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Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
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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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 30,043
   Women 12,730 (42.4%)
   Men 17,313 (57.6%)
Graduate Students 10,408
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 56% of 48,774 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.74
SAT Math 629 average
560-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 585 average
520-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 28 average
25-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance In-state: $23,032
Out-of-state: $41,834
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $10,002
Out-of-state: $28,804
  Room and Board $10,030
Average Percent of Need Met 82%
Average Freshman Award $13,088
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 2,256
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 6% of classes
West Lafayette Population 30,875
Nearest Metropolitan Area Indianapolis
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 94% of freshmen, 38% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Sororities 22% of women participate
Fraternities 18% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.5% Asian
3.6% Black/African-American
5.5% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.0% White
3.2% Unknown
International Students 17.1% from 101 countries
First-Year Students Returning 92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 49.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 71%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 22.4%