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Undergrad Profile

A top 5 public university with more than 200 majors, Purdue delivers a hands-on learning experience and a world-class degree.

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In fact, we’re known for delivering higher education at the highest proven value. 

We’ve frozen tuition for five straight years, which means tuition for the 2017–2018 academic year will be the same as the 2012–2013 year. And on-campus housing costs are actually lower today than they were four years ago.

Committed to student success across the board, we emphasize faculty-student interaction. Our student-faculty ratio is 12:1, comparable to that of private colleges. 

No wonder Purdue students get a whopping 340% more on-campus job interviews, on average, than students at other universities. In fact, The Wall Street Journal ranks Purdue #4 in the nation when it comes to preparing students for the workforce. 

It’s true. Purdue grads are sought-after. According to Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities—itself ranked #3 in the nation—93% of Purdue’s 2015 grads who were seeking employment landed a job, and 90% who wanted to continue their education are in graduate or professional school. 

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With its four-season climate in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue offers outdoor activities year-round, be it sledding down Slayter Hill or taking a run through one of Purdue’s many fountains. The quintessential red-brick, tree-lined college campus combines a friendly Midwest vibe with Big Ten school spirit and a focused, entrepreneurial attitude. 

According to the neuroscience research company Lumosity, West Lafayette is the #3 smartest American city. And if you’re needing a big-city fix, Chicago and Indianapolis are both within easy driving distance. 

Our campus is a rich environment for hands-on learning. Purdue has its own airport, a $50 million+ research park, student-run restaurants, multiple visual and performing arts venues, national-class football, basketball and swimming facilities, a 24-acre wooded horticulture park, a vibrant high-tech start-up scene—even farming facilities.

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Ninety-five percent of freshmen decide to live in one of our 18 residence halls, great places to make friends and study buddies. Plus, our on-campus dining halls are award winning.

About 20% of undergrads belong to one of the nearly 80 Greek chapters on campus, which include 11 multicultural organizations and nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. 

Purdue is a welcoming and inclusive campus. Fifteen percent of our students are international. We’re #3 when it comes to female graduates in engineering fields, and we’re the birthplace of the National Society of Black Engineers. In addition, according to national indexes, Purdue earns 4.5 out of 5 stars as an LGBT-friendly campus. 

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At Purdue options for extracurriculars are more than a little outrageous, with nearly 1,000 student clubs and activities to choose from. Get healthy with the B-Veg club, row with the Purdue Crew team, or get involved locally with the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development club.

Purdue has a long performing arts tradition and has dozens of musical ensembles, including the “All American” Marching Band, the famous Purdue Jazz Band, the Symphonic Band, the Varsity Glee Club, Black Voices of Inspiration, and many others. 

Purdue’s athletic teams, the Boilermakers, dominate men’s and women’s basketball in the Big Ten, and they have a lively student fan base. As for football, Purdue’s Homecoming is more than a game; it’s a time-honored tradition—a weekend for cheering on the team and celebrating with fellow Boilermakers.

Global experiences
We know how important it is to experience other cultures. That’s why we offer more than 400 study abroad opportunities in 60 countries. Thanks to a new scholarship that makes up to $3,000 available for students wishing to study abroad, more and more students can take advantage of this life-changing opportunity.

Purdue’s dedication to environmental responsibility is easy to see. On campus, students walk in the shade of over 8,000 trees. Bus transportation around campus and Greater Lafayette is free. As part of our dedication to renewing resources, each week we recycle 2,000 pounds of food scraps from residence halls and dining courts, turning that garbage into energy. 



Liberal Arts

The Brian Lamb School of Communication offers five majors that can be completed in three years, including Mass Communication and Human Relations—saving 25% in total tuition costs.



U.S. News & World Report ranks the Krannert School of Management #10 among public universities. Krannert’s programs in Quantitative Methods, Supply Chain Information/Analytics, and Operations Management place in the top 10. 



Purdue Polytechnic Institute

#1 in female graduates in the Engineering Technology field


#2 Aviation program in the United States


#5 Best school for Cybersecurity in the United States