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  • 04/19/2016

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    definitely visit colleges to get the campus vibes.

    In three sentences

    it feels like a small campus even though its a big campus.

  • 04/09/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 327

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    Great for these types of students

    i'm a junior here so i know what i'm talking about. great for people who like being around people 24/7. no, seriously. really hard to find yourself here. great for math and science students and people who excel in these areas. as this is a math and science school, professors tend to grade harder in these subjects.

    Food and Dining

    some dining courts are not clean at all. met some really nice people working at windsor dining court.

    Dorm Life

    meh. ra's don't seem to really like to help in my experience. seems they're just there for the moola or to put it down on their resume when really all they did was go around checking to make sure utility doors were locked but not really involved or interested in the residents' lives as they're supposed to be.

    Academic Rigor

    challenging

  • 12/08/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 327

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    Food and Dining

    Great food. Purdue is nationally ranked in food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. Make the place your home and you'll have a great time. Even if you get a bad floor (like me) its still entirely possible to have a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely takes a good deal of work. That being said, the classes are not impossible, and all faculty is more than willing to work with you and help you learn the material. You just need to be responsible and honest with yourself on how much you know and what you need to learn.

  • 09/15/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 327

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do LOTS of research

    In three sentences

    I like how cheap the tuition is. It really seems like a good fit for the people who are financially struggling.

  • 07/24/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 327

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    Food and Dining

    Purdue is also well known for its food. The dining halls here have some of the best food I have ever had.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the average size for a college, so in other words they are small. Besides the size, dorm life is up to the individual person to make their room theirs.

    Academic Rigor

    Just saying Purdue's name grants instant recognition to most people. Saying that alone should be able to make an impression. All over the world people have heard of Purdue mostly for its academics. Purdue's classes are challenging, but come with recognition all over the U.S. in terms of employers.

  • 06/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 327

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    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on what dorm you are in and what kinds of people you room with. My experience was not the greatest.

    Academic Rigor

    The hardest classes that I have seen are in engineering, but the academics in general are still challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would avoid partying too much Freshman year. It might seem like fun, but parties at Purdue can get out of hand extremely quickly. Everything is at your fingertips, so it is important to think about the future and not just that moment. I would also advise to talk to strangers. The lectures can get huge, but if you know just one person that will sit next to you then it will help.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a beautiful campus and wonderful people. There is always something to do. It has a nice balance of fun and academics.

  • 04/09/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 327

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    In three sentences

    Nowhere else I want to go. I wonder how hard it is to get in. I hope I can make it in the greatest school ever.

  • 03/18/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 327

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    In three sentences

    Love the atmosphere and the students here. I felt at home the second I walked onto campus. The energy is just great.

  • 12/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 327

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Plenty of polices around Campus and there is an awareness text system for students, so if there was an accident or a suspicious activity around Campus, you will immediately receive a text message about it.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities for everybody. There are whole bunch of clubs that covers whole bunch of categories, so everybody should have at least one club that they are interested in if they would like to join and become a part of it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student who can manage your time, determined to get good grades, and can study without being distracted by social life, and want to become an Engineer, this school is perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you walk under the Bell Tower at Purdue University, you will not graduate in 4 years!

    Bang for the buck

    The campus, dining courts are nice, but dorms are a bit overpriced and the difficulty of the classes kind of question you on Is all this money really worth it, if I'm going to have to retake at least 10% of my courses?, but then it all really depends on how well you perform.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things you can do for fun. There's plenty of restaurants on campus and off campus, karaoke, bars, and bowling alleys with arcade.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live. If you get assigned to dorms that are farthest away from campus, such as McCutcheon or Hilltop, you will have to spend 20-30 mins trying to get to class from your dorms if you do not utilize the bus system. But some dorms like Windsor or Hawkins is near the Campus, it will be less time-consuming. All dorms are pretty much in similar conditions. Most dorms have similarly designed rooms, except Cary Quad and Hawkins.

    Academic Rigor

    I never expected Purdue's classes to be this challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for some rigorous classes. This school seems easy by the fact that it may be easy to be accepted, but the classes even for freshmen are very overwhelming and easy to mess up if you don't pay attention.

    In three sentences

    Fairly easy to get accepted by the school, but definitely challenging, especially for Engineering students. You should be prepared to spend a lot of time doing homework, projects, and studying. The campus is very nice, but some of the dorms are very far away from the campus, which makes navigation pretty difficult in Indiana weather.

  • 11/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 327

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With the hundreds of emergency lights dispersed around campus, you feel pretty safe. Also, the program called Safe Walk is there to increase campus safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is a very diverse campus, so as long as you are willing to work hard, it is a great place for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition includes fountain runs where you go from one fountain on one side of campus, through a few other fountains, to finally reach the last fountain, running the entire time.

    What to do for fun

    Because there are so many organization on campus, there is always something going on. From Barn Dances held by many different organizations, to fountain runs with your friends, there is never a dull moment on campus. Also, the sporting events are a blast!

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    It is a great way to meet new people, and it is great having food right downstairs.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is difficult, but all of the faculty is here to help you be successful. You just have to apply yourself and keep up on your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue is a pretty big school, but it's really easy to find your place here. Getting involved will determine your success for the rest of the year, so it is very important to start as soon as you get here. Even if you can't find something that you like from the hundreds of clubs offered, you have the ability to start your own organization. Applying for learning communities is a really good decision, because, like joining clubs, it makes campus seem a little smaller, and you will be able to meet people with similar interests to yours.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and each building has something unique to it. Classes are rigorous but manageable. There are so many ways to get involved and be successful, you just have to apply yourself, and step out of your comfort zone.

  • 11/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 327

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sledding on Slayter hill Fountain runs Grand Prix

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent but a bit pricey.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all around pretty good depending on the one you choose or are put in. They tend to be on the small side so don't overpack but the dorms and campus always has something going on so you shouldn't ever be bored!

    Academic Rigor

    See above

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not like high school, come expecting to hit the books...hard. If you are not 100% sure about a major GO UNDECIDED; I didn't and now I'm looking at having to stay longer. If you are not a morning person or have a hard time getting up in the morning DO NOT schedule a early class unless you have to because it may cause you to fail the class.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great all around school. Purdue is known for its Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture schools around the world but all of the schools within are excellent. A large beautiful campus filled with bright students and professors, it's a great place to be.

  • 10/07/2014

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

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    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Seems like the rigor is difficult.

  • 08/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 327

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe for all students. We have several means of keeping students safe including call boxes, text-message alert systems, new in-class alarms, and round the clock security at all residence halls. When considering schools, safety is certainly a huge issue, and Purdue never stops aiming to improve our campus safety and well-being.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the more fun traditions here at Purdue is the fountain run. Students can run across campus and periodically immerse themselves in some of our many fountains and proudly call themselves official Boilermakers!

    What to do for fun

    This campus has an endless array of fun activities, no matter what time of year. Even during the summer months, Purdue keeps up fun programs for students all around campus. There are thousands of clubs that students can join in order to become more involved with events. Every semester several artists come to Purdue as much-needed entertainment for a hard-working student body and flyers cover the campus with different activities every day. Specifically West Lafayette has some great restaurants including Triple XXX, Greyhouse Coffee, and 9 Irish Brothers. In the greater Lafayettte area there are places to visit such as the Colombian Park Zoo, Wolf Park, and a mall. There is something for virtually everyone, and with a big school like Purdue it is a necessity!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Purdue has often been delicious enough to be ranked as one of the top choices amongst universities. The food here is great. Again, Purdue is extremely diverse and that doesn't end with it's culinary options. There is food for almost every craving you could have and all the dining courts are withing walking distance of one another. Purdue is also constantly working towards a healthier student and to that end aims at providing healthy and enticing meal choices.

    Dorm Life

    Purdue is diverse in not only it's variety of students and academic preferences, but also in dorm life. There are several unique living styles and arrangement in which students can choose to live. I, myself, have lived in a dorm all three years of attendance here and I credit that decision with one of the things that has made my experience at Purdue so enjoyable. Residence halls do more than simply operate as a storage unit for books or a place to rest at night. They should create a community amongst students and staff of the university. Purdue encourages students to live in a residence hall at least freshman year because of the friends, habits, and convenience it can afford them for their first year in school. Purdue has wonderful resident assistants and programs that allow students to make new friends and get involved. Especially with such a large campus and student body as Purdue it is crucial to establish a support system and community to help out with navigation throughout the year. Special programs sponsored by Purdue's resident halls allow students to bond with one another and even faculty and staff of the University. Aside from the social aspects of dorm life, Purdue also maintains working, efficient, and clean rooms and halls for students. The buildings are beautiful and spacious and the rooms and bathrooms are kept in pristine conditions.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Purdue University and quite challenging and that's the way we like it. If you are not being challenged, you are not improving. The classes here at Purdue are difficult for a reason, and when we make it through another semester it is a truly rewarding experience. The rigor of our academics pushes us to be better and better and because of this constant stimulation we are able to realize our true potential. This school does an excellent job of preparing us for life after college. The skills and knowledge we acquire through classes grants us tools for the professional world, graduate school and beyond. High academic expectations produce students with a great sense of responsibility and have transformed countless hardworking adolescents into successful young adults. Purdue's high standards and expectations have earned it its respectable reputation that really produces results.

    Tips for prospective students

    Perspective students: You should be aware of Purdue's well-known reputation for being a challenging university and fully embrace what that means. Come prepared to be immersed in an atmosphere that is very academically demanding and even more fulfilling. You really do reap the rewards of all of the hard work you put in here. To that end, you need to attend all classes and focus because not only do you need to maintain high grades, but the information you learn at Purdue is invaluable and you will use it for the rest of your life. Also, you need to get involved. Purdue is known for being a large campus and becoming part of organizations and groups around campus is the best way to turn the campus into smaller communities that will eventually become extremely important support systems. Step out of your comfort zone, as well. This may seem cliche, however, it is the most effective way to ensure that you are moving forward and improving yourself. You'll never learn what you're capable of if you never attempt anything new. So be brave! College is all about discovering yourself and consequently bettering that person. You can do it and good luck!

    In three sentences

    Purdue University provides a diverse, challenging, and fulfilling environment in which to learn and excel. The organizations and classes allow for student self-discovery while the professors and services provide guidance for reaching each individual's goals. This campus, overall, does a beautiful and effective job of creating well-rounded and prepared students.

  • 08/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 327

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    Food and Dining

    The dining courts at Purdue are top notch and serve excellent tasting food. Each court has its own kind of niche so if you want vegetarian or healthier food you would go to Windsor but if you want meat and potatoes Wiley would be for you. Another great part of the dining courts are the make you own stations that allow you to pick what goes into your stirfry, pizza, or pancakes. The dining courts are well dispersed between the residence halls and have plenty of delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    From suites to doubles, Purdue has a variety of different dorm styles to fit your needs. Most dorms are co-ed, although there are two male-only and one female-only dorm on campus. Each dorm has its own atmosphere about it. Meredith has smaller rooms but it has a greater sense of community to it because of it. You can even enhance your dorm experience by joining a learning community. This way, the people on your floor will be taking the same classes as you and will share similar interests. Plus, your RA may have even taken the classes that you are taking so they will be able to help you out even more.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Purdue are definitely difficult, but that is what you get if you attend a school with so little grade inflation. Professors will expect a lot out of you and it is not uncommon for the average on an exam to be 50%. However, many departments curve or allow study sheets on exams. Going to class is extremely important because professors sometimes give hints or make exams based off information given in lectures. Overall, the classes are difficult but if you study hard and go to class you will do fine.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a perfect fit for students looking to go into Engineering, Agriculture, and other science related fields. It is a school rich with tradition and there is always something to do if you are willing to look for it. The coursework may be a little hard but that is what gives it such prestige.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Clapping circles- When you stand in the middle and clap there is a squeaking effect that happens. Bell Tower- Don't walk under it or your won't graduate in four years. Railroad Tracks- Cross beginning of Freshman year and then after graduation. Fountain Runs- When it's hot people will run from fountain to fountain soaking themselves.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of the stuff around campus is 21+ but there are MANY MANY MANY good places to eat at around campus that are within walking distance. (Almost everything is in walking distance so that's a plus.) There's will also be a lot of free events on campus that PSUB, Purdue Student Union Board, and other organizations hold like carnivals and such.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet style dining at all five dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    Love the dorms but some don't have AC and the community bathrooms aren't the best.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman and Sophomore year are all about weed out classes. It will be hard but don't get discouraged.

    Tips for prospective students

    STAY FOCUSED. Try to stay on top of your work so that when professors and TAs give you a break, you can actually relax. Work hard but don't forget to enjoy your college experience. Try to participate in as many school traditions as possible. It increases your school pride and helps you feel apart of the Purdue family. Take it easy; don't rush your time here.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a beautiful school with a lot of history. The academics are tough but if you work hard you'll reap the benefits. EVERYONE has enormous amounts of school pride.

  • 05/24/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs you'll definitely find something you like.

    Food and Dining

    FOOODDDD!!!! It's really good.

    Dorm Life

    Looks like fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Sounds pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus to see if you like it.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The academics sounds like it is tough but doable. I am definitely applying here.

  • 05/05/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    I have heard a lot about Purdue.. it an honour...to be the part of it!!!

  • 04/30/2014

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 327

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    Campus Safety

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    Clubs and Activities

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    Great for these types of students

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    What to do for fun

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    In three sentences

    I believe it's one of the best schools to go to for engineering. The campus has everything that I could need. Hope to be apart of it soon after High School.

  • 04/23/2014

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

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    Food and Dining

    Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Seems good.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student.

    In three sentences

    Purdue seems like a great place. It seems like a great mix of social and academic areas. I am excited to be part of this community.

  • 03/31/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    Purdue is where I've always wanted to go. This year was the first year I ever got to visit Purdue and I can officially say I will apply here. It is absolutely beautiful!

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus; there are no times in the day/places on campus where you do not feel safe. If a situation were to ever arise, however, there are yellow police boxes around campus that will call the police if you push the button on them. There is also the option to do Safe-Walk, which is a police escort back to your dorm at night if you do not feel safe walking alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has over 900 clubs and organizations that you can join; if it's something you're interested in, there's probably a club for it. The clubs all hold callouts at the beginning of each semester so you can go and hear about what the club has to offer, and can then decide from there if it is something that you want to continue with.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who want a large school without feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people on campus. Also a good school for anyone considering engineering, as it has a top rated engineering program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you go to Purdue you HAVE to go on a fountain run at least once! It's a right of passage to be a Boilermaker.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is very expensive for anyone out of state, but for what you get by going there (good dorms, amazing food, a co-rec to work out at, etc), it is definitely worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    -Go bowling in the union with friends around 10/11pm. -Walk down to the movie theater and see a new release. -Go get gelato at GreyHouse -Go sledding on Slayter Hill in the winter

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has some of the top rated food in the country. The menus in the dining courts vary by day, and each location has a certain Make-your-own option so you can customize what you're eating. A wide variety of choices that make it easy to be healthy, unhealthy, vegetarian, or anything in-between.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE living in the dorms; I would not trade this experience for the world. Living in the dorms, especially as a freshman, help prepare you for life on your own later on. There's a lot of fun activities put on by the RAs and the residence halls, so there is always something new and exciting to do.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in Honors Engineering and I can for sure say that it is not easy, but it is worth it. The classes are challenging and can be overwhelming at times, but the challenges the classes present help you learn in the end. Don't allow yourself to fall behind and you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure Purdue (or any college for that matter) is the place you want to go. If you visit campus and it doesn't feel right, its not the place for you. Find the college that makes you feel at home (or feels right) the second you step on campus. It'll make a difference in the long run. Once you're on campus, get to know people! Having a support system is key to succeeding in college. Your RA is there to help you and give you advice when you need it, and your friends are there to support you and help you unwind. Find the people who make a difference in your life and stick with them.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University has a beautiful campus and projects a safe environment so you never have to worry if something is going to happen. The classes are challenging, but fair, and interesting overall. The people come from all different walks of life, and are considerate of others, and very open-minded.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For in state students Purdue is the way to go. It is almost as inexpensive as a smaller state college and you are receiving one of the greatest educations.

    What to do for fun

    Lafayette has a Barnes & Noble and since I enjoy reading I find that to be fun. There is also a mall and many movie theaters. We have a couple of bowling ally's, tons of restaurants and a pretty good night life.

    Food and Dining

    I think the dining courts are just wonderful at Purdue. They offer a large selection of healthy foods as well as ethnic foods. They are clean and give off a nice vibe. Also food in the Union is great! Beans in MSEE is the place to go for coffee and tea!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but I have heard that they are excellent and a lot of fun. Off campus housing options are absolutely fantastic and give you a nice separation from school.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is very rigorous (depending on your major). However, you will leave being more prepared than most for the real world and a real career. Employers respect Purdue and understand that if you graduated from the Big 10 school, you will be a wonderful and intelligent employee.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. It may be tempting to hit the bars and party Thursday-Saturday, but I assure you it is not worth it. Purdue has great libraries and study centers. Take advantage of the resources offered to students at Purdue. Make good impressions in all of your class. Go to class and sit near the front if that is what it takes to pay attention. It is a difficult school academically speaking, but you will be proud of yourself when you graduate from such a prestigious school.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is an excellent school. I am very proud to be a Boilermaker. If you attend Purdue you will receive a top notch education and will be prepared for a successful career.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Purdue is a safe campus. The police respond on time to all emergencies. There are these boxes all around campus that you can press if you feel in danger. The police will follow the button trial to you.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has over 200 clubs and organizations. They have varsity sports and intramural sports. They have clubs and sports for everyone and if they don't you can create one.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue has made a name for itself for engineering. Most people if you ask them will say that they are there for engineering. Purdue requires a lot of hard work and focus to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a fight song for sports games called Hail Purdue. During Boiler Gold Rush week for freshmen students you learn about all of Purdue's traditions. One such tradition is the Fountain Run which if you don't mind getting wet can be pretty fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a good college. It has a good reputation and people all around the world know about Purdue.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of parties on campus or house parties off campus. The Union holds events on the weekends. Elliott Hall of Music holds events such as plays, musicals, and other events all the time. You can always find something to do at Purdue. If not you are only an hour away from Indy and two hours away from Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts are good but they do get old after a while. There are cafe' and food court in the Union if you get tired of the dining court food. Off campus dining is amazing. Purdue has so many diverse restaurants. You will find all the food that you like and can eat a couple of blocks from campus. Also restaurants will deliver food to your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and you meet plenty of people. You meet life-long friends in the dorms. You start spending a lot of time with them. They become your best friends pretty quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is a difficult college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good GPA, be prepared for the toughness and rigor of the classes.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a nice looking easy to navigate schools. Purdue is a hard college you have to focus and study.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 327

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe at Purdue. There is a safe walk program you can use if you do not feel comfortable walking around campus by yourself at night. There are also emergency boxes every block or two, always within reach in case something should happen. We also have a text message alert system that will notify all staff, faculty, and students of danger events occurring or places to avoid. We did have shooting this January, which was highly unexpected. However, even the hours after the event, I felt comfortable walking around because I knew we were being kept safe. When I heard about the shooting, I was more frightened for my friends' safety than I was concerned about mine because I did not know where they were at during the event.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has over 900 clubs for students to join. There is a website through Purdue solely for students to locate clubs that fit their interests. If you can't find a club you like, you can make your own! Every club is unique in its own way. I highly recommend joining whatever interests you most and see where it takes you. Clubs and activities are a great way to gain leadership skills and resume builders.

    Great for these types of students

    Everything for everyone! I have mentioned this slightly in a previous entry, but Purdue has so many opportunities and activities for all types of people that everyone can find their place within Purdue. Its difficult to narrow down to just one type of student, but I would have to say that because of our high STEM focus, Purdue would be a good fit for someone interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs! When the weather is warm you will usually see a group of students in their swim wear running through the giant fountains around campus. Its a great group activity and a way to cool off. The best fountain is the engineering fountain. The concrete around it is designed in a way to make a slide if you want to do that after running through the water. Another location I really enjoy is what students call the Jedi room. It is a conference room in one of the tallest buildings that overlooks campus. The design of the room is why the students call it the Jedi room, but it looks like a scene in Star Wars I guess? I have not seen the movie, but I do have to admit that the view from that room is breathtaking in the autumn. Go take a tour of campus and the tour guide will share more locations and traditions the students share.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want! There are so many weekend activities, sports, and club functions that there is always something to do over the weekend or during the week. The possibilities are endless, and I usually have to make a tough decision figuring out what to do for Friday night. I usually grab my friends and we all go to an improv show, open mic night, fancy dress bowling (our own tradition), or go swing dancing.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue has been known for its great food in the dining courts. There are 5 dining courts around campus, each with its own specialties. Windsor: burrito bar, many vegetarian/vegan options, specialty salads, pasta bar Ford: pizza every day all the time, Chinese food, amazing desserts Wiley: make your own pasta, make your own pizza, make your own slider, tons of meat choices Earhart: make your own pasta, make your own pizza, make your own stir fry, make your own slider, american foods Hillenbrand: brunch food, make your own quesadilla, fruit bar, pasta bar, nacho day There is an app you can download on your phone to see the menus. You can eat at any dining court. The meal plans are great too, but those would be better to explain if you go to the housing.purdue.edu website. Food choices change every day. Windsor is open all day while the others close after lunch hours, so if you have a class during lunch, you can still eat somewhere. There are also three On-The-Go locations on campus where you can use a meal swipe and pick up 4 prepackaged items to grab and go. These are helpful if you woke up late and don't have time for lunch and need to head to class or if you have evening meetings and want to have an early dinner before the dining courts open. Honestly though, I do enjoy the food, but after three years of eating the dining court food, I am ready to move into an apartment and cook for myself!

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are great. Each hall forms its own personality for the year, and the communities within the halls are strong and supporting. The resident assistants are always thinking of new programs and activities for the residents. I have lived in the residence halls for three years, and I worked in a hall for two years in its office. The staff want to make it a great experience for you. There are games, DVDs, pool, etc. Printing locations and laundry are in each building, and you never have to walk more than one building away to reach a dining court. The beds and desks are sturdy, and surprisingly there is so much storage space even though some rooms are smaller. I thought I over-packed my freshman year, but I still had extra empty space. You get to leave your hallway doors open which provides an even stronger sense of community on your floor. I would walk down the floor and pop my head in just to say hi or ask for help on a calculus problem. The residence halls do not allow drugs or alcohol at all, and the students truly abide by those rules. I have never seen any issues, and if there are any, there are serious consequences.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is definitely highly focused on its academic rigor. My experience is from STEM fields, so I do not know about the liberal arts or technology classes, but you will have to work hard to earn that A. The faculty have high standards, and they wouldn't set high standards if they knew you couldn't meet them. There are multiple ways to get help though if you need it. All of the faculty, teaching assistants, tutors, and class help sessions are very helpful and frequent. Something students notice at times is that many people outside of the Midwest have the impression that Purdue is an Ivy League school. Ivy League schools are very tough, and graduates with an Ivy League degree are thought of in a high manner. Purdue has these same qualities, except it is just a public state school, so that must mean that our educational standards are exceptional.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research! Can you picture yourself walking to class and being happy here?Does the school offer what you are looking for (classes, clubs, sports, etc)? Does the school have multiple choices for you if you decide to change your major? At Purdue, schedule an appointment with your recruiter, take a tour, and learn as much as you can to help aide your decision. As a student ambassador that assists in recruiting science students, I can say that sometimes these visits can make it or break it when choosing your school. Going to the school's social media sites can help you learn more about recent events happening around campus.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a large, diverse, friendly, and strong community that provides ample opportunities and activities for all while making it feel like you are not just a number. The staff and faculty truly care for its students and want each person to succeed. I can see everyone I meet that they have found their home away from home here at Purdue.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Until this semester when we had a school shooting, my safety has NEVER been an issue. Even walking home from the library at 2am, I never felt threatened anywhere. They have service students can call to get people to walk them home though.

    Greek Life

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

    What to do for fun

    Greek life!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get on campus help with class work if needed! There's a lot of resources on campus for every type of major.

    In three sentences

    Being a communications major, one would assume that my courses would be easy. I've found this not to be the case. The course for each college's core are challenging but very beneficial. I can't imagine attending college anywhere else. Boiler Up!

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can't say Purdue is completely devoid of crime, but I personally have never felt in danger at Purdue at all.

    Greek Life

    Huge, as I have stated in all of my other things. Not very diverse.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many student organizations, some professional and some fun. Many ways to get involved on campus and build up your resume in leadership positions.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students who are eager to learn and eager to meet new people. There is definitely a slight segregation between Greek Life and non-Greeks but neither sides of the spectrum seem to mind the other that much. It's just a personal preference. Non-Greeks tend to be more engineering students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purdue has many traditions, such as fountain runs (people sprint through the two main fountains in different areas of campus), Den Pop runs (Den Pops are large sodas for 56 cents down on Chauncey Hill), Grand Prix week (Week full of parties if I will be quite blunt, all revolving around a boxcar race at the end of the school year), Breakfast Club (people wake up at the crack of dawn to go to the bars the mornings of home football games)

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is definitely worth the money because a Purdue degree is thought of very highly.

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life is huge at Purdue, and they offer a lot of social opportunities such as philanthropies and mixers. There is also something fairly unique to Purdue and similar to Greek Life, called Cooperative Housing. Cooperatives offer a cheap living alternative and also participate in philanthropies and mixers. However, the Cooperative system is very small compared to Greek Life and offers less opportunities but is a very good price.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are pretty old and not exactly up-to-date so don't expect some 5-star apartment style living unless you're willing to pay a lot for the few dorms that do offer it. Purdue has some of the best dining in the country though, so you won't be disappointed.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors are harder than others, but they all present their own challenges. Course load for STEM majors is heavy. Liberal arts majors offer their own challenges too, such as time consuming work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as possible, especially in social organizations like BGR (Boiler Gold Rush: Freshman Orientation) and Greek Life. Attending Purdue definitely won't hurt you when searching for jobs and internships. Definitely worth looking into a great deal if planning on studying science, technology or engineering if you're in-state because it is a way better deal than some of the private universities in Indiana. If you're out of state, then definitely a school to look into if you're looking for a well-rounded college experience. Meet kids in other majors. Purdue is not just engineers.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is definitely a conservative university. They pride themselves very much on their science and technology programs. Students and alumni take a lot of pride in their alma mater.

  • 02/07/2014

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    How is the campus life?

    In three sentences

    I loved the campus and the engineering department looks awesome.

  • 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.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have yet to have a problem with anything being stolen or being scared walking around. But no matter what you always have to be smart.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of greek life, but it is very big here, I know many girls who are involved and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural sports are a great way to meet new people and play relaxed games. I also cheer here and the sports facilities are amazing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain runs. There are four fountains on campus that have a tradition of running through them in the summer to cool down.

    Bang for the buck

    I think there is a lot of benefits here that come included with tuition.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the Co-Rec, which is our workout facility on campus, to play games, go swimming or workout. I played inter mural volleyball at the co-rec as well. During the winter I go sledding on slater hill. I also cheer on the cheer team here at Purdue, it is a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy the food services provided by purdue.

    Dorm Life

    I love the fact that there are 10 other girls I can go to and ask them questions if I have them. I can always find someone to go eat with. Plus my RA is a great person who really gets the floor involved with activities. I would recommend dorming for at least your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    From my experience if you put in the work you will get a good grade. Yes some classes are more difficult than others but that does not mean they are impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, the best way to prepare for tests and understand the material is by going to class. Do not fill your schedule with more than you can handle. Make sure you have your priorities straight. Talk to anyone you can within the first week of classes and make friends in your classes so you have someone to call on if you need help with understanding a topic. Get help early on if you are falling behind, Supplemental Instruction Sessions are a great way to understand and review the material in lectures.

    In three sentences

    This campus is very big, but it feels small once you learn your way around; It is nicely compact which makes walking between classes short. This campus is full of a lot if different and diverse people, I have met people from all over america as well as the world. I would highly recommend this school for anyone applying, It is a fun, friendly, and welcoming environment.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    After a recent occurrence, many may think that Purdue isn't safe. But honestly everything was handled perfectly that day! I feel completely safe here. There are safety buttons located all over campus and several safety precautions put into place! No need to worry here!

    Greek Life

    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!

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there are 100s of clubs here! Its almost impossible not to find one you'd like! They all have callouts!

    Great for these types of students

    Just get ready to dive into a new life! You start over with new friends. Everyone here wants to be here, meaning so many positive people!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a train boilermaker express that drives around campus and gives rides and goes to games. It even travels on the highways to away games!

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student with out a scholarship, meaning I am paying over $40,000. In staters are getting the same education as I am at $14,000.

    What to do for fun

    I am in a sorority and on the cheer team. Both take up much time! So when I'm not at a function or at practice, I am studying, doing homework, eating, watching gossip girl or hanging with friends. If sorority life or sports aren't your style there are so many clubs here that you can join. If you can't find the one you like, you can make your own! Theres something for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    The food here seems like food I would get at home. Most things are very good. Only thing I don't like is that there isn't a calorie count on things. Most of the time I eat salad because I don't know if I'm going to take in 500 calories or 1000 calories for a piece of chicken.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old, yet new ones are being built (look extremely nice). They are easy to get used to and now I love it! My roommate is great. The hardest things to get used to is laundry and the bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are hard and professors expect a lot. As long as you go to class everyday it helps immensely.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is way different from high school. If a professor here expects you to take notes one way, do what's best for you. I have don't what a professor said and I think I could have gotten more out of it , it I took my own type of notes.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus at Purdue University. So far I have enjoyed most of my professors/instructors/advisors. Although Purdue is very expensive for me, I think I will have a great four years here that will help my future!

  • 01/13/2014

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Basketball and Football game the band will play a song called Hail Fire. Everyone dances along and at the end yells IU Sucks. Also for football at the end of the 3rd quarter a notable alumni will wave the Purdue flag from the press box and the stadium will sing and dance to Shout(Otis Day).

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of clubs, Great greek life, Basketball in Mackey, Football in Ross Ade, Trash talking IU and Notre Dame, Breakfast Club, Tailgating on Slater Hill

    Food and Dining

    Best campus food in the Midwest. It's a big school so there are plenty of restaurants for everyone. Triple X is always delicious and the Silver Dipper is bomb. Dining hall food is also delicious. I believe the food is ranked.

    Dorm Life

    I've stayed in a dorm for the night (Tarkington) and they aren't awful, but they aren't 5 star either. Most dorms do not have air conditioning and Indiana can get humid. Most students have fans to solve this problem, but it can still get HOT. Other than that, seemed like a pretty average dorm life. Plenty of people walking around playing video games/ watching TV/ doing normal college stuff. If you choose to pledge, the greek life is pretty awesome. Always a party going on somewhere and plenty of great concerts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard! It seems like common sense, but many people consider Purdue a shoo-in as it is a State School in a midwest state. This is certainly not the case. I have many friends who have been on honor roll, decent students, and still were wait listed. I also suggest taking a college visit. I go to football games all the time, but i wasn't sure about attending until i actually walked the whole campus and visited classes. Personally, i found the school to big, but everyone is different.

    In three sentences

    I have been a tried and true Purdue fan my entire life. That being said, after taking an actual visit I realized Purdue is just not the right school for me. I'd recommend anyone checking it out for themselves.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons everywhere on campus that will immediately contact the police, fire department etc.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of restaurants near the campus. Purdue students ride the citybus for free and those buses can take you pretty much everywhere! There's a bus that will go to the mall, walmart, downtown etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and the dining courts are buffet style so you can eat as much as you want. There are many different types of food and they change the menu every single day! There is also on-the-go which allows students to get food if they don't have enough time to go into the dining court and eat.

    Dorm Life

    My RA is super nice and lovable. She plans activities for our floor so we can get to know everyone on the floor. I am also in a learning community which means I have some classes with many of the people living on the same floor. This allows for us to work with each other on homework assignments, projects etc. at convenient times and location.

    Academic Rigor

    The pace of some classes goes rather quickly so some students need to learn the material during their own time. The exams can be tough if the student doesn't completely understand the information from lecture. Lastly, there's going to be competition everywhere because everyone's goal can be quite similar.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions and go to the professor's office hours for help if needed. It also doesn't hurt to just get to know the professors. Manage your time wisely so you don't do everything at the last minute. Always prepare for lectures by completing the required homework, readings, assignments etc. Last but not least, stay organized!

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a very diverse school which allows more opportunities to learn about other cultures from fellow classmates. The professors are also very intelligent and approachable; they want their students to succeed. Besides the professors, there are many other resources available on campus for students to utilize to their heart's content.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are very safe with campus police and emergencey boxes that you can contact the police all around campus.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do BGR(Boiler Gold Rush). You will learn all of the dos and don'ts around campus. It gets you familiar with where you will be living and it is a great way to make friends.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, but most of the time I hang out at the brand new Co Rec that has endless things that you can participate in!

    Food and Dining

    The food courts are the best buffet style meals that I have ever had. The food is delicious and there is always a variety for everyone. Including vegan and vegitarion options.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others. One thing i didn't take into account was the distance that i would have to walk. There are busses but it would be nice to have a dorm closer to academic campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is very challenging while also being very informative. You learn a lot in a very shot time. You must be devoted to your classes to get a good grade, but that is the best way to make sure you both learn and remember the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think that any class will be easy. Go into every class and work your hardest.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a very rigerous school. With that being said, it is also a great time. They have many great oppertunities for whatever you're interested in.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Purdue is ranked one of the top universities in the country when it comes to food and dining, and I would agree.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms makes it very easy to make study groups without leaving the building in the winter.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors expect a lot out of their students and help you expect a lot out of yourself.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students who want some competition academically from other smart students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the bell tower. ;)

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is excellent band for your buck. Tuition is much lower than a private university. Also, tuition has been frozen for the next couple years. At the same time, it provides excellent academics.

    What to do for fun

    Lafayette is a smaller city and has less places to go or things to do. The best way to have fun is to find good friends who will find creative ways to have fun. For example, my student organization (Purdue Bible Fellowship) organizes events like capture the flag on campus, make your own movie night, and square dancing.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat in the dining courts but I have not heard anything bad about them. There is a good variety of restaurants in the union.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms and I have never heard anything unusually good or bad about them.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never been pushed harder academically than here at Purdue. They not only teach the material assigned to each class, but how to integrate it with the other material you have/are learning. They also emphasize critical thinking and teamwork.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being a girl from the small town, my parents were very worried about my safety. But I go on runs around campus at night and I feel completely safe. In fact, Purdue even has Safe Walks where students are trained to walked their fellow classmates home from the libraries at an times of the night! Police are patrolling the streets and there are blue alarm buttons every where just in case you're feeling uneasy! Overall, to me, it's very safe!

    Greek Life

    I'm in a sorority and I absolutely love it! I actually achieved my highest GPA and better study habits because of my sorority's academic system. Formal recruitment is definitely a way to meet to people and interact with a community within Purdue.

    Clubs and Activities

    Boiler Gold Rush Dance Marathon Relay for Life Big sis and Big Brothers

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a community, school pride, and a serious education! Boiler Up!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Running through all the fountains -Getting a Den pop -Touch Abe Lincoln's nose in the Union for good luck -Drink from all the lion heads fountain to obtain a great grade -NEVER walk under the clock tower... unless you don't want to graduate in four years! -Go sledding down Slater Hill during the winter (usually with the dining hall trays.. shh!) -Say Hello while walking down the Hello Walk

    Bang for the buck

    Let's get real.. Purdue is the best.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue has a wide selection of academic clubs and activities. These clubs and organization could be joining Dance Marathon, which recently raise $1 million dollars, or becoming a Boiler Gold Rush leader! There are also many athletic clubs for students who need to blow some steam. Also, take advantage of the free events that are happening during your freshmen orientation or even throughout the year! The Christmas show is FABULOUS and worth every penny!

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD IS AWESOME! Seriously, use your dining dollars and swipes to your advantage. When you stop living in the dorms, you will definitely miss the food! Wiley is the more meaty dining hall. It has double swipe steak days... Yum! Windor has a great salad bar and more diverse menu. While Ford is huge with awesome desserts and asian food, Hillenbrand is has a great taco bar and breakfast food and lastly, Earhart has a great hibachi grill noodle thing that makes awesome dishes! Basically the freshmen 15 is not a myth.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, Purdue has great dorms. Shreve and Earhart are probably one of the the popular dorms for Freshmen. There are two dorms that are gender specific, Tarkington/ Cary are only males while Windsor are for females only! Luckily, the dorms are pretty much close together so it isn't very difficult to get from one place to another. The Co-rec is basically in the middle of them all! Upperclassmen who don't want to live in apts. usually live in Hillenbrand, which is a bit pricey but worth it! Hillenbrand has a dining hall and cleaner/newer facilities. Air conditioning is available in Shreve, McCuttcheon, Harrison (which has an awesome grille/snack lounge), Earhart, Third Street ( which are single dorms), Hillenbrand, and the newer parts of Windsor. The rest are either about to get get air conditioning or will not. Meredith is the oldest dorm on campus. All the dorms have study areas, a main lobby with comfy chairs, Wi-fi, hang out areas, and computer labs.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely one of the harder universities to attend! Professors expect top work from their students. Depending on your major you will definitely get your moneys worth researching, doing homework, and studying for exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you speak to your professors and ask for help. It make seem like a redundant tip but by having a presence in class, professors or TAs are more likely to give you extra help and pointers on exams. Also, feel free to approach other students for help or simply to make a new friend! Interact with all the students of Purdue, regardless of their age/class! Get involved! It looks great for your resume and to meet awesome people with different passions! Go to the English/ Lit center to get your paper edited! Go to the CCO to get your resume checked and the study abroad office to see if you want to travel! (Both are in Young Hall) If you want to study in a quiet environment... do not study at Hicks Undergraduate library... unless you're very good at multitasking.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is my home away from home. It has allowed me to open new doors of opportunity and it has given me the resources to achieve my goals as a student, as well as an individual looking for a job. It has ignited my passion for my major by having a wonderful staff to interact with!

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Over 900 clubs and organizations to join on campus so no one is left out!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purdue Traditions: Fountain runs, Hello Walk, sledding on Slater Hill, the Boilermaker Special, Jumping The Tracks, Den pops, not walking under the bell tower, Breakfast Club.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue's campus literally has endless options to choose from when it comes to finding something fun to do. There's over 900 clubs and organizations to get involved in. During warmer months, it's always fun to do what's called a fountain run on campus. The Purdue Student Union Board also has fun events scheduled every month, and there's also a new movie to see. The movie that's showing is always relatively new, usually it is no longer in theaters, but it hasn't yet been released on DVD. Essentially, it's really challenging to be bored on Purdue's campus.

    Food and Dining

    Ah, the dining courts at Purdue are a wonderful thing indeed. There's a total of 5 dining courts on campus so there are a ton of options to choose from on a daily basis. Honestly, the food is amazing, too. It's pretty hard choosing a dining court for dinner each day because they all have such yummy options! There's also this awesome web site specifically for Purdue students called HungryBoiler.com where you can go online and order food to be delivered right to your dorm! It's so convenient for those long nights you spend studying, or on Sunday nights when all of the dining courts are closed.

    Dorm Life

    I've had an amazing experience living in the dorms here at Purdue. I'm currently a resident of Meredith Hall and the rooms are rather small (and there's no air conditioning, eep!), but the residence hall staff has gone above and beyond to make sure every student living in Meredith Hall has the opportunity to have an amazing dorm life experience. They even sponsored a trip to Washington D.C. where students participated in an Amazing Race and got to see our nation's capitol. I can't forget to mention the fact that the entire week of finals, they offered FREE coffee and hot chocolate to all of the residents. How awesome is that?

    Academic Rigor

    Professors, while caring and understanding, don't mess around when it comes to assignments, homework, exams, and grading. Purdue's campus is filled with so many clubs and extracurricular activities to get involved in that it's very easy to lose sight of what you're there for, which is to get an education. Staying on top in all of your classes takes a LOT of work, but it's all worth it in the end!

    Tips for prospective students

    For students looking into attending Purdue, I would say definitely be sure to take a tour of the campus, and, if you can, attend the Purdue's For Me event that is held in the beginning of each year. Purdue's For Me was what made my mind up about Purdue; seeing the campus and meeting some of the students/faculty in my college made me all to excited to officially become a Boilermaker. I guarantee you'll fall in love with the campus as soon as you get the chance to really see it, just as I did.

    In three sentences

    Purdue's campus is filled with so much diversity and it's very easy to fall in love with this school; I've yet to meet someone who wasn't admirable and dedicated to their education, the student body is simply incredible here. Also, the professors I've had all seem to genuinely care about what they're teaching, regardless of how easy it is to lose passion for something so tedious. Another very important thing is the food here is very very good, especially considering it's cafeteria food, and there are almost endless options!

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a superb police force at Purdue University. Also, we have a safe walk program for students who do not feel comfortable walking around by themselves, especially at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 clubs, so there are plenty of choices. You can form your own group, as well.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to read, there are lots of libraries. If you like sports, you can join intramural sports, or even try out for the school teams. If you like to meet people, there are over 40,000 people from all over the world to meet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you are a first-year freshman and you walk underneath the bell tower, you will not graduate from Purdue in four years.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 900 clubs to join at Purdue. The co-recreational center has been redesigned, so there are many options for exercising and massages. There are many restaurants and places to go in West Lafayette and Lafayette, as well!

    Food and Dining

    If you have any food allergies or special diets, you will have lots of options at Purdue University. They label all their foods. All the staff are trained in food safety and have knowledge about food allergies, intolerances, and diets.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of great people from all over the world to meet and mingle! Definitely live in a dorm during freshman year to meet people!

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure to study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all your homework. Have a study plan and use it! Eat healthy, and get plenty of sleep.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a great place to learn new things and ideas, meet great people, and network. It is very diverse in culture. There are lots of things to do at Purdue!

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a Purdue police department on campus, and there are box police boxes around the campus. Also, there is a safe call that you can make to have one or two companies, if you feel insecure about walking from one place to another on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 1000 students organizations on campus. Even though you cannot find anything you are interested, you are always welcome to start one on your own. Also, the school union board always offer a free movie night every other week throughout the school school. In addition, there are always free food from various social events if you look at the flyers around the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are 5 dining court on campus that you can choose from, also there are two fast food grill where you can get your milkshakes ,pizzas,ice creams, and flat breads. In addition, there are two convenience stores where you can get snacks and breakfasts. The 5 dining courts provide different kinds of food. one of them has Asian cuisine such as noodles soup and fried rice, also it contains Latino food and Mexican food. In addition, there is a dinning court for the vegetarians. And the desserts at these dining courts are super delicious, and they also serve about 8 different kinds of tea bags that you can choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome at Purdue. there are RAs for each floor, and they holds different events throughout the school year. For example, we have $5 gift exchange ugly Christmas sweater party before the winter break. Also, they will have distress social event for students to relax for a bit during the exams. In addition, RAs are basically 24/7 available when you have problems in the dorm, and you can always go to the front desk ask for help. The facilities are quite extraordinary, there are small movie theater, small gym, Kitchener, living room, study room, big laundry room, and even music room where has the piano that you can play or practicing your singing. Overall, it's really comfy and warm. AC is always available for students, and the speed of internet is quite fast.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the industrial engineering program. so I usually study almost 6 days out of the whole week. All you need to do for having a bit of fun by yourself is to know how to manage your schedule properly. All the instructors of my class are quite good at teaching students, but also if you have anything want to complaint about ,you can always write them out on the course evaluation survey at the end of each semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to do engineering, pharmacy, or pre-med programs at Purdue, you need to be mentally and physically prepared for loads of practices that will help you develop academic skills. Also, the dining court is so awesome that you would definitely miss it when you live off campus.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a really friendly environment for international students and everyone is willing to help you out. Purdue has the best dining courts among other universities, and all five of them have their own theme. The academic environment is perfect for students to focus on their study.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus seems pretty safe, campus police are always on patrol and keep campus free from hazard

    Greek Life

    One of the best in the nation i have heard

    Clubs and Activities

    there are countless clubs and activities anywhere from fencing to a brewery club

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any kind of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The clock is funny because the number four is IIII instead of IV in roman numerals because IV looks a little like IU.

    What to do for fun

    hangout with friends, party, join a club, workout

    Food and Dining

    Best food court i have ever eaten at. Food is superb, almost as good as my moms.

    Dorm Life

    Not the most comfortable but no dorm is. But meet a lot of new people while living in one.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue didn't gets its good name from being an easy school. The school wants to push its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Be prepared to study and work hard 2. Don't be afraid to meet new people 3. Enjoy what Purdue has to offer

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a very tough university, the university pushes you no matter what major you are in. It's a very well known university and with Purdue at the top of your diploma definitely helps in the job search. The life outside of school is awesome there is always something to do at anytime of the day, always exciting.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All around campus, there are emergency call systems that only require you to press the button, and police are on the scene. There is also a 24-hour system called Safe Walk, which is an escort program that has authorized students in uniforms that will escort you to your destination at any time of the day.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue has over 900 clubs and organizations! You are bound to find a couple that fit you, such as Christians, meat lovers, and gamers, and meet tons of friends along the way.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to stand out to employers and are motivated to make your academic dreams come true, go to Purdue!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NEVER walk under the clock tower. I saw a poor international kid walk under it the first week of school. Guess he didn't know that if you do, you won't graduate in four years. Also, don't forget to drink from the lion fountain before an exam!

    What to do for fun

    I like to hang with my friends and go see movies down the hill, or even chill out in someone's room and play video games.

    Food and Dining

    It's pretty hard not to enjoy the food and selection! Just make sure you balance your diet and enjoy a cookie.

    Dorm Life

    I scored a single room in a great dorm! This way, I'm don't have to deal with a roommate and I have all the space I need.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though it is hard work now, the classes that I am taking will prepare me and help me stand out when it's time for career searching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you don't feel like it when it's a 7:30 Chemistry lecture, go to class every day. It pays off when it comes to attendance points. Start your homework the day it is assigned. Don't wait until it is too late to get help from your professor.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has an outstanding academic perspective set up for students. The food is awesome. Purdue outranks any school in the Midwest.

  • 11/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    good pharmacy college great doctors

    In three sentences

    best pharmacy school good doctors great students cooperation

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is really well with informing students if something goes wrong via text and via email. I've walked through campus at 3 in the morning and felt completely safe. There's police patrols constantly circulating through campus, you can also push the blue light emergency button which you can find any 20ft from you. (proven)

    Greek Life

    There is a large greek life at Purdue but it isn't forced down your throat. Many sororities and fraternities offer continuous recruitment through the year to gather and meet new people. There is drinking within the greek life, and you aren't forced to drink at all. Greek system at Purdue is really good at following rules and don't do any sort of hazing at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's more than 200 clubs, from anime club, Chinese calligraphy club, cru, Korean association, language clubs, and many many more!

    Great for these types of students

    You want to experience college life. Here you will find rigorous academics yet be able to have fun like highlighter parties. The greek system is also really large at Purdue, there's something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Boilermaker Special gives free rides every Friday before home game days. You can hear it honking blowing it's horn all through campus. There's also the famous bell tower, students follow the tradition no to go walk under it, if you do, you don't graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course, tuition may be pricey for out of state and international students but it's more than worth it. I've met alumni who say they had trouble during their college life paying but in the end the job they got made it worth it.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun? Honestly I could write over 2 pages of what you can do. For starts there's the co rec center, it offers many classes everyday from yoga to kickboxing, you can also be belay certified for rock climbing. During winter you can go sledding down the famous slayter hill. The fountain run is also a no miss, take advantage of it because once fall hits you won't see the nice fountain water.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue is ranked highly for it's many dining courts that offer something for everyone. You cam make your own pizza, pancake, to stirfry. There's also a custom waffle maker in every dining court that prints 'Purdue'and the boilermaker special. Dining courts offer on the go, quick meal service that are just as good as dining in at the dining courts. If you feel like escaping the dining courts and see a new crowd you can head to the union that has much more variety. Many restaurants around the university also accept dining dollars from the dining court so you don't have to worry about cash!

    Dorm Life

    There's mainly 2 roomates or just one single type of dorm. Dorms are spread to the other side of campus and close together, each has it's unique style. All of them have nice lobbies with large meeting areas and gaming areas.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough! But it's not anything that will kill you. It sounds cliché but just stay on top of things and read (every now and then) and you will be good literally! This applies to majors like English language to engineering. People who complain about the academic rigor do just so because they don't plan studying well and procrastinate. Professors are really understanding, respectful, and caring. Some professors even offer to go on lunch with students to help them study over something you're having trouble with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with rigorous classes because that is all there is at Purdue. Try to visit campus before making a final decision, you can sit in lectures and observe. Purdue is the biggest diverse campus so therefore stand out in your application with different unique activities.

    In three sentences

    I come from a really small town many many states away, and I wanted to go somewhere completely different so Purdue was it. Students and faculty are really welcoming, the culture shock for me was huge. There is so much diversity and it's still growing but everyone is nice and doesn't care about your skin color everyone is really genuine. Purdue University is gorgeous spring, summer, winter, or fall, every day you can find nice little things throughout the university like the Purdue squirrels, the loud Boilermaker Special, and the professors eating lunch with their students.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great food. Allergic or not, vegetarian or meat-lover, you will love the variety of food the five dining courts have. Also, there is always different kind of food everyday, from all around the country so you are basically in the United States, but trying food from everywhere else.

    Dorm Life

    When you finally find your group in your dorm, you will be spending a lot of time with them and having time, such as hang outs, dinner together, girls' or boys' night, etc. And if you haven't found your group yet, there are so many people with whom you can create more friendships

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue wants you to succeed. Even though classes have a lot of workload or are really hard, Purdue faculty are willing to help you. For this reason you will find many office hours, study sessions and supplemental instruction.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join BGR. I did not do this and I have noticed that I have missed a lot of stuff, such as friendships. This is a time when you meet a lot of new people that are going through the same moment as you, transitioning from high school to college. Also, you get to know a lot about the university and tips from students that have gone through what you will be going through.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a huge university with a very diverse student population. It is a beautiful campus, with many trees, cool fountains, fascinating architecture and squirrels. Dorms make you feel just like home when you find the group of people you want to hang out with.

  • 11/03/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Never ate there, but all my friends say its a good feeder.

    Dorm Life

    Work hard, Play even harder. All my friends from Purdue are geniuses and party animals in one campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing but a world class education!

    Tips for prospective students

    Research, and see if the school offers special circumstance scholarships such as for minorities.

    In three sentences

    Know you major, and be sure of yourself because Purdue offers a lot. Do your research especially on the pre-professional programs. All in all Purdue has a lot to offer

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on Purdue's campus. Purdue has its own fire and police departments, as well as ambulances. There is a hospital located just off campus, as well as a student health center. Purdue also has a walking service, where if you feel unsafe walking home somewhere by yourself, a trained person will come to where you are and walk you home. In addition to the walking service, there are emergency boxes located in various places around campus: if a student were to have an emergency, they could press on the blue button and police would be on their way. Overall, I have never felt unsafe on Purdue's campus, even walking around at night.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved in the Greek Life here at Purdue - however, I have many friends in Greek houses and they love it. I think at least 1/3 of the campus is involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 different student organizations on campus, with a wide variety of options to fit every interest. There are dancing clubs, intramurals, religious organizations, major-related clubs, community-service based activities, and residence hall clubs to name a few. There's something out there to fit everyone's interests!

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students who work hard and take their future seriously. It is a school with rigorous academics that really pushes its students to be the best they can be. It is a school for students seeking to prepare themselves for a future career: Purdue is well-known throughout the country, it has a very good reputation. Its students are known for being prepared in their respective career fields. Its for people who like big schools - it is one of the largest in the Midwest. Its also for students who want to have fun. With so many options, whether it be in housing, majors, or clubs, Purdue has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the superstition if a student walks under the bell tower, they will not graduate in 4 years. However, if a student kisses under the bell tower with their significant other, they will marry that person. Additionally, there is a certain fountain on campus called the Lion's Fountain. The superstition is if a student drinks from all four sides before an exam, they will do well on the exam.

    Bang for the buck

    You are getting an extremely high-quality education for the price of a public university. Purdue has so much to offer, so many academic, extracurricular, and leadership opportunities. Additionally, Purdue is nationally known - it is an incredible public school.

    What to do for fun

    There are so things a student could do for fun around campus! There are lots of clubs and intramurals available, everything ranging from professional clubs to dancing. The Co-Rec is open everyday - there you can run, swim, sit in a hot tub or sauna, play walleyball, climb the rock wall, lift weights, play a pickup game of basketball, take a Zumba class, or learn to cook! There are also many restaurants and shops in the area, and a bowling alley/arcade in the Union. There are also many parties and dances, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Some are hosted by Greek houses, some by clubs, some by religious organizations - once again, there are a lot of options. There are also many sporting events - football, basketball, and volleyball games to name a few. I personally love going to the Co-Rec, going to barn dances, going to football games, hanging out with girls from my floor, and dancing (I salsa dance here on campus!).

    Food and Dining

    The food here at Purdue is very good, its very high quality. There are 5 dining courts on campus, with a variety of food served at each one (with different options every day). Windsor dining court is my personal favorite - its known for its specialty salads, fruit, and vegetarian options, although they do have delicious meats as well. However, they also have really good make-your-own burritos, and they have really good desserts. Wiley is known for make-your-own pizza and pasta, as well as a variety of meats and desserts. Hillenbrand has make-your-own quesadillas, while Earhart has make-your-own stir fry. Ford normally has international food (especially Chinese food), and a grill (burgers, hot dogs, fries, the like). Each dining court has different daily options other than the ones I've mentioned, they are really delicious. The dining courts are open for every meal of the week except for Sunday dinners. Earhart, Ford, and Windsor also have a room called On-the-Go, where you can get food if you're in a hurry. Some of the food items here include sandwiches, bags of chips, fruit, granola bars, and Pop Tarts. There are also 2 mini-marts, located in Meredith hall and Tarkington hall, which are like convenience stores or gas stations (you have a certain amount of dining dollars in your meal plan that you can use there). Two other food options exist within the residence halls: Cary Knight Spot (located in Cary Quadrangle) and Harrison Grill (located in Harrison Hall). These two places are open the whole week, including Sunday nights, and feature items such as pizza, appetizers, and sandwiches. There are also restaurants located in the Memorial Union on campus, as well as many restaurants slightly off-campus (many of which deliver to the residence halls). In general, the food is all very good, and students have a wide variety of options.

    Dorm Life

    I have had an excellent experience in my dorm. I currently live in Windsor, the only all-girls dorm on campus. Windsor is made up of 5 halls connected by underground tunnels. It is fantastic - the staff are super friendly and helpful, as is every RA (resident assistant) I have met. The dorm is kept in excellent shape - the bathrooms are cleaned daily (the bathrooms are huge too!), as are many of the common areas. Windsor is beautiful both on the outside and the inside - it looks and feels like a castle. We also have two pianos in Windsor for student use, a game room with games such as pool and air hockey, mini kitchenettes and ice machines in the basement of every individual hall, one kitchen (complete with 4 ovens, 2 refrigerators, and 2 stoves), a movie theater, an exercise room, and two laundry rooms. The Windsor club as well as the RAs plan lots of fun events for the girls that live in Windsor. For example, over fall break a group of Windsor girls went to Washington D.C., we've had a Walking Dead premiere in the movie theater, we've had make-your-own ice cream sundaes, we've partnered up with a buddy floor in Tarkington (an all-boys dorm) for dinner: there is something going on almost every week. I live on a very social floor as well, which is unfortunately pretty abnormal. Windsor is a mostly upperclassman dorm - I am one of 100 lucky freshmen living in Windsor. As such, many girls do not participate in floor activities, or they do not get to know the other girls on their floor very well. However, my floor is mostly freshmen, and we do almost everything together. We've gotten to know each other very well, and I call these girls my best friends. We watch movies together, go out together, help each other get ready for parties, leave all our doors open - I have had an excellent experience in the dorms so far!

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is a challenging school. Classes are rigorous, and you are expected to put in about 2 hours of outside study for every hour you have class. Tests and exams are, in general, pretty difficult - however, they are not impossible. If you put in the work and study time, it will pay off, you can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school - take the challenging classes and constantly push yourself. Apply for scholarships early - the earlier you apply, the more deadlines you will meet and the less stressed you will be. Participate in community service and extracurricular activities - Purdue loves to see those on a student's application. Finally, if possible, try to hold some sort of leadership position in high school, whether it be an officer of a club, drum major of a marching band, or captain of a sports team.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an incredible school with a variety of options. It is academically rigorous, and prepares its students for successful careers. It is also a very fun school, a school with many different clubs and activities for students to get involved in!

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun on Purdue's campus like sporting events and hanging around outside. Football games and basketball games are a must and are full of plenty Purdue spirit. It's something you won't see anywhere else. During the warmer months you'll see a lot of students hanging around outside on the lawns. My favorite part of the year was when everyone was outside on blankets. There were people throwing footballs and frisbees and other just studying for exams. It was fun getting to meet other people and feel like apart of a community.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dinning courts is amazing but be careful because it will get out of hand and you could gain that freshman 15. But there are great vegetarian and healthy options when that amazing make-your-own pizza and french fries begins to be a little too much. The dining courts will not disappoint that's for sure.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is hard. Especially when you're not used to sharing a room or a bathroom. Living in such close proximity to someone else for a whole year is really difficult but you'll learn a lot about yourself along the way. Sharing a bathroom with everyone on your floor isn't the ideal situation but it was never crowded and there was privacy because everyone has a different schedule. Getting to be so close to my friends constantly was definitely fun and I made some life long friends through living in the dorms. It's a great way to meet people and do well in college.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are hard and they're a lot of work but not impossible. Just don't forget what you're there for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purdue will challenge even the smartest of students. It's a place where those who never studied in high school actually have to put forth a lot of effort. But honestly, it's completely worth it. You're constantly surrounded by students who want success just as much as you do so you won't ever feel left out. I'd recommend to get involved any way that you can. That's when you really find your place on campus. Also don't be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself and I couldn't be happier. It's a great place to both feel challenged academically and have a great time while doing it. I don't know where I would be without Purdue.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite traditions at Purdue is the good luck fountain, which you take a drink from before every exam. I always make sure to stop by, just in case! There is the tradition of not walking under the bell tower, just in case it curses you and you don't graduate in 4 years. Another tradition is fountain runs, which is where a group of people all run through all the fountains on campus and have a great time!

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things around campus, that are fun to do! Usually there are different group callouts which can be fun to go to. If you do not wish to join a group, there are usually activities thrown by some of Purdue's specific groups, which are free for everyone and typically get a huge amount of people who go to them.

    Food and Dining

    Being a picky eater, I did struggle with the dining courts at first. I was not willing to try things and I would stick to eating the same thing every day. As I continued to attend Purdue, I started trying a lot of the foods there, and I realized a lot of them were great! I eventually had a long list of things that I found good about the dorms, especially the spicy fried cheese ravioli! I wish the dining courts had more tables, though. That was the only thing that was bad about them!

    Dorm Life

    I made some of my best friends in the dorms at Purdue. I was in a learning community my freshman year, and I met a lot of wonderful women in them. I enjoyed how every person would leave their dorm open, willing to let any person walk in if they pleased. The dorm lounges were always a clean, fun place to hangout. There were a lot of activities going on in various dorm halls, some of my favorite being the Halloween activities at Shreve, and the Earhart Carnival. I am so happy I spent my first year in the halls. It was a fantastic experience.

    Academic Rigor

    At Purdue University, I feel like I am challenged at the fullest. As an Engineering Major I juggle my social life, academic life, and my job every day. I have found that through this rigorous cycle, I have been able to learn more about my time management, and it has forced me to make decisions that will ultimately help me in the long run. I still have plenty of time to do the things I love to do, but I feel like the academics here are very strong. I have learned so much over the course of a year, things that I know I will apply to my life when I leave this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that prospective students make sure that they take advantage of all the tours and programs that Purdue offers to them. They can learn so much about this school through it, and they are able to get a feel for the university and see if it is right for them. I would say if they do decide to come to Purdue and be Boilermakers, they should get involved in as many clubs and activities as they can throughout their first year. You can meet so many interesting people through them. The future is all about networking, about who you know, so those people you share some of your best times with in college could be key in your future, right after college.

    In three sentences

    I think that the university is a great place to go. They have a lot of activities that happen everyday that make students feel welcome and allow them to become more active in their school. I have found that it is a very safe, clean, and great place to be!

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is a safe campus, there are many precautions that Purdue takes to ensure that the students are safe and will remain safe throughout there time at Purdue.

    Greek Life

    Purdue takes its Greek Life very seriously. It is one of the largest in the nation. Greek life offers many opportunities for careers and friendships that one would not have without Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Purdue offers over 300 clubs and activities to get involved in. No matter what you are interested in there is a club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for all types of students. There is such a wide variety of people that attend Purdue University that there will always be someone with similar interests to you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In your freshman year in college Purdue students are highly encouraged to run through all three fountains with their friends. Also, one must drink from the lion fountain and jump over the railroad tracks.

    What to do for fun

    Purdue offers many opportunities to go on small trips with students to Cedar Pointe or other amusement parks. Also, almost every weekend there are volunteer activities to do with your friends that keep you entertained while having a fun experience.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning courts are top in the nation. There is never a night where there is nothing that I cannot find to eat. They offer a wide variety of food, you can never go wrong with dining court food.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently living in a dorm and to be honest the college experience would not be complete without the dorm life. Dorm life helps you meet new people and helps you get along with others.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors truly want you to learn so reading chapters and taking notes will benefit you greatly.

    Tips for prospective students

    If students choose to attend Purdue University they should be willing to work hard and get assignments done. Studying is not an option here, it is a necessary tool to succeed. Also, make sure that you make the most of your college experience and get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great academic school that is full of school spirit. The professors and teaching assistants truly care about how you do in the classes. Even though Purdue University is a large school, the friendliness of the staff and students makes it feel as if it is a home away from home.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am from downtown Chicago; I am used to being very scared and careful at night and never walking anywhere alone. I never have felt more safe than I feel at Purdue University. If a lady, or guy for that matter, doesn't want to walk home by himself, there are hotlines called 1-800-SAFE-WALK where you can call at any time and students or staff members will walk you home.

    Greek Life

    The greek life at Purdue is awesome! As a member of a sorority at Purdue myself I can vouch for Greek life at Purdue. The Greek houses are enormous and beautiful, the Greek community is a very close group always attending other houses' philanthropies and activities such as Greek Week bring the entire Greek community together. This is my first year living in my sorority house and it is one of the greatest experiences of my entire life.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student who wants a great mixture of academics and a social life. Every student at Purdue has their own unique skill set and still knows how to have fun. Purdue has a large amount of international students and keeps the campus diverse. Also, there is such a thing as Indiana hospitality! Guys are gentlemen; they always hold doors open for women and everyone on campus is friendly and helpful. It feels like a close knit community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bell Tower- a beautiful giant clock tower with bells that go off every hour. There is a superstition that if you walk under the bell tower alone you won't graduate in 4 years. However, if you walk under the bell tower with your significant other you will get married!

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is a well known name for a reason. Getting a degree from Purdue University is a gift that will keep giving my entire life. Purdue is known not just around the country but around the world.

    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do for fun. Joining a club, sorority, or fraternity. Walking around campus. Playing sports or intramurals. Our beautiful new workout facility, the largest in the nation, has countless things to do for fun including rock climbing, a lazy river, zumba and other dance classes, recreational swimming pools and jacuzzis, and so much more!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Appreciate every moment at Purdue -you won't be there forever. Take the time to smell the roses and walk through the campus every moment you can. There is more to life than school - make sure to make time to have fun. Find a close circle of friends in your major and stick with them -they will get you through the long nights of homework and studying.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University constantly surprises me because both the students and the staff are innovative and the most talented and intelligent people I have ever met. Purdue has the most beautiful campus I've ever seen; walking around the campus every day makes me feel incredibly lucky to attend a school like this. Purdue is an old university with hundreds of years of history, research, innovation, and successful alumni.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join lots of clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus. Talk to current students in your field of interest.

    In three sentences

    Great place to study. Very helpful professors. Beautiful campus

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never really had any issues with campus safety, but I think the text message alerts/e-mails sent out make it seem like there is a bigger safety threat than there really is.

    Greek Life

    I don't participate in greek life, but it's a big deal at Purdue. There are lots of fraternities and sororities. They do their thing and people seem to enjoy being a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons and tons of clubs and activities around Purdue. The selection is truly amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for students looking to major in pharmacy and engineering. The programs for both here are phenomenal, but you absolutely have to be committed to your education. You will have to work your butt off!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT WALK UNDER THE BELL TOWER. If you walk under the bell tower, you will not graduate in 4 years!

    Bang for the buck

    In terms of amenities, Purdue seems to be lacking a bit compared to other schools. The faculty and classes are a good value, though.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and associations you can join at Purdue. The co-rec is amazing for anyone that enjoys being physically active; it even has rock climbing and bouldering walls!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are convenient. All the dining courts only offer all-you-can-eat buffet style meals, and the meal plans are a bit expensive. The restaurants you can also use some of your meal plan at are a bit disappointing. Other schools have real well-known restaurants, whereas starbucks is the only exception. There are lots of great restaurants right off campus that it would be great if they could be included in the meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms at Purdue have rooms that are much smaller than those at other colleges. There's also no air conditioning in most of the dorms. It costs a great deal more money to obtain a single, unshared room or to upgrade to bigger nicer dorm rooms with air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies from major to major and even from course to course. However, there are resources available to help you succeed in even the toughest courses and majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school to get into Purdue, and hopefully get some scholarship money. Don't try to take it easy your freshman year in terms of studying; hit the ground running and get off to a good start.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is a great school with a beautiful campus. The variety of majors offered makes Purdue an excellent choice for just about everyone. There's also a lot of choices when it comes to extracurricular activities.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I honestly have never felt threatened or unsafe on campus. There are emergency call buttons all over campus, the campus is very well lit, at the beginning of school they give you an emergency number that you can call if you feel unsafe and they will walk you home, and there are simply so many people walking around that I feel if something bad happens to me, there will always be so many people there that would help me. I overall feel Purdue is a very safe campus, especially since they have that number that will call people to walk you home. Though I have never felt unsafe so I have never used it, it is nice to know that it is there.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally a part of Greek Life but I have heard a lot about it and the people that I talked to said that it is a lot of fun. It was very interesting to see all of the people going through Rush, it looked like they were all having a very fun time. Also, there are so many places to choose from, if you are interested in Greek Life, Im sure that you could find one that you love.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a member of two clubs right now (though one of those clubs has around four subgroups so I guess I am really a member of five clubs) a I love the experience! Though it is sometimes hard to go to them because of school work, I still go every week and I enjoy them so much! There are so many options to pick from that there will most likely be a club that you are interested in, and if there isn't, then you can find some friends and start a new one! I love all of the clubs and activities they have around campus, it makes college life really exciting.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for any type of student. Purdue is so big that no matter what type of a person you are, there will most likely be something for you. Even if you like smaller schools, recetations seem like you are in a smaller school setting and if you join a club you can make really close friends like you were at a smaller school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition that they have on campus is that there is a lion head fountain which is a fountain with four lion heads on it and so before any test you are supposed to drink from each head (because water pours out of each lions' mouth) and it is supposed to help you do good on your test. There is another one called the fountain run where you run through all of the fountains that are all over campus. Not only is it fun to do, but it is very hilarious to watch people do it.

    Bang for the buck

    I really love Purdue University because the campus is just so beautiful and welcoming. I love all of the scenery and going outside on a warm day, laying in the grass on a blanket with a book, or even studying, is really relaxing.

    What to do for fun

    I often go to Dairy Queen with friends, go to club meetings for clubs that I have joined, watch movies (they have a whole catalogue of movies that you can get for free!), or go hang out with friends for fun. I would really advice joining one or more clubs because not only are they super fun but they also let you meet a lot of people that have the same interests as you and you often end up making really good friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Purdue University is so amazing! There is so much though that it is usually hard to choose so I end up getting too much! I love the diverse types of food that you can get; you can get Italian, Asian, American, etc. Whatever you want, they have it. Also, the desserts are so amazing!! If you are in a hurry though they have these places called On the Go where they have food that you can just grab and go but it is still really good. They have soups, sandwiches, chips, drinks, and more there. It is very conveniant.

    Dorm Life

    At Purdue University I love the dorm life! Everyone is so nice in the dorms and are all willing to help. We all go to a dining court together every Tuesday (everyone on our floor that is) and we have started to work out every Tuesday night together too. Our Resident Assistant also posts fun things in the bathrooms and in the hallways too. She posts fun things to do around campus, outings that our floor is going to have (we went to Orange Leaf once), and she posts things that we can interact with. For example, she has posted now a board where we write our classes so we can find other people to study with.

    Academic Rigor

    At Purdue University I always feel challenged. The work can sometimes be very difficult and time consuming, but the teachers and teacher's aids are always there to help if you have questions about the homework. So though it is difficult, there are always ways to find help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips that I would give are to not be afraid to go talk to your teachers. Teachers can at first seem intimidating but all of the teachers here are really nice and they are all willing to help you if you just ask. Also, there are many opportunities to get to know them better, such as my Chemistry teacher goes every Friday to eat at a dining court at the same time and she says that students are welcome to join her. Take advantage of those opportunities because not only will it help you learn more about the class but you can also learn about the teacher!

    In three sentences

    I think that Purdue University is a very prestigious university to go to. All of the classes are extremely informative, I have learned a lot in just the few weeks that i have been here, and all of the teachers seem very interested in what they are doing and they all are extremely helpful.

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I was assulted and threaten in a class, on campus. The Purdue Police didnt think it was worth pressing charges on the student. They didnt seem to want to work with me till my lawyer got involved. Also The NAACP had to be called to get things in order.

    Clubs and Activities

    BCC (Black Culture Center) Is for everyone. Join BVOI (Black Voices of Inspiration) everyone is welcome to join

    Bang for the buck

    The Bookstores are expensive. GET YOUR BOOKS ONLINE IF YOU CAN.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a good school, but because Purdue is known, classes are harder then other schools

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared Be tolerable towards different groups of people Have fun, but serious about school

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    They don't tell you how really expensive it is!

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs to get involved in! If they don't have it, then you can always start it. I am currently doing sand volleyball and I might try out ultimate frisbee. There is Dance Marathon, Photography Club, Belly Dancing Club, Business Clubs, Pharmacy Clubs-you name it and you can most likely find it. It is really convenient because they have a website offering all the clubs A-Z (over 900!). You don't have to be amazing at sports to get involved. There are tons of churches, so you can try them out also. On the weekends, they have speakers and concerts. Last but not least, there are always fraternities throwing parties!

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining courts. The food just honestly depends on the day. They have make your own pizza, pasta, omelets, etc. Breakfast depends on the dining court as well. It is definitely not a home cooked meal that you may be used to at home, but they do have good stuff. Nearly every meal, there is a salad bar so you can eat healthier. My favorite is the make your own sandwich. It is like Subway, but better since you put directly what you want on it and you can toast it as well! There are always sweets as well, which many can't resist. WIth the amount of walking you do, it's okay to sneak in a cake here or there!

    Dorm Life

    There are tons of places to live. Some are closer to campus than others, but you end up getting used to it. Some dorms have air conditioning, while others don't. It is only hot for the first month, so it doesn't really make a difference. Talk to upperclassman who have a feel for the dorms. There are always people in the lobby studying or just hanging out, so if you want to socialize, you will not be alone!

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman, I feel that my high school prepared me well with AP Classes. If you haven't been exposed to any material that you are studying, it will be difficult. Take it one day at a time and don't fall behind! Try to treat school like a job-you study and go to class from 8-5 and then save time for fun and clubs after!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring an umbrella and rain boots! The weather is unpredictable, so you want to have a jacket just in case as well. You have to find a balance between going out and studying for tests. Put yourself out there and talk to strangers! You never know what kind of friendships could form.

    In three sentences

    A welcoming campus with numerous cultures and tons of clubs to get involved in. There are opportunities everywhere, but you have to put yourself out there. The campus size is awesome and feels like a little town of its own.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun, but most importantly get involved on campus. Whatever you're interested in, there's a class/internship/club for that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and study hard.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is an amazing school. With its beautiful campus and overflowing opportunities for students to not only thrive in their given fields but also become a well rounded individual, Purdue is definitely the place to be. I cannot imagine another university I'd want to go to.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safewalk- call to have someone escort you home. Blue safety buttons call police or safewalk people if you feel uncomfortable. Always have a buddy.

    Greek Life

    Many options

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons

    Great for these types of students

    This is a place for students who want the full college experience and a great education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain Runs, Den Pops, and walk around Pao Hall (the art building) their projects outside change every year and are very interesting, and there is always an art gallery to browse through.

    Bang for the buck

    In the dinning courts Get the BOILER BLOCK PLAN. you won't waste swipes and you can swipe in friends with this plan only. On-the-go is convenient, but a rip off.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, Intramural sports, Go to the Co-rec, go down to Chauncey hill for dinner, pay attention to flyers that advertise comedy shows and upcoming concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Look at the menus online, don't go in blind and waste meal swipes when you can't find anything you want to eat. There are apps for smart phones.

    Dorm Life

    The cheapest dorms, in my experience, are where you find the quality friends that will be there through you academic career. leave your door open to the hallway so people can come in and strike up a conversation and you will find common ground.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be hard or easy depending on if you go to class, take notes and do your homework, or if you slack off and cram before exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    First thing to do is get a Mortar board. It is Purdue's planner and hold a lot of information about Purdue campus, club call-outs, a map of campus, and many other useful bits of information. Start conversations with people, make friends in your major to form study groups to enhance your learning experience and for help on homework you don't understand and the professor doesn't explain in a way you can understand it. Talk to upperclassmen in your course of study, they can give you valuable information on courses and professors so you can pick the ones that will fit you and make you more likely to succeed. Study Abroad, everyone is going to college or getting a degree anymore, you need something to set you apart besides a GPA. The workforce is more competitive and you have to be on your toes to get the job.

    In three sentences

    It is a very large campus which allows many opportunities for leadership and a lot of networking opportunities. It has many different majors and specialties within majors that allow for more extensive studies and abilities to easily obtain minors along with majors. The academic advisers know their material and are willing and eager to help students reach their full potential and explore their options.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue Police- Rocks the world here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful musical shows. Things just keep on happening.

    Bang for the buck

    top university- top jobs.

    What to do for fun

    Kayaking, Co-rec (the 100mil sports facility), make friends, Music. There is nothing you won't find here. Sometimes the fun gets the better of you and you forget the 5 star rigorous studies.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing dining facilities with a lot of eateries all around the place. The best of all are the cookouts happening everyday at random spotds. Walk in, say hi and yay! free food.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing open people, with clean safe facilities. This is one place you can make your first home.

    Academic Rigor

    Studies are tough, but the syllabus moulds you and teaches you to think in ways never before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard on your CV and SOP, because if you're looking at Purdue, then you know that this the place you have to be, There is no looking back. Give it all you got.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful serene campus set amidst a perfect town, Purdue enchants one and all. The rankings do not lie, with A grade research facilities and professors one truely discovers himself. As an international student, there is no where else i'd rather be.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue safety is very impressive. There are emergency boxes all throughout campus that glow blue at night so that they are always visible. Also, Purdue offers the safety walk program; if at any point in the night you feel unsafe, you call and a trained student will walk you home from any part of campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is very prominent. There is so much diversity in the greek life. Almost anyone would be able to find a house that fits them.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. Residence halls hold competitions, there are many various clubs throughout campus, greek life offers a lot of variety, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD IS AMAZING! Purdue is very well know for its cafeteria menus. Each dining court offers something different every night.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice here. They are always clean and active. No matter what time it is, you can go to the common room and find a buddy.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone is truly concentrated on academics. Walking through campus you can feel it in the air and in classrooms it shines bright as intent students listen to the lecture being given.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to visit Purdue. It is an unbelievable feeling standing amongst the beautiful architecture emerged in an atmosphere of students who want to excel academically and live the ultimate college life. Once enrolled, it is necessary to sign up for BGR. It is easily the best orientation. Not only is it a blast, but you get to experience a part of Purdue that only BGR students are exposed to.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is unlike any other college. Walking through campus you can feel that everyone here is focused highly on academics. However, Purdue students also know how to have the best college experience through clubs, greeklife, sports, and so much more!

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. There are thousands of clubs to join, intramural sports, and places to meet new friends!

    Food and Dining

    Food is healthy yet fast.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It's intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't blow off high school. Save money by taking college classes that are offered in highschool.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is where my family has gone. Purdue is where I am. Purdue will take me where I want to be.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Ford, Wiley, and Windsor are the most crowded dining halls by far. Hillenbrand, among the others, have average lines and offer average food. There are plenty of other place to eat around campus beside the dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    It is far from chaotic like other dorms you might have read about from other colleges. McCutcheon is rather laid back and has many amenities, but far away from campus. For the most part, they are all standard size rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is notorious for its strength in science and in engineering. Therefore, you should expect courses relating to those areas very challenging, though, not impossible. Apart from that, the Liberal Arts are sometimes, and I emphasize that, they are sometimes easier.

  • 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.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD can be found anywhere on Purdue. The campus is lighted during all hours. There is a help system composed of buttons students can press, if they feel they are threatened. They can continue to move, pressing button after button to give their location to the authorities. The sirens for fire drills work well, waking up the deepest sleeper. Tornado siren does its job as well, alerting anyone to present danger. RA's are well informed of safety procedures, so you're safe in the dorm at all times. There is little crime, and Purdue has a texting system in place to alert anyone of possible danger or recently committed crimes. This college keeps an extremely safe environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs at Purdue. You will find something that you enjoy with other people, whether that be ultimate Frisbee, fencing, Doctor Who, writing, Greek life, football, swimming, dancing, and the list keeps going. There is a club for everything at Purdue.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for anyone wanting a challenge, but not wanting to attend an Ivy League school. Students are typically nerdy, so great for anyone who wants to be part of that crowd. Organized, hard working students will feel most at home here, being able to take on and conquer the challenges Purdue will offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman should never walk under the bell tower. Tradition states you won't graduate in four years. Another tradition is crossing the railroad tracks coming towards Purdue, representing that you are starting your journey towards your degree. You will cross the other way during graduation, representing the end to all your hard work, and the beginning of your life outside of Purdue.

    Bang for the buck

    The bus system will save you a lot in transportation costs. The buses will take you anywhere you need to go in the Lafayette and West Lafayette areas. There are local stores that can save you money, such as the Discount Den, which is famous for its drinks as well. PASE is a student organization that will save you 10% at Follett's, the university bookstore. I also recommend using dining dollars you receive with a meal plan at the Tarkington and Meredith stores. They will save you a lot on food, and they are included in a meal plan, so might as well use them.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities for anyone. I highly recommend getting involved in clubs that cater to your interesting. Intramural sports are incredibly fun as well. There is a full gym on Purdue's campus that offers anything you could imagine. Weights, tracks, even a pool are all available to students. The night life is fantastic as well. You can go to the local movie theater, eat at one of several fantastic local restaurants, or enjoy a late night Walmart run with friends! If you're not having fun, it's because you don't want to.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts are absolutely fantastic. There are foods from all cultures, sating any palette, a buffet style dining court, and the hours satisfy any schedule. The staff is always friendly, and the dining courts are always kept clean. Crowding can be an issue, but the wait is worth it. If you feel you are out of time, there are On the Go spots to allow you to grab a quick bite to eat before continuing with your day. Purdue's dining courts are top notch.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is unique depending on where you stay. You can find a sense of community within any dorm, and you'll make friends no matter where you stay. Some dorms are a little more rundown, while others are nicer. They are all kept cleaned and stocked with whatever a college student could need. There are several to choice from, fulfilling any budget or luxury needs. Chances are, if you don't like the dorm, you will usually be out of it anyways.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic life is challenging. There will be a large amount of homework, keeping students busy for most of their time at Purdue. There is always help to be found, however, and any work load is manageable, so long as you keep working on your various assignments. All the teachers are willing to offer help, and they know exactly what they are doing. The academic life can be overwhelming, but what you'll get out of the hard work will be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Be prepared to pay, explore all options 2.) Be active in the school system! 3.) Don't be afraid to try new things. You'll be surprised at what you'll enjoy!

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a great college to attend, offering a variety of classes and opportunities to make any prospective student content. The atmosphere is generally friend, the partying kept away from the main campus, and the city surrounding Purdue is fun to explore. This college is a great choice for anyone even considering the school.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Eager to learn and can balance school life with a social life.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for in-state students is extremely reasonable and you are getting an education recognized around the world.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of places to eat and drink. There are parks and trails to walk along. There is a small zoo and mall nearby also.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue offers a variety of options for people of all religions and food preferences.

    Dorm Life

    I have not experienced the dorm life at Purdue.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, the difficulty level can vary, but none are easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be ready to study hard and apply themselves. Purdue does not offer classes you can just float through mindlessly. Order your books online for the best prices, but do it early, so you get them in time for classes to start. Study for the exams. Do not slack off during the general studies classes, because it will bring down your overall GPA. Get to know the professors, because later they can connect you with jobs or internships.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an academically challenging university. It raises the bar for public universities. Fellow students are friendly, always willing to help, and not overly competitive.

  • 08/08/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    From what I've heard the food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Sounds exciting, I can't wait to go check it out in a few weeks, and talk to some of the grads students about it.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a hard core studies school. There will be challenges, but no matter what you have to push through.

    In three sentences

    I am so excited to go visit, the programs are amazing here!

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go on a fountain run. Join Purdue Outing club or any club that you are interested in!

    Food and Dining

    Dining courts are the bomb!

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun and great way to meet friends. Just pick good ones!

    Academic Rigor

    Most majors are fairy difficult at Purdue. Engineers complain way too much though, it gets really annoying!

    Tips for prospective students

    It's all about the choices you make and the friends you choose to surround yourself with. This will make or break your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is a fine school with many great opportunities to get involved in what you are interested in! The professors, for the most part, are really helpful and you can tell they care about your success. Although, sometimes the class size makes it difficult for them to get to know you one on one, there are still opportunities outside of class.

  • 07/31/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    its a very good deal instate. however i'm out of state and tuition is expensive

    Food and Dining

    excellent, lots of different kinds, each food court is dedicated to a different type of food. Its pricy though

    Dorm Life

    Rooms are small with bathrooms shared by the whole floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Ranked #1 for hardest grading, its competitive but it also comes with a reputation

    In three sentences

    Lots of things to study and lots to do. Beautiful campus with good food. Dorms are typical.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue is a really save campus. The police are always patrolling, and if there is any suspicion or danger in the area, the police contact you on your student email. For walking alone, there are police call boxes on almost every corner of campus. They also have services where you can be escorted at night called Safe Walk.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are hundreds of different organizations and clubs around campus. There are club sports if you do not want to play on the university teams which meet in both the fall and spring. There are clubs ranging from Doctor Who watchers all the way to professional organizations for your major. The rec center on campus is a new addition that students love to spend their time at.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue University has amazing dining courts. There are five different dining courts located around campus that have a large variety of foods. Purdue does an excellent job for accommodating food for international students. Besides American food, the dining courts serve Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Mexican. Most of the types of food have been Americanized; however, some are authentic. If you do not want to eat at dining courts, Purdue also has three On-the-Go locations around campus where you can get food. The Student Union next to the center of campus also has an arrangement of food restaurants to eat at if you do not want to go to a dining court.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Purdue is very well organized. There are no curfews and it is easy to switch roommates. The favorite dorms among students are Harrison, McCutcheon, Earhart, and Shreve, but if you are wanting to save money, Wily, Tarkington, Owen, and Meredith are good choices, but they do not have air. Hillenbrand and First Street Towers are expensive dorms to live in, and Windsor (all girl dormitory) and Cary Quad (all boy dormitory) are the most unique. Cary is most compared to Hogwarts in Harry Potter.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes at Purdue you do not need to study for; however, most classes take a lot of study time and are not easy to get an A. Most of the STEM courses are curved, but expect to study at least two hours a day per course to receive good grades.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University provides extraordinary benefits that exceed the cost of attendance. Traveling the world can be transformed from a dream into a reality when you attend Purdue. Purdue University has amazing job preparation and placement for all majors with the help of job fairs, advisers, and the Center for Career Opportunities.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beware the squirrels!

    What to do for fun

    Purdue Village is fun especially at night. It's a great walk around area.

    Food and Dining

    Purdue is known for their dining, and they should be. The food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    You can go to any dorm and make friends, but if you like your privacy, this might try you.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect things to be difficult. You might get lucky and have 1 cake class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure everything is turned in by November 1st. You might get more money.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is what makes West Lafayette. Even the Walmart carry their apparel. So sweet, and so welcoming.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do Bowling alley in the Purdue Student Union Movie Theater Walking Distance Slater Hill Plays movies Hanging Out with friends Dorms mostly have activities to do together

    Food and Dining

    Dining courts are good but after awhile you begin to get sick of the same kind of food over and over.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, it helps you find other students who are learning different things or the same things that you are. Freshman year is the best because everyone is on a clean slate.Most of the time you will begin learning your freshmen class because you all have to take the freshmen core classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue has an amazing academic criteria for students, you must keep up with your work and find great study habits for exams and quizzes. Taking notes are the best thing to do for large lectures. Another way to get through classes easier and effectively is to not be shy in the classroom. Speak with your peers; exchange numbers and arrange study dates to learn together. It makes things fun and efficient when exam time arrive. Don't wait till the last minute to do anything because you're professors give you enough time to learn the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Become friends with the upperclassman they have been there more they KNOW more. 2. Don't stay in your room to study, you learn better being in different locations 3. Finish your homework if you like to party before you go out. 4. Don't be ashamed to buy used books 5. Utilize the bus system! 6. ASK ASK ASK ASK QUESTIONS! 7. Your professors are your FRIENDS USE THEM. 8. Office hours are key to success 9. It is not uncommon to have your first F on an exam it is not the end of the world keep pushing and moving forward don't worry you will still graduate 10. Don't believe everything you hear, go to the source when you have an issue.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is very challenging. The environment of the campus makes me feel at home.I love being part of this University because each day that I go to class I know I will graduate with excellence.

  • 07/26/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    tons of small businesses.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of small businesses.

    Academic Rigor

    a tough but good engineering program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, you will know way more than the site tells you.

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful campus. Neat engineering program. Hope to go here maybe.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Failing because you cant get help from your teacher because they learned English on their drive to work that morning

    What to do for fun

    Purdue has something scheduled always, and also has many clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hold Fast

    In three sentences

    I think that Purdue is a great school with classes that get the proper points across. I do have trouble sometimes understanding my teachers though because the majority of them are foreign. The classes are very hard if they have anything to do with math, science, engineering, and technology.

  • 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.

  • 07/18/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Purdue has some of the best food and dining halls in the world. It is nationally ranked within the top 25 best dining hall systems. It has a wide variety of food choices and it is simply remarkable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is something to be very proud of at Purdue University. They offer Learning communities and have very responsible and trust worthy RA's to make sure underclassmen have someone they can rely on during their major life transition of living on their own.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Rigor at Purdue is set at a rather difficult level. Graduating with a degree from Purdue carries a lot of weight and accomplishment. This science orientated school is geared to challenge students and make them smarter intellectuals.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe, I walk during the week back and forth the library and during the weekends to go out really late and I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Awesome, just try it!!! You don't lose anything and I guarantee you're going to love it. Everyone is so nice, it's not cliche-movie-greek life. You learn so much, you meet so many people and you do fun stuff, besides going out we are also very involved in the community and love participating in each others philanthropies and events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1. Breakfast Club - the morning of the football games, people dress in crazy costumes and go to the bars at 5:00 am pretty crazy huh??? After that everyone's up tailgating as long as they want. 2. Fountain Run - just running through the fountains on campus, its really fun especially when its like 90 degrees outside!

    What to do for fun

    1. GO GREEK!!!! 2. Fountain Run 3. Go to sports events, from football games (TAILGATESS) to basketball, volleyball and track. Purdue is a big ten school so we're good and its fun. 3. Go to the co-rec (It's huge and actually a lot of fun) 4. Go to the pool in the co-rec(it's brand new) 5. Just talk to everyone and you'll always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Great in the dinning courts, and ok around campus, not that many options but there is good places.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard, but don't let that discourage you, there's a lot of resources and always people around to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Start with classes with the right foot, and by that I mean don't take it easy just because its the first semester or year, trust me you'll pay it later. 2. Join every club and organization you can think of(and you like) because you meet so many people. 3. Always talk and smile people around here are very nice.

    In three sentences

    1. Purdue is very diverse you meet people from all over the world and learn from different cultures. 2. Purdue is a lot of fun there is so many clubs and organizations you can join and everyone is nice and welcoming. 3. Purdue is challenging, the classes at Purdue require a lot of time and sometimes can be really hard, but they provide great resources to help stay on top of thing..

  • 07/17/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security ensure the well being of everyone at Purdue and make sure they do everything in their power to keep people safe.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has one of the largest Greek programs in the nation. If you're looking to join a fraternity or sorority, Purdue has endless options.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of different clubs and extracurriculars that you can choose to participate in at Purdue. Purdue offers intramural and club sports as well as many social clubs to fit every type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    Purdue is great for anyone who wants to have fun, meet a lot of new people, and for anyone who is serious about getting a good education and a solid job after college.

    Bang for the buck

    Purdue is ranked highly in quality education and helping people to get a good job following college.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, club sports, join a club, meet friends in your residence hall.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts at Purdue are glorious. Having only visited them a couple times, I am very excited about eating there for the next few years. Quality food, many different locations.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be small and stuffy but they have a lot of character. In the fall, I am living in Tarkington and it has no air conditioning. However, after the first couple of weeks, air conditioning isn't a big deal. Living in the dorms at Purdue is a great way to meet new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but manageable at Purdue. Everyone can pass all of these classes with hard work and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be social. Meet as many people as you can in the first few weeks. Go to Boiler Gold Rush. It's the greatest way to meet new people the week before school starts and it's really fun.

    In three sentences

    Purdue has a wide variety of majors to offer every type of person. No matter what career you plan on pursuing, Purdue has something for you. Everyone that I know that has attended Purdue truly believes that Purdue prepares them for the real world.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    It is very far from downtown. A little bit inconvenient but good environment for study.

    In three sentences

    It is a very good university with very good facilities. It is very good at engineering which is my favorite major. It has a lot of interesting activities for student to do

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs. Zombies--- A nerf tag game that takes place for an entire week!

    Bang for the buck

    Not bad. Better than most.

    What to do for fun

    Humans vs. Zombies! <- My favorite club. Honestly there is always something going on at Purdue! One of the biggest benefits of going to college!

    Food and Dining

    It's expensive to eat dorm food. Expensive but convient. There is always a trade off.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on who you live with, you floor-mates, and overall how social you are. Don't get caught up in partying, school is more important! So many kids dropped out of FYE because they couldn't keep up anymore.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are extremely hard. You have to study at least a week in advance for a majority of the tests. However, help is always available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms the first year, and do BGR! I learned all the ins and outs of the campus my first year. Totally worth it!

    In three sentences

    I love being a student at Purdue! It has the quaint small town feel, while still being located in a fairly big city (just spread out more). The university does all it can to help you, and everyone is relatively friendly.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Purdue has their own police force as well as emergency buttons placed throughout campus. I get text alerts when there is some sort of issue on campus that involves the police like a robbery or assault, and last year there were very few. Maybe 2 or 3 instances. It really is a safe campus and it feels safe as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. It has one of the highest number of greek houses on a college campus, so it's nice to find the one that's right for you. Everyone is very helpful during recruiting when trying to get you to join their fraternity or sorority. It's a great opportunity to make connections with people and make new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs you can join. They try to advertise themselves as well so you can find them. If you can't find a club for you, then you can make your own as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, technical, hard working, people who want to have a successful career

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you walk under the bell tower, it is said you will not graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a public university, you can't get a much better school for the price. It really is at Ivy League level academically but at a fraction the cost. It is even better if you live in Indiana.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I go to athletic events like basketball and football. It's a lot of fun getting into your sports team. I know a lot of people join the greek life for fun and to make a lot of new friends and colleages.

    Food and Dining

    By far the best dining courts I've ever been to. The food is excellent, and there is a huge variety to pick from. From creating your own personal pizza to dining with chinese food, the dining courts offer a wide variety of food choices in the same building. It is all buffet style where you pay to enter using your meal plan which makes it very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very well kept and some are well equiped. The older ones to not have air conditioning, but considering it's only hot on campus for a short amount of time, it's not a big deal. The RA's keep everyone active and help you to meet new people. Overall, dorm life is a great experience and highly recommended especially your first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Purdue is not an easy university. It has to keep its high academic reputation and that results in very challenging courses

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to people in the major that you are interested in. Use Facebook or even ask the advisors for some people that you can talk to.

    In three sentences

    Purdue is an excellent university for anyone. They support a lot of majors, and their research and technical programs are second to none. The campus is well kept and constantly updating, and the athletic program is successful and exciting to be around.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The West Lafayette police department conducts regular patrols around campus, making Purdue generally very safe, but you will occasionally hear about some strange things.

    Greek Life

    Purdue has many Greek societies to choose from and they host their rush periods every semester for those who wish to join

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of different student clubs offering a wide variety of activities to keep yourself entertained with. For sports fanatics, the Co-Rec (Cordova Recreational Center) has equipment and space for weightlifting, rock climbing, swimming, badminton, basketball, etc. There is also a large field (the intermural fields) where you can play soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc. For those who are 21 & over, there is a variety of bars that you can attend.

    Food and Dining

    There are five dining courts and most of them are located on the western side of campus where the majority of the dorms are located. Each dining court has their own distinctive menu to satisfy any diet or meal preferences that students may have.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to start your college life. I lived in the dorms my freshman year and it is a great way to meet a lot of new people really fast. The only downside is how significantly better some dorms are over others. I also dislike the fact that there are a few single-sex dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes intended for your major are designed to be challenging so students can demonstrate their determination towards graduating in the field you chose. If you are ever feeling like you are struggling with your classes, professors and teaching assistants are readily available to answer questions and help you succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    I speak from personal experience when I say that Purdue has a lot of weed out classes (particularly in engineering). My advice for prospective students is not to get discouraged by these classes because once you get through them, you will move on to classes that are specific to your major and your interests.

    In three sentences

    Purdue University is best known for its engineering and sciences schools but is equally strong in its social sciences and humanities. Purdue University conducts a great deal of research in all fields and students are encouraged to get involved in research programs for an invaluable hands-on learning experience. Purdue isn't all about academics; there are also plenty of student clubs, greek life, bars, etc, making for a thriving social life.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    One can always go to the restaurants close to campus, or join the fraternities/sororities that keep organizing events. There are hundreds of clubs to join ranging from dancing to cooking to theater to robotics. And of course, there is always the mall for the shopaholics!

    Food and Dining

    There are 5 dining courts on campus available to students and visitors, serving meals from all over the world!

    Dorm Life

    There is a large variety of dorms on campus, and there is one to suit every taste.

    Academic Rigor

    This again depends on the major you have chosen. Most courses are challenging but with enough effort and focus one can overcome all difficulties! Plus, the professors and teaching assistants are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    If ones goes here for the sole purpose of a balance college life; then they will not regret it!

    In three sentences

    Purdue has given me a new and fun way to look at college studies. It not only focuses on the academic aspect but also encourages its students to excel on the co-curricular front. It is a wonderful experience to work with professors,sit in the classrooms/lecture halls and enjoy the beautiful and scenic campus.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Attending football games is a great way to have some fun, meet new people, and cheer on some fellow Boilermakers. Boiler up!

    Food and Dining

    If you don't watch out, Purdue dining courts will have you gaining the freshman 15 before you know it! The dining courts are amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm is different. Some are all boys while others are all girls. It all comes down to preference.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a very good high school, so I was ready for Purdue's rigorous curriculum. However, I still spend a lot more time studying for college exams than I did in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put yourself out there in the beginning. Of course it's going to take a little adjusting first, but don't waste any time. It'll be gone before you know it. Get involved in clubs, greek life, and other campus activities. I promise you will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    At Purdue University, you'll never be bored! There are so many activities all over campus. Not to mention, there is hundreds of clubs to choose from to meet people who you have something in common with.

  • 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 those late night cravings!

    Dorm Life

    The best time of my life! Especially when you are in a learning community, you are connected with other people with similar interests and career goals. This makes it easier to get help with homework, assignments,and studying. Also, weekly floor activities are super fun and allows you to connect with your floor mates more!

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely difficult, especially an engineering major. However difficult does not mean impossible. There are a lot of people (professors, teaching assistants, student help centers, fellow classmates) that are happy to help whenever you are struggling with a concept.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be shy to ask for help! If you need it, it is there. The professors are just waiting for students to come up to them. Persistence and hard work in the classroom will prove beneficial in many ways! There is a whole team of people just waiting to help you succeed so you never feel like you're alone on something.

    In three sentences

    Interactive and busy campus. Plenty of opportunities to get help from professors, office hours, TA's, etc. Friendly and easy to connect with faculty and students.

  • 07/12/2013

    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

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 07/10/2013

    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.

  • 07/02/2013

    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.

  • 07/01/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 06/18/2013

    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.

  • 06/18/2013

    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.

  • 06/01/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 05/03/2013

    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.

  • 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 :) .

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 03/23/2013

    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.

  • 03/20/2013

    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.

  • 03/16/2013

    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.

  • 03/08/2013

    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!

  • 03/07/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 02/27/2013

    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.

  • 02/25/2013

    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.

  • 02/24/2013

    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.

  • 02/15/2013

    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.

  • 02/13/2013

    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.

  • 02/11/2013

    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.

  • 02/11/2013

    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.

  • 02/09/2013

    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.

  • 02/07/2013

    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.

  • 02/05/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/19/2013

    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.

  • 01/16/2013

    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.

  • 01/16/2013

    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.

  • 01/10/2013

    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.

  • 01/08/2013

    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.

  • 01/06/2013

    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.

  • 01/06/2013

    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.

  • 01/05/2013

    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.

  • 01/04/2013

    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.

  • 01/02/2013

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 12/27/2012

    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

  • 12/26/2012

    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.

  • 12/26/2012

    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 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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    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.

  • 12/25/2012

    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.

  • 12/22/2012

    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.

  • 12/21/2012

    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.

  • 12/20/2012

    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.

  • 12/19/2012

    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.

  • 12/19/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/17/2012

    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.

  • 12/11/2012

    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.

  • 12/10/2012

    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.

  • 12/08/2012

    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!

  • 12/04/2012

    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.

  • 12/03/2012

    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.

  • 12/02/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 10/17/2012

    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.

  • 10/17/2012

    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.

  • 10/15/2012

    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!

  • 10/15/2012

    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.

  • 10/09/2012

    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.

  • 10/07/2012

    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.

  • 10/03/2012

    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.

  • 10/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 08/25/2012

    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

  • 08/13/2012

    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!

  • 08/12/2012

    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.

  • 08/08/2012

    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.

  • 08/08/2012

    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!

  • 08/02/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/23/2012

    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

  • 07/20/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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.

  • 07/18/2012

    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.

  • 07/17/2012

    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.

  • 07/17/2012

    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.

  • 07/13/2012

    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!

  • 07/12/2012

    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!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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 !

  • 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.

  • 07/10/2012

    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.

  • 07/08/2012

    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.

  • 07/06/2012

    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.

  • 07/06/2012

    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.

  • 07/05/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 06/27/2012

    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.

  • 06/26/2012

    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.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 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!

  • 06/23/2012

    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!

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 208 of 327

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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.

  • 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.

  • 06/20/2012

    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.

  • 06/19/2012

    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.

  • 06/18/2012

    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.

  • 06/12/2012

    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!

  • 06/12/2012

    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.

  • 06/09/2012

    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.

  • 06/06/2012

    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.

  • 06/06/2012

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

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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.

  • 06/01/2012

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 05/23/2012

    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

  • 05/21/2012

    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.

  • 05/18/2012

    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.

  • 05/17/2012

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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

  • 05/17/2012

    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.

  • 05/16/2012

    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.

  • 05/15/2012

    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.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 05/13/2012

    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.

  • 05/13/2012

    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.