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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.

Web Sitewww.purdue.edu/
Institution TypePublic
CoeducationalYes
Undergraduate Students30,043
   Women12,730 (42.4%)
   Men17,313 (57.6%)
Graduate Students10,408

ADMISSION

Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate56% of 48,774 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
EssayX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.74
SAT Math629 average
560-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading585 average
520-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing577 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28 average
25-31 range of middle 50%

MONEY MATTERS

Cost of AttendanceIn-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 Met82%
Average Freshman Award$13,088
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
$27,530

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
2,316
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 6% of classes

CAMPUS LIFE

West Lafayette Population30,875
Nearest Metropolitan AreaIndianapolis
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 94% of freshmen, 41% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
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Sororities22% of women participate
Fraternities 18% of men participate

STUDENTS

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 Students17.1% from 101 countries
First-Year Students Returning92.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
49.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
71%
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
22.4%
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Average 3.68 4.07 702 661 30
Low 2.67 2.70 500 480 13
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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DID YOU KNOW?

• The "Haymakers," the "Railsplitters," the "Sluggers" and the "Cornfield Sailors" are just a few of the many names for Purdue's football team, but for the last century the "Boiler Makers" have taken the field.

• Students in Purdue's annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest compete to build contraptions that execute simple tasks in the most complicated ways possible.

• Purdue's engineering students tackle community problems, like homelessness, environmental protection and toys for disabled kids.

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