Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN, USA

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
58%
42%
Size of Town
Small city
In-State Students
66%
Out-Of-State Students
39%
US States Represented
47
Countries Represented
111
Ethnicity
African American
3%
Asian/Pacific Islander
7%
Hispanic
5%
White
64%
Multiracial
3%
Unknown
2%
Percent of First Generation Students
19%
Student Organizations
968
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes
Cultural Student Resource Groups
Yes

Housing

0
100
40%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No
Disability Housing Available
Yes
0
100
92%
Freshman Living on Campus

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Boilermaker Special
School Colors
old gold and black
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Big Ten Conference
Total Male Athletes
292
Total Female Athletes
191
Intramural Sports
27
Sports Club
52
Sports Team (Men)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
Sports Team (Women)
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading-Dance Team
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
24-HR escort safety rides
Yes
Mobile campus emergency alert
Yes

What Students Are Saying

4.22 Average Rating
Ah, the dining courts. The waiting for an hour on chicken tender and make your own mac and cheese night.
I, personally, like the food. It's pretty good. Plus if you have the meal plan it's SO convenient. The way it works is like this:
You buy a plan (say 13 swipes per week). 3 meals a day, the courts are open 3 times a day for 6 days, closed Sunday (if I remember correctly). So you are basically covered for the whole week.
Plus you get to eat and not have to worry about cooking yourself food or buying groceries. Plus if you can't sit down and eat, there are on-the-go options.
But, if you don't want to pay for the meal plan (which could be expensive depending on what you get) there are plenty of restaurants to go to or order from. Because delivery is huge on campus, why walk to a place when someone can bring the food to you?
Christina from Gurnee, IL
Purdue is ranked 16th in food in the US. The food is great! With 5 differently themed dining halls, restaurants in various places, markets, a food truck, and the food in the union all accessible through the meal plan, there is excellent variety.
Meal plans are only available if you live on campus however, and I will definitely miss the dining halls when I head off campus next year.
Evan from Placentia, CA
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.
Marie from Goose Creek, SC