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Founded in 1869, Purdue University-Main Campus. is a Public college. Located in Indiana, which is a city setting in Indiana, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 31,105 full time undergraduate students, and 10,408 full time graduate students.
The Purdue University-Main Campus Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 1989 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Purdue University-Main Campus include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at PU are considered Selective, with ,228% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 76% were in the top quarter, and 41% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Purdue University-Main Campus.
419 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.
307 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
438 Students rated campus food 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
442 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
441 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.
443 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
444 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
443 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
180 Students rated Purdue University-Main Campus
My opinion of Purdue is generally positive. I have nothing to complain about besides the on-campus housing being rather dirty and the food being sub-par. The classes are generally engaging, and there seem to be a lot of bright minds on Purdue's campus. It is also worth mentioning that people are overall very friendly and inclusive. There is a lot of diversity on campus.
I love it.
I haven't visited the campus
Personally, I think Purdue can be home to almost anyone. That’s what I was searching for when I chose a college. In terms of housing and the dining halls, they could be improved slightly, but you can feel that they do their best to accommodate everyone. College is what you make it, but Purdue does a wonderful job of trying to make every student feel included. Even when you’re not “in the know” you’ll still receive emails about different events, people are typically very friendly, everyone is educated or is trying to be. Purdue is very inspiring and they won’t let you fail. You have a tight knit of staff supporters and it’s very easy to make friends. Overall, Purdue is a wonderful school and I feel blessed to be enrolled.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Purdue University-Main Campus is 55%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
My advice to myself would be quite simple: Don't worry, everything will work itself out. When you go to college, it's an easy transition. You'll find friends, you'll lose some friends, but everything will work out, even if it seems like the end at the time of the rocky steps. You'll fall into a fantastic hobby, find out who your true friends are, and find out what you're destined to do with your life...and realize that Purdue University was the best decision. Without it, you wouldn't have found out your true self and never would have discovered how amazing life can be. If there is one thing to remember it's this: Don't be afraid, for there will only come good things, even if the good comes through a loss.
Classmates are hard workers.
The worst thing about Purdue is the location. West Lafayette is a very small town and there is not much to do unless you are 21. It is very much a college town and everything is based around Purdue. Also, the greek system at Purdue is huge and at times it seems that if you are not part of the greek community that you are almost an outcast.
Traditions are very important at Purdue, which made it a lot of fun. From not walking under the Bell Tower to breakfast club, learning the uniquely Purdue things made you feel included.
Purdue University, main campus and satellite campuses provide a world class education while minimizing living expenses & disruptions in employment; the nursing department staff members are outgoing, supportive & incredibly knowledgeable.
Size is the best thing about Purdue. It allows for a lot of diversity and a strong academic program, along with allowing students to find their respective niches. Basically there's something for everyone, but we're all tied together with alot of school spirit.
I wish I knew not to take on so much responsibility.
People with no motivation.
My overall opinion of Purdue University is that it is among the top schools in the nation to attend for the advancement of education and life skills. One experience that I will always remember was the day I moved into my dorm at Purdue. It was one of the best days of my life. Before I even came to Purdue they made me feel like I was already a student by constantly sending me newsletters, updates, and letting me know of the opportunities awaiting me when I arrived. When I did get to Purdue, it did not disappoint. Prospective students may worry that the school seems very large and overwhelming. Although the university is large, it hosts many different organizations and clubs that allow for the personal connections of a smaller school. This made it really easy to make friends almost immediately. The fact that Purdue offers so many different opportunities for students to meet others and get involved on campus and in the local community is one thing that makes it so great. In fact, there are over 880 clubs and organizations that any student can get involved in! Not only is Purdue focused on student involvement but also faculty involvement. I truly believe that the university offers world class professors. I have never taken a class with a professor who was not willing to speak with or help a student individually- even in a class that has 400 people! This makes it much easier for students to excel in the classroom. Another favorite part about Purdue for me is the intense school pride. Thousands of students attend athletic events each week and when you walk through campus you will notice most people proudly sporting their Purdue apparel. There is even a small train driven around campus that students can ride on called "The Boilermaker Special." The Boilermaker Special makes its rounds each day to remind us of our Boilermaker pride! While all of these staples of Purdue make me proud to attend this university, the thing that I love most is that it provides students with endless opportunities each and every day. In my time here I have learned that my college experience is whatever I want to make it and at Purdue University the sky is the limit.
Way too many international students in engineering. Especially Asians! It is very true as Purdue ranks very high in terms of international student population (looked it up in the year 2011 annual report) especially in the engineering majors.
I do not know. Popular is untouchable to me.
Any person should attend Purdue University. This college is the number one college in diversity in the nation, thus creating an environment any student can feel comfortable in. The campus is large, but is set up so it is easy to navigate. There are infinite clubs and activities to participate in, so students will easily create a "home away from home" at the college.
The most frustrating thing is that Lafayette isn't a big city... if you want to go to a big city you have to go to either Indianapolis or Chicago, and since freshman can't own cars, that's almost completely out of the question. Another personally frustrating thing about Indiana in general is the weather, but since I came from Hawaii I'm a little, I suppose, "sensitive" when it comes to cold and rain. Many people at the campus are from Indiana and already know each other, but there are also many people who don't know anyone.
Purdue is best known for it's engineering college and it's reputation for producing NFL quarterbacks.
Although Purdue is very well known for engineering and there are a lot of engineering students on campus, there are also plenty of students in different majors. Purdue has great academics in just about every area so along with the engineers you will find many agriculture, liberal arts, and management students to name a few.
We are a bunch of nerdy engineers.
There are several stereotypes, both good and bad describing the Greek system at Purdue. The first common stereotype is that people in the Greek system party excessively, do not choose challenging majors, and think they are better than everyone else. The second stereotype revolves around the belief that people in the Greek system are more involved than others, having higher GPA's, and have a massive amount of school spirit. People generally believe one of the two depending on their own personal beliefs, values, and judgments. Engineering majors are generally though of as anti-social,socially awkward, yet well-respected because everyone knows they are going to make a lot of money someday. People from overseas and all other non-caucasian individuals are generally thought of as being rich for affording out-of-state tuition. Athletes are stereotyped as being unintelligent, yet well-respected for their athletic achievements.
On days of home basketball games, volleyball games, or, of course, football games, there's nowhere better to be than in Ross-Ade Stadium, Mackey Arena, or the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility to get your Purdue spirit fix! Games will be talked about for days before and after they happen. It's all about the Big Ten atmosphere of our sports... and they're never a boring watch (even if our teams don't win every game)!
The food is great in the dorms! Seriously. I lived in the dorms my first year, got an apartment, and then went back to the dorms. And the biggest perk of the dorms is simplicity. You don't have monthly bills and you don't have to cook!
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
65% of students
attending Purdue University-Main Campus receive some sort of financial aid.
19% were awarded federal grants.
While 33% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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