Purdue University--West Lafayette campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required


Early Action
November 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services
  • Agricultural and Food Products Processing
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Communication/Journalism
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agricultural Power Machinery Operation
  • Agricultural Production Operations, General
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Aquaculture
  • Crop Production
  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology and Processing
  • Horticultural Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General
  • Soil Sciences, Other
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Genetics, General
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Mycology
  • Neurobiology and Anatomy
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology and Cancer Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Radiation Biology/Radiobiology
  • Toxicology
  • Virology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Construction Management
  • Customer Service Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Office Management and Supervision
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations
  • Resort Management
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management
  • Transportation/Transportation Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Graphic Communications, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Programming, Other
  • Computer Programming, Specific Applications
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology
  • System Administration/Administrator
  • System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

  • Construction Trades

  • Building/Construction Site Management/Manager
  • Building/Property Maintenance and Management

  • Education

  • Administration of Special Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Community College Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Learning Sciences
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, Other
  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
  • CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
  • Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
  • Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Computer Hardware Technology/Technician
  • Computer Software Technology/Technician
  • Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
  • Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician
  • Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Instrumentation Technology/Technician
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  • Quality Control Technology/Technician
  • Robotics Technology/Technician
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying
  • Telecommunications Technology/Technician
  • Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Apparel and Textiles, Other
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
  • Fashion and Fabric Consultant
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition
  • Textile Science

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Blood Bank Technology Specialist
  • Chiropractic Assistant/Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  • Dietetic Technician (DTR)
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Health/Medical Physics
  • Hematology Technology/Technician
  • Histologic Technician
  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pathology/Pathologist Assistant
  • Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)
  • Phlebotomy/Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)
  • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  • Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Gerontology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Forestry, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Urban Forestry
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Meteorology
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General
  • Social Work

  • Science Technologies/Technicians

  • Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Flight Instructor

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

Purdue is a Big Ten school that provides "a world class education" with a name "that is known all over the world and not just the state of Indiana." The university is especially "known for being a great engineering school," but has a bevy of amazing programs including "a great nursing program," "a great Pharmacy program" and a "speech pathology program [that] is one of the best." "I knew that I would receive an unparalleled education here," an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering major says. Purdue, "cradle of engineers and quarterbacks alike," is known for its athletics as well as its academics. There is "great school spirit exhibited in student organizations and athletic events." Yet despite the "big campus atmosphere," the school still maintains "small-school feel within its individual colleges." The "knowledgeable and helpful" professors are "very excited about their topic of teaching" and "the classes are excellent and stimulating." "Many of my professors have at least ten years under their belts with PhD's," one student boasts. Students are not going to find easy classes here. Purdue has teachers that "expect the most out of you." However, "the difficult and rigorous curriculum" is a bonding experience that "increases out of the classroom skills such as communication and collaboration." Some students did worry that "many things (such as Industrial Roundtable) are focused almost exclusively on engineers, which leaves some other majors out in the cold." "The dining services are immaculate" at Purdue, and students love how the school "promotes green technology." One Biology major explains the Purdue appeal: "It has everything a college kid could want: sports, academics, clubs, and delicious food." Purdue provides an educational experience that students will remember the rest of their lives. As one student puts it: "Once a Boilermaker, always a Boilermaker."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Neil Armstrong
Astronaut - first man on the moon

Drew Brees
Super Bowl-winning quarterback

Brian Lamb
Founder, CEO, C-SPAN

Jen Lancaster
Best-selling author

Don Thompson
McDonald's CEO

Bob Peterson
Oscar-winning director, Pixar's Up

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
Pilot - the Hero of the Hudson

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

“The programs to help people out with career development are countless. That’s definitely a strength at Purdue,” raves one student, and students definitely seem to feel that the school leaves them well prepared to navigate life after graduation. The Center for Career Opportunities offers counseling on academic majors and career paths, networking and recruiting opportunities, resources for job and internship searches, and coaching on résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Overall, “Purdue has an outstanding reputation for developing difference makers, role models, and individuals who can think outside the box.” Out of Purdue alumni visiting PayScale. com, 50 percent report feeling as though they derive a high level of meaning from their careers.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms


Bottom Line

Tuition is about $9,200 for in-state students, with those from other states looking at a substantial increase to over $28,000. Room, board, books, and fees will increase this amount by another $12,000. “The financial aid package was the best offered to me, along with a very good scholarship.” Purdue is “cheaper than a private school but it is a world-renowned engineering school at the same time.” One student reports, “[Purdue] gave me a very generous scholarship package.”

Bang For Your Buck

One student describes the value of a Purdue education by saying, “I considered the problem mathematically. Math + science + social skills = engineering. Engineering + Midwest = Purdue.” Others add, “I knew that I would be receiving an excellent education and that I would be prepared for my chosen career field,” and explain that Purdue offers “a great education that will prepare you for a career, and it won’t break the bank,” and “tries its hardest to ensure everyone comes out of college with a job lined up.” Purdue also draws a lot of employers for internships and full-time positions at many of their career fairs; the school produces marketable graduates who are in high demand by a number of top employers. Students are not hesitant with their praise. “I love Purdue and all of the doors it has opened for me in terms of engineering jobs and opportunities.” The school’s “emphasis on real-world practical research and knowledge, combined with an emphasis on innovation and creative thinking, make Purdue a great choice for anyone looking to have a successful future.” High expectations ensure that the students at Purdue are well prepared for the future. “Nurturing a strong work ethic and high moral accountability” is important at Purdue, one student tells us. “It’s been extremely tough, and a lot of work, but I feel like a much better engineer than I would have been had I gone anywhere else,” says another appreciative enrollee.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



43% female
57% male
34% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

Located in Indiana, Purdue has a student body that is largely "white and from the Midwest" with "conservative political views." That said, one student points out that "West Lafayette is a pretty progressive town and usually ends up going Democratic if you check election records." A fair number of students say the school needs to work to bring "better diversity." "Most students are really down to earth" and "students can all find their niche here and get along well." Students tend to bond "within their majors" which "helps create a small-school feel within a huge university," although "it is not unheard of for people involved in different things to be with different people." There is a fair amount of animosity between majors since "science and engineering majors DO look down on other majors" and tend to think that non-technical majors "are a ‘joke' to the point that people are arrogant, obnoxious, and rude." Still, most students "fit in well" and at the end of the day "we take all kinds here and turn everyone into Boilermakers."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Students Say

Life at Purdue involves a lot of "time management" and "a typical student has a hard time completing all three S's (sleep, study, socialize) but has fun trying." As a Big Ten university, athletics make up a large part of campus life. "We have RossAde Brigade and Paint Crew, student clubs for cheering on the athletic teams, and they're fairly large," one Biology major explains. "Partying and hard alcohol [are] common," but seem to divide the student body. Some wish the administration put "more control on partying and drinking" while others wish it was "less strict on alcohol/drug policies." "Sometimes there isn't a lot to do in West Lafayette besides drink," and "students typically spend their time partying hard on Thursday nights at the Cactus and cramming on Sunday nights." "Greek life is huge at Purdue" although "not essential." West Lafayette is "close to Chicago and Indy" for weekend trips, and "students stay on campus most of the time, so it's not a huge deal that the town around us sucks." There is "always something fun to do on campus" too, such as "a club meeting, a social event/recreational event, or just plain studying." "Most people unwind and have fun by joining a club or organization" and everyone seems to find a place to fit in. Even quiet students blossom at Purdue as "the atmosphere on campus coaxes most out of their shell sooner or later."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Danita Brown, PhD, Associate Dean/Interim Director

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Please refer to our current guidelines found here: http://www.purdue.edu/odos/drc/learningdisability.php

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Please refer to our current guidelines found here: http://www.purdue.edu/odos/drc/adhd.php

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

19% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Boilermakers)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Boilermakers)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


It seems like every year Purdue is boiling up new sustainability initiatives. All campus programs have one thing in mind—minimizing the university’s impact on the environment. In March of 2013, Purdue University achieved a Silver rating from AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education), on its inaugural submission to STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). Grassroots initiatives are also sprouting up thanks to a proactive student body. For instance, the Black & Gold & Green Tailgate Team’s student volunteers worked hard to reach a 45 percent diversion rate in the tailgate lots of Purdue’s home football games in 2013. Purdue’s students also maintain the Purdue Student Sustainability Council, the Purdue Energy Forum, and Full Circle Agriculture at Purdue to name a few. But even with all of these measures in place, the green treasure on this campus has to be the state-of-the-art France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center (CoRec). With approximately 338,000 square feet of recreational space, the CoRec facility integrates green technologies and strategies to meet the fitness, wellness, and recreation needs of Purdue’s students. In line with the “living laboratory” approach outlined in Purdue’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, an exciting new experiential learning course that focuses on LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O+M) has been developed. Jerry S. Rawls Hall was the first building on campus to go through this student led LEED-EB: O+M process. Students are also working on achieving LEED-EB: O+M certification for the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Cathy Sleeth
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall, Room 109
West Lafayette, IN 47907

765 494 1776


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pudue Memorial Union
Recreational Sports Center
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Marriott Hall (hospitality and tourism management program)
Pao Hall for Visual and Performing Arts
Big Ten sports venues

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wolf Park
Wabash Heritage Trail
Ft. Quiatenon
Various events in town

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays during fall and spring semesters
8am-5pm (weekdays); 9am-noon (Saturday)
765 494 1776

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available


Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttles to Indianapolis (one hour) and Chicago (2+ hours) airports from campus. Amtrak and Greyhound serve Greater Lafayette.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Refer to Admissions website for comprehensive driving directions

Local Accommodations
The inexpensive Union Club (765-494-8900) is conveniently located on campus. The University Inn (3001 Northwestern Ave.; 765-463-5511) is a mile and a half away. Rates are at the low end of the moderate range and there is an indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and exercise room.