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
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.admissions.purdue.edu/apply/apply.php
Address:Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:41,513
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):70%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:34,428 (83% 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:$10,002
Out-of-state Tuition:$28,804
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:65%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$11,163

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Purdue University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Purdue University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences21366
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1511
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11156
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services31832
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services22332
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields4841
English Language and Literature/Letters2311
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences322
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics733
Health Professions and Related Programs61987
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities21
Mathematics and Statistics2522
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies612
Natural Resources and Conservation511
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies311
Physical Sciences433
Social Sciences2444
Transportation and Materials Moving131
Visual and Performing Arts2114
Grand total4191457971

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Purdue University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields3
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Social Sciences1
Transportation and Materials Moving1
Grand total1171

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,220

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid4,56265%
Grant or scholarship aid3,18946%$11,163
Student loan aid2,37234%$7,742

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid15,39750%$9,951
Federal student loans9,54031%$6,141

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 2017

Number of applicants49,00729,80419,203
Percent admitted100%52%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled15%14%16%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment41,513
Undergraduate enrollment31,105
Graduate enrollment10,408

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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
    • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (School of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • (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

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