Purdue University

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School Overview

Purdue University is a world-class research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Established as a land-grant university in 1869, the West Lafayette campus is the flagship university of Purdue’s six-campus system. Purdue, a Big Ten Conference member, serves the second largest student body among Indiana universities and enrolls the fourth largest amount of international students in the United States.

Degree Programs

Purdue offers a broad selection of degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 fields of study and is renowned for its advanced engineering programs. Aviation history in America has been greatly influenced by the institution, which was the first college to offer credit for flight training, to create a four-year degree in aviation, and to establish a university airport (under the only College of Technology in the Big 10). In the mid-1900s, Purdue expanded its aviation program to include cutting-edge spaceflight technology. Purdue’s nickname, "Cradle of Astronauts," was born of the fact that Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, Eugene Cernan, and twenty other astronauts have graduated from Purdue.

Purdue is divided into twelve schools and colleges along with Pre-Med and Pre-Professional Programs and The IU School of Medicine. Other colleges include and feature the Colleges of Engineering, Agriculture, and Technology, as well as the newly established College of Health and Human Sciences. This college encompasses programs in Health Sciences, Nursing, Consumer Science, Psychological Science, and Nutrition for a wide range of career options.


Purdue is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Known as the Boilermakers, Purdue athletic teams play in the Division I/I-A NCAA. Teams include cross country, tennis, basketball, football, wrestling, and golf. The school is also a founding member of the Big Ten Conference.

Purdue’s classic rivals include the Indiana Hoosiers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Library System

Purdue’s library system includes 15 discipline-specific divisions, such as Archives and Special Collections; Life Sciences; Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education; Aviation Technology; and the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics.

Other library services include interlibrary loans use of media materials; electronic equipment check out; use of public computers; classrooms for study groups; and printing, copying, and scanning equipment. The library system was designed to reflect the university’s core strengths of agriculture, engineering, and science as well as the professional schools of business, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.


Purdue’s engineering program is strongly ranked, both nationally and internationally, with The U.S. News & World Report placing it as eighth nationwide. Purdue’s graduate program was ranked 10th in 2012, and The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) placed the engineering program at tenth internationally.

In 2011, the ARWU ranked Purdue 40th nationally, while U.S. News & World Report ranked it 62nd and Washington Monthly ranked it 79th.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Purdue offers scholarships and grants, loans, fee remissions and discounts, and federal work-study options to help students defray the cost of attendance. Scholarships include funds for National Guard members, senior citizens, nursing students and minority teachers.

Student Housing

There are a variety of living options, both on-campus and off. The university residence halls include Cary Quadrangle, Earhart Hall, First Street Towers, Harrison Hall, Owens Hall, and Shreve Hall. In addition, there are several cooperative housing properties, as well as fraternities and sororities; 20 percent of Purdue students opt for the latter.

Purdue University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (765) 494-4600
Website: https://www.purdue.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.admissions.purdue.edu/apply/apply.php
Address: Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 45,500
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 78%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 35,371 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,992
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,794
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 65%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,309

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Purdue University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Purdue University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 31376
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1511
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21156
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 311042
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 52331
Education 1511109
Engineering 9141212
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 22941
English Language and Literature/Letters 1311
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 323
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 733
Health Professions and Related Programs 1211097
History 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1522
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5612
Natural Resources and Conservation 2411
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 311
Physical Sciences 433
Psychology 3111
Social Sciences 3444
Transportation and Materials Moving 231
Visual and Performing Arts 3114
Grand total 7561458169

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Purdue University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,992
Out-of-state $28,794
Books and supplies $1,190

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,992
Out-of-state $28,794

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 5,435 65%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,677 44% $10,309
Student loan aid 2,824 34% $9,106

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 16,266 50% $10,292
Federal student loans 9,440 29% $5,907

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Purdue University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Purdue University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 55,311 33,896 21,415
Percent admitted 100% 56% 66%
Percent admitted who enrolled 15% 14% 16%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Purdue University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 45,500
Undergraduate enrollment 34,596
Graduate enrollment 10,904

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Purdue University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
    • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
    • (ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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