Purdue University-Main Campus Top Questions

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Laura

I do not know. Popular is untouchable to me.

Lingyun

I consider Homecoming event would be the most popular student activities. It is annual activity performing with many outstanding alumni and alumna.

Katelyn

Greek life is huge on campus, but there are plenty of other organizations on campus to get involved in. You would have to purposely try to hide away in your dorm to not be involved with something on campus. Breakfast club is AWESOME and hilarious. It's before the football games and during Grand Prix. All the bars open at 7 and people dress up in ridiculous costumes before the football games.

Mayura

The Boiler Gold Rush at Purdue is a pretty big event. It is aimed at introducing the insides of Purdue to the participating new freshmen a week before school in Fall. The football and basketball games are big affairs too.

Emily

At Purdue University there are many different activities and groups that students love to get involved in. One of the most popular ones on campus is "Boiler Gold Rush." Nicknamed "BGR," this organization is a group of older students who host a week long orientation before classes start for new Purdue students. BGR is fun for both new and returning students. It allows new students to get to know people in their dorms and also to get to know everything that Purdue has to offer. The older students enjoy coming together to plan fun, Purdue focused activities for the younger students to get involved in. Other popular activities often happen in the residence halls themselves. Each hall has a club that students can join to plan get togethers and to make decisions for the residence hall. Many people, including myself, meet their best friends in the residence halls! The university does an excellent job of fostering a sense of community in the dorms. They are not just places to sleep. Many have lounges, study rooms, and places to get food with friends in a safe environment. Most students even keep their doors propped open to easily communicate with friends down the hall on a daily basis. On any given night many students will be hanging out in their rooms studying, watching tv, or playing games with the people on their floor. Fraternities and sororities are also great options that many Purdue students choose to get involved in. These organizations offer wonderful opportunities for people to build lasting friendships. They also offer additional ways to get involved on campus because each sorority and fraternity have philanthropy events that students can participate in! Leadership experience is another thing that many students love about being in the Greek system, as the houses have many important positions for students to fill in order to keep the fraternity or sorority running smoothly. Overall, Purdue has many events going on every day to keep students entertained, ranging from concerts to free outdoor movies. Students are encouraged to get involved in different groups to discover where their passions lay and to build lasting friendships with other students.

Emily

At Purdue University there are many different activities and groups that students love to get involved in. One of the most popular ones on campus is "Boiler Gold Rush." Nicknamed "BGR," this organization is a group of older students who host a week long orientation before classes start for new Purdue students. BGR is fun for both new and returning students. It allows new students to get to know people in their dorms and also to get to know everything that Purdue has to offer. The older students enjoy coming together to plan fun, Purdue focused activities for the younger students to get involved in. Other popular activities often happen in the residence halls themselves. Each hall has a club that students can join to plan get togethers and to make decisions for the residence hall. Many people, including myself, meet their best friends in the residence halls! The university does an excellent job of fostering a sense of community in the dorms. They are not just places to sleep. Many have lounges, study rooms, and places to get food with friends in a safe environment. Most students even keep their doors propped open to easily communicate with friends down the hall on a daily basis. On any given night many students will be hanging out in their rooms studying, watching tv, or playing games with the people on their floor. Fraternities and sororities are also great options that many Purdue students choose to get involved in. These organizations offer wonderful opportunities for people to build lasting friendships. They also offer additional ways to get involved on campus because each sorority and fraternity have philanthropy events that students can participate in! Leadership experience is another thing that many students love about being in the Greek system, as the houses have many important positions for students to fill in order to keep the fraternity or sorority running smoothly. Overall, Purdue has many events going on every day to keep students entertained, ranging from concerts to free outdoor movies. Students are encouraged to get involved in different groups to discover where their passions lay and to build lasting friendships with other students.

Emily

At Purdue, being a member of the Greek community is very common. I myself am in a sorority and think it has been one of the best decisions I've made in college. I have met so many friends, both male and female, and I always have people to hang out with. We love to go to restaurants together and going to Purdue football games. People party a decent amount, probably once or twice a week, but it really varies by the person. If you wanted to, you could probably find a party every day, but if you don't want to drink at all that is totally fine too. People are very accepting of the differing levels of wanting to party. If you were up at 2am on a Tuesday, you would most likely be sitting in your dorm room or Greek house eating Mad Mushroom cheesy bread and watching a movie.

Sadie

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Jinglin

Purdue football game. Purdue University Chinese Student's and Scholar's Association. sometimes. Really popular... I have no idea. In the student's organization. Studying or watching movies. christmas. once a week. I am not sure. traveling. small meeting with my friends. shopping.

Sadie

Sports, primarily football, are a BIG deal at Purdue. There is a lot of school pride in the athletics and people go all out for games. This is something you can do with friends and your family. A lot of families come, dress up, and having a cook out in preparation for the game. This is just the most popular Purdue related activity -- there is plenty to do outside of student activities and groups.

Sadie

Sports, primarily football, is a BIG deal at Purdue. There is a lot of school pride in the athletics and people go all out for games. This is something you can do with friends and your family. A lot of families come, dress up, and having a cook out in preparation for the game.

Sadie

Drinking is not essential in making friends at Purdue. During your orientation you will meet people who drink and people who do not drink. There are lots of non-drinking activities for people who do not want to drink. The residence halls have events throughout the week and free movie rentals. There is a weekly floor dinner where you can eat and socialize with other people on your floor. The are a lot of regular events at Purdue like 1) free movie showings at The Union and when the weather is nice on Slayter Hill 2) Open mic nights for singers and guitar players 3) Improv comedy shows -- ALL FREE! A lot of people are involved in fraternities/sororities and when you're a freshmen you'll feel like everyone is, but that's not true. I am not involved in the Greek system on campus. My senior year of college I was accepted into an English Honors Society called Sigma Tau Delta, but it's more of an honorary membership. I did not have to pledge or live in a Greek house. I have a large friend group that I have made outside of the Greek system. I made my friends through freshman orientation activities, talking to people in classes, people in my major whom I've grown close with, and people I've met through other friends. Once you make one friend you have a good chance of making friends with their friends!

Jessica

There are over 300 student organizations at Purdue University. I am involved in Paint Crew which is the men's basketball student section. I am also an Ambassador to the Undergraduate Studies Program. I met so many of my friends though these organizations. There are always going to be people that party all the time, but you have to make the decision of when to go out and when to stay in and study for your upcoming test. Frats and sororities are a good way to meet people, but I'm not in one and I have so many friends from classes and organizations. If you want to do something besides go out, you can go bowling on campus, or watch a free movie in one of the theaters on campus.

Brett

Outside of academics, many students become involved in supporting Boilermaker student athletes- especially men's basketball. The "Paint Crew" (named after head basketball coach Matt painter) student fan section is packed full of screaming students. In the spring, the Purdue Grand Prix http://www.purduegrandprix.org/ is the foundation for a week full of activities. There are a handful of bars within walking distance of campus if that's your style, and the Greek system is very robust and popular.

Mike

In my opinion some of the most popular groups are those in which you interact with the most people. I feel the group at the top of this list is Fraternity and Sorority life. Obviously you have the opportunity to meet a ton of people through the connections you will gain but on top of that you also have opportunities to branch out and get involved in other organizations. Another group I am a part of that I believe to be fairly popular on campus is Boiler Gold Rush, it gives you the opportunity to lead a group of your peers and develop yourself unlike any other experience possible. I think for the most part the residence hall residents keep a very community-like feel to their floors. The doors are usually open or it's a knock and open the door policy to go talk with your friends. Athletic events are very popular, especially basketball and football. I met my closest friends through the organizations I have gotten involved with, namely my Fraternity at the top of that list. The atmosphere when it comes to partying at Purdue, in my opinion, is that it is there if you want that experience but it is by no means necessary or required to meet people. There are numerous events going on throughout the week and weekend both on and off-campus, your best bet is to ask around to see what is happening or take a walk on campus and look at some of the E-boards or flyers.

Tiānlín

Football games. Marching band.

Ben

Sports. Are. Huge. Yeah, Purdue football sucks, but tailgating is a big event every football Saturday. Basketball games are even more exciting - camping out for student tickets and to get into the game. It's great, it's exciting, it's fun. Aside from sports, there's not a lot of other fun except for going to parties and the bars. You usually meet your friends in class; most of mine were met during freshman year in the dorms and the rest were met during classes. The dorms are great - open doors and friendly people, but I lived off campus to save money and then moved into my fraternity house. Again, Greek life is big on campus but you're not shunned if you aren't part of the Greek community.

David

Parties were everywhere and every night. Sports were and are great. A game at Ross Ade Stadium is a blast (I attended Rod Woodson's final game at Purdue, sat in the press box all season while Mike Alstott ran over opponents, and got to see Drew Brees light up Minnesota firsthand). And games at Mackey Arena were something else, the structure of the place literally vibrating from the roar of the crowd. Serious dating wasn't great unless you're into sorority girls. (Sorry, not my cup of tea.) But it wasn't hard to hook up with one of them for the night—just add beer. There were some artistic pockets at Purdue. Those were always a welcome escape (a friend once astutely said, "If it weren't agriculture, Indiana would have no culture). I got to attend a few art exhibits, some student plays, experimental dance. And Elliot Hall of Music is amazing. I caught the Kinks with the Romantics and the Thompson Twins with Berlin there. I do believe there are still many big acts that play there.

Emily

800 clubs! Third largest Greek population in the nation! Big Ten Sports! Who says there is nothing to do in West Lafayette?

Ted

As I said before, sports are popular and there are many clubs as well. However, another dominant aspect of the Purdue social scene is the Greek system. There are tons of fraternities and sororities on campus and they play a huge role in the social scene. Approximately one fifth of the males at Purdue join a fraternity so the Greek influence is felt everywhere.

James

There are so many opportunites to be a part of something here a Purdue. In fact, there are hundreds of clubs and activities that you can join as well as plenty of intraumaural sports leagues and groups. The people here are down to earth and easy to get along with, which is a real plus.

Julie

The social life at Purdue gets varied reviews. Clearly, West Lafayette is a very small town. This has both its benefits and its drawbacks. Pro: Almost everything that goes on in the city is geared towards drawing in Purdue students. Con: It is a smaller city, so there isn't always something fun automatically planned for you as you might imagine it would be in Chicago or New York or even Louisville (where I'm from). This is where Purdue's large population can come in handy. Because there are 40,000 people trying to have fun in the same area, with the same pre-planned activities, you'll see that fraternity and apartment parties abound and the university does a good job with PSUB activities and Convocations events (concerts, comedians, etc.).

Alan

GREEK IS LIFE at Purdue. With over 40 fraternities and 25 sororities, you are going to find someone like you with similar interests. If you decide to pursue greek life, you will dedicate a lot of your time to the organization. From rushing to pledge events, initiation, and community service, greek life is a big time commitment. Purdue athletics are exciting! Football at Ross-Ade is an experience and with one of the premier basketball teams in the nation beginning play in November, Boiler basketball will carry students through the winter to March Madness.

Matt Bartlett

There are so many organizations on campus (over 800 I think), so it's pretty likely that you'll find something that fits. If not, that's not a problem, because you can start a student organization pretty easily. Being a part of organizations is how I've met a lot of my closest friends and gives me social and professional connections with people around the campus. However, I wish there were more weekend activities that didn't involve drinking. There is an organization which hosts several events through the course of the year, though they don't tend to get too good of turnouts.

Danielle

In my experience, I have never had a lack of things to do during the week and on the weekend. Purdue is a very greek school, and if you are interested in joining the greek system, it is a great thing to get involved with on campus. However, if you don't join a house, that does not mean there are not things to do on campus. There are over 800 organizations on campus, and if you can't find one you can start your own. Getting involved helps you meet people, and its very easy to get to know people from all over campus. Some people think that the Purdue party scene is lame compared to other schools, eg. IU. I disagree; if you're looking for that kind of social life, you will be able to find it.

Christine

There are tons of organizations and activities at Purdue! I think it would be nearly impossible to not find something you want to participate in here, but if that's the case, it's really easy to create your own club. As far as social life around campus, there is always something going on. West Lafyette isn't necessarily a hopping town, but with 30,000+ college students around, you can always find people who are coming up with something fun to do.

Laura

There are TONS of opportunities to get involved at Purdue. No matter what you are intersted in, there is a group for you. I have been involved in everything from alumni relations groups to honor societies to athetic promotions. My extra-curricular involvement has been the highlight of my college career. I have met my best friends through student organizations, developed my leadership and other "soft" skills, and had tons of fun. Getting involved early was the best decision I have ever made! Another highlight of my time at Purdue is studying abroad. During the summer after my freshman year, I lived in Toledo, Spain, for six weeks, and last spring break I went to Taipei, Taiwan. Living out of the country and being immersed in different cultures has made me more adaptable, confident, and open-minded. I came back from both experiences with a different perspective on the world, and I would not trade those trips for anything. Athletics have been another interest of mine since coming to Purdue. I LOVE tailgating with family and friends and going to the football games on Saturdays during the fall. Our basketball team is emerging as one of the best in the country, and the excitement on campus is AWESOME (after all we are in Indiana where basketball is king!). I also enjoy watching our Division I softball and volleyball teams compete along with other 18 varsity sports teams. There are plenty of opportunities to compete in sports, too, from intramurals to club sports to pick-up games with friends. Socially there is a bit of everything - parties, movies, eating out on and near campus, quiet nights with friends, etc. We don't have the same culture or range of activities as a school in a bigger city, but considering we are in West Lafayette, Indiana, there is still a pretty good variety of social activities to fill your time.

Casey

Because there are so many students here, we have over 700 student clubs and organizations, which makes it easy to make friends, try new things, and really get plugged into campus. I would encourage anyone to get involved right away, just because it makes the transition to college that much easier. Many students are involved with fraternities and sororities, so if you are looking to go that route, Purdue is a great place to come to. I am really involved with Campus Crusade for Christ; it's where I've met my best friends. Besides our weekly meetings on Fridays, we have a lot of social stuff. A few weeks ago we had a barn dance, which was a blast, and this next weekend we are going on a retreat for the whole weekend, just to relax. Many people are unsatisfied with the lack of off-campus activities here, but there are things to do on campus. A lot of times my friends and I just end up goofing off in our rooms, watching movies, and just hanging out. Sports at Purdue are really big. We are a Big Ten school, so there's good competition in most every sport. Even though our football team isn't the best this year, the games are still really fun, just because a lot of people go. Basketball games are also really fun, and I'm looking forward to this season!

Theresa

Fraternity and Sorority life rules at Purdue with the the 3rd largest Greek system in the nation. It's not to say you will not have a great 4 (or 5) if you choose to abstain from this system, but it is a great way to make friends and be social throughout college. Boiler Gold Rush (aka: BGR) is the largest student organization on campus and they plan all orientation activities every fall for the incoming freshmen class. Other recognizable organizations on campus include: Old Masters and Football season is the big event of the school year. Cheap tickets and a very spirited student section. We have the band, Purdue Pete, Rowdy, Gimlet and even the World's largest drum to cheer us on at each game. Tailgating is an event in itself and starts as early as 6am during home football games. The convication program a Purdue has something to offer for everyone. Musicals, Lectures, Thatre, and comedy. The Dali Lama even came my Senior year. Students get a discount on tickets with their ID. It you would rather see a movie the Union Student Board is constantly putting together events and screens for a very low price or free. Thursday night is the best night to go out! Most people go out Thursday-Sunday and the early-birds start on Wednesday. Work hard, play hard, or you will not pass your classes.

Marie Curie

The social scene at Purdue is dominated by frat-boy keg-party culture. On the weekends, the tarp-cordoned-off lawns of the fraternities grace the town with pounding music and shouts of "WOOOO!!" at passing women. There is also a strong conservative-leaning Christian culture. Somehow, the large numbers of Indian and Chinese students don't seem to temper the white conservative culture and white frat-boy culture that predominates. I wonder if it is because most of the international students are graduate students. The undergrads far out-number them, and, being younger and more boisterous, define the social scene to a much greater degree.

Jordan

Athletics are big at Purdue. We have a pretty good football and basketball program (both men and women's). There are lots of organizations on campus that students can join. There are many student traditions such as Breakfast Club where students dress up in costumes and go to the campus bars before home football games, we're talking 7am. Grand Prix weekend is pretty big as well. It is a gokart race held in the spring near the end of the semester. Grand Prix week is pretty crazy, lots of drinking and celebrating the end of the semester.

Kirsten

The dorms at Purdue are very large, as Purdue has a very large campus. Students are generally friendly; however, learning communities for students in difficult majors such as pharmacy can build hostilities, as the students are overly competitive. People often keep their doors open. Sororities and fraternities are very important. They are a HUGE part of campus life, and the majority of freshman "rush." There are parties every night of the week, especially Thursday through Saturday; however, like I said there are multiple parties every night, especially if you are part of the Greek system. There are lots of bars on and around campus, there are many movies theaters in the area, a mall, tons of restaurants, and Indy is an hour away. There are many concerts on campus each year, and the student body always has things organized.

Kyle

Basketball team was the most popular. I attended "Ballroom Dancing" and "Salsa Club". I was amazed with the proffesionality of the Ballroom Dancing Team. Students in dorms leave their dorms open. I met one of my closest friends in the class and the other one in the dorm. If I am awake at 2 am on Tuesday I might be watching a movie with my friends or chatting with my friends. Fraternities and sororities are really popular. On a Saturday night that is really common to have a home party or attending oen of them. I travelled a lot during my studies at Purdue like I went to Chicago, Indianapolis, Texas, California, D.C. and Boston.

Chris

There is a club for everything on campus!! I did crew (rowing) which was a blast... you get to travel, compete against other colleges, and you get in amazing shape, but it is very time consuming, so I only did it my freshman year. I'm also in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry... I believe its very important to be involved in a religious organization... college is a major turning point in life and this is when you really build (or destroy) your relationship with God. I personally don't drink, and I've still had a blast. Purdue puts on a lot of activities on the weekends and I have a lot of friends who don't drink so we go out and eat, watch a movie, and kick it...

John

The clubs and activities seem very much in abundance, Id like to see more volunteer organizations, with loud voices

Rory

The campus is truly amazing for clubs, organizations and groups - one can find anything that is desired.

Harper

Social activity at Purdue is centered heavily on sports, sororities, fraternities, and other groups. There are hundreds and hundreds of student-lead organizations, for most any topic, but the great majority have no resources or effective leadership. For those who actively pursue them, many remarkable events are available, from renowned performing artists to road trips to speakers to games. Unwinding is a particular challenge for students under such pressure to perform in class. This community's law enforcement believes that if left to our devices, most of us would run amok, so only by aggressive restraint of our behavior may they preserve order. Remarkable effort is expended to stamp out cannabis and other illicit substances; even cold medications have been pulled from the shelves for fear of misuse. The legal alternative is profound and widespread alcohol abuse. Numerous bars are within staggering distance, and found full every night when times get tough. Certain spots on the calendar, such as Grand Prix week, represent predictable periods of mass intoxication. The university tries to organize sober activities, but there is only so much else most students can do to relax. Now and then there are incidents of violence, and my colleagues have told me (being only partially facetious) that they could easily imagine themselves going nuts likewise.

Agnes

I met my closest friends in both my major and my main group, Purdue Student Union Board. Both my major and the group are relatively small, so I got to know many people on an individual level. I think most people will probably meet their best friends in the group that they involve themselves most in, not at parties, dorms, or people from high school with whom they spend some time.

Tate

Sometimes purdue puts on activities, mostly through RHA (Residence Hall Association), but not a lot, and those are only open to students in dorms. But there are other activities; frat parties, house parties, movie showings, bowling, again, you just have to get out there are really look for what you want.

Matthew

There are hundreds of clubs and organizations within the student body. Anyone can find something within to spark their interest. Purdue holds many activities for students who wish to participate. A lot of them are free of charge!

TJ

Atheltic events are very very popular. And very expensive to attend. We have a lot of guest speakers come to campus, although most you have to pay to attend. The Dahlai Lama just came last year! If I'm awake at 2am I'm probably at Triple XXX restaurant. It's a family restuarant diner and is AHHmazing! They serve breakast all day too and are open 24 hours a day. It was featured on Food TV. People party a lot at Purdue which is surprising. The greek community is large and parties happen here every weekend. One great thing is breakfast club. Breakfast club is the morning of home football games people get dressed up and go bar hopping at 7am until the game ends. By get dressed up I mean in costumes like for Halloween, it is great, people get really creative. People are WASTED all day.

Kayla

football and basketball are both huge at Purdue, these sports get the most attention. depending on which dorm you are in, students leave the doors open when they are in. Purdue Musical Org. (PMO) is pretty big and travels all over the world. Campus bars are big along w/ Breakfast Club on football game days and Grand Prix. Grand Prix is a huge campus event in which a lot of people get involved in. Lots of singles to find dates with. Closest friends were met through working part time, working in a lab for a professor, and lab groups along with dorm floor friends. if I'm awake at 2am on a Tuesday- probably studying, sometimes rocking out guitar hero in the dorm down the hall (quietly of course to avoid violating sound regulations...) people party frequently depending on if they like to or not. If you want, you can find something going on almost everyday Last weekend: finals over, party time!!! hung out w/ co-workers The co-rec offers a lot of different activities throughout the year to participate in on a saturday night. dorms like to put together non-alcohol events as well. Also, Flicks at Fowler offers free/ridiculously cheap movie viewing for students

Jenny

I live in Windsor, which is the all girls dorm and i LOVE it. It is only a five minute walk to main campus. I met my closest friends by getting a randomly selected roomate and we turned out to be very alike. I met my other close friends through my classes and clubs. I have no intention of joining a soriety I really like being in the dorms, having all of my meals made for me and not have to be completely sociable ALL the time. If I don't want to see anyone that day, I don't have to!

Matthew

A lot of college students drink, and feel that is just about the only activity you need to participate in to have fun at school. I don't believe that.

Jen

Things to do at Purdue besides drinking... 1. Go on a fountain run (weather permitting) 2. See a movie at Fowler for three dollars (Friday nights at 7) 3. Join one of the skateboard clans. Although they may mostly be high schoolers. 4. Have sex (utilize the free condoms from sex on the mall, or get them from our student health center, which no joke is called PUSH). 5. Watch the drunks filter out of the bars. 6. Go stargazing...although our light pollution sucks. 7. Hookah bars...smoke instead of or in addition to drinking! Awesome social atmosphere whether or not you partake in smoking or drinking. 8. Trespass in order to obtain awesome pictures for your photography project. 9. Go on a date. We do have good restaurants. 10. Do laundry. Seriously. Classic Purdue activities involving drinking... 1. Breakfast Club on football game days 2. Grand Prix Week (oh there's a race?) 3. Parties and all that jazz Dating favors the ladies here at Purdue where we have about a 40% female 60% male ratio, roughly speaking. And I'm sorry to be stereotypical but the engineer/computer science/management logic type dominates the pool of available males. There are other guys on campus I'm told; but watch out that any guy you go on a date with has the social skills to be in a relationship, you may need to make sure of that within the first few dates.

Aleksandra

There are two hookah bars in town, and they are a lot of fun! Even if you don't smoke, the atmosphere and exotic food are great! On weekends, my friends and I normally meet at my apartment and play video games, eat, and talk about our weeks.

Sasha

Purdue Football and Basketball...there is no substitute. Everyone is bleeding black & gold on game day. Yes, students in the dorms keep their doors open. I'm still good friends with most of the people from my hallway. There are some really great guest speakers and shows here. The Dalai Lama visited last year. Usually we have one or two great comedians each year, as well as one or two great bands. There are probably 3 guys per every girl, so the girls definitely get a lot of attention here. I met my closest friend in the dorms and lived with them throughout college. 2 AM? I'm eating Jimmy John's and either doing homework or playing beerpong. There are plenty of parties every weekend. Frats & sororities are big here; but there's an even larger non-frat/sorority population. Take your pick; choose a lifestyle. You can do plenty on saturday nights that doesn't involve drinking. Movies, bowling, sports, LOTS of clubs, etc.

Charlie

I am involved with an engineering fraternity. Wide variety of kinds of engineers and personalities. Big 10 football is always popular! Basketball is pretty big too. If I were awake at 2am on a Tuesday I would either be studying or if I were really lucky coming back from the bars. The greek scene is pretty large. Lots of both sororities and fraternities. Last weekend I went to formal in Indianapolis(like prom for older people). Saturday night: movie, dinner, sleep, study, the same thing you can do every other night. I don't go off campus much; only to shop.

Robin

*Purdue's greek system is huge and there are always a lot of students wearing their house colors, bags, shirts, pants, jackets, etc. *I was really involved with Liberal Arts Student Council my first 3 years here at Purdue. It was fun! *As a freshman, I remember leaving my door open many times because I was on the top floor of Shealy in Windsor dorm (the all girls dorm) so I think we all trusted each other up there...not to mention no one would want to walk up 4 flights of stairs unless you lived up there! *Purdue football is huge and a big thing for alumni especially. It's a shame we have all this pride but our record is horrible. *A lot of my closest friends are from high school or I met my freshman year in the dorms. I also have a lot of friends I met through mutual friends so it's all good. *Well Comedy Caravan used to be at Where Else bar, but I don't think it is anymore...because I haven't been awake at 2 am on a Tuesday in a while! Otherwise I'd be there! *People party a lot, esp. on football game days and during Grand Prix! Did I mention Breakfast Club too?? We are the only university in the country to have that tradition and we were featured in Sports Illustrated once for having the best pre-game tradition in the country! *Off campus, I take my dog to the dog park a lot. I also play volleyball and softball in local leagues for fun. Go to dinner and a movie a lot with my boyfriend

Rachel

Athletic teams are huge, as they are at most colleges in the nation. Purdue Student Government, Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue Student Union Board, and the greek system are all very big organizations. On a typical day you will find students with their doors open and closed. Guest speakers are big at Purdue. The dating scene is casual due to the fact that most people don't have a lot of money to spend on dates. I met my closest friends in class and at BGR. At 2 am on Tuesday I would be watching tv with my roommates or studying at the library. Purdue's biggest traditions are anything to do with IU, and Grand Prix week. It is a big go-kart race that alumni come back for. It is celebrated for a whole week in April. There is always something to do on campus. Most people who party only party on the weekends or Thursday nights. That is probably due to the fact that people at Purdue take their education fairly seriously. Fraternities and sororities seem really important if you're involved in them, but they aren't the only thing happening on campus. I typically hang out with my friends at an apartment party or at one of the fraternities. About 1/3 of the campus is greek. On a Saturday night you can go see a movie, study, go to a sporting event, travel to Indy or Chicago, go bowling, go-karting, shopping, out to eat, etc. There are lots of options. I typically stay on campus unless I need to go shopping or out to eat.

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