is always willing and able to help you establish that organization on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for all students! There are close to forty thousand students here. Everyone has their fit. Sometimes it might be challenging to find since there is so much, but with a little effort Purdue can be your home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions range from fountain runs to sledding down one of our biggest hills. There is so much to bond over at Purdue.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Purdue is worth it all. The price for the cost of attendance is reasonable. Since it is a public university it is definitely cheaper for the students that are in-state. The education provided is worth every penny. The cost to attend Purdue isn't nearly as much as to everything it has to offer and all that we have to gain.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless things to do at Purdue. It's all about what you enjoy doing and whether you would like people to join you. There is a gym where people can go play any type of sports or just work out. There are intramural fields that are open to everyone. Some people like to read and just be outside. Others like to dance and there are places provided for everything.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining courts is spectacular. There is all different types of food offered. There is food for even the pickiest eater. There are even descriptions in certain types of food. Also, there are different ethnic foods provided. Besides the dining courts there are a few on-the-go markets where students can use their dining court swipes and buy food there. It is very convenient especially if you don't have time for a sit down meal. In addition, there are different restaurants on campus as well as nearby campus. These restaurants are convenient and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely a unique experience. It is the time you have away from home and your closest ones. At Purdue living at the dorms wasn't anything crazy nor bad. It was an opportunity to live and bond with so many different types of individuals that all come from a different background. It is a great way to make new friends and to bond with those around you. Also, the all the dorms are different so sometimes it's just about finding your best match. In addition, all the dorms are relatively close to campus or to the campus bus stops. The dorms are convenient and provide many benefits.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue definitely has its challenging courses. Its academic plans are made to challenge the students in a way where an A is only earned through hard work and dedication. At Purdue there aren't easy A courses. All courses are formed so the students can show their commitment and learned knowledge. All courses range depending on the different majors. Some majors require more attention than others but everything is made for to the students to get the most out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    As advise for prospective students I would say choose what your heart desires. Purdue has a wide variety of majors to choose from. Changing majors here is not looked down on. The professors are approachable and are always there to help. As far the social life, you will meet people from everywhere. You have the opportunity to connect with those like you and those that are exactly opposite. There are numerous opportunities to get involved around campus. Life at Purdue is like no other.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a place where the opportunities are endless. It provides the academic knowledge needed to carry on a career as well as the life skills you will need. Purdue is the home of wisdom.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a great value, especially for students living in Indiana. I was able to attend for next to nothing, and yet the quality of education was very high.

    What to do for fun

    I would suggest going to some athletic events or just walking around campus. It is beautiful, especially in the fall.

    Food and Dining

    The food seems great at first, but you get tired of it fairly quickly.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great experience on my dorm floor. Some of my friends that came to visit me from another college said they were surprised at how social my floor was.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is known as a difficult school to get A's at. If you fall behind in one class, you'll begin to fall behind in all of them, so make sure to stay on top of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply by the priority deadline to be considered for maximum financial aid. Also, don't stress too much about your studies and you will do well.

    In three sentences

    It is a fairly big school, with many majors to choose from. Purdue is known as an agricultural and engineering school but all of their colleges are top-notch. There really is something for everyone at Purdue.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The emergency stations always provide a safe haven from the evils that are faced on campus.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has one of the largest greek systems in America. Everyone that is in a fraternity or a sorority are very proud and always boast their letters. They also give back to the community in a generous fashion making the greek system beneficial to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    When arriving on campus in the fall you will see the sidewalks covered in chalk. These are callouts for the hundreds of clubs and organizations around campus. Whether it is Humans v. Zombies or the Economics Club, there is something for you to do here.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, Business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fountain run is fairly long run that takes you from one fountain to another. You do this in a bathing suit and that is all. On saturday mornings, people of age go to the bars extremely early in the morning wearing outrageous costumes. This is called breakfast club.

    Bang for the buck

    For an in-state student, this is a once in a lifetime deal that should not be passed up. For out of state students, this is still a very valuable expenditure. Purdue always rates high on the bang for buck rating amongst other colleges in this nation.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue boasts one of the largest greek systems in America, but that is not all the fun that is to be had here. Every weekend there is an organization throwing some free event. This ranges from games and free food to Humans v. Zombies (too little space to explain). No matter what path you choose, you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    One of the biggest surprises on the Purdue campus. I was expecting very bland, over-salted food at the dining courts, but I was pleasantly surprised. Walking into the dining courts for the first time I was greeted with a full salad bar, american cuisine, asian cuisine, and many other great treats. Surprisingly, much of the food seems freshly made. This sure makes it easy to gain the freshman fifteen.

    Dorm Life

    Purdue has a very good dorm system laid out. All of the dorms are in a central location and are in jumping distance to one of the many dining courts. The residents assistants are there to provide you with the best experience you can have. It is clear that many resident assistants are there to help you out, but it is also clear that there are some that might lack the desire to do the daily activities that RA's are required. Overall, every student entering college should experience dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue University will provide a challenge for even the most dedicated students. Statistics show that Purdue faces a very high grade deflation. This being said, an A is always in sight, whether is differential equations or wine tasting class. If you put your mind to the task anyone can be successful here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your mind open. Purdue, like most university's, are very diverse and might be a little different to some students. Make sure that you keep an open mind and take advantage of every opportunity that this world class university will provide for you.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a school that has what you are looking for. Whether it is academics, food, or the college experience, you will not be disappointed here. Purdue bleeds tradition and pride while providing a good education and putting me in a good position to succeed.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has emergency boxes set up all around campus that connect you to the Campus Police. The police station is also located on campus. Students can get text and email alerts whenever anything is happening on campus so they know to avoid certain areas or to be extra cautious. I have never felt unsafe while at Purdue.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has one of the largest Greek communities and a lot of my friends who are a part of the Greek community love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has hundreds of clubs for people to join. Intramural sports are another option. There is something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue offers many different clubs and organizations. I'm sure every single person could find something that interests them. Besides those, there are Fraternities and Sororities, which many people enjoy joining. Purdue has many different kinds of Athletic events that are a lot of fun to attend. It's also a big, beautiful campus that is fun to just walk around and hang out with friends. There is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    While the dining courts seemed to repeat meals a lot, I would give anything to be able to go there every night now that I'm living on my own. They are very convenient and there is something for everyone. The food was almost always delicious and for a college student, there was always plenty to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I was very impressed with Wiley Hall, where I lived freshman year. I liked being so close to people who were in my same major and I made a lot of life-long friends. I have seen several other dorms and they appeared to be just as nice as the one I lived in.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Purdue is fairly difficult. At Purdue, there are high expectations set for the students, and many teachers hold their students to those expectations. Even though I've had some very difficult classes, I feel very accomplished because I know I am learning and becoming a better person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is a big campus, but don't let that scare you. As soon as you start meeting people, your realize it's really not that big at all. I can barely walk to class without seeing someone I recognize. Also, don't let the large lecture halls and class sizes threaten you; once class starts, you hardly realize the size of it all. Don't be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone a bit. College is full of new and life changing experiences.

    In three sentences

    I love everything about Purdue. The campus is beautiful and I have met so many wonderful people here. I also like the classes I have taken.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe when I am on campus. There is a strong police presence, Purdue has its own police and fire department, the west lafayette police and fire department are near by, along with the lafayette police and fire, and the tippecanoe police and fire. This presence in my opinion has limited the number of crimes committed on campus. Purdue also sends out emergency text alerts to tell students of any kind of danger, whether it be crime related or severe weather related.

    Greek Life

    There is a strong greek presence on campus, it is by no means the majority, but it is definitely felt. The greek community on campus for the most part have good reputations, and are invested into the university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for nearly any type of things on campus. During the first few weeks of school, all the clubs will do advertising, where people can come and see what their clubs are all about.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is honestly great for any type of student. The campus is so large and so diverse, that there are things for anyone and everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1. Don't walk underneath the bell tower. The tradition is that if you walk underneath the bell tower that you will not graduate on time. 2. Fountain Runs: Students often go on fountain runs, which is where they run through the numerous fountains on campus. 3. The clapping circle: located outside the north end of the student union, is a study area which is shaped in a circular pattern, and when on claps while in the center of it, a funny noise is made.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue has a great relationship with employers, leading to a high number of Purdue grads to be hired directly from school and often after meeting with them at Purdue sponsored career fairs. This makes going to Purdue much worth it because of the increased likelihood of receiving a job upon graduation.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless numbers of clubs one could be in for fun, intramurals are very popular, and hanging out with friends. West lafayette is a normal college town, which offers most of the same types of amenities such as movie theaters, places to eat, bowling (a bowling alley is located in the basement of the student union), and for the older crowd, bars. One can find just about anything they want to do while they are around Purdue. Not to mention all the free stuff that takes place around campus. The university usually sponsors guest lecturers, free movie screenings, events at the union, and many other things.

    Food and Dining

    The on campus dining, or dining halls are amazing. For one it is a buffet at every meal, so no student should go hungry, but the greatness does not stop there. For the quality of the food is top notch, you can tell they put a lot of work into their dining services. The menus are almost different at every meal, so one does not get too burnt out on the same thing everyday. The dining services also provide on the go meals and snacks for those who do not want to sit down and eat or don't have the time because of a busy schedule. This makes things very convenient for students who are off to class in a hurry. The off campus food is just as convenient. There is so much to choose from around West Lafayette, and most places always are offering great deals, so one should never break the wallet on a late night snack or dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Purdue offers many different resident halls with many different perks. There are halls for primarily freshmen, those for upperclassmen, for graduate students; halls that are more apartment like, or suite like. There is a hall for everyone, and with each hall comes great Resident assistants. Purdue has invested a lot into their resident assistants so that they can create senses of community in their resident halls for the students. This can definitely be seen with the level of involvement students show during the school year in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue has a demanding set of standards for its students, especially those who find themselves in a technical major such as engineering. One may find themselves studying very hard just to get by, as opposed to studying really hard to achieve an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to school with an open mind. Join all the clubs you can, and get involved. There is so much opportunity on campus, so go there and find what you like, and if what you like isn't there create it. I imagine you are not the only one out 40,000+ students with that idea.

    In three sentences

    A diverse campus full of opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. A university with a fun atmosphere; great sporting events, campus sponsored events, and all sorts of social gatherings. A school with challenging courses and curriculum, but also rewarding in that it enables students to be the best prepared in the professional world.

  • 05/17/2012

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    What to do for fun

    Hang with new people

    Dorm Life

    Its small

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and study. ALso don't stress.

    In three sentences

    This is an awesome school where everyone is like a family

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Purdue has a very large Greek life. This is nice because it allows for a large variety of choosing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue offers a wide range of clubs and activities and I truly believe they have such an array that allows all types of people to be involved.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue has a lot of clubs and activities which makes up for the lack of activities the town and surrounding area have to offer. Find an activity that interests you and stick with it.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has over four dining courts with a wide variety of food at each one. When I was living in the dorms, I did not mind going there to eat at all.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the dorm you live in, you could either like it or hate it. Some of the dorms are small and cramped but some of the others can be spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is known for their coursework being hard. If you are looking for a school that is not challenging, then Purdue is definitely not right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    West Lafayette is a small town and if you are always looking for something to do, then this may not be the best school for you. Since it is in the middle of nowhere, I sometimes have trouble finding activities to do.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great school for many of the science majors and has a lot to offer. They are known for their engineering as well as some of their other programs. I definitely recommend it if you are interested in those fields.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has its own police and fire departments. Nothing bad has ever happened to me or my friends.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at Purdue is a big deal. I did not rush, myself, but I still have a healthy social life. If you are looking for a specific house, Purdue most likely has it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything, and clubs are a great way to boost your resume while meeting friends.

    Great for these types of students

    All. If you want to study all the time, go ahead. Some people do that. If you want to party, go ahead. You are guaranteed to find your niche in a campus this size.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a myth that if you walk underneath the bell tower, you will not be able to graduate in four years. I am studying pre-pharmacy and am planning on being at Purdue for six years anyways, so I always go through. Also, fountain runs!

    Bang for the buck

    I am in-state, so this is a great deal. Even for out of state students, this school is a good deal.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, meet new people, go Greek (I did not personally, but there is nothing wrong with it), or join a club. This is on you; there is plenty to do. If you get bored, then you're boring.

    Food and Dining

    There are five dining courts, and they are all amazing. I have been to other colleges, and none of them compare to Purdue's dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    There are about ten dorms to pick from. Although I lived in the dorm furthest from campus, it was still a nice dorm. The staff do a great job of keeping dorms clean, and the dorms are a convenient place to hang out. Try to get a dorm with air conditioning. The only dorm you should try to avoid is Meredith.

    Academic Rigor

    Prepare to be challenged. I was one of the top students in my high school, but when I went to Purdue, I had to put in a lot more work to keep my grades. I earned a 4.0 for my first year, but it was a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to be challenged and meet the future leaders of the world. Learn time management now so you can be ready to handle the demands of your schoolwork and still have time to enjoy yourself in college.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is amazing because of its outstanding professors, students, and food. All the people are friendly, and the campus really helps you develop into a leader in your field of interest. There are opportunities everywhere every day for everything you could think of.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had any problems with feeling threatened on campus. Purdue makes a point to send out alerts about danger, whether weather or an event on campus, through texts and emails in a timely manner.

    Greek Life

    There is a large variety of sororities and fraternities to get involved in on campus. I am not in a sorority (yet), but that could change in the near future. Be sure to read up on it! There are too many people that try to join Greek life for the status on campus or because of what they have seen in movies. I'm more familiar with Black Greek Organizations than any others, but I know they take their pledges very seriously. Do your research. If you are in it for the wrong reasons, they will know. Additionally, keep in mind that pledging a frat or sorority is like taking another 4 credit hour class. It is VERY time consuming and it is expensive. Be ready. Make sure your grades do not suffer! You need to have your priorities straight before joining. If you feel that your grades are suffering too much, opt out. They will understand, but they will try to help you. For any further questions, the best idea would be to talk to somebody currently involved in a Greek organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a great school for engineering majors and pre-veterinary and agriculture students. I am involved in the pre-vet program.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is somewhat expensive, but it's worth it. College alone is expensive nowadays wherever you may go. Purdue has a great balance of academics and extra curricular activities to participate in on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities to get involved in on campus. My academic schedule was quite rigorous so I didn't get involved in too many, but if you feel that you can, definitely do it! You'll meet even more amazing people and have more positive experiences to put on applications

    Food and Dining

    Even though you'll eventually get sick of dorm food, as any college student does, the food was almost always good. Around Thanksgiving time, the campus dining halls always have a bit of a Thanksgiving feast for dinner. It's very good!

    Dorm Life

    I actually only stayed in the dorms for one year. I am moving off campus this coming year, but dorm life wasn't bad. The dorm I stayed in had a dining hall which was a bonus. It had a few cool activities throughout the year too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being a transfer student, I will admit that Purdue's academic rigor did side swipe me a bit. Come in fully prepared and eager to learn at a decent paced level. Keep in mind, Purdue is a prestigious school and has an academic reputation to maintain. Like any other university, it will be challenging. But this school is great. It has most definitely become a second home to me. I love it there.

    In three sentences

    An outstanding, yet challenging academic curriculum Great opportunities to get involved on campus The professors communicate well and extra help is always offered

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Across the country, Purdue is considered to be on the level of top-tier engineering, pharmacy, nursing, and business schools. And the best part is, you pay for it as a public university but get a private university education.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you can imagine doing for fun in college, Purdue has. There are numerous athletic events to attend, campus-wide events, over 900 clubs, restaurants, a mall, and all sorts of quirky random things going on around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts are so good that West Lafayette residents take their families out to eat in them. They are all-you-can-eat buffett style, and cater to any dietary restriction. I am vegetarian, and I found plenty to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pure gold, and Purdue knows this. They are so confident that we will love the dorms that they don't require students to live in them at all! But people live in them for multiple years anyways, so you can imagine how nice they are. They are clean, on the bus routes, have amazzzziiiing dining courts, and made me feel at home. In fact, I am living in them another year.

    Academic Rigor

    Get ready to work hard in your classes. Purdue is not a top-ranked university for nothing. The students do plenty of work here, but also get plenty of time to relax and enjoy being at a Big 10 University. I'm an Honors student, but still had time to be in clubs, go to games, and chill with my friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming to Purdue, make sure you look at a map of where your classes are before you leave your dorm the first day of class. Though the campus is big, it is fairly easy to navigate. Make sure you stop at the Den for a den pop, get some Hotbox Pizza, order Insomnia cookies (which are heaven!) at 2am, and grab some root beer from Triple X. Oh, and take a run through the fountains! Do not leave campus without doing these things!

    In three sentences

    If you want the perfect combination of academic rigor and carefree college life, of hardworking students and exciting events and activities, of a huge campus and a small town feel, then Purdue is the university for you. I went there from across the country & instantly felt at home by the friendly people and beautiful campus. Remember, you can always make a big university small, but you can't get the opportunities and fun of a big university at a small one.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety to eat on campus. Pretty much anything you want, they have it.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere at Purdue University has a very friendly and open feeling to it. I felt accepted the first day I came to visit. The faculty set high expectations for their students and want them to succeed.

  • 06/01/2012

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineers

    Bang for the buck

    A Purdue university degree is considered highly anywhere.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs, and ways to get connected.

    Food and Dining

    One of the best in the nation.

    Dorm Life

    Probably overpriced.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an IVY league school, but the amount of work can be astronomical.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look for any type of scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a world-class university. Its engineering, food science, and many other fields are very prestigious. The community and the amount of international students is also a plus.

  • 06/06/2012

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has there own police and firefighters division. Spread through out the campus are bright yellow emergency boxes. All you have to do is press the button and a cop car will be sent to your location to help you or escort you back to your dorm. If you are afraid of walking home alone, there is a volunteer group number that you can call, and a group of students will come to your location and walk you home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two fountains on campus, and it isn't unusual to see students partaking of fountain runs on hot days. Basically fountain runs are when we sprint back and forth between both fountains.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has award winning dinning halls and a huge variety of different food from other cultures! You can always expect to find something new and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on your characteristics. If you are outgoing, you will make friends no matter what dorm you are in. All the dorms are nice and none of them look to worn down or shady.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your plan of study. Purdue is mainly an Agricultural and Engineering college, so students going for majors in those areas will be more strictly tested then others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are tons of intramural sports competitions. Even if you don't like sports it's a great way to get involved. Also learning communities are a great idea to sign up for your first year.

    In three sentences

    It has a great atmosphere, and has beautiful infrastructure. The campus is very organized, and easy to navigate. Purdue has great educational programs.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    So good!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so clean and very nice. They're even bigger than most!

    Academic Rigor

    It seems to be very rigorous in course work- make sure you keep up your GPA

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe. Besides having the blue light buttons around campus, there are also student-escorts and student-security that just walk around campus during late night to be available to anyone who may need them. In my past 3 years I have been at Purdue, I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    18% of Purdue undergrads are involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    not even countable. just about anything and everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Breakfast club, fountain runs, don't walk under the bell tower or else you won't graduate on time...

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue, for it's high out-of-state tuition, is worth every penny. You have the opportunity to learn just about anything from the best professors, and even better, they want to teach you everything they know. Make use of their office hours and just talk with them as much as you can. Education isn't limited to just class time.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities and events always happening on a daily basis put on my student organizations. There are a few campus bars/hookah bars that are always crowded on weekends. There's a movie theatre about a 10 minute walk from campus and lots of coffee shops.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING. Best buffet-style dining courts I have ever had. However, your choice of restaurants on campus is very limited. Unless you have a car, there are very very few restaurants on campus (walking distance).

    Dorm Life

    You have the option to be involved if you choose to be. The RA's do their best to coordinate fun activities for you to enjoy. The rooms are typically shared by you and your roommate, with a community bathroom on each floor.

    Academic Rigor

    You may not think it's challenging to get accepted into this school, but don't carry that attitude with you if you want to STAY in this school. You NEED to work hard to get good grades by studying harder than you thought you were capable of studying. Remember, these courses are taught by top professors, Nobel-prize winners. These professors expect a lot more from you than you expect from the courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Purdue with an open mind, take on challenges and opportunities that you never thought you would encounter, and learn as much as you can in any field that inspires you even if it's not within your major's studies by attending seminars and special lectures.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a huge school, with over 40,000 students enrolled, and also very diversified since a large percentage of those students are international. The school offers any major you can think of, so even if you don't know what you want to major in, you'll figure it out soon enough. Also, there are many different student organizations available to join or start, which really allows students to develop leadership and people skills.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or an intramural sport.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should try to live in the dorms your first year, so you can get the true college experience.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is strong in academics and makes sure students have equal opportunities to obtain a job through career fairs. This university is strong in its computer science department making the top 20 list of best computer science graduate programs in the nation. It is also a school who is big on agriculture.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is very safe. Campus Police are always available, There's also a texting/email system that let's people know of emergencies on campus. There are emergency boxes located all across campus for students to press when they are in trouble.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bell Tower which is said to be bad luck if walked underneath it is at Purdue University.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can enjoy the engineering fountains to run through on hot days and enjoy the 100+ clubs/organizations offered at Purdue.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Purdue is great and is offered at 5 dining courts all across campus. There is also a dining court for vegetarians which makes Windsor Dining Court a plus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. The RA's and staff in the resident halls make all the students feel welcome. There are about 11 resident halls that offer living space.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue University is known for their Engineering program that is offered along with 20+ other academic programs. They are not easy programs to get into but it's for the best students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep academics first at Purdue University because academics are everything at Purdue and be sure to get to know your professors. Also, talk to advisors about internships to have something to do during the summer.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has great academic programs. Purdue allows you to express yourself. Purdue offers a lot for your future.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never come across safety issues on campus, but the constant text messages and emails detailing violations can be a bit of a scare.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is absolutely huge at Purdue.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of organizations at Purdue. You are guaranteed to find one that fits you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you get your picture with Neil Armstrong, and don't walk under the Bell Tower!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from out of state, it is pricey. But then again, what isn't these days?

    What to do for fun

    You can enjoy one of Purdue's many athletic programs. I have been to many games with friends and had a blast cheering on my Boilermakers. Unfortunately, night life can be a bore sometimes in this small city of West Lafayette. Greek life is absolutely massive at Purdue. I recently joined a new fraternity on campus, and it has opened up a wide array of social activities.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts at Purdue are fantastic. The food is better than that of all other dining courts I have ever eaten in at other universities. They are very conveniently located as well. I know that I will miss them next year. After eating at the same dining court for a while, the food may seem to be bland and repetitious, but that's when you explore another dining court on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I lived two years in the dorms, Cary Quadrangle specifically. The rooms were small in this all-male dorm, but the community was close-knit. I have made life long friends thanks to the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is known to be one of the toughest universities to get good grades at. If you are attending Purdue in the fall, prepare yourself for some big let downs. You will have to work harder than you ever have before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to work hard. Definitely attend Purdue athletic events, especially the football and basketball games.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a fantastic academic institution, as well as a great place for someone to spend their college years. I was skeptical at first, considering I am not an engineer, and a lot of focus seems to be on engineering, but I adjusted. The athletics aren't half bad either!

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe there.

    Greek Life

    It's there and a good way to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are there for the education.

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs to join! Rec center to work out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. Go to class and don't procrastinate. Also, form study groups with other students.

    In three sentences

    Students are friendly and welcoming plus dedicated. The professors are always willing to help when asked. The campus is big but manageable.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lafayette/West Lafayette is a blue collar city so sometimes off campus there may be an incident. However, I have never felt unsafe on campus (even when leaving the library at 2 am), and I have only ever heard of 1 petty incident that happened on the academic campus in my 4 years. I feel campus is very safe and we even have our own Purdue Police Department (PUPD), in addition to the city police department.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is HUGE. 5,000 students participate in any one of the 48 men's fraternities or 32 women's sororities. About 18% of Purdue's undergraduates are members of a Greek-letter organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything and everything you can think of. No joke.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride the Boilermaker Special on football game day. Go for fountain runs when it's hot out. Purdue is steeped in traditions, just not any bizarre ones.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling in The Union. Eating at any of the 5 million locations on and around campus. Bars if you are over 21. The Cactus is THE place to be Thursday nights, especially listening to Piano Man Bruce Barker in the Piano Room (21+). Fountain runs during the summer (running through the 2 fountains on campus). Catch the city bus out to the mall or Wal-Mart (students ride for free with a student ID).

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts are delicious!!! All you can eat and there's always a variety of different choices in each court. There are 5 dining courts on campus, each one having its own specialty. The menu is different every day.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are great. Most have been renovated and updated which is really nice for students. The large lobbies with furniture and tables is really great for getting together and having study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue does not have the grade inflation problem that is sweeping through many universities in the country right now. In order to get an A you need to work for it, nothing will be handed to you and extra credit is rare. That being said, you will get a quality of education that many other people will not be able to brag about. People in corporate America know Purdue's reputation as an academically challenging institution and that works in favor of the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you pick a major that you can find a passion for. Do not go into the engineering program because it will pay well or because it's highly ranked and looks good. You will get your rear end roasted if you make your decision based on that, and switching majors can put you at a disadvantage when classes don't transfer between programs. That and the fact that tanking your GPA over a program that you leave will make college a lot more difficult. Do not make that mistake! Choose wisely!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a fantastic school for those that really want to challenge themselves and truly earn everything that they will get. You get the chance to meet people from all over the United States and the world, and West Lafayette is one of the best colleges town I've ever been in. You will get out of it what you put in to it.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a big gym and a swimming pool, as well as basketball courts , football field and tennis courts. There are more than 900 Clubs in Purdue and I am sure you can find one that meets your interest!

    Food and Dining

    As Dinning Halls, they are almost perfect.

    Dorm Life

    Very Good! People in Resident Hall are kind and you can make lots of friends here.

    Academic Rigor

    Good academic reputation and good quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and enjoy the campus life!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a good choice! The tuition is not quite expensive, but the education quality and the campus are really good. You would regret to come to Purdue.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency boxes are scattered throughout campus in case one needs to contact the police right away.

    Greek Life

    Large and established Greek life. I don't partake in it, so I really can't say much else.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student run organizations, and all of them are good ways to spend your time.

    Great for these types of students

    Future engineers, pharmacists, science majors, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs! As the name suggests, fountain runs are when students run through the two major fountains on campus. Jumping the tracks by the lion fountain must be done as a freshman, and after you graduate. Both signify the start and end of your Purdue career.

    Bang for the buck

    For out-of-state or international students, the tuition is predictably high. Purdue itself hardly offers scholarships that aren't based on merit, so be forewarned.

    What to do for fun

    The Student Union has both a bowling alley and an arcade, alongside many other restaurants around the area. The downtown Lafayette area has clubs for everyone 18 and over, and bars for the legal crowd. Hookah lounges are also within walking distance of campus, and the mall and cinema are a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining courts is great, as opposed to normal cafeteria food. Restaurants litter the area by the student union, so be sure to check them all out.

    Dorm Life

    Certain dorms do not have any air conditioning whatsoever, and in the hot summers/occasionally hot springtime, it can be unbearable. Every dorm states if they have air conditioning--if they don't post it anywhere, assume the don't at all. The room sizes are fairly basic. I'd suggest dorming freshmen year, and trying to find other means of housing the following years.

    Academic Rigor

    We're known as one of the hardest universities to get an A in for a reason. The math department is especially rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus if you can. See if you like Purdue's surroundings, what the dorms are like, etc. Also, make sure to check RateMyProfessor when signing up for classes.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has an amazing academic program with staff readily available to help you. While it may be in the middle of nowhere, Purdue offers many things to entertain its students. The sports games are especially entertaining.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are copious amounts of activities to get involved in. There are thousand of clubs. Also, between the activities in West Lafayette and Lafayette, there is never a boring moment.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts are fantastic. The food does get tiresome after about a year though.

    Dorm Life

    There are numerous opportunities available in the dorms. They do a wonderful job of creating a community within the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a very challenging school, but it's completely worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard from the beginning, and be willing to learn some things on your own. Always be willing and eager to ask as many questions as you need. Take full advantage of all resources, and know your limits.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is great for engineering! It definitely gives a small community feel, even though it's a large community. There are an abundance of helpful resources available. It's a challenging school, but it's entirely possible to succeed here!

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    4 stars

    Clubs and Activities

    5 stars

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in a great education and lots of opportunities to get involved in various ways.

    Bang for the buck

    4 stars

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do around campus (restaurants, movie theater, recreational activities, etc.).

    Food and Dining

    4 stars

    Dorm Life

    4 stars

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the campus. Tours are available. There are many majors offered.

    In three sentences

    I lover Purdue University!

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have a very safe campus and the campus police will respond in under a minute.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds to choose from and pretty much one for every interest. The joke on campus is If there isn't a club you like, make one.

    What to do for fun

    Since I honestly have not started my first year at Purdue I can not tell you. I know there is sledding down Slater Hill and fountain running.

    Food and Dining

    From what I had, it was very good. They have many varieties of foods to choose from across the world. I recommend stopping by the food courts to try out the amazing food.

    Dorm Life

    I had a chance to stay at a few of the dorms this summer and they seemed very nice and well kept. I am unsure of actual dorm life because I have not yet spent my first year at Purdue yet.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet gone to any classes at Purdue because I have not stated my first year there yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get started on your financial aid right away. Check out the campus and see if it is the right one for you because the campus is very large. Look into your department and see who is in charge and find the time to talk with them.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has an amazing campus with state of the art equipment. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help and advise you. If you want a top of the line education, I recommend this school.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a very safe place to be. There is an officer about everywhere you look and at the same time everyone watches after one another to keep it a safe place to just have fun and relax.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have the Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is a go-kart race that all the frats will build their on go-kart and race it. Then all the students will dress up in weird and exotic costumes and go cheer on everyone at the track.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, the price of college you will pay at Purdue will hurt the pocket book. In all though, it is well worth it! Purdue University is looked as one of the greatest colleges in the nation with its Aeronautical departments and its world renowned Engineering Department.

    What to do for fun

    There is many ways to spend your time at Purdue. We have various gold courses, trails along the river, and bars the age appropriate. In our Union with also have a pool hall with an attached bowling alley. You also can't forget playing basketball or football with the best on the Purdue athletic teams.

    Food and Dining

    All I have to say is most restaurants per capita in the U.S.. Anything you can think of we will have it somewhere around campus for you to enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not know what the dorms are like. I have had friends leave in them and they have said its a good sense of a community. However, I personally do not know.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses you will take a Purdue need all your time and focus. There isn't any EASY course that you can take. You will be pushed to your limits by the way the professors challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    For all incoming students take a few classes in what you believe you would like to do and don't worry about wasting your time, A lot of the classes you will take can transfer in to various majors and if they are not able to it can help you get an easy minor in a field of study.

    In three sentences

    For the school of Engineering that I am currently in. Purdue is one of the greatest in the country and it shows in the classroom. The courses are very rigorous and hands on to give you a real life experience.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always available.

    Greek Life

    Abundant.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could possibly want to join.

    Bang for the buck

    Bus access is awesome.

    What to do for fun

    There is every kind of campus activity (on and off campus) you can think of at Purdue.

    Food and Dining

    Much to chose from right on and a round campus. There is a lot of international food places as well.

    Dorm Life

    Easily campus accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    Many majors to chose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can afford it. Standard of living is high, tuition is very high, and you will need to seek outside help for course learning, as some instruction is substandardly taught by grad students who really don't want to teach, but are required to.

    In three sentences

    Many undergraduate courses are taught via grad student instruction, as required by the campus for grad students to graduate. I paid full price for intstruction (substandard)) by non-professors. Much of what I paid for was not worth the price.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe. We have an alert text system and campus police.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in the Greek life so I cannot comment on that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sports clubs, music clubs, religious clubs etc. Dances, vollunteering and other things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is very diverse. All types of students can find something for them to enjoy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am in a Campus Crusade group and we did a scavenger hunt for the guys to a lot of the landmarks on campus. It was fun.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and I have to work to pay for expenses.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, meet friends for dinner, and get involved with a club.

    Food and Dining

    The food was very good and convenient. I do wish there was a food court in my dorm though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fine for my first year, but I needed a change after that.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be tough depending on what you are studying. Stay in touch with your counselor for direction

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with groups, go to your classes and experience college life.

    In three sentences

    I have been very happy at Purdue University. I have met new friends and feel I am getting a good education.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe on campus all year around, but there were constant text messages from the police about crimes going on in the area.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not affiliated with the greek life. It is great for finding connections, new people, and parties, but it was not for me. If you like everything I just said, and getting hazed for a semester, then by all means join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for everyone. There's hundreds of majors in the liberal arts program, and the rest is pretty much nationally acclaimed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bell tower, don't walk under it.

    Bang for the buck

    I didn't know what to expect when I got there because I had only recently chosen to go to Purdue. Life for me personally on campus got really boring, but I met a lot of cool people, did a lot of cool things, and I'm getting an excellent education, which is what it's all about in the end.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on for students to participate in, and you can always go play at the gym or the recreational fields. The party scene is mostly at the frat houses though. All dorms have ping pong, pool, and other things students can do in their free time. There is also the sporting events to go to which are a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, and you can have as much as you want. The dining courts put meaning to the freshman 15. Just prepare yourself because the menu, although ever changing, is cyclical.

    Dorm Life

    I personally hated dorm life. I had a great room and a great roommate, but not everyone will be so lucky. You can make a lot of friends there, but I prefer an apartment. It's cheaper and there is a lot more freedom.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very challenging, especially for those looking to engineering, pharmacy, nursing, and a few others. Purdue has one of the highest grade inflation's in the country but do not let it discourage you. The work is still manageable and the degree will be well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to find something that interests you. There are tons of clubs and organizations to join as well as intramural athletics. Don't be discouraged if you are having trouble with your classes. There is always help and it can tough to adapt to college life sometimes. Just keep working hard.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is dedicated to its student's academic success. There is plenty of opportunity to get involved around campus and with other students. The campus is small and manageable, but at the same time you get a big university feel with the 40,000+ students who attend school there.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police all around campus, we have emergency call boxes anywhere you look, and you can even call for an escort to walk you anywhere you need if you feel unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Personally being on the Purdue Ice Hockey Club, I can say that we take our clubs and other activities seriously. If you can commit to them, you will love them.

    Great for these types of students

    All of them. Whether you are a bookworm, frat boy, jock, gamer, or social butterfly, this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a sidewalk we call the hello walk, where if you pass someone while you are on it, you must say hi to them then continue on your way. Or you can participate in the fountain runs. On hot days, groups of half naked students will run to each of the five fountains on campus and get in them to cool off.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes tuition may seem high, but everything from housing to food, to classes, and even the college atmosphere makes it all worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are concerts, sporting events, clubs, recreational sports, gyms, pools, a bowling alley with billiards, fountains (to run through on hot days), fraternities and sororities, seminars, and plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance of campus.

    Food and Dining

    You know you've got good dining halls when you can go ask a cheff to make you custom pasta any day of the week.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms may not have air conditioning, or be pretty tight for two people, but they all have great locations on campus, near food and classes, and the people are super chill.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my classes have been challenging so far. I have had to put in numerous hours of studying in order to do well on exams, but no class is impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend being prepared when you leave for the day. Have everything you will need throughout the day, whether it be a calculator, lab goggles, or your lunch.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The college of Health and Human Sciences is helping put me on a strong track to success. My professors are helpful, my classes are challenging, and I feel like I will be more than prepared for a big career in the future.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are many procedures in place to make sure the students feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has over 700 student organizations. It is easy to find something you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a very diverse campus so I think everyone has the opportunity to feel at home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Don't walk under the Bell Tower - Do at least one Fountain Run

    What to do for fun

    I would recommend purchasing the VIP Sports Card. It is a lot of fun to be able to support your school with thousands of other students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! One of my favorite memories from freshman year was being able to go to the dining courts and have fresh food whenever I wanted.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. I have meet some of my best friends living in a dorm. It is nice to know that you are surrounded by people who are at the same stage in life as you are.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can definitely challenge students. However, there are many resources on campus that are available for FREE. I always thought that people want you to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources on campus, so use them! - Attend office hours - Get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    There is not a day that goes by that I am elated that I chose Purdue University. It is my home away from home. The opportunities are endless and I am so honored to be a student there.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is as safe as you make it. To make sure you stay safe, take a buddy with you in the night, take precautions, park in lit areas, stay smart.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is another choice that can only be made by trying it out and seeing whether or not it is for you. Greek Life offers many things and is very time consuming, so if a student has the time to put into Greek Life, I am sure they will enjoy its rewards.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was a member of the Purdue Fashion Association and helped set up, promote, run, and tear down the Annual Purdue Fashion Show. It is an event I think all Purdue Students should attend and witness what the apparel design girls are capable of. Such an array of different visions coming to life on the runway is amazing to me and to many others.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for all types of student, there is a wide variety of activities and events that happen at Purdue and a wide variety of people attending the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If a student is rushing to class near the memorial mall, they might be smart to remember the stone lion water fountain where often students are stopping for a drink or perhaps running through the fountain in front of Matthews Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    With the endless opportunities at Purdue West Lafayette with classes on bowling, jewelry making, the Kennedy assassination, there is certainly a variety to get enough bang for your buck. Constantly there are free events and lectures happening, some may be geared for your major and others not, but nothing that won't be worth seeing.

    What to do for fun

    On a hot day, a fountain run might be just the thing to turn your day around. Club meeting are always something fun to get me out of my apartment, anything from ti dyeing t-shirts to making jewelry. If it's the season a student might attend a basketball or a football game. There are plenty of shops and boutiques on the levee and in the Tippecanoe mall and if the mood strikes even dancing at Muse in Lafayette.

    Food and Dining

    The Union at Purdue holds some very interesting and different restaurants in it's basement. My personal favorite is La Salsa. The HTM cafe is another favorite of mine with a nice atmosphere and great service. If either of these places are not what you might be looking for, a short walk off campus leads you to many more eating options.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm, but visiting them gives you enough of a feel. Like most dorms they are small, and hopefully air conditioned. Not having to hold back your hunger until your day is done because you have meal plans with the swipe of a card is very nice. Deciding on whether or not to live the dorm life is a choice that can only be made by testing both.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor goes hand in hand with the course, and some teachers are always more strict than others, but overall, I think it is fair. The amount of effort and work you put into a class is reflected in your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do no be afraid of the size of the campus, soon it will feel like nothing. Don't be afraid to join clubs and make new friends, being active in the school is very important.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, big, and full of opportunities. There are always events happening and clubs promoting to keep students aware. The campus is so active and so welcoming.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've walked around at 3:30 am and felt perfectly at home.

    Greek Life

    Third largest in the country, full of diverse personalities, but its not for everyone else.

    Clubs and Activities

    join a club like FSAE or Baja SAE, it will definitely pay off.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Jedi room in Beering Hall on the top floor.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many employers looking for jobs at Purdue and there is always a career fair somewhere. You are definitely encouraged to find a job or internship.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, design race cars, party.

    Food and Dining

    You get sick of the dining courts real fast.

    Dorm Life

    Still great friends with my room mate from freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is ridiculously hard, everything else seems to be pretty manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard and play harder.

    In three sentences

    Great academics, smart and diverse student community, lots of places to socialize.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of people on campus so rarely are you the only one around. I have never felt unsafe even after dark.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities on campus. They are a big part of social life on campus and you don't have to be in one to attend their events.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities you will be sure to find one you like and if not many people start their own. A great way to leave a legacy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Breakfast club is a unique tradition for those 21 and up. They dress in crazy costumes and go to the bars very early in the morning before football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue has a good reputation across the United States and around the world all for the price of a public university.

    What to do for fun

    Get out on the weekends and socialize.

    Food and Dining

    I've only been to the dining courts once but the food was very good and there were a lot of choices.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I hear they aren't too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be challenging so continuously put effort into your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and join some of the organizations on campus it is a great way to meet people and build a resume.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a friendly campus with endless opportunities to grow. The academic coursework is challenging but rewarding and it prepares you for your future career. The campus is diverse so finding your niche won't be a problem.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Phenomenal, I enjoy it to the greatest extent and it's provided a lot of community, leadership and social opportunities, and helped land the research position I'm currently in!

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The top of Krannert Parking Garage, then look east, it's particularly sweet at night before Christmastime. Walking under the belltower as an undergraduate means it'll take more than four years to graduate!

    What to do for fun

    Over 900 clubs and organizations, so there's really endless possibilities, there are a few coffeeshops on state st. east of campus that do comedy and live music shows too and greater lafayette has shopping and pet stuff that way! Slayter Hill, Elliott Hall of Music, and Purdue Convocations put on a lot of events as well, like musicals, concerts, and guest speakers! Or you could always wander around the campu and maybe even play a round of campus golf!

    Food and Dining

    Dining courts are great and you don't have to spend an ungodly amount of your money at restaurants, I recommend getting the 12 meal plan too. It's about the most you'll eat at the dining courts and gives you the most dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. I was not a fan of it but I lived in an apartment style dorm (Hilltop) my freshman year and hated it. I loved the actual residence halls though, everybody had their doors open and hung out with everybody else!

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough! Physics 172 is currently ranked the third hardest weed-out class in the country! Classes definitely get easier to focus on as you get farther along in your studies and farther away from course required work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be a hero and take harder course required classes, invest your time in your major specific classes and if an easy alternative exists for a required class (say between CS 158 which is LINUX and the easier is CS 178 which is Python) pick the easier class! Don't let your GPA and focus be hindered by an impossibly difficult weed-out class when it's not applicable to what you want to be doing. Other than that, have fun, meet people, and don't be afraid to try new things!

    In three sentences

    I love Purdue and being a Boilermaker, firstly the environment here is phenomenal, every student here is willing to learn and even more importantly meet new people and make new friends. There are always things going on here with academia, research, over 900 clubs, and about 80 fraternities and sororities. The campus is beautiful and well-maintained, faculty are great, it smells bad when it's hot and doesn't rain, but otherwise this place is phenomenal!

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus but just incase you don't they have a service you can call that someone on campus will come and escort you around at night. They also have buttons around campus that you can press if you feel endangered on campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is huge on campus for both boys and girls. This doesn't mean, however, that you have to be greek to have fun or get to know people.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many clubs and activities to join and are always willing to start some if you find there is nothing you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly I think the great thing about this school is the fact that it has something for every type of student and every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the summer, fountain runs are the greatest thing to do to keep cool (running through one fountain into the other). Grand Prix is a week dedicated to having fun before dead week (week where all you basically do is study for finals). Den pops are found at the Discount Den and are large sodas for only 70 cents max. The store Von's is awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, it costs a lot more money than most people can afford. For in-state students it is great because it is pretty cheap and is an amazing school.

    What to do for fun

    They have a ton of sports clubs, academic clubs, and social clubs. The greek life is huge on campus

    Food and Dining

    Seriously the best dining courts. The food is so good and there are so many options.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have much knowledge because I lived in an apartment my freshman year, but from what I could tell the dorms were pretty nice and fun!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy, but if you work hard you will get the grades you deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do BGR because you get to know so many kids, always put school first, and get involved!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is literally the best school out there. It is academically challenging but has lots of opportunities for students to get involved and have fun. It is awesome!

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Only a few instances of violence here and there.

    What to do for fun

    Recreation center, multiple tennis courts, many extracurricular clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Exceptional food. The menu changes every day (and pretty much every meal), and it feels as though you are eating at a nice restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    Nice rooms, and nice staff. They try to make if feel like a community by having weekly events/gatherings. The RA's are respectable; they make sure things run smoothly, but they are still quite friendly and understanding.

    Academic Rigor

    The material can sometimes be quite difficult, especially if you get behind. If you stay on task and ask questions when you're confused, it can be quite tolerable, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the material before class. Go to all of your classes, take notes & ask questions during class, and review every day. If you have labs, look them over or even finish them before your scheduled lab time if you can. For exams, take some time to study by yourself, and some time to study with others. Make sure to make time for fun and breaks.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a great campus, with great residential area, exceptional dining courts, and public transportation via city buses. It's easy to find all the correct buildings for each of the classes. Most of the teachers are very good; however, too much emphasis is placed on exams in my opinion.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    International; lots of people from different cultures on campus! Science-y. Independent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bell Tower; Breakfast club

    What to do for fun

    Well, if you're underage there are always parties around campus and a lot of times in the dorms. There are also a couple hookah places where you only have to be 18. Otherwise, you can hang out at the Union, they have movies and Purdue will put on concerts and get some cool groups. If you're over 21, the campus bars are fun, but can get a little dodgy especially during big events. The Neon Cactus (night club) is fun, too, and they give you about a gallon of vodka for a dollar. The bars across the bridge are more classy, and a few like the Black Sparrow and the Knickerbocker have live music a lot that is good. There are also a couple movie theaters in town, and the mall is about 20 minutes away if you take the bus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are decent, and the Union has some good places to eat, too. I really like the random coffee shops in some buildings, like the Amelia Earhart cafe...the best food by far, though, is found on Chauncey Hill, which is totally walkable from most of the dorms if you are desperate.

    Dorm Life

    Get used to walking. A lot. The campus is beautiful and the dorms themselves aren't bad, but most of them are pretty far from the main academic buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue has some really great academic programs; where it lacks rigor is in its general curriculum. A lot of the intro classes are much more reminiscent of high school than they should be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about class sizes; there are benefits to going to such a large school, but intro classes can have upwards of 300 people in them. Greek life is big here, but please don't think you have to rush to have fun. Don't pigeon hole yourself into a science major. Purdue may love them best, but it has great programs in the lib arts too.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is the quintessential 'Big Ten' school. The football games are huge. The engineering kids get all the perks.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorm yet.

    Academic Rigor

    They have hard classes that will challenge me.

    In three sentences

    It is a very organized school. The people there really help you with all your questions. They make you feel at home.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very few warnings are received from police and campus safety organizations.

    Greek Life

    Not involved in Greek life, but there are plenty of Greek houses around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to join with new ones being formed every year.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends on whether or not you are an in-state student or not. Out-of-state tuition is outrageous, but it is a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of clubs to join or hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat in the dining halls, but the one week that I did for my freshman orientation the food was about what you would expect from any school cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I couldn't be accurate on this category.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue was ranked in the top 15 hardest grading schools. This means that they are one of 15 universities that give out the lowest amount of A grades, enough said.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is very well recognized outside the country, and it seems to be like a small Chinatown suburb of Lafayette. The Asian population, for the most part, has no knowledge of American culture and can seem rude. Be prepared for people on bicycles as well.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a good college with a very friendly atmosphere. There are always people willing to help you study and the libraries are full of quality resources. Professors generally are accomplished in the areas that they teach.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fully trained police department as well as fire department. Then there is the safe walk if you do not want to walk alone. I feel very safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    One of the top Greek Life systems in the nation. There are just so many houses everywhere offering different things.

    Clubs and Activities

    If it does not already exist you can start it with the school's support. There is just so much you can do and get into its great.

    Great for these types of students

    All different types of students. Except music students, that is not offered, unless you wanna join a wonderful marching band.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bell Tower curse, if you walk under the bell tower you are cursed to attend for 5 years. Then there is another where if you walk under the Bell Tower then go drink from the Lions Fountain you will be destined to get married. Then there are so many others I just can't think of right now.

    Bang for the buck

    World class education at a public school fee. It's unbeatable.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun. They always have an alternative to drinking so you will not feel pressured as well as every club you can think and if that club doesn't exist then you can make it with the university's support.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue's dinning service is amazing, it really is. It is an all you can eat set up with a wide verity and always has something healthy to eat. The unlimited chocolate milk was rather awesome to. But you really cannot go wrong with this dinning system.

    Dorm Life

    I had an amazing time in my dorm at Purdue and met some of my best friends and do not regret a single moment spent there.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue can be a very challenging university but it is a fair system with great educators who set you up for success as long as you want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your time between fun and studying to make sure you do not fall behind on school work. Do not be afraid to attempt something new that you might fail at. Always keep an open mind and do not judge others and let go of hate.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a very good university and I have enjoyed my time there so far. It is a good mixture of fun and world class education. I would highly suggest students to go here because you cannot and will not go wrong here.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is extremely safe and with their notification system you will be notified up to the minute in case of any crime or danger.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has one of the largest Greek systems in the nation. Despite the bad rep most schools get, the Purdue system is pretty sound.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities

    Great for these types of students

    For anyone that really wants to focus on their education and enjoy a school with a rich tradition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before graduation, you must do at least one fountain run and buy a DenPop!

    Bang for the buck

    As an engineering major, the Purdue name carries a lot of bang for the buck. As a world renowned engineering school among other things, it is certain to guarantee you a job before you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Only drawback to Purdue is that unless you're in Greek life or involved in a club it's really hard to find anything to do in the town. So don't expect a heavy nightlife unless you're in the in crowd.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Purdue compared to other campuses I've visited is amazing. With one swipe you have unlimited access to the dining courts which provide a large variety of foods from varying backgrounds. Some foods are better than others but there's never a shortage of the good stuff!

    Dorm Life

    At Purdue it is a great way to make friends your first year. However, it can be very dull at times and most of the dorms are older than our parents so don't expect any awesome or fancy accomodations.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic intensity especially for engineering majors is unlikely to be unmatched anywhere else. It is definitely worth the investment to go to Purdue in return for a quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs on campus and remember no matter how big the school is there is a place for you. There is always somewhere to get help if you're lost and remember to bring some winter gear! The tradition and bonds here are amazing and once you become a Boilermakers you will be glad you did!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an amazing school with a rich history of leaders and innovation and with countless opportunities to go into the world with the Purdue name. It's academic reputation in the technical and engineering field guarantee a quality graduate ready to take on the world. It's large campus and strong athletics builds a strong sense of unity on the campus that is hard to find anywhere else.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    With almost 1000 clubs to join Purdue is the place for working out and having fun. JThey also just built a new recreation center as well which boasts a ton of sporting facilities and equipment. There is always something to do at Purdue in the fun sense.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for international students and students who are used to being one in a million, let's say. They offer a variety of world cuisine meals and hang out spots and boost many as students already.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is not worth the bang for the buck. Not only are they extremely unhelpful to the incoming student, leading to many stressors prior to the first day of class, but for a supposed top-ranking institution their registering system is very confusing and seemingly outdated. Most importantly they pay very little attention to the individual student and it is easy to tell that money is the main focus with the fancy propaganda shows they put on.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs one can join while up at Purdue and of course there are lots of greek organizations one can get into. From anime club all the way to the triathalon club, Purdue covers a full spectrum of fun and odd acitivities. Not only this but concerts are held here frequently along with several traditional food and hangout joints closer to the actual city Purdue sits in.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts at Purde are some of the best with a wide selection of different types, from one's that serve asian food to homestyle mashed potatoes and gravy. Additionally, they offer dining dollars where you can grab a bite on the go. The one problem is that depending on the dorm you may not be close to the food court that serves the type of food you like most.

    Dorm Life

    While some students spend more time in their dorms than others, Purdue's dorms aren't too bad, save for their unusual tininess. Dorm rooms are often smaller than expected but quite a hefty expense. While there are specific dorm organizations they don't do much outside of the first week of class maybe for getting occupants involved or settled in more comfortably.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range in course difficulty depending on the specific course. More advanced classes and math classes are very tough, and many times it is hard to find assistance from someone when needed. Prof.s and assistants don't spell things out and explain; instead, one finds oneself listening to a bunch of fancy and confusing jabber.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the website after being admitted and review the requirements for things such as financial aid and scholarships very early on! Dont be afraid to call up and ask for help if you need assistance, and if not given help the first time keep calling back. Make sure to read through the entire New Student Tab and check your mypurdue email account everyday!

    In three sentences

    In terms of helpfullness to incoming students Purdue University ranks among the lowest of the low. Not only are their advisors sassy and dont answer your questions directly but their registering system for incoming students is completely unorganized and confusing. While they have a lot of nice looking propaganda, Purdue University's flashiness doesn't make up for their inattention to the individual student and his or her aspirations.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has a very advanced emergency network system that sends text messages to every student on campus if there is a disturbance of any sort that may harm anyone else. Purdue also regularly sends storm watch signals across your television in case of emergencies.

    Greek Life

    Attempting to describe the Greek life at Purdue University in words would be doing a disservice to the fraternities and sororities present on campus. It is most certainly something you'd have to experience to truly understand how amazing it is!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is outgoing and loves to experience different cultures would have a phenomenal time at Purdue University. I cannot emphasize how tremendous it is to say that we have the second most diverse campus in the country. One thing that I have not mentioned is our Greek life. If there are any prospective students with an interest in joining a fraternity or sorority, Purdue is the place to do it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing that I don't believe many students know about our campus is that there is an underground tunnel that runs from one building to the next. It does not run throughout the entire campus but it's still something that's pretty awesome to have!

    Bang for the buck

    I will be the first to admit that attending Purdue can be extremely costly. With that being said, the name Purdue speaks volumes on a degree. The doors that have opened for simply being a student at this magnificent school never cease to amaze me!

    What to do for fun

    We have more than 500 student organizations on campus. These clubs range from Rugby to Human vs. Zombies wars throughout campus. There is no short of activities to be involved in on campus. By the way, if the club doesn't exist...Create it!

    Food and Dining

    Dining courts at Purdue University-West Lafayette are AMAZING! Need I say more?

    Dorm Life

    If you are entering college as a freshman, I would highly advise you to live in the residence halls. The friends that you'll make and the experiences you may have are worth every penny.

    Academic Rigor

    Thus far, the course work is as hard as you make it. For me, high school work was not something that troubled me nor took a lot of my time. Throughout my time at Purdue I learned to study . Studying efficiently, using the resources around me, and utilizing my classmates was all part of this new-found skill.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all of the student organizations there are on campus. It will ensure that you not only get a great education while in college but you meet new people and learn new things as well. Embrace the variety of cultures that we have on campus because I believe that will affect your life far more than any book could.

    In three sentences

    The plethora of classroom improvements and technological advancements taking place at Purdue has certainly had to have placed Purdue among the best educational institutions in the country. The diversity of the student body is renown among international students as well as American students. The Big Ten athletic atmosphere has enhanced my experience at Purdue University as well!

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus at Purdue, because of the campus precautions and because of my own. Purdue has 200 yellow boxes - you press a button if an emergency is occurring and police immediately go to the spot. The average response time is 2 minutes. There is also an escort system where you can call the campus police and they will provide someone to escort you home at any hour. There is a text system where an event is reported to all subscribed students, which helps keep students away from areas in which a crime has occurred, although the crime rate is quite low. Despite these precautions, I make sure to walk with someone if I am outside after 11 PM, or if a person I know isn't available to walk with, I bring a bike instead.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 registered clubs on campus ranging from the professional to the hilarious. Quidditch club? Got it. Purdue Student Engineering Foundation? Check. Parkour? Yep! If you want to check out a club but not commit yet, attend their callout - an informational meeting towards the beginning of a semester. Pizza is usually provided!

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated and hardworking students who want to have some fun too!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Breakfast Club! Where students over 21 dress up in crazy costumes and go from bar-to-bar before the home football games. Fountain Runs - there are two fountains on campus that are excellent for running through on hot summer days. Neil Armstrong - You have to take your picture with him in front of the Neil Armstrong Engineering Hall at least once before you graduate. Beering Jedi Room - If you can fanagle your way into this circular room on the top floor of Beering Liberal Arts hall, there's a fantastic view of the campus! It's especially pretty at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a state school, so the tuition for in-state residents (like myself) is pricey but not ridiculous by any means. Purdue is constantly expanding and bettering itself, and the amount of meaningful research and class updates that happen account for the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are 900 registered student organizations on campus that range from academic to professional to sporty to fun - if you're interested, it's there, and if it's not there, start it! There's also a square of restaurants and shops known as Chauncey that's fun to walk around or eat at, and there's always a lot of activity on the weekends!

    Food and Dining

    Purdue's dining courts have been nationally ranked (in a good way!) and serve food in an all-you-can-eat buffet style for one swipe. On-Campus residents (in dorms) must have a meal plan - either 10, 12, 15, or 20 swipes a week. Vegan, vegetarian and allergen-free food is available. There is a lot of variety in food and 5 different dining courts, which each specialize in different types of food. Menus are available online and on an app available for smart phones, so you can check what's cooking before you commit your swipe! There are also on-the-go locations that provide packaged food you can transport, and mini-marts around campus that you can use Dining Dollars for (a set amount of dining collars comes with your meal plan each semester).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life provides so many opportunities for a fulfilling social life and even homework help. Learning Communities are available for almost any major - members of the same major or attending a class together live in the same dorm. I lived in the Women in Engineering Learning Community my freshman year, and thought it was a great experience! One of the upperclassmen dorms, Hillenbrand, also has a central study room on each floor and a delicious dining court on the first floor.

    Academic Rigor

    These classes are hard. There's no way around it. But there are so many opportunities for assistance that there's no excuse for not pursuing help if you need it! Other students, tutors, teaching assistants and professors are all glad to help you. I am an engineering student, and our program does not pit students against each other academically, which is nice, because everyone is happy to help each other without fear of jeopardizing their own future.

    Tips for prospective students

    To begin at the beginning, attend the welcome week known as Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). It's like Camp College - you move in a week before classes begin, and you get to hang out with your floor and certain members of your dorm in a 8 to 15 person team. Your team has a team leader who makes sure your team gets to all the games, events, dinners, and mini-conventions. It's a great opportunity to meet people before school starts! Next, don't skip class. This seems like a no-brainer, but oh, you will be tempted on those rainy mornings. But go! Your grades will suffer, and be honest, you really won't watch the lectures posted online. Third, talk to your professors. It seems intimidating, but they are people and they want you to do well! If they see your face in office hours, they will recognize you in class and be more likely to give you help or even a little grade boost. I missed a final exam my fourth semester (everyone's worst nightmare), but because I knew my professor, he allowed me to make it up.

    In three sentences

    Bill Benner, a former sports columnist for the Indianapolis Star and an alumnus of our rival school Indiana University, once proclaimed Purdue is THE Indiana University. After spending two years at Purdue, I could not agree more. The atmosphere, the academics, the campus, the social life, the clubs - there are endless opportunities to personalize your college experience while taking advantage of the nationally- and internationally-ranked programs and professors.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty good.

    Greek Life

    Not a fan, but plenty to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    More than you can shake a stick at!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grand Prix weekend!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive yet priceless education and overall experience

    What to do for fun

    Anything.

    Food and Dining

    If you can dream it. It's probably around.

    Dorm Life

    What can I say. Dorms are dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    You seriously have to earn your diploma

    Tips for prospective students

    Treat your classes like a real job. Work all week and relax on the weekends. Sometimes.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is very large. It keeps up with technology and are at the top of their fields. Great city and campus.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe walking around campus. There are plenty of cops and there aren't too many accounts of rape or other crimes.

    Greek Life

    Fantastic! Purdue has a huge greek life. I joined this year and it's a great way to get to know a ton of people on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a huge amount of clubs and activities for you to do. With 40,000+ students there either already is or you could make just about any kind of club you would want.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! There are all kinds of students at Purdue.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Triple XXX is a very popular 24/7 burger place. You must also get a Den Pop! It's a cheap large soft drink. Also go on a fountain run through the multiple fountains on campus. And go sledding down slayter hill!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is fairly priced when compared with other universities. For engineering specifically, it's a bargain!

    What to do for fun

    Movies, Ice Skating, Fountain runs, Parties, and just hanging out with my friends.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are nationally ranked and delicious! There are also a lot of great ethnic restaurants and food chains on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lucked out and got into Earhart hall! All of the dining halls are amazing and offer fantastic buffet style eating, however not all of the residence halls are the best. Meredith, McCutcheon, Owen, and some of the older residence halls aren't very nice or homey.

    Academic Rigor

    I am majoring in engineering so a lot of the courses require learning on your own and are very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in organizations. Make tons of friends. Study hard, but also have a lot of fun!

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a great environment with around 40,000 students and a large greek life and tons of clubs and activities to join. The academics are rigorous and there are a lot of majors to choose from. I absolutely love Purdue!

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    The campus is absolutely beautiful! It is kept in credibly clean. The weather is moderate, although the summers can get a bit hot. You will never be bored. When there is down time from course work, Purdue has over 800 clubs and organizations, so everyone will be able to find something that fits their fancy. Am learning a lot

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Purdue are filled with a ton of information. You will learn a lot, but that does come at a cost. You will have to work for your grades, but in the end it really pays off

    In three sentences

    Those who know what they want, and are not afraid to put forth a little work to get it. Tips for prospective students -Make a daily schedule. Find times between classes, and instead of laying around, use that time for homework and study so that you can have free time at night. -Get involved in organizations. They are incredibly fun, and allow you to meet new and interesting people both from, and outside of your major. Bang for the buck Purdue increased its tuition 5% this year, and for us out of state students that is a lot.. But the cost is worth the education, and the prestige of receiving a diploma with the title Purdue University on it. Am enjoying being here The campus is absolutely beautiful! It is kept in credibly clean. The weather is moderate, although the summers can get a bit hot. You will never be bored. When there is down time from course work, Purdue has over 800 clubs and organizations, so everyone will be able to find something that fits their fancy. Am learning a lot

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many buses and people around so the campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you walk directly under and through the clock tower it means that you will not graduate in four years.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Purdue Volleyball games.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and has a variety of dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is an adjustment but makes college life a better experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not slack off in high school because college will be a huge adjustment. Also, there is a lot of online homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your homework and school work done when you can. It is best to get it out of the way as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    I love Purdue's school pride. The education is excellent. The facilities are amazing.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe feel

    Greek Life

    none yet

    Clubs and Activities

    none yet lol

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to fit in but not be smothered

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    running through the fountains

    Bang for the buck

    its a great college..but really work to get scholarships!! very expensive

    What to do for fun

    hang out with other students

    Food and Dining

    very good..is good i have my bike!!!

    Dorm Life

    fun..i have a great roommate..they do a good job of matching personalities

    Academic Rigor

    its hard but rewarding

    Tips for prospective students

    go to the boiler gold rush and get settled in before the actual move in day!!

    In three sentences

    great place with friendly people

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The messages from the police get a little annoying, but if you're smart about what you do, it's easy enough to stay out of trouble.

    Greek Life

    Sorry, not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in fencing, the Society of Gallifreyan Scholars, the Society of Women Engineers, intramural volleyball, and the Phoenix club (for my dorm). There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Sporty, academic, quirky, geeky, pretty much anybody. There's somewhere for you, even if you have to hunt to find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fountains are all great places to hang out, and there are several cool places down in Chauncey. Vonn's is cool, check out their used book store in the basement.

    Bang for the buck

    There's plenty to do on campus, though I'm paying for it. That's why I'm looking for a scholarship here...

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, have a group of friends and hang out, or go to a volleyball game. It's much less expensive than football or basketball, but still fantastic. Join intramurals. I've got a friend who joined the inner-tube water polo team, just for the heck of it. It's hilarious.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but it gets a bit repetitive after awhile. I make quite a few of my own meals. Don't try to eat at 6 on an exam day, you'll never get into the dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman have it rough, but I'm in one of the upperclassmen dorms this year and it's far better than last year. I'm on a great floor with great people.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineer, the classes have been extremely stressful. In some other majors (anything with pre-med, pre-vet, pre-pharm) this is still the case, but there are some majors with a much lighter workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up by studying right at the start. Don't expect to be able to make it in school without studying more than in high school.

    In three sentences

    The environment is fantastic with great friends and opportunities. For as strong of an engineering program as they have, the math and physics programs are completely disorganized and sometimes disastrous. In the end, it all works, but sometimes it takes a little luck for grades to work out.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue University is great for all types of students. There is a place for shy students, outgoing students, athletes, jocks, and social students. There is literally something here for everyone, and I honestly don't believe that not one person could not fit in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a huge live Human's Vs. Zombies game which is campus tradition. Every couple of months thousands of students gather into teams of humans and zombies and they chase each other around campus. It is quite a funny site to see.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue can get to be expensive but it is definitely bang for your buck. With so many resources to get help, so many resources to meet new people, and so many resources to have fun, there is not a need for anything. Purdue University is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    As stated before there is something to do for everyone at this school. If you like football go to the games with school spirit or get involved and play intramural sports. There are clubs for just about anything, so as long as you explore different options there will never be a boring day for you at Purdue University.

    Food and Dining

    There tons of places to eat on campus including and not including campus dining courts. Campus dining meals are included on the housing contract and I used them every day. It is all you can eat with one swipe and the food is absolutely top notch. There are different varieties of food every day, and I looked forward to dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and there are always ways to get involved. It is a quick way to meet new people and form a relationship with your resident assistant. The floor activities and open door policies make the college experience very exciting and lots of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are hard and can become overwhelming at time. The key to this is time management and self realization. You have to manage your time so that all of your homework is done; it is true what they say for every hour of class, you should do two hours of homework. Secondly you must realize when you need help and go get it. Purdue offers plenty of help resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students have a fun but rigorous road ahead of them. It is not easy and that is why we are highly ranked school, but with the right study habits, discipline, and relaxation tools you can make it through. The biggest thing is to explore and find your true self.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a great diverse, multicultural, dynamic university. The university strives to embrace people from all over the world with opportunities for people tons of different interest and hobbies. These opportunities are implemented in the curriculum, social life, and clubs and organizations.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has its own Police Department, and there is a program called Safe Walk where you can call 24/7 and they will come walk with you from where you are to where you want to go. There are also text message alerts and emails sent out when something does happen.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to Red Mango a frozen yogurt place here in campus, it's worth the mile plus hike from my dorm.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great, but like anything you eat everyday, it does get old. Though there are many options, and each dining court is a little different too so it's easy to mix it up.

    Dorm Life

    I personally happen to live in McCuteon, the farthest dorm from campus, and was really bummed, but it's not that bad. The rooms are on the small side, as to be expected, but over all they are nice, and each has something special to offer its residence.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult and fast paced but manageable, don't get discourage. College is not the same as high school, and that just takes some time to get used to be, but you will if you take the time and work at it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Branch out of you comfort zone, you will be surprised by the result. Get know your professors, they are on your side believe it or not.

    In three sentences

    Large, but clean, and easy to find people similar to you via clubs and different activities. There are many helpful resources on campus. Good food courts.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The athletic events are a lot of fun. There are also a lot of clubs that have callouts in the first month or so of school and you can be really involved in those as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts are awesome. The food is so good. On days you don't want to eat there, the campus has other places on campus to eat at as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. They do an amazing job of matching roommates and the rooms are quite nice. Come in with an open mind.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging, but not impossible. The material is necessary for achievement in the field of study you are in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students need to make sure that they put all of there effort into school first while leaving a little time for other things. Staying focused will make the money worth it and the time as well.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a wonderful campus. The professors are really good at conveying the information. Overall, Purdue is a top notch school.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency button boxes posted all over campus in case of emergency outside. The school also texts and emails each of its students when there is an emergency or point of concern. The students are always aware of what is going on. There has been some unsafe situations but they are not very frequent at all.

    Greek Life

    Very big on campus. Many students partake in Greek Life but are also very open to being friends with non-greek students. It's a great way to get to know people, though, but the campus does not pressure any one to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of different clubs on campus to choose from. They can range from Habitat for Humanity, to Pre-Med club, to Anime club or dance, art, photography. There is always something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically oriented, culturally aware, looking for a memorable college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain Runs, Breakfast Club (must see it to believe it), jumping across the railroad tracks at the beginning of freshman year and at the end of senior year.

    Bang for the buck

    Always something going on at the campus. A huge amount of students but the University does an amazing job at shrinking the campus. It does not feeling like such a large school (except for the walking in between classes). Students are very friendly and the professors and staff are informative and very welcoming. There is always something to do. The campus has many dining options outside of the dining halls including restaurants where dining hall meals can be used or simply restaurants on the campus's main street (anything from McDonald's to Thai Food to local coffee and gelato shop)

    What to do for fun

    There are MANY events that the campus holds every day. They range from free movies with popcorn, amusement park style games and tournaments, different cultural events, art exhibitions and so on. Another popular thing to do on campus during warm weather is run through our 3 major fountains across campus (dubbed the fountain run). All for FREE. Other things, though, can include going to the very popular basketball or football games (among other sports), dining at the MANY campus restaurants, seeing a movie at the local theater, or shopping at the eclectic and vintage boutiques and shops that line the main street of campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is usually excellent (with some mishaps here and there). It is a lot better than other colleges (rated one of the top Big Ten schools in dining). There are many dining halls to choose from, each with a variety of foods that range in cultural origin. They also have make your own options of pizza, pastas, quesadillas, omelettes, pancakes, etc. Dining halls are usually very clean and nicely decorated.

    Dorm Life

    Students are generally nice. The Resident Assistants are warm, bubbly and usually very welcoming. They organize events to get everyone on the floor or the dorm to meet each other and make friends. It certainly makes the floor more unified.

    Academic Rigor

    Specifically the science and engineering curriculum is very challenging. Be prepared to study a lot more. Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to encounter a huge campus. Walking to and from classes can be exhausting especially if they're on opposite ends of campus. Utilize the bus system. Classes are large and can be intimidating to get to know the students and professor. Don't be afraid to sit up front in class and make yourself known. It also helps to keep you paying attention.

    In three sentences

    Strong science and engineering curriculum, large campus but tightly knit.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has its own police and fire department on campus. Also if its late at night purdue has what is called the safe walk program where someone will walk you back to your dorm. Plus there are emergency call boxes all over campus that will alert the police.

    Greek Life

    I don't really know much about the greek life on campus because i am not part of a sorority however coming from friends many find its better not to pledge as a freshman because of the time demands.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone. Sports clubs, academic clubs, artistic clubs or just clubs to explore things that you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students who are dedicated to getting an education. There are many times where it is a struggle to keep going but in the end its worth it and you can always find the time to play later.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the bell tower. It may be cool but its said that you will not graduate on time if you go under it. Many freshman also do fountain runs where they run to all the fountains on campus at the beginning and end of the semester for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is very expensive for me as an out of state student. I do believe that they should try to lower the financial burden for many students. I know quite a few who have transferred because of finances. Its worth it if you go into a field where you will be making a good paycheck to payback the debt.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join on campus. I definitely recommend getting involved and meeting new people. Football and basketball games are awesome. Plus purdue just built a new recreation center on campus that i have yet to go to but friends say that its a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is always good but be prepared to eat much of the same food every week. It gets boring quick but still its decent food and much better than other places. If you come here avoid ford dining court. By general consensus it has the worst food.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the people but for the most part its fun. Most dorms will organize events to get students to participate and socialize with their neighbors. Usually you will meet with a good portion of your neighbors at least once a week.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you go into. Some majors are not as hard as others. But if you go into any STEM related field be prepared to sell your soul to get good grades

    Tips for prospective students

    Find things you love to do. This includes you major and any clubs you want to get involved with. Get to know your professors they can be life savers. Some TA's are great and some aren't but always ask questions when your stuck.

    In three sentences

    There is always a lot to do on campus and very little time to do it. Make sure you balance your time well between having a life, academics, and health. Always try to play as hard as you work.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is a very safe campus. There are police on patrol 24/7, on the streets and even walking around on campus. And if that is not enough to feel safe, there are emergency boxes located all around campus that students can press the button and be automatically connected to the Purdue police department. Purdue is the first university to install automatic emergency boxes on campus. Purdue actively promotes campus safety such as having a SafeWalk program for students studying late at night and want two policemen (male and female) to safely walk them back to the dorm. There is also a fire station directly located next to the residence hall and may receive calls 24/7.

    Greek Life

    Beautiful greek houses! Parties are very uncontrol and not as wild as other schools, the boilermakers still know how to have a great time! Students look out for each other and respect others decisions not to drink or smoke. All in all, the greek life at Purdue has an A grade according to college life rankings.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 900+ clubs and organizations. Litereally everything and anything you can think of exists. If there is not one that you like, you can even create your own!

    What to do for fun

    There is a place near the Purdue Union called Chauncey Hill. It is a strip where many of the popular stores and hang outs take place. Down there strip there are bars, both for 18 year old and 21+, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. Purdue also offers over 900 organizations to choose from and if there is not already a club, students are given the option to create their own club, giving students a leadership position. There are many other activities to do around campus for fun such as going to the park, golf course, sporting events, Tippecanoe Mall, and the movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has great food!! They have a variety of dining courts with different meals each day. The food is very diverse and I love the fact that you can make your own pasta, pizza, taco, quesadilla, etc. Purdue is voted for having one of the best dining courts in America. Definitely worth checking out!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life. Depending on where you stay, the rooms can be small and without air condition but the students are always planning something fun. Being in a residence hall is a bonding experience in itself, as well as academic help for students alike.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is very challenging, and will put your wits to the test. Sure it may be somewhat easy to get in but it may also prove to be a challenge to actually stay in. Although it is a difficult school, many employers across the country respect a Purdue degree knowing their students work hard, and value their degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is key. If you can learn to effectively manage your time, balancing school, academics, and work, you will become successful in college. Also, take advantage of opportunities that come because Purdue has over 900 organizations and a variety of leadership positions.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is simply amazing! From its sense of community to is school spirit, Purdue is a truly welcoming campus to all students, faculty, and visitors alike. Boilermakers forever!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    so safe, for real

    Greek Life

    there pretty great

    Clubs and Activities

    everything you can imagine

    Great for these types of students

    hrad working students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    steal a tray to sleed on

    Bang for the buck

    Great bang for your buck

    What to do for fun

    sleeding and hanging with friends, chillin by the fountain and going through shopps down town.

    Academic Rigor

    great study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared to apply.

    In three sentences

    The school is great for engineering and full of opportunity's.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe! Dedicated Purdue police department and Purdue fire station. There is also a network of emergency call boxes throughout campus as well as a free after-dark escort service.

    What to do for fun

    It depends on what you classify as fun! West Lafayette is a fairly large city, and there are plenty of bars and nightclubs such as Where Else and the Neon Cactus. There's also a convenient movie theater and lots of restaurants in varying price ranges. On campus, there are hundreds of clubs as well as intramural sports teams to occupy your time. Explore a little, and you'll find something that suits your fancy.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has the third-best dining court system IN THE COUNTRY. If you go here, you have to get a meal plan, because the food is the best anywhere. Name anything you want to eat, and you'll be able to find it at one of the five different eateries. No prepackaged sandwiches or Mcdonalds masquerading as a hot lunch here - everything is fresh. Aside from the sit-down dining, there are also several on-the-go style mini-marts and grills as well.

    Dorm Life

    Not all dorms are created equal. Some of the best: Cary (all-male), Windsor (all female), Hillenbrand, First Street Towers (crazy expensive). Sort of in-between: Earhart, Shreve Some of the worst: McCutcheon, Harrison, Wiley, Owen, Tarkington, Meredith Apartment-style: Hilltop, Purdue Village So far, I've based my ratings on amenities alone. Keep in mind that what I've said so far has nothing to do with the vibrant communities that exist within some of the more poorly-maintained buildings such as Meredith. Don't despair if you're assigned there your freshman year, you'll probably meet some of your best friends there.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses in the math, engineering, and science disciplines are difficult and rigorous, but they WILL prepare you for your career. Survive the weed-out classes in your first semester and push through the rest. Use all of the study resources you can find and you'll do all right.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research. If you want a degree in engineering, science, or mathematics, this is the place to be. Also, the Krannert School of Management is top-notch. The dining courts are excellent, so spring for a meal plan. The dorms are nice as well, but do your research - not al of them are air-conditioned. My biggest suggestion is that you tour the campus first to make sure its a fit for you.

    In three sentences

    Purdue possesses excellent but difficult engineering and science departments. However, this is not the university to attend for a liberal arts degree. The campus is large and easy to navigate, though not as aesthetically pleasing as some others in the state.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, Students can call for help if scared on campus at night. The Purdue Police is very close to campus if need direct assistance! People are also very kind, so if you lose something generally you will get it back!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life first is an optional choice and is not for everybody. You do not have to be in any Fraternity or Sorority. Greek Life yields interesting experiences and opportunities. You can have a good amount of fun. You can network and meet very interesting people that will help in life! There are very good job opportunities in joining the Greek Life as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much any opportunity to do anything, you decide! If you wish to come up with a club, then you are greatly allowed to!

    Great for these types of students

    Lot of Greek Life here (I'm not a part of it) So: Outgoing students International students - one of the top schools in the world Introverted students- do your work then do what you wish

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Get a Den pop Do a fountain run Breakfast club (21 and over ONLY) Black and Gold game day

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, not a bad campus. There is so much to do, so much to learn, and so much you can accomplish.

    What to do for fun

    So many things to do. Join a club for martial arts, music, dance, go to the games, or even hang with friends!

    Food and Dining

    Unparalleled. The Dining are all buffets, and if you can't eat there you can get food On the Go. You certainly can choose from any type of food you like considering we have one of the best dining court systems in the country! Even the non-Dining Court food is great! If you're hungry, food is only less than half an hour away, or simply order it online! We have the world famous XXX restaurant here, as well as a myriad of good restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Friends you make here are friends for life. It doesn't matter about your ethnicity, gender, size, skills, likes, preferences; you are you, and somebody will befriend you because we are all students here! Typically your Resident Assistant builds a great community, one where everybody in the hall create a bond with at least one person. Your RA is there for you, to help you meet new people if you are shy, or if you have questions about campus life because they have been here longer than you.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no such thing as a ridiculously easy class here at Purdue. I'm a student in Computer Graphics Technology. From my 4 years here, I've learned that my major is difficult, and the Professors or the Teaching Assistants will help you to get better at whatever your focus is in, be it in Engineering or getting you a job or research opportunity. Pharmacy and Engineering are two of Purdue's top and hardest fields. In these majors, the workload is certainly large, the classes are very rigorous, and the professors are hard on you. You are, however guaranteed huge career opportunities going through these majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. If you waste your time partying and do not pay attention in class or study for your exams then you will be consumed in the college life. Learn to manage your time in high school. Sometimes, you will have to choose whether to study, sleep, or hang with friends. Learn to manage your time wisely in order to do all three of these if you can, without the lack of anything. Do not get caught up in the party life. Purdue has a huge impact in night life, however that could distract from the goal of things while you are here. An occasional outing is fine, however too much can be detrimental to your college career.

    In three sentences

    Great Life-Long Experiences Powerful Industry-ready Education Professors who generally want to see you succeed

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit the many restaurants or play in the fountains.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to navigate the tunnels in case of bad weather.

    In three sentences

    The people here are very friendly. Purdue is a very culturally diverse school. The food here is absolutely sublime.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is pretty good about alerting the students of things going on. Also, the Safewalk program is nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything you can think of. If there isn'y, you can create one.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type I think.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love all the fountains. They are nice to read or study by.

    Bang for the buck

    I think Purdue is such a great school, especially for being a public school.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to get involved in and also different fun activities every day.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan. I have been to the food court several times and the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm but my friends seem to like it. They have met lots of new people there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I am taking so far seem like good courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in attending Purdue I would recommend you to come and visit! The campus just has this feel that makes you feel welcome and at home.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The classes and great and the people are very nice. There are many opportunities to get involved also.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    I've never attended a class, but I have heard of Purdue's extremely difficult Physics courses and am looking forward to it.

    In three sentences

    I've only been there once, but it was a fun experience. I learned a lot about Purdue, and may attend this coming fall of 2013.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Honestly, I enjoy studying. I am really excited about the degree that I will be obtaining. I enjoy learning about my future career. I also like to play sports, attend church, read, and surf the web.

    Food and Dining

    I will be completing the Distance Learning Program so I will not be on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I will be completing a distance learning curriculum and will not be experiencing dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    According to the Vet tech Distance Learning program freshmen requirements I am only allowed to take 3 hours my first semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your head in the game when classes start. Be prepared, pay attention in class, and study while not in class. Stay positive and never doubt yourself. Believe in your dreams and know that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a University that is very committed to helping students excel in their educational goals. Purdue also tries their best to meet all the expectations of their students. Purdue's staff is always their to help.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you go out at night, go out in a group of at least one other person just to keep safe.

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth going to Purdue because it is the right school for me. I know I am getting a good education while enjoying campus life with other students.

    What to do for fun

    Other than reading and studying, there is always something happening on campus to keep students involved. Fliers are usually placed all over campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food in the cafe is usually very good. The cook has a different special every day.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm so I cannot give a dorm life experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It is best to get homework done right away so you can remember how to do it and get it done so you do not forget you have it.

    Tips for prospective students

    School and the people are fun and at the same time you can still be able to learn and do well in school. Students are willing to study together outside of class if the class is a challenge.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great school for technology majors. It has a variety of students and has what we need to complete a degree that can be accepted in most places. There is a constant need for degrees in technology and Purdue is one of the better schools to obtain a degree.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are like two fire trucks sitting right outside of my residence hall and they act pretty quick to calls of fire on campus, real or not. However, I have received many times emails from Purdue Police saying that they are investigating something that took place on XX street XX hours ago about some XX dude doing some XX things. The glad thing is that the XX street always turns out to be somewhere not close to the residence building, but again, KNOW where you are going.

    Greek Life

    There are various Greek fraternities and sororities that do volunteer works if that's what you are looking for. Some of them give scholarships too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of opportunities, freshman are often contacted (based on personal experience) by various random organizations on campus. There are also various student councils on campus of different culture, like the Chinese or Japanese Student Engineering Council, which gave out pizza.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for hardcore hands-on experience in engineering or any fields really, come here. If you feel like your high school teachers had always been talking about stuff you already read, come here. If you feel like you could be condition number 2, come here. If you are looking for engineering or science major possibly, come here. If you are looking for liberal arts, don't come here. If you are looking for great first-year advising because you are unsure about anything, DO NOOOOOT come here or at the very least, go somewhere else to get help before you come here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are various rumors that go on about Purdue such as that if you walk under the Bell Tower you will not graduate and such lol. Tradition-wise, various organizations around the campus often host different cultural events that you could go to.

    Bang for the buck

    A website is set up for students interested in applying. You just have to check constantly to find the one you like.

    What to do for fun

    Some of the residence halls have pool, air hockey and pingpong tables ready when you are. There are also recreational centers and various shops and stuff around the campus. As long as you know where among all those shops to go for and you are able to enjoy a social life, you should have plenty of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue is very high standard in food and dining, featuring several buffet's around the campus and on-the-go if your alarm clock took on a strike or something. Just be aware of the price you pay for each meal.

    Dorm Life

    Heaters run non-stop once they are on; no turning off. If you have a roommate who's OK, you are lucky for the life. The dorm constantly smelled, which I suppose is not the fault of the staff. But again, this is the average dorm for you.

    Academic Rigor

    In the honors engineering college, students are subject to impossible tasks such as being required to design a robot that can follow straight and curved solid, dotted and broken lines and be able to lift up cans while judging its weight, GIVEN that the student has never had any programming experience. Also, a total of seven programming languages will be taught in one year, averaging 3 weeks per language. Note that NO class time will be spent on teaching the language.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get it into your head that there is NOTHING that the professor at college can teach you, wherever you go. In other words, if you let the professor teach you something you don't know already or at least have an idea of, you are screwed.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is very high-standard on its engineering requirements, especially when you are in Honors College of Engineering. The teaching staffs, in the college of engineering that is, are of relatively high standards. First-year engineering advising is average, or even below average, and I have not had anything to deal with from sophomore year on.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe here! And the kids as a whole are very honest. My friend lost her wallet recently and someone found it and turned it into the police without taking anything. That doesn't happen everywhere!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a pretty huge part of Purdue, but don't feel like you won't have any friends if you decide not to rush. I didn't, and I still have plenty of friends and a whole lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has such a variety of clubs and organizations that there is really something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all kinds of students, but especially for kids who like to learn and have a great time doing it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Breakfast Club and the IU sucks cheer you will learn about in good time. Also, fountain runs are the bomb, but NOT in the freezing rain.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an in state student, so for the incredibly low amount of money I am receiving an education for a very well known, quality university.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of groups around campus that you can be a part of. Pay attention during call out week!

    Food and Dining

    I love the food! Except the week before Christmas Break when it's leftover time. But all the other times the food is awesome. I have yet to get tired of it, and the holiday meals at the dining courts are amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are nice and people are very friendly. However, it gets LOUD. I get woken up in the middle of the night pretty often.

    Academic Rigor

    I always have something to keep me busy, and you can tell that I have learned a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and really reach out during BGR, but don't feel bad if you don't click with the people from your group! My best friends were ones that I met through my roommate. Also, if you want to get an apartment, sign in October to get the best choice! We signed early November, and we were almost too late!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is such a kind, friendly atmosphere! The work is hard, but you know it will pay off in the end. I love this school!

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe as it is very well lit and there are many police men keeping campus secure at any given time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and intramural sports available for students to take part in and anyone can find something that interests them to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students who want to go to a school that is known not only for its academics and sports but also for people who want to go to a large school with a diverse student body.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite traditions is the fountain run, where you run through one fountain on campus to the another fountain on the opposite side. The engineering fountain also happens to be one of my favorite locations on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do on campus on any given day, whether it is a weekday or a day on the weekend! From going bowling in the union to going on a fountain run through campus, you can always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue dining courts have a lot of variety and the food is known for being especially good for a college dining court!

    Dorm Life

    My life in the dorm has been better than I expected by far - even though the rooms are small and you have to share bathrooms with many other people. Some of the best friends I have made at Purdue I have met in my dorm building!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging at times, but all of the professors an TAs i have had so far are helpful whenever you need assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in Purdue, I strongly suggest visiting and not only taking an official tour but also looking around campus on your own! I found that I fell in love with Purdue's campus and got more of a feel for what it would be like by taking an unofficial tour.

    In three sentences

    I have been a fan of Purdue since I was a child and now that I am at Purdue University, I can honestly say I love it! Academically, it is challenging but it is a great school overall.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great. There are call boxes around campus and near campus that calls the Purdue Police. There is also safe walk for if you would like an officer to walk you back to your dorm at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 clubs on campus, I'm sure you can find something!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not walk under the bell tower, or you will not graduate. At BGR, freshman get to cross the train tracks into the campus, and at the end, cross another set on the other side of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is expensive (out of state), but worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    Take walks around campus, and visit the local city. There's much to do for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, however, lines are horrible.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fun! Cary Quad is great, although freshman get the smaller rooms. But the other dorms are great also and spacious. The dorms do look a bit older, but inside they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Each program here at Purdue is challenging, especially for freshman. They are ment to weed people out!

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many programs and clubs on campus. If you decide to attend, make priorities because its very easy to get side tracked with tons of clubs. Purdue is a big campus, so if you like lots of people, this is the place for you! First year engineering is challenging, so stay focused, it will definitely pay off!!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great school! There are many programs available to student, both academic and extracurricular! Even though its a big university, the professors are passionate, but chill, and very easy to get along with.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe campus majority of the time. A few incidents occur every once in awhile but Purdue students are alerted via text and email. Precautions are taken and usually the situation is under control.

    Greek Life

    Personally not a fan of the Greek system because you are paying for friends and the house's alcohol for parties. Great social environment however a great deal of houses get put on probation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone, and if there isn't, you can make your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Math and Science oriented students will do extremely well at Purdue. Studying is the key for all students. Work hard!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you get a DENPOP at Discount Den, and run through both fountains! Purdue has so many traditions that there's a bucket list to complete before you graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is expensive, no doubt. Scholarships are very limited. However, I believe that graduating with a Purdue degree will pay off in the future.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, there are so many out there for all personalities and interests.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has wonderful food! The dining halls are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Not pleased with the residence life, however I understand because of the size compensates for the dorms. However, you don't have to live on campus all four years and there are some great apartments around the area.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is a very prestigious school and the academic standards are set high.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking at colleges, try to imagine yourself walking to class everyday. Take in to account how you learn the best (i.e- small personalized classes, group work, large lecture halls) And also take into consideration what you will be doing when you are not studying. Does this university have activities I would get involved in?

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an excellent campus with the top academic standards. My school is the perfect learning environment. Purdue offers experience in the work field for whichever career you choose.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has its very own police department and fire department on campus. They are very friendly and keep campus very safe. There is a text message system and they keep us up to date with any emergencies on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost anything you can think of and if its not already here, you can start it up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Discount Den is a huge hit on campus, it's a great drink stop for only 60 cents, you can make all types on concoctions.

    Bang for the buck

    Every thing you pay for at Purdue is ultimately worth it once you have received a prestigious degree.

    What to do for fun

    There are many sporting event, clubs to join, a bowling alley on campus, tons of places to eat and shop close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    You will never go hungry at Purdue, students always have many different options at every dinning court and its always something different.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very well kept and constantly being upgraded and they are continuing to add more.

    Academic Rigor

    I would not say that classes at Purdue are easy, they are very challenging but there are multiple resources that are at every students finger tips to allow them to succeed in the difficult classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early and often, it will be the best decision you will ever make. Improving your resume is the most important.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a prestigious university that is well known around the world. Purdue provides students with hundreds of different opportunities academically and with clubs. The professors are nothing but the best at this research university.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    is the academics great

    In three sentences

    how is the environment in campus

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe!

    Greek Life

    Large greek life, but you don't necessarily have to be apart of it to have a great time at school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the bell tower or you won't graduate on time! Go on fountain runs, running from each fountain on campus to the next when it's hot out. Jump over the train tracks your first week of school and then walk over them again on your graduation day.

    Bang for the buck

    While Purdue is an expensive school if you are out of state, it is well worth it because employers realize how rigorous and how academic of a university Purdue is.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, basketball games, weekend concerts, hitting up Chauncey Square to get a DenPop, there is always something to do! At the end of spring we celebrate Grand Prix with many parties and a go-kart race.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has won awards for its amazing dining court food and with its five amazing and close to campus/dorms dining courts you will be sure to NEVER be hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is something every freshman in college should experience. Purdue's dorms were a great way to get to know people and find people in your classes. Purdue offers BGR, which is like Welcome Week, where I found three of my best friends. Bonding with your floor and your dorm in general is so easy at Purdue and it was a great experience freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    There are not many small classes at Purdue and if you want a professors help, it is important to get to know them through office hours. Like every college, Purdue has its harder majors and its easier majors but we are known as one of the hardest colleges to get an A at (google it!). That being said, that has not stopped me and many people I know from earning many A's. Going to Purdue you will be sure to be surrounded by many intelligent and academically driven individuals.

    Tips for prospective students

    While you may be looking for your perfect school, keep in mind what makes a college perfect fit is what you make of it, not what it looks like on paper. A school can seem as big or as small as you want to make it and at a school like Purdue where there are 40,000 students, it is important to get involved and find your niche.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is large Big Ten school known for its engineering program and research opportunities. Its Big Ten sports include football and basketball which provide great opportunities to socialize with other students. Purdue is home of one of the largest Greek communities with over 30 Fraternities and Sororities each.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe. We have posts along campus that have buttons you can push if you need a safe walk from a cop.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing! Our Greek community at Purdue is huge. I have met all of my best friends through my sorority and I absolutely love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons and tons of things you can join at Purdue. There is about anything you can think of, and if Purdue doesn't have it, you can start it !

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for leaders and students who are hardworking in academics but also willing to go out and have fun whether its tailgating for one of the football games or leading a philanthropy event for your frat or sorority.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the cool traditions is doing fountain runs around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe the price you pay is well worth the education you get at Purdue.

    What to do for fun

    You can always join clubs or a frat/ sorority.

    Food and Dining

    The foods courts are awesome and conveniently located around the dorms. There are six.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are nice, except one or two residence halls do not have AC.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging and is very time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, you should definitely be prepared for the academic course work because it is not easy by any means. You should also try and get involved, you will make a ton of new friends by doing this.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a very challenging school but all the hardwork pays off. You will get a great education here.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue boxes that you can call a policeman from on almost every intersection. Purdue sends out text alerts of any criminal activity. They have a phone number you can call if you are walking alone at night and need a police officer.

    Greek Life

    Greek is popular here. Greek Row is a community of dedicated to Greek Housing. There are also many spread out all over campus. I am not involved but I here the Greek system is one of the best and always knows how to have a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have basically any club you can imagine. If they don't, it is very easy to make your own club. I am in the Disney Club and Helping Paws club, while also in a more professional club: The Wildlife Society.

    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in a great education while also having some fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am a freshman so I am not too familiar with the traditions. I love the chants at the varsity games that the student section does. The Bell Tower has a lot of traction behind it. The Hello Sidewalk is a tradition where you have to say Hello to everyone you pass while walking on it.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue isn't the most expensive public college, however it is pretty pricey. The education is good though, and there are many opportunities to gain experience.

    What to do for fun

    Fowler Hall offers movies to students on the weekend. Various clubs are also active throughout the week and on the weekends. Downtown is not too far away and has many stores and a local movie theater. Tippecanoe Mall isn't too far away and the bus goes there regularly. There are fraternity parties almost every week. Football games, basketball games, and volleyball games are a big deal.

    Food and Dining

    I love the dining courts. They offer a buffet every meal with basically anything you are in the mood for. Local restaurants deliver late at night so there is always convenient options for food.

    Dorm Life

    Purdue has awesome dorms that are relatively close to all the academic buildings. The dorms are fantastic when you reach out and get to know everyone. They accommodate everyone and meet everyone's needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue strives to have the best Engineers and also has a well-known Agriculture Program for a public school. The courses Purdue offers for these are difficult and designed to take only the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to lots of scholarships everywhere. Get to know your academic advisers. Don't be afraid to reach out and make new friends, and take advantage of the huge number of international students by getting to know a few.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University offers an excellent education in almost every major you desire. It's social life is vibrant with the vast number of Greek houses, community activities, and extra-curricular clubs and activities it offers. I highly recommend Purdue University to everyone as it is cheap for the great education it provides.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Being a member of greek life, you won't be disappointed Purdue is one of the most involved greek schools in the U.S.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being part of the Big 10 it has many great traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Going here will teach you something, you will become well rounded, and earn a well-respected degree.

    What to do for fun

    You can do lots of things for fun, has a great college town atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    Great locations, and the food is pretty good

    Dorm Life

    Easily adjustable to, and depending where you get spacious enough for 2.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be tough at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend applying here.

    In three sentences

    I love the school because I feel challenged and its academically stimulating. It looks beautiful because of the stone work and it has a great reputation. The people are nice, and the professors know what they are teaching about.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue police updates students regularly through e-mail and text on various criminal events across campus. These events may occur once every two weeks.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in-state, Purdue's tuition isn't that bad reaching around six thousand for tuition expenses. However, if you are out of state it will be more costly to attend Purdue. For engineering, pharmacy and vet. majors I would say that out-of-state tuition is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    If you are over 21, there are a couple of bars to go to for the night. There are also many campus organizations to become involved in. These organizations are varied and allow a student to choose their personal niche.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining courts on campus that offer a variety of meals from Chinese, to Mexican to basic American cuisine. There is also the Union where food is offered along with outlying restaurants off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are multiple dorms on campus that are about a ten minute walk from the heart of campus. Capable resident assistants are hired for each dorm. These RA's will organize activities, provide help when needed and ensure safety of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I stated above, Purdue is one of the hardest grading schools in the Midwest. Students will be studying material in order to conceptual understand what they are learning. Testing and application of material is based on this conceptual understanding rather than on memorization and regurgitation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should have a specific program in mind before starting at Purdue. This will allow students to check if Purdue would be the right choice for them by seeing what Purdue can offer in terms of the program they're interested in. It is also important to enter Purdue with a hardworking and competitive mindset in order to standout in a student population of high academic achievers.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an academically rigorous school that is listed as one of the hardest grading schools in the Midwest. With Purdue, you know that you will be graduating from a reputable institution that will open doors for you in terms of your career. Also, Purdue is known as a research-based public university and has many reputable and competitive programs to offer from engineering to pharmacy.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Best police force in the Big Ten..... enough said. We have cops everywhere, and plus they don't badger you at all.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life plays a large role. You're either in the dorms or in a house, but don't let trade yourself in just to try to be popular or greek. College isn't about that. There are plenty of ways to avoid partying on campus if that is not you.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs! Don't limit yourself to the same all four years. Diversify yourself to many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for adventurous type students. They emphasize here studying abroad and also there are so many different cultures surrounding campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do a fountain run as soon as you can! Also, explore Purdue's tunnel system!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state students take advantage of Purdue it is an incredible school for the price you would pay! Out of state students don't write it off it still competes with other top universities!

    What to do for fun

    The rec center is incredible! Wallyball and Basketball are my top two activities to do with my friends!

    Food and Dining

    Seems like it gets repetitive but there are plenty of off campus options as well!

    Dorm Life

    Do not overlook Meredith Hall. Easily my favorite dorm on campus. No AC but awesome community!

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard, Study daily, and always do your best. That is what is expected at Purdue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new things Don't let one activity define you Befriend everyone

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an awesome place. Such a great community surrounds the streets. The classroom also has a great atmosphere.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs are many on campus. Almost satisfying all needs and interests. A lot of the clubs have activities specific to them. Socializing is very convenient and people are friendly to talk to. Sports are also available throughout the campus. The university just opened a new gym which offers a lot of facilities.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning options are several and are available throughout the campus. The food quality overall is okay. The rotation of food is daily, however, the rotation patterns are constant thus you will eat the same thing on five or six days. I prefer to eat off campus in terms of quality.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fine. The dorms are not overcrowded, and get cleaned routinely. There is a helping desk at every dorm, and they do a good job helping the students with their needs. The toilets routinely get cleaned as well. I never saw the toilets getting crowded ever. The people are friendly, but then again it is a subjective matter.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the school is tough, and the workload is big. However, the lecture quality is mostly bad, and you will mostly studying on your own to understand the concepts. This is by far the biggest drawback of the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here unless you have visited the campus and talked to a couple of students about how the school is like. It is empirical to fully understand the life at Purdue before coming here to avoid disappointment.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an excellent engineering school. Not so greatly recognizable in other majors. The town of West Lafayette is not the epitome of entertainment, which is a minus for the school.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While police and the fire department is located on campus in between residence halls, Purdue takes care of students by providing PSSF Purdue Student Security Patrol that offers evening safe walks to students who study late and are needing to return to their dorm rooms.

    Clubs and Activities

    With such diverse and elite student body, we have abundant clubs and student-run organizations of all kinds that you can choose to participate from. From sports and martial arts club to honor societies we have it all. Purdue also features a newly built Recreational Sports Center that is one of the biggest campus sports centers in nation with running tracks, weight-lifting areas, basketball courts and rock-climbing walls. Its existence boosts club activities and encourages the bonding of student bodies.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a place where ambitious hardworking students can shine, achieve and receive approvals. Our school promotes diversity and is best for students who are interested in making friends with people from all over the world and sharing their cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Remember to never walk under our famous bell tower as an undergraduate or there is a saying that you will not be able to graduate from Purdue.

    Bang for the buck

    How worthy it is coming to Purdue is very subjective to everyone and not necessarily quantifiable. Personally I undeniably have had many precious and valuable experiences, and through them I have widened my horizon, gained myself more knowledge, and became a more mature adult. They cannot be valued by money and I do appreciate and cherish these experiences given by this university.

    What to do for fun

    Chauncey Mall is just down the main street and it features variant restaurants and the famous Chipotle, McDonald's, Noodles and Company and et cetera. Around the neighborhood, there are coffee shops, frozen yogurt stores, hookah bars, karaoke bar, theater and a library for friends to hang out and relax. Tippecanoe Shopping Mall is fifteen to twenty-minutes away by car where girls can find their beloved retail stores H&M, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and et cetera. If you are legal and enjoy night-life, there are bars next to Chauncey Mall and night clubs and pubs in downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Dining courts are featured in most residence halls and two mini-marts are available on campus. The food is average in quality but quite okay in tastiness, while fine dishes like steak and fried prawn will be offered occasionally. Dining on Purdue campus is absolutely convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the oldest residence halls on Purdue campus, and I love my dorm: very polished dorm rooms, clean and comfortable bathrooms with marble flooring and automated toilets, and a very European exquisite lobby decor and furniture.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying biology, I have to admit course materials are abundant and exhausting. Acquiring yourself a tight study schedule and persistence in learning is necessary. Course rigor more or less depends on the helpfulness of course faculty and its resources. Never overestimate your ability but make sure to reach out for help in times of need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask and search for help. Purdue is one of the most resourceful universities where services and assistances are always available. Proudly, we have one of the lowest four-year graduation rates, so putting great efforts into studying and learning is undoubtedly crucial. Reach out for more opportunities as you familiarize yourself with school faculty and facilities.

    In three sentences

    At Purdue, students are privileged to a vibrantly multicultural environment as we learn to respect, admire and embrace diversity. We own access to the richest elite team of professors and faculty from all over the world, receiving exclusive education and unlimited resources. Variant programs and organizations as well as fine facilities are offered for students to explore and succeed in fields.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    To make this simple, this school has diversity. Athletics are awesome considering the fact that we are part of the BIG 10 conference. And the Greek life is here is top notch.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Purdue has one of the largest Greek Life programs in the country.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is expensive, but the degree you get is well worth the money. Beware of the bookstores! Like any college, books are pricey, so be sure to buy used or from amazon.com if possible.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue has a brand new CO-REC facility with many activities, such as rock climbing. There is a great recreational sports program and many clubs that make it easy for everyone to find their fit.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has one of the best dining court services of any university. They offer high quality food, a lot of variety, and many different dining courts to pick from.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms for students to pick from. Each dorm has Resident Assistants for each floor that are actively involved with their residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is an academically focused university. Students should be prepared for tough classes and a lot of competition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Perspective students should explore all the programs Purdue has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an excellent university that offers a fantastic sports program. It has one of the best academic programs in the country. It is a great university to attend.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs!

    What to do for fun

    Go to parties, hang out with friends, go to the co-rec. Just join a club and get friends and you will be fun. Purdue student union board hosts fun free events for students so you are never bored.

    Food and Dining

    14th best food in the nation is a statistic Purdue boasts about and its true. The dining courts are great, but it also has good restaurants around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old and do not have AC, but its easy to pick one you will like.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your program. Engineering is very difficult while other majors like psychology are easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good school to go to if you want to learn with a great education, but also have fun. It has a work hard, play harder mentality.

    In three sentences

    Fun college town

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved with different clubs on campus. Find clubs that have to do with your major and you will meet people with the same interest as you. If you're interested, going Greek may also be a good idea. Being in a frat or sorority is a lifelong bond that you will have with those people that are in your house and some employers look at that as a positive thing.

    Food and Dining

    Having unlimited food is a good and bad thing. Dinning courts are a great thing for students who live in dorms. The only down side to that is that you may gain the freshman fifteen! Living in a house is better on your body, weight wise, because you still have food, but it's a limited amount that you know you have to save. Therefore, you don't eat as much food and don't gain as much weight as you would in the dinning courts.

    Dorm Life

    Being a transfer student, I did not experience dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently changing my major to Human Services. It feels like a great major to be in because you get to help families with problems and you also may be able to specialize and focus on helping kids with issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    It may be really big, but do not be afraid. There are so many oppurtunities to get involved and to meet so many new people that you would never think in your life time that you had the pleasure of meeting. It is challenging academic wise, but all you have to do is stay motivated in your school work and get to know your professors so that you're comfortable enough to talk to them in other areas except for the classroom. Get involved, and stay motivated.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is one of the best Universities in the MidWest. It is one of the top engineering schools in the nation and has an all around good selection of different majors to pick from. It is very diverse and you meet so many great people from different cultures and walks of life.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not for me

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to push themselves academically

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When it is hot outside people go running through every fountain on campus.

    What to do for fun

    I am in the top band at Purdue playing bassoon.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you study hard, it pays off!

    In three sentences

    Boiler Up!

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a program called safe walk in which students (as a job) walk other students back to their dorms at night. After a certain hour, police can be called for this job, and are usually patrolling the areas.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally part of the greek lifestyle, but I have heard there are rankings among sororities and fraternities. I am not sure how things go about being ranked, but from what my friends say, they love their group of sisters or brothers in this lifestyle. If you find the right one and you feel comfortable, that's all that matters.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an overwhelming amount of clubs and activities on campus for a student to become a part of and they definitely should! Being a part of something is a great way to meet friends and add something special to the resume.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love outdoors or non-city life will absolutely adore the campus life here. It is also for students who are considering being agricultural majors as it Purdue is one of the highest programs for that in the country.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the fountain run where you run through the fountain as a group upon arriving at Purdue. And there is the crossing of the tracks for new students in which you are entering Purdue and crossing the track to your new education. The myth is that if you walk under the bell tower on campus, you will not graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, no. I already knew college would be very expensive, but coming from a family that is not so lucky in our financial situations, attending college was critical yet crippling. There are a lot of programs that Purdue funds, and organizations, and centers that are built that make students wonder where there money is going. There is talk about if it's a for-profit school as well. I think that it is quite expensive because I see what other students pay never see. Privilege is invisible to those who have it, I learned in class, and I know Purdue is a great school, which is why I decided to attend, however financially, I think that if you aren't rich or paying for it all by scholarships (in which i only got half scholarships), then you are ignored as a student.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on the organization, they may have fun events planned, game nights or outdoor events that you are welcome to join. In general, there isn't much to do unless you take initiative to find something.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has a great buffet style assortment of food, however if you are one of the healthier types it is nothing but a buffet of temptation. Windsor is a dining court that has food geared more towards the healthier variety, even for the vegan lifestyle. Wiley on the other hand is more for meat lovers. It's all about finding what you like and how you like it, but there are other options on campus to try as well, and that's what's also cool about Purdue.

    Dorm Life

    In the beginning the dorm life was great, but there can be a lot of noise and distractions around believe it or not because everyone lives in such a small space. I was lucky to have a great RA but there have been complaints. Independent lifestyle is impossible if you stay here too often, but having a good time can be done here. Essentially, it is all about preference.

    Academic Rigor

    Like anywhere else, studying is crucial. Don't let anyone try to belittle you however because you may not be an engineering student, there is a lot of that around. You have to be confident within yourself and about what you plan to do in order to overcome what students and maybe even your friends will say around here. Don't ever give up, it's never worth giving up on yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the time to find out about clubs and organizations that you wish to be a part of and join them! There is a large international student ratio, as well as students who are just out of state, so talk to them about financial aspects of attending here as well. You will learn so much from reaching out and becoming a part.

    In three sentences

    Purdue provides numerous amounts of opportunity for students to grow and learn in a creative environment. There are many different activities to do, and people to meet that will only benefit the student's time here, and allow them to appreciate their education just a little bit more.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Bars, dorms, extracurriculars, sports, intramural sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, don't fall behind. Get involved.

    In three sentences

    Big campus, lots of extracurricular and social engagement opportunities. Expensive, D1, R1: research-oriented, need to focus to keep up.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Point blank, I have never felt as safe on another college campus as I do at Purdue. The campus is well lit and our bus system runs late into the night to take you anywhere that you would need to go. There is also a buddy system, or a number that you can call to be escorted somewhere on campus if you do feel the need to have a group of students walk home with you. Overall, Purdue is safe and the police department is always out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purdue has many quirky traditions. One of my favorite is the fountain run. When the weather is warm and the fountains on campus are turned on, students run through the fountains in their swimsuits or their clothing! Such a blast. Sledding down Slayter hill, dressing up for Breakfast Club, and eating breakfast at Triple XXX are all fun traditions that you HAVE to participate in at Purdue.

    What to do for fun

    For the over 21 crowd, Purdue University offers a selection of bars that are so much fun. The atmosphere is great and there is always something going on. For those who are not of drinking age or do not have a desire to drink, Purdue student organizations offer numerous game nights, movie showings, etc. for all students. Sporting events are always a blast, and Lafayette, a ten minute drive, offers much more to do as well. I personally love going to the Recreational center and getting in the hot tub, or going to the Wabash Landing and hanging out at the movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    Although some people grow sick of it, I personally love dining court food. There are so many options, from pasta, to pizza, to stir fry, to steak. My suggestion to really enjoy the food in dining courts is to spice it up and do not get the same food every single night. Get a salad one night, cereal one night, steak the next. As for off campus food, it is so cheap. College towns, especially West Lafayette, offer great prices on local foods. There are so many restaurants and secret places to eat, I have been there for three years and am still discovering new places that are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I personally did not live in one of the dorms but I did live in university residences. I lived in an apartment style dorm that had a full bathroom, walk in closet, and kitchen. Although I did not have the typical dorm experience, I do believe that I had a great one. Living at Hilltop Apartments was quite the experience. We had our own little community, and it was awesome. I would recommend for anyone who likes things to be a little quieter to apply to live at Hilltop Apartments instead of the traditional dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any college or university, Purdue challenges its students academically to reach new heights. However, I think it is safe to say that academic rigor definitely varies depending on your major and the classes you take. Some classes are more fun than others and learning the information is natural. Some courses are hard and take high level analysis. But although some classes are seemingly terrifyingly difficult, there are so many resources available to students to help them learn and understand the information. So yes, Purdue has a somewhat difficult rigor, but as a driven students, I wouldn't want anything less.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I could give one major tip for prospective students, it would be to try everything once! I wish I had tried more activities, foods, intramural sports, etc., during my freshman year. I was shy and unsure of myself, but after I went to call out meetings for various clubs and groups, I made so many friends. As a second tip, do not be afraid to ask questions from your professors, fellow students, or even someone you see walking on campus. Everyone is friendly and no one will judge you for not knowing how to get to the Physics building or how to access something online. As long as you put yourself out there and try new things, I am positive you will absolutely love your experience as a boilermaker, I know I sure do.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University has become my home away from home. Not only have I learned an invaluable amount about my major and future job, but I have also made friends that will last a life time and learned more about myself as a person. Purdue University is an excellent place for any student from any background looking to further their education and discover who they are as a person.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every now and then you may receive an unusual text from the Purdue Alert System or read something in Purdue's newspaper. However, there are campus walks, if you're ever on campus late at night you can call a number and someone from the Police department will escort you back to your residence hall.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to do on Purdue's campus and flyers are posted everywhere for something that suites everyone. The best so far was having Zumba fitness on the front lawn of the Purdue Memorial Union

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in engineering or pharmacy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain Runs! If you ever want to celebrate something exciting, like graduation, a fountain run with your friends is a great way to do it. There are two beautiful fountains on Purdue's campus and you can't help but want to run through them on a hot spring day. Also, attend a Purdue football game to see the World's Largest Drum!

    What to do for fun

    Being that this is a Big 10 School, we love our sports from Football to Tennis and everything in between.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts are great and always festive whether for Halloween or around Christmas time. There are five dining courts to choose from and each offer something different.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of fun things to do with your floor mates. Many residence halls have learning communities where you take classes with students that live on your floor. The Ra's here are great! They are usually in your major so they can assist you if needed.

    Academic Rigor

    I'll just say this..libraries open 24 hours during finals weeks and there is never a place to sit. Some people don't leave once they find a good location in our underground undergraduate library.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This year has been really bad with the amounts of assaults and voyeurism crimes, but the PUPD are very good at tracking down offenders.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, focused students who still want to maintain some of a social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs are mandatory: You run through the fountains. Just be careful at the fountain by John Purdue's grave, it can be drained if you hit a certain spot. Den Pops! Three Point Thursdays and Touchdown Mondays at University Bookstore: 3% off per three pointer in the last home Purdue basketball game if we win. 5% off per touchdown after a home win in Football.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many on campus groups and activities, you just have to go to a callout.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts actually have very good food. That said, it is not open on sunday nights and often does not offer very many veggies so if you are trying to keep off the freshman fifteen, it can be a bit difficult.

    Dorm Life

    Industrial showers with poor water pressure. Rooms are comfortable but I would definitely recommend living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very difficult (depending on major) and can be a bit overwhelming at time. First year is often big for weeding out students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before you choose: A few of my floor-mates did not tour the campus before they came and ended up transferring at semester because it was too different from what they wanted. Even though there are several call outs at the beginning of the year and it may feel like too much going on at once, pick one club or group and go look at it or go to a call out. You won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a beautiful campus! Very cold weather, so make sure to buy proper clothing! Very difficult.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It has got one of the best engineering programs in the US.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineers!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the bell tower while the bell is tolling or you will take more than four years to graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is a good value for sure.

    What to do for fun

    I play guitar and spend time with friends

    Dorm Life

    I don't reside in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get discouraged.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a place of opportunity. If you are willing to work, Purdue will get you where you need to go. It gets better the farther you go into your program, where you take more and more classes that you pick for yourself.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police everywhere just making sure everything is okay. Campus is covered with emergency call boxes. They offer late night driving and a safewalk program as well. You also have the option to sign up for text messages that alert you when there is something wrong or dangerous in the area.

    Greek Life

    There are so many Greek houses on campus it seems like everyone is involved. I myself am not, and in fact only about 11% of students are. They make a difference on campus and volunteer in many ways.

    Bang for the buck

    I am from out of state and am forced to pay full tuition with no aid. In my opinion, I am paying way too much to come here. In the long run, I would say it is worth it and that is why I don't mind paying so much money for such a prestigious degree.

    What to do for fun

    It is a Big 10 campus so there are hundreds of clubs and activities to join. Everyone finds something to do, whether it be going to the big game, going to the movies, or building solar cars for a club. So many things to do and people to do them with that you'll never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food at Purdue is excellent. So many different options and healthy choices. I am a vegetarian and they help make things easy by labeling which things I can eat. My mom hates to hear me say this, but their food is better than what I eat at home.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is great. There are so many social events and the staff and RA's are outstanding. Some of the buildings are old and not ideal, but there are many new dorms that I am glad to call home.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue doesn't just hand anyone a degree. You have to work for it, and I mean really work. It might cost you weekly all-nighters, but it is worth it. Purdue prepares you for a career in engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is mainly an engineering school. If you know that's what you want to do, then there is no better school. You graduate with a top degree that is globally recognized and have fun along the way at this Big 10 campus.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is an excellent school that provides students with opportunity. No one is there to hold your hand along the way, but when you make it through, the world is yours. The coursework is very difficult, but no one said making $60k right out of college was easy.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Triple X: a burger place that serves burgers with peanut butter (so yummy). Fountain runs: run through the thee fountains on campus. Walk under the bell tower: actually don't; if you do, it means that another year will be added to your time at Purdue. Clapping circle: a circle that has special acoustics that amplifies your sound (usually clapping).

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, but quite pricey for internationals and out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Join some clubs, have movie parties, go to church conferences, go rock climbing and bouldering, or go exploring.

    Food and Dining

    I simply never get tired of the food here, there are so many choices, and they are so delicious.

    Academic Rigor

    My high school was incredibly challenging, so the adjustment to Purdue, although very difficult for many students, wasn't so difficult for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with older students in your major so that you can ask them questions that only students would answer truthfully. They will tell you what professors are good, which classes to avoid or take at other campuses, and how to save money.

    In three sentences

    There is an incredible amount to do at Purdue; I can never be bored. My major challenges me but provides interesting classes with some top notch professors. As an international student, I feel like there are many (annoyingly) internationally ignorant students, but that there are so many internationals that I can always find someone to relate to.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very good. police are also quick to respond and Purdue is equipped with safety lights and alarm systems you can push if you're in danger.

    Greek Life

    there is plenty of houses for Greek Life so if you would like to join there are lots of programs to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 900 clubs and activities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students, Purdue is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain run, Jumping over train tracks, and walking under the bell tower.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are instate the tuition and opportunities for grants and scholarships are great. However if you are out of state Purdue can be quite expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs and organizations to keep you busy here, unfortunately the town surrounding Purdue doesn't offer much activities, but there is a local movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    By most most standards Purdue has good quality food. Purdue is often inspired by other cultures so they have cuisine from all over the globe. There is also accommodations for those who are allergic or vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience to meet lots of new people. Purdue has strict rules to ensure that you stay safe from possible threats/predators so the dorm are very secure. There is a great staff at all the dorms, to make sure the bathrooms stay clean and that if anything needs fixing they are there in a jiffy for repairs.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor depends on the class and level but fear not there are multiply resources like tutoring and office hours with your professor to make sure you stay in good shape.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to join lots of clubs/organizations, that is how I made most of my friends. No matter what you do make sure you are staying active and finding time to have fun, college can be stressful but if you engage in fun activities, it can be a great stress reliever; and getting the grade you want while enjoying your college career is very possible.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is is a very diverse school, with a great staff of teachers. It has plenty of resources for the student, so success is possible who anyone. They're many clubs and activities for you to choose from so I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Huge.

    Clubs and Activities

    Army ROTC is one of the best programs in the country.

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive, especially for out of state students, but with the education you get and the reputation a Purdue degree has, it is worth it.

    Food and Dining

    We were ranked 14th in the country for dining court food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice and clean

    Academic Rigor

    Harder than you could imagine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your GPA and test scores are good, Prepare to work hard and study a lot. Very worth the work though.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, Professors are really good, although you are on your own to make sure you learn the material because of the size of the school. One of the best engineering schools in the country.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Nerds Partiers Jocks Anyone--there's 30 thousand on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    As an engineer, the money I'll be making will outweigh the 40k per year tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out, work out, party, video games, play music.

    Food and Dining

    2nd best in the Midwest!! 5 Dining options for each meal, and a great money system for spending around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The food is rated 2nd best in the Midwest. If you can find a roommate! My floor is very fun and they are my best friends here. But, my dorm is the most economical, meaning my roommate and I have one closet to share, no A/C, very little space, and cramped quarters.

    Academic Rigor

    I am only taking 14 (out of 18) credit hours. My plate is almost full, but some students are taking 18 and they're working constantly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate the amount of work. Don't fret either. They know your limits and they are going to push them.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is great! People here are academically focused, but they also know how to have fun. I'm in the engineering program and it's a lot of work.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I think I saw a bowling ally, and some golf courses in the area.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of good restaurants around the area.

    Dorm Life

    Too crowded and too many parties.

    Academic Rigor

    This has a good system, but all systems need updates.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you hate crowds or like to have a 1 on 1 with the professor, this is not the college for you.

    In three sentences

    I grant that this school is very up-to-date with the technology, but I feel it is too big. The rate I would learn would be slower than at a Tech school.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    You should join, gives you something to do on the weekends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs available

    Great for these types of students

    Live in Indiana

    What to do for fun

    Parties, hang out with friends etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, do your homework, and be involved

    In three sentences

    It is okay, not much to do though. Purdue really cares about the students, and tries to make sure that they come out successful.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on our campus. They have the blue lights all around campus if you are being followed and you can always get a safe ride by calling the number.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many Clubs and Activities at Purdue I couldn't even begin to list them all. I can guarantee you there is something here for everyone if they just take the time to find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you are at Purdue, you have to do a fountain run! Its tradition! In the winter when it snows you better find yourself a sled and sled down Slayter Hill!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little more expensive than some colleges, but the education you get and the relationships you build are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Go support the Boilermakers! Hang out with friends and you have to hit up the occasional party.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts at Purdue University are the best! You can get basically anything there. They always have a huge variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Purdue isn't anything special, but it isn't bad either.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but if you put your mind to it and take the time to learn you can be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for the cold winters. It's the wind that will catch you off guard. Come in with an open mind and be ready for a lot of diversity.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is an amazing campus, full of students with a drive to learn. It is fairly large, and there is never a dull moment. It is a fairly active campus.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is several safety precautions that Purdue takes and I encourage you to check them out.

    Greek Life

    I am not in greek life however I have several friends in the greek life and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous different clubs for about anything that one could be interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a couple of small cafes in random

    Bang for the buck

    Being at Purdue is not only great for the education, but also growing as a person being responsible for yourself and making wise decisions and also having the time of your life.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue just built a brand new Co-Rec (workout center) and it has a rock climbing wall that I like to climb, we enjoy going to the movies and out to eat. The mall is also a short distance away. Also being involved in several different clubs has been a great way to know several people.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different options of different types of food on campus to meet everyone's needs.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms. I rushed cooperative housing as a senior in high school and it has been the best decision that I have made.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a numerous majors here at Purdue that could fit almost everyone. The professors are very knowledgable and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most think that since Purdue is such a large school all classrooms are huge however the majority of classes break off into different

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a very diverse campus. I have been able to learn more about different cultures. It is a great school that I have loved since I have been here.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even walking around late I feel perfectly safe knowing nothing is going to happen. With having its own police and fire department solely for campus it would be difficult for anything to go wrong.

    Greek Life

    Unlike some other colleges, here at Purdue the Greek life dominates the campus making it an important part of Purdue's culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 900 clubs its hard not to find one you'll enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are able to thrive no matter how many distractions will do well here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking under the bell tower means you won't graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    With such a great reputation Purdue is worth all the money you put into it.

    What to do for fun

    As for fun the best thing to do is simply hanging out with friends. There's movie theaters, a mall, and even bowling.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is excellent and with having so many dining courts you can find nearly anything to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The way rooms are paired up with roommates doesn't always work out the bedpost but there is always plenty of people on your floor you'll get along with.

    Academic Rigor

    Being an amazing university that offers excellent degrees, expect to have to fully apply yourself to your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although many people view large schools as Purdue a bad thing, it allows you to meet new people everyday for your entire academic career and nothing feels better than that.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an amazing school with great study programs. Not only can you find diversity in both subject matter and students but you'll find people willing to except you for who you are. Coming to Purdue was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Neon Cactus: Bar that only has big nights on Thursdays. Breakfast Club: Pre game a football game starting at 6 am where most of campus gets dressed up in some costume. Den Pop: 50 cents for a 44 ounce drink. Awesome.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, bars, Greek life, there is a ton of stuff always going on.

    Food and Dining

    5 different dining courts, all with specialties and make your own pizzas. Awesome food.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the Dorm. I lived in McCutcheon and had an awesome time with my floor. My RA was really active and got us girls together for nights out. My floor was very GREEK (Sororirties) and we had a blast even though I chose not to rush.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, but for me in Chemical Engineering, Purdue was tough. It took a lot of hours, many sleepless nights, a lot of library weekends, and always giving thanks to the curve, but it was 100% worth it knowing Purdue produces some of the best Industry Ready Engineers as reviewed by several top media sources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academic: 1. Live in a learning community if you are worried about making friends or adjusting to college level coursework. 2. Don't be freaked out if you fail your first college test, it happens more often than you think. You will have other chances to make it up. 3. Just because there isn't homework doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing something to prepare for the class. Socially: 1. Buy season tickets for Football and Basketball, nothing beats a big ten rivalry game. 2. Attend at least one Breakfast Club experience on Saturday Morning as a pre-event before a football game. 3. Go to the Neon Cactus.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is an amazing university for both an academic and social experience. Academically, Purdue is able to challenge a student and prepare them for the world after college, whether it be graduate school, industry or another career path, while instilling life long learning. Socially, Purdue is an awesome experience with many traditions, social events, a great bar scence, and an awesome Big Ten athletic experience.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue FIRST Programs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the bell tower.

    What to do for fun

    Walk to Chauncey hill, free movies at Flicks and Fowler, visits the co-rec.

    Food and Dining

    Dining court food it amazing, top 10 in the country!

    Dorm Life

    Join a learning community, best decision I ever made.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a learning community EPICS, HONORS, Women in Engineering, it helps so much.

    In three sentences

    Challenging engineering courses, but well worth the work. So many opportunities for help and guidance.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I was involved with PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) as a freshman. This club applied to my major as well as introduced me to upperclassmen in the major who helped me with courses they had already taken. I joined the women's rugby team my freshman having never played before. I missed being a part of a team and decided to give it a shot. Throughout the season I had allowed myself to learn a new sport I had never watched before, work toward a healthier life-style, and most importantly build strong friendships with other girls on the team. I recently put in an application to be a part of the Public Relations committee of PUDM. I really hope to be accepted as a committee member I enjoy working with others and feel like I could benefit by sharing new ideas.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus. Get involved with a club or a club-sport team in order to meet more people and take some time away from studying. I joined the women's rugby team my freshman year and loved every moment of it.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts at Purdue are the epitome of perfection. Purdue's dining courts prepare a variety of wholesome foods that conquer any cravings one may have. They supply a variety of meals and snacks that are healthy and easy for students to grab if they are on-the-go.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is quite an experience, but an awesome way to meet new people. I would suggest taking a random room mate to give yourself the opportunity to branch out and introduce yourself to new groups of people. I met people in my dorm that have benefited me both socially and academically.

    Academic Rigor

    The work expected from students is not easy. In order to produce solid grades one has to have a strong sense of time management . Take advantage of review sessions and one-on-one opportunities with teacher's assistants and professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would be to get involved in clubs and committees that apply to your field of study and personal interests. The whole campus is made up or others that are striving for the same goal; to be successful. Interacting with others will only benefit you!

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a thriving campus with a majority of academic opportunities to students. The Purdue staff is made up of highly intelligent people who supply beneficial knowledge and networking opportunities to all students. My experience so far at Purdue has been amazing, I couldn't see myself studying anywhere else.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safe walks available for people whom would like to be accompanied on their walk home at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 clubs available at Purdue. If there is not a club available, the process to create one is very simple.

    Bang for the buck

    Well work the money. My major, art education, is one of the best in the country. The head of the department is the President of the National Organization for Art Educators. He really cares about his students.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friend in dorms or in the common areas.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and there are a lot of varieties such as create your own pizza, create your own pasta, create your own stir-fry, steak, shrimp, and all the desserts you can think of including yellow cake batter ice cream.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fun. The key thing is to have good communication with your roommate, it makes life easier.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rather difficult, but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy the course books before you go to class. Sometimes the books in the bookstore are the wrong ones and the books are always cheaper to buy online, even if it means going to the publisher's website to buy them.

    In three sentences

    I was able to find my home here at Purdue. It has everything I could wish for. The campus, professors, and majors that are amazing.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    GREAT!

    Great for these types of students

    Social and ambitious

    What to do for fun

    PARTY! GREEK LIFE!

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a student oriented University. Though very challenging, all of my courses set you up for success. I would give Purdue an 8/10 in academics.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe walking on campus at night. I stay alert and am not stupid, but we've had very little issues with campus safety in my four years here.

    Clubs and Activities

    TONS of student organizations. If you can't find something you're looking for, it is super easy to start new clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone. It has a lot more to offer for conservative students than any other school probably. That said, there's something for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boiler up!!!! I knew I was at the right school when I saw the Boilermaker Special (the only school mascot to reach highway speeds) train driving through campus on game day. It sounds ridiculous, but it's pretty awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    They offer good scholarships based on your high school performance that make Purdue less expensive than in state at other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Karaoke! It sounds weird but it's super fun. Get involved with campus groups. The town doesn't have much to offer, but getting involved in service or other organizations makes the experience a lot better. Purdue has lots of campus groups to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, many dining hall options. You can look at menus online and choose where to eat based on what has your favorites. Tons of make-your-own options such as pizza, pasta, stir fry, and quesadillas.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are in good condition. There is a wide variety and they are all close to good dining courts. Some halls offer more activities than others, but they are all in the process of improving that.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your classes obviously. First year engineering honors is pretty intense. Genetics and microbiology are difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use myedu and other websites to look up your professors before enrolling in classes. They don't tell you this on the tour, but Lafayette kind of smells bad. If you are looking to get involved in a church, Lafayette has a lot to offer.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has great academics. The school and town are very conservative. Lafayette does not offer much as a college town - the only activities are bars.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    It really is tough, but as long as you apply yourself it is doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are virtually NO clocks! Make sure you keep an eye on the time yourself.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a wonderful environment that is full of amazing and capable students and professors.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Purdue dining has been ranked in the top 50 schools in America. Our dining courts allow students with the choice of eating a variety of food from different cultures. There are also places where you can get food when you do not have the time to sit in the set hours.

    Dorm Life

    I love the Residence Halls! They are different halls for every one. Most halls have a community bathroom, which I would advise shower shoes. Others are suite style and private bathroom. The halls are a great place to meet new friends and study buddies.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is a great school because it is a challenging school. I am currently enrolled in the education program and it is very rigorous. Purdue pushes the students to their limits to become the most successful they can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep and open mind about everything but be yourself. Do not come into school trying to fit in with everyone. There are lots of different groups out there that will fit every person! Remember your academics should always come first.

    In three sentences

    Purdue was the best choice I have ever made. The atmosphere and people in West Lafayette could not be any better! I love being a Boilermaker!

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are free yoga classes or the CoRec- which is the newly gym constructed for Purdue students that has soo many things in it, one of them being a 3 story high rock climbing wall. There are also free movies at different places shown for students and the clubs are organizations are always doing something.

    Food and Dining

    I find that there is so much variety and choices to pick from at Purdue it is impossible to go wrong with food at this school. There are different dinning courts for resident students to go to that picking will be the problem.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly and the RAs are there to help. They even have parties (safe parties) for resident students to go to once a year.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is challenging. Just keep up with the homework and readings and get help if needed and you will make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to ask questions to TAs or librarians or anyone that might have authority, they will help you in ways that you never thought they could. Be friendly and people will be friendly right back to you, it is very easy to be connected to people and have lots of friends at Purdue. If you like an organizations or a club go ahead and be a part of it, you have nothing to loose but a life time friends and resume referrals to gain.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a very clean school that is all about its students. Purdue has hundreds of clubs and organizations for all types of different people and back grounds. Purdue's students are friendly and its environment is safe.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe environment. Police officers are always around. Here is Purdue 2012-2013 Annual Security Report: http://www.purdue.edu/police/pdf/YourCampus.pdf

    Greek Life

    Purdue Greek Life: http://www.purduegreeks.com/

    Clubs and Activities

    Go to this link! very helpful for clubs and activities at Purdue: http://www.pnc.edu/activities/contact/club_list.php

    Great for these types of students

    Innovators

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Run through the fountain Go sledding on Slayter Hill Spend the day at Harry's Chocolate Shop Dress up for Breakfast Club Shake President's hand Eat Thanksgiving dinner at the residence hall Attend a women's basketball game Write a letter to the editor Attend Grand Prix Get a milkshake at Pappy's Tailgate before a football game Take a road trip for Spring Break Have Breakfast Special at XXX Attend a callout for the free pizza Skip class Visit Bruce Barker, the Piano Man Rub Lincoln's nose Go to an IU-PU basketball game Pull an all-nighter Spit a cricket at Bug Bowl Attend the PMO Christmas show Go ice skating at Tappawingo Park Watch the Glee Club Stand during the football game Walk at graduation

    What to do for fun

    Extracurricular activities like intramural sports. Purdue football, basketball, and baseball Div. 1 games. Fun to watch! Like coffee shops? Try Grey house or Vienna Cafe. The Purdue Memorial Union Bowling alley. Here are Purdue websites to get involved and have fun while at Purdue: http://www.getinvolved.purdue.edu/ http://www.purdue.edu/recsports/ http://www.purdue.edu/recsports/programs/aquatics/index.php http://www.purduegolf.com/ http://www.homeofpurdue.com/ https://calendar.purdue.edu/

    Food and Dining

    Delicious!!! Great dining court system. You will never get put of a dining court being hungry!

    Dorm Life

    Great experience to meet new friends and study buddies. However, is not very private if you have to share your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is known for being one of the toughest schools in grading since its GPA inflation has been 0 over the past 5 decades. Other universities including one in the Ivy league have had grade inflation up to a whole point. On the other hand: You end up with a Purdue degree and you will have a lot of professional opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great engineering curriculum and great resources. Great leadership organizations.

    In three sentences

    One of the best public schools in the nation. Highly up-to-date technologically speaking. Birthplace of innovators.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition here on campus is that you don't walk under the bell tower, because then you won't graduate in 4 years. So after graduation, a lot of the graduating students will walk under the bell tower.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to choose from, like swing dancing, big brother/big sister, and shooting clubs. Also, there is a great new gym that the campus just opened.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you know how to study, because you will have to study more than high school. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions in or after classes.

    In three sentences

    The teachers and professors here are great because they are willing to help you if you ask. There are a lot of clubs that you can get involved in. Also, in the College of Technology, a lot of the classes are hands-on.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    3rd largest greek system in the country, which is a very positive experience for everyone apart of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs, don't walk under the bell tower, den pops, crossing the tracks, and the top of Beering hall is in a different zipcode

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is super cheap, but out-of-state tuition is very hefty. But the recent 2-year tuition inflation rate was just frozen, which is positive for the future.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of fun activities to do around campus. In addition to intramural sports, and sporting events, there are plenty of clubs to participate in as well. Also, fountain runs and den pop runs also never fail.

    Food and Dining

    We have one of the highest rated dining court systems in the country, and it shows! Once people move out of the dorms, they are dying to get back to the dining courts!

    Dorm Life

    Most dorm experience are usually quite positive, but due to the lack of information gathered about future residents, there are instances of terrible roommate pairings.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is on the same level as MIT in terms of academic rigor and grading, meaning it is just as hard at Purdue to earn an A in classes as it is at MIT. Purdue is academically rigorous, but it is part of the school's respected reputation, which leads to our successful graduates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting involved, getting to know your professors, and always maintaining a good GPA are imperative, especially your first year.

    In three sentences

    This school has great experiences and traditions, and it provides a positive student experience. The only negative I have is due to lack of efficient administrative help for students, class registration problems, and few scholarships for out-of-state students. But the positive experience is big enough to be able to tolerate the negative aspects.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is really great at Purdue. If something happens, a text is sent out to all students and faculty. The police officers on campus are all very nice and helpful as well. Campus is well monitered and I always feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of clubs and activities is a little overwhelming at first. There are so many opportunites available to students. There is definitely something out there for everyone and so many different experiences.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for every type of student. The student body is so diverse and there's something for everyone. I truly believe that Purdue could be the perfect place for anyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue can be sort of expensive, but the experiences are 100% worth the money. There are also plenty of scholarship and financial aid opportunities that can help out. I personally think that you can't put a price on an educational experience like the one you'll encounter at Purdue University.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue has many options for fun. There are frequent concerts and plays being held in different auditoriums on campus. We've got a very vast amount of different clubs and groups on campus. There is also a movie theater close by and a lot of different places to spend time with friends. It's a beautiful place with never ending opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue's Dining Courts are fantastic. There is such a variety and a never ending supply of delicious food. At Purdue, you definitely won't go hungry. There is also a wide array of restaurants and coffee shops. Purdue's campus is full of great options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not live in a dorm, but my friends that do really enjoy it. The dorms at Purdue are kept really organized and the cleaning staff does a great job. I definitely think that it is a great experience if you are wanting to fully indulge in the college life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes and professors at Purdue do an outstanding job at preparing students for the future. My personal experience in class has really expanded my knowledge on my intended major and made me even more excited to pursue it as a career. I have also already been able to use the skills I have learned in class and cannot wait to learn more of these skills in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise learning time management. There are a lot of temptations on campus- especially the parties. If you work hard and study, you will be successful; however, if you are more interested in the social aspect, you will do poorly. There is time for both. You just have to learn how to balance your school work and your social life.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an all around wonderful place. The professors really prepare you for real life experiences that you may encounter in your future career. From the people to the buildings, Purdue University is a fantastic place for an education.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    This was actually the cheapest of all the schools I applied to (counting their financial aid package). The aid was generous and met almost all my financial need.

    Food and Dining

    Ranked 14th by Princeton Review for best campus food

    Tips for prospective students

    When you apply, be creative and be yourself. Apply by November 1st so that you can be considered for Scholarships and Honors College.

    In three sentences

    It is definitely a prestigious school. I am coming here for the Aerospace Engineering Program which has educated graduates such as Neil Armstrong. Boiler up!

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Purdue seems like a wonderful college for my degree choice. It is highly rated and well advertised. I am excited to begin my classes here.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is probably the safest place on Earth, though I would suggest avoiding the South campus area.

    Greek Life

    IT is alright and a lot of fun though being greek is not a huge deal and definitely not a requirement.

    Clubs and Activities

    Although you have to be active to find clubs of your particular interest!

    Great for these types of students

    - Nerdy, career-oriented - Anything to do with engineering - Research driven graduate students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs! Breakfast club is also a must...homecoming saturday morning people dress up in costumes and get very drunk. - Grand Prix weekend and the engineering race.

    Bang for the buck

    First class education that comes cheaper than many Ivy league schools.

    What to do for fun

    Catch a movie. Go partying. go explore the wabash river. Take the train to chicago. Have a cookout.

    Food and Dining

    Just amazing. If you have a smart phone, download the Purdue app. You can see menus online and we have five amazing dining courts! The food is just amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Co-Ed dorms are better than all-boys or all-girls. Always go to your RA for help!

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is a crazy place to be at, especially if you're in engineering. It is not emphasized a lot to know the entire content of a course, but you HAVE to in order to get a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the work load. Getting a good grade is not easy. Grade inflation is non existent. Do not underestimate the importance of Homework. Always attend class.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a challenging place to be at. The university staff is always pushing it's students to do better in all fields of life. At Purdue, you emerge stronger intellectually.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Many, so many to choose from! You can even start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love meeting new people from different cultures/countries will love it here. Purdue is a big college after all. However, although big it still has that small town kind of feeling. Therefore, it is a lot quieter!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Purdue, there is a huge fountain that is turned on at the beginning of the fall semester. It is tradition to run through it!

    What to do for fun

    Visit Purdue Memorial Union to hang out with friends or just to take a break from studying. Must try out all the unique restaurants around campus too!

    Food and Dining

    Wow, the dining courts are amazing! Very good food.

    Dorm Life

    It's a great way to meet new people! Something freshman shouldn't miss out on.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you give it your all, you will be just fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your academics first. When that finals week comes up, be sure to study way ahead of time. As long as you try your best, you'll do just fine. However, don't forget to have an open mind when meeting new people as well. It is all worth it!

    In three sentences

    Purdue University has a very open and friendly environment. There are numerous chances to meet new people from many countries. The diversity this college has is one of its many positive attributes.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many students from Purdue will tell you how safe they feel walking around at any time of the day or night, with or without friends. While it's still important to take certain precautions, the Purdue police department is constantly patrolling and taking care of students and their safety.

    Greek Life

    The greek community at Purdue is incredibly active and constantly growing. There are approximately 62 fraternities and sororities at Purdue, with rush every fall and spring.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue currently has 885 registered clubs available for students to join. There's everything from a running club, to the Paint Crew Fan Section, to religious groups...even kung fu!

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for any type of student. There are so many different types of people, races, personalities, and learning styles on campus that anyone can easily find what works best for them, and earn that coveted Purdue degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most popular tradition is the fountain run. It's where students run through the giant fountain in the engineering mall, over to the fountain in the memorial mall, and then back again. It's a great way to cool off on those hot IndianaPu days. (not to mention burn off some steam during exams!)

    Bang for the buck

    Let's face it- college is expensive. The great thing about Purdue is that it's worth every penny. The education and experience you gain while attending Purdue is priceless. Not to mention there are all kinds of opportunities to earn a little spare cash through purdue and the surrounding businesses.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something fun to do at Purdue. Whether it's a fountain run in the warmer months, sledding down Slayter Hill during the winter, rock climbing at the Co-Rec, or playing soccer on the intramural fields, you and your friends will never have to sit around wondering what to do with your free time.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts offer a variety of foods every day. Each dining court has a different menu every day and they are very good about accommodating different diets and backgrounds. It tastes just like home cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Nothing beats living on campus. The dorms vary when it comes to quality, but all in all, they're a lot of fun and very conveniently located.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not always easy, but the education that comes from Purdue is one that will carry you through your whole life. You'll learn valuable lessons both in and outside of the classroom. There's plenty of great resources for academic help as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study! When you stay on top of your school work, you'll be motivated to keep doing well and you'll have plenty of free time to enjoy college life!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a lively, inviting, and accepting school. There's a place for everyone to not only find their perfect niche, but to thrive as well. It is a top-notch school with highly regarded degrees, as well as an amazing community.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Definitely a main part of campus. However, don't get caught up and feel the need to rush, there are a lot of great things to do and people to meet.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many and Purdue really encourages extracurriculars. There's everything from a quiddich team to adventure club to sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! There is a wide variety of students at Purdue.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purdue has a pretty unique campus with a lot of great traditions!

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of activities on campus. Mostly frat or sorority parties.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome chocolate chip cookies in the dorms!! Good variety of food options and anything can be delivered, which is great during crunch time.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and clean. The people are chill and usually outgoing. There isn't much to do in the dorms, though they try.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue's classes are extremely challenging and time consuming. There is a lot of homework and tests can be frustratingly hard. This is all depending on your major of course.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a fantastic university!

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at Purdue is great! There are 5 dining courts that each have a specialty in something and two restaurants that have delicious food even late into the night. There are many vegan and vegetarian options as well that are wonderful (and I'm not a vegan or vegetarian.) The dining courts also have tons of variety and a smartphone app that shows you the menu for each dining court so you can choose where you'd like to eat. On the Go is a good option for eating in a hurry as well.

    Dorm Life

    University Residences offers many fun and interesting events for students with all interests. Learning communities are also a great way to live with people who are passionate about the same things as you! I highly recommend learning communities.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot depends on what you describe as fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts have the best food.

    Dorm Life

    VERY social

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont leave everything till the last minute this is not high school.

    In three sentences

    Its a really fun place to be in. It requires a lot of hard work. But at the end its worth it.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops patrol the streets and usually there is a emergency box near by so it is relatively safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities. There are many to choose from and some offer scholarships and housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to join. If you are not particularly good at a sport there are many intramurals.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone but students who just don't want to work at all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Crossing the railroad tracks is a tradition but I wouldn't call it weird. Students run through the fountain for a study break.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a public school and the new president is former governor Mitch Daniels. They froze tuition from increasing for some years so it is cheap. It is way cheaper than UI. No one likes UI.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on your idea of fun there is much to do. I like to go exercise and go outside. There is a rec center I believe that has rock wall. It sounds fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is A++. You hardly need to go out to eat. The variety is good and its a buffet.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't half bad. The cheapest dorms are spacious enough. The downside is that there isn't much air conditioning. If you are cheap and can deal with the heat then it isn't so bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I hear it is hard in the engineering and agriculture program but it teaches you what you need to know. You probably be up late most nights learning the stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for all the scholarships from Purdue you can get. I forgot to do them and I was so disappointed in myself.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a great school to go to. It has a good campus and the people there are nice.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent. Police are very efficient, especially on campus.

    Greek Life

    a LOT of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally everything you could imagine. Chess, running, D&D, music, skateboarding, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating is great, and so is breakfast club!

    Bang for the buck

    We're ivy league status without the stuck up jerks!

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want :] There's a lot here to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but gets old after a while. I buy from Walmart, which is easily accessible by bus.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend Hilltop Apartments. It has air-conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    My major, at least, is extremely hard. And I've talked to people who attend other colleges who don't do half of what we do here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy your books at the bookstore. Go to Amazon.

    In three sentences

    I love Purdue. It has thousands of clubs and activities, and everyone here is really nice. The professors all really care about what they're doing.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs in order to meet new people. The more people you know, the more people can help with classes and advice. Also, do not procrastinate. The earlier something gets done, the better.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an excellent school that is ranked for its engineering schools. The large campus allows student to be very involved in anything they like. The advanced technology around campus is a great way for students to thrive in their classes and stay communicated with proffesors.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lighted posts all over campus. When the button is pushed, campus police rush to the scene very quickly.

    Greek Life

    Great greek life, and its spread out all over campus, so you'll never feel cramped by other houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs to join, and there is a club for just about anything! If not people create new clubs, it's that easy!

    Bang for the buck

    I live in state so I get the most bang for my buck. For out of state students, Purdue is costly, but still very much worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Rec Center and rock climb, work out, run, swim, dance, play soccer, or shoot hoops. Go to a game; football, basketball etc. Go sledding on Slayter hill in the winter (just don't get caught stealing lunch trays from any of the dining halls). Get connected into student groups (there are 100's) and get out there and do what you love.

    Food and Dining

    Great food! Purdue has nationally recognized food, and all 7 dining courts have something different to offer ever single day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life my freshman year was great, I met lots of friends, I had a great room (big too, Owen Hall).

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is difficult. If you're looking to party, and slide through your classes, Purdue's not for you. If you're willing to work hard, there's no limit to how hard you can work, or any limitation on knowledge you can gain.

    Tips for prospective students

    The engineering program is no joke. It is fast pace, and Purdue holds high standards for its engineering students. That being said, if you do well here, there's no telling how far you can go with it.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an incredible engineering school with tons of resources to be a successful student. There are tons of career opportunities available at Purdue, as well as internships, and one of the biggest career fairs in the nation. Purdue has a beautiful campus with a lot to offer, including great food, an array of student lead groups, and activities of all sorts.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard working Motivated Intellectual Fun loving Crazy Looking for a big school Don't mind small towns Love sports Have pride in what they do Don't mind bigger classes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1) The roman numeral four on the clock tower looks like IIII instead of IV because IV looks too closely related to IU, Indiana University. 2) Don't walk under the clock tower or you won't graduate in four years. 3) Don't walk under the Purdue University arch unless it's BGR, Boiler Gold Rush (Welcome Week), or your graduation day.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student I pay more than a pretty penny for school but there i plenty of financial aid and the fact is you will have some student loans if you don't get a full ride. With that being said, I still choose Purdue over many cheaper in-state colleges for the great educational opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Call Outs... there's always free food and once you're in college free will be your best friend. There are fountain runs and endless activities all over campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many dinning courts on campus and most of them are in the dorms. The food is phenomenal with Wiley for the meat lovers (conveniently located across from the Rec Center) and make your own waffles. There is always something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    There are over 30,000 students at Purdue and there is always something going on around campus in the dorms. However, the dorms are just the standard 2 twin beds and enough room for a small area rug so get your bed lofted it's worth the few extra dollars.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major but engineering in no joke. So if you think your going to have plenty of time to party and sleep, you're wrong. It isn't one of the top rated schools because it's easy but the work you put in will benefit you once you're done.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Visit campus! I would have never known whether Purdue was better than any other school if I hadn't visited campus twice before even narrowing down my college options to below ten. 2) Ask Questions. Tours are very general at most campus visits so don't be afraid to ask to see a particular building or school your are going to be spending the next four years. If you still have questions afterwards the counselors are there to help you make the right choice for you and upperclassmen are great resources too. 3) Don't procrastinate! Procrastination will be your worst enemy when it comes to making big decisions. So, get your applications is ASAP because the last day the servers WILL crash from everyone waiting until the last minute. You will also miss out on scholarship opportunities that will save you plenty of money in the long run. The best window for opportunity is from August until October.

    In three sentences

    The most amazing atmosphere for any aspiring engineer. Rated among the top 10 engineering schools in the country I know I made the right choice to come to Purdue. Purdue is a great college for any student who wants a Big 10 atmosphere sometimes but doesn't mind having the small town feel during school.

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    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of police officers who patrol around. I think they just recently upped the amount of police officers this year. There are emergency buttons located throughout campus and have a blue light in case you feel in danger. An alert system will notify you of issues and emergencies through text message in order to make sure everyone is safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek life, but I hear positive things about it from people in it. It is a very big part of Purdue with many frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    I actually got involved in the Purdue University Ski & Snowboard Club which offers week long trips for a steal of a price. After hanging out with the club officers, I actually became one, and now have a great leadership position to put on a resume. There is literally a club for everyone and all interests so i highly suggest getting involved in one or more!

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue has a highly ranked Engineering school, as well as the Krannert school of business which is also a great school. Anyone looking for a big 10 school should definitely look into Purdue.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a big clock tower which can pretty much be seen anywhere on campus. It is said that if you walk under it, you will not graduate in 4 years. It is funny to see everyone walking out of class at a busy time and everyone just going around it when it is right in the middle of a walkway. Also, the clock has Roman numerals for the number 4 as IIII, instead of IV because it looks to much like IU, our rivals.

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying out of state tuition so i am paying a bit more buck, but Purdue definitely is still worth it. Projections are high for salaries out of college by a wide variety of employers.

    What to do for fun

    There are about 40,000 students at Purdue, and you can definitely find someone with the same interests as you. There are many clubs and organizations for pretty much anything you can think of. There are always sporting events and the Big 10 atmosphere definitely raises the level of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely amazing, and very highly ranked. There are some awesome dining courts which have a wide and different selection. Menus are available so you can pick which dining court you want to go to. I had 15 meal swipes which replenish weekly. The coffee shops on campus are also extremely good and can be found located throughout the campus. You are also given a good amount of dining dollars which can be used at stores on campus or at special restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are an awesome way to meet new people and learn about activities happening on campus. I met some people who I definitely now call my friends. The RAs and other older students helped me transition into my freshman year very well. I joined a few intramural teams with some kids on my floor and had a blast. All and all, a very positive experience.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Materials Engineering major with a minor in Management, my workload is pretty hectic. Yet staying on top of my work so I am not completely drowned in homework on the due date makes it feasible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get behind on your school work, because it will come back to haunt you later in the semester. Try to make some friends in your classes so you can network with them for homework help and such. I highly suggest joining Intramural sports. Since there are so many kids at Purdue there is a lot of competition.

    In three sentences

    There is an incredible amount of new people you can meet and become great friends with. The academics are highly ranked and craved by prospective employers. Everybody is extremely nice and the food is awesome!

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    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency boxes located all around campus with a blue button, and when pushed the response time for police to arrive at the location is under a couple minutes. The Purdue campus is serviced by the Purdue, Lafayette, and West Lafayette police.

    Greek Life

    There is a very large Greek presence on campus, but they are not extremely vocal about it and there is absolutely no pressure to join- people enjoy their Purdue experience with our without Greek life!

    What to do for fun

    Fountain runs are a popular tradition at Purdue when the weather is nice- people run through one of the 2 large fountains on Purdue's campus after exams or on weekends. The town of Chauncey also offers a lot of different dining options and further down, on the Wabash landing, there is a movie theater, pottery studio, karaoke bar, and ice skating rink.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Purdue is excellent, so much so that upperclassmen can often be found trying to find people living in the dorms to swipe them in for a free meal! There is a lot of variety and 5 different dining courts on campus to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are air-conditioned and the rooms are decently- sized. I lived in the dorms for 2 years and have no complaints, there are different amenities in each dorm so you can find one that suits your needs best!

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, I can say that the coursework is some of the most rigorous you will find anywhere in the country. The schoolwork is hard, but after all- isn't that what we are goig to college for? Purdue ensures that you will be the best in your field and gives you all the tools necessary to succeed in a career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early so that you can meet the scholarship deadlines! It is also good to live in the dorms at least during your freshman year. I would also recommend participating in BGR, the optional orientation program before school starts- it is definitely everyone's best memory of freshman year!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is the perfect school to get a well-rounded college experience. While the academics are rigorous, most people are also involved in at least one or two extracurricular activities. The campus is beautiful and is always filled with people outside on a nice day.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Top notch safety! There are emergency buttons all throughout campus that immediately connects you to emergency personnel if you ever feel you are in danger. Also campus security is well enforced throughout BGR so everyone is on the same page. Students have the option to sign up for a text message system where the campus police will text people about local emergencies and the areas to stay clear of in there is a man-caused or natural threat.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has a good Greek life! There are over 30 sororities and fraternities to choose from. Each house has it's own specific aspect they are known for, whether it be a certain philanthropy or are involved with other university organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs and student led organizations that are open for all students. It is guaranteed to find at least one that fits your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue University is a very good school for prospective engineers, especially with a strong Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering department.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something interesting Purdue has are fountain runs. There are 4 fountains located throughout the campus and on hot days, people prefer to go on a nice run through them to cool down. This is a popular tradition especially for the first years. Another popular tradition is BGR (Boiler Gold Rush). Which is a week before classes dedicated to help the first year students feel welcome and at home in their new environment at Purdue. During this week, students are in a group of about 7-15 students with a BGR leader who do different activities and show them around buildings. It's an easy way to make new friends and get acquainted with the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There are usually a lot of plays and musical productions and concerts happening at different times during the year. In the past year, Macklemore and Life in Color came to our campus. It was definitely worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    It seems like there is always something going on on campus. Whether it be a solar racing competition or marathon running race. There are over 300 student led organizations which anyone can join and be part of. During the summer time, fountain runs are an easy and healthy way to get some exercise and become cool. Also, the new gym is bigger and better than before. With 3 floors filled with equipment, swimming pools, and different classes (yoga, Pilates, etc), it's definitely a great place to let go of some steam.

    Food and Dining

    I love the dining courts! There are five major dining courts on campus and each one is known for something special (i.e. best pizza, best Asian food, best salad bar etc). There is always something for everyone's taste buds. Also the Boiler Crossing and Boiler Junction is open late for t