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Purdue University-Main Campus Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,042 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 54 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

41% Women
59% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $504,788)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $183,624)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 96 134 - -
Baseball 35 - - Yes
Basketball 15 12 - Yes
Football 107 - - -
Golf 11 8 - Yes
Soccer - 23 Yes -
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 36 37 - Yes
Tennis 9 8 - Yes
Volleyball - 16 Yes -
Wrestling 30 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Rifle - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Squash - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.9%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.4%
Hispanic 2.8%
Non-resident alien 15.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 2.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 70.6%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 125
Liquor Law Violation 206
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 48
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Marie from Goose Creek, SC
  • 4
  • 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…

  • Jun-25-2012 Read More
  • Evan from Placentia, CA
  • 4
  • Dorm life is a good time! Granted a few of the halls have no AC and are relatively old, There are also many that have AC and other amenities, and…

  • Dec-21-2016 Read More
  • Jenna from Lawrenceburg, IN
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Feb-13-2012 Read More
  • Dylan from Vevay, IN
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Jun-21-2012 Read More
  • Erika from Lafayette, IN
  • 3
  • 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…

  • Sep-02-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Random Purdue Student
  • Jan-25-2018 I am a current student here

    The food in the Dining courts are better than most everything you find. There's an option to create your own pizza, pasta, and stir-fry. I would say though, to cycle through the dining courts as much as possible before winter starts because the food can become repetitive if you just keep going to one dining court.

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  • 4
  • AB
  • Sep-01-2017 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Includes much help with creating a food plan for students so that they may get what they need. Purdue also provides help managing the nutritional side of students diets and offers help as to setting up a plan for what to eat.

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  • 4
  • Christina from Gurnee, IL
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    Ah, the dining courts. The waiting for an hour on chicken tender and make your own mac and cheese night. I, personally, like the food. It's pretty good. Plus if you have the meal plan it's SO convenient. The way it works is like this: You buy a plan (say 13 swipes per week). 3 meals a day, the courts are open 3 times a day for 6 days, closed Sunday (if I remember correctly). So you are basically covered for the whole week. Plus you get to eat and not have to worry about cooking yourself food or buying groceries. Plus if you can't sit down and eat, there are on-the-go options. But, if you don't want to pay for the meal plan (which could be expensive depending on what you get) there are plenty of restaurants to go to or order from. Because delivery is huge on campus, why walk to a place when someone can bring the food to you?

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  • 5
  • Evan from Placentia, CA
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    Purdue is ranked 16th in food in the US. The food is great! With 5 differently themed dining halls, restaurants in various places, markets, a food truck, and the food in the union all accessible through the meal plan, there is excellent variety. Meal plans are only available if you live on campus however, and I will definitely miss the dining halls when I head off campus next year.

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  • 5
  • Austin from Lafayette, IN
  • Jun-19-2015 I am a current student here

    There are so many different options. My favorite was in the Union where I could buy any type of food you could imagine. If you want to go somewhere that is not super busy, walking to Maje sushi or Panda Express is a great idea.

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  • 5
  • Iris from Brentwood, TN
  • Dec-26-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining courts at Purdue are very nice. The menus differ for each dining court, although they do not change. They do provide various options such as steak, meat, vegetables, mexican, asian, and italian. If you do not have time to go to dining courts, then you can use On-the-go, which allows you to use your meal swipe on one entree and 3 sides, or 5 sides. It's very useful if you have back to back classes throughout the week.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a variety of food options that accommodate allergy needs. There are vegetarian options and all types of foods, so its easy to find something you like.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Christina from Gurnee, IL
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    I'm no expert on the greek life but what I can tell you is that there are so many houses for each kind of person. There's an engineering sorority, a frat that focuses on business and soccer, a science frat, etc. You'll fit into multiple houses, and the memories and friendships you make there will last a life time. College is what you make it. You don't need to be a part of greek life to make it through, but you can join if you want. That's the beauty of it.

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  • 0
  • Evan from Placentia, CA
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    I am not personally involved in Greek life, but I know a bit about it and my girlfriend is. There is about 50 fraternities and 30 sororities. 20% of the school in involved and they are a major presence on campus. Not major enough to where you feel like you are missing out by not being involved, but major enough where you do not feel like an outcast if you are involved.

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  • 0
  • Iris from Brentwood, TN
  • Dec-26-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty diverse and Greeks are nice around campus. It has a fairly nice Greek houses.

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  • 0
  • Waverly from Pell City, AL
  • Mar-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Purdue has the third largest Greek population in the country. So if you like Greek community, fraternities, and sororities Purdue is your place.

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  • 0
  • Kristen from Saint John, IN
  • Mar-03-2014 I am a current student here

    I am not involved in Greek life, but many of my friends are and they enjoy it. They have a great support system and friends they will have for years after graduation. I cannot say much here, but if it is something you are interested in, I would definitely check it out or at least try it.

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  • 0
  • Amy from Kokomo, IN
  • Feb-19-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge at Purdue. It's worth giving it a shot, even if you think it's not for you.

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  • 0
  • Paige from West Lafayette, IN
  • Jan-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is HUGE at Purdue. I highly recommend it. If you aren't in a house, you really don't go out. My roommate has maybe gone out 5 times within a semester. I usually go out 5 times in 2-3 weeks!

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  • 0
  • Kolton from Floyds Knobs, IN
  • Jan-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Purdue greek life has to be one of the best in the country. Around 40% of the student population is involved and it is a great way to make life long friends and meet so many people.

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