Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN, USA
4.22 Average Rating

Purdue University-West Lafayette is a public research university founded in 1869 and the main campus of the Purdue University System. Purdue is home to 11 colleges and schools including a nationally renowned School of Engineering conferring degrees in over 200 majors. For students interested in the arts, the Purdue campus features two art galleries and over 30 musical ensembles. Throughout the year, Purdue Convocations presents a number of well-known musical and theatrical events for students and the community.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
57%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2019 January 15, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
66%
Out-Of-State Students
39%
59%
Submitting ACT
69%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 28
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1293
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
42,699
Total Number of Undergrads
32,132
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
38%
20-39 Students
34%
40-99 Students
19%
100+ Students
7%
0
100
47%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
75%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
13:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$13,746
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$9,992
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$28,794
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,030
Books and Supplies
$1160

Aid & Grants

0
100
77%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Aid Per Year
$10,703
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,234
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$6,845

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
35%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,188
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$17,250
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$217
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
58%
42%
Student Organizations
968
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
40%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Boilermaker Special
School Colors
Black/Gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Big Ten Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Indianapolis
Lafayette
Chicago
San Francisco
New York
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
71%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$62,200
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What Students Are Saying

4.22 Average Rating
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.
Marie from Goose Creek, SC
Purdue changed my life.
I have learned so much, thank you.
Hard to say goodbye.
Christina from Gurnee, IL
Purdue University is filled with surprises. No one would expect a school in central Indiana to be one of the most diverse, most academically rigorous, most involved, healthiest, and inspiring universities in the world. It is literally difficult to find things, social or academic, that Purdue isn't world renown for and the Big Ten nature of the school makes it home to one of the greatest times in a student's life.
Evan from Placentia, CA