Purdue University is a public, comprehensive institution. Founded in 1869, it adopted coeducation in 1874. It does not feel big to its students, even though it is one of America's largest universities. Indeed, the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, was built around a master plan that keeps walking time between classes to a maximum of 12 minutes. Its 1,579-acre campus is located in West Lafayette, 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
33,646
Undergraduates
19,078
Men - 56.7%
14,569
Women - 43.3%
10,905
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
60% of 54,912 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.69
SAT Math
625 average
600-650 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
640 average
590-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
25-32 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $22,812
Out-of-state: $41,614
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,992
Out-of-state: $28,794
Room and Board
$10,030
Average Percent of Need Met
80%
Average Freshman Award
$13,511
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$27,673
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
2,403
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
14%
10-19
24%
20-29
23%
30-39
12%
40-49
8%
50-99
12%
Over 100
6%
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Indianapolis Population
30,875
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Indianapolis
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
42% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
18% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
10.9%
Black/African-American
3.2%
Hispanic/Latino
6.5%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4.4%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
73%
Unknown
1.9%
International Students
13.8%
First-Year Students Returning
92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
58.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
71%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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