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Purdue University - Main Campus Overview

Purdue University - Main Campus is a public institution located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Purdue University - Main Campus Known For?

30,277 Full-Time Undergraduates
$12,527 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Purdue is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at Purdue.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Purdue with a bachelor's degree make about $55,100 a year. That's 35% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Purdue University - Main Campus Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Purdue is ranked #84 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #4 out of 44 schools in Indiana.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Purdue has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Purdue

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 84
Best Colleges for Veterans 121
Best Colleges for the Money 161
Best Colleges for Diversity 366
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 484

Where Is Purdue University - Main Campus?

Location of Purdue University - Main Campus

Contact details for Purdue are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Hovde Hall Of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Phone: 765-494-4600
Website: https://www.purdue.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PurdueUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LifeAtPurdue

How Do I Get Into Purdue?

You can apply to Purdue online at: https://www.admissions.purdue.edu/apply/apply.php

Admission Requirements for Purdue

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Purdue?

57% Acceptance Rate
45% Of Accepted Are Women
69% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 57%, Purdue does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 55% of accepted students are men and 45% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to Purdue submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 570 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 580 to 710 )
200
800
Purdue received ACT scores from 59% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 26 and 32. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 24 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 26 to 32 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 25 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Purdue University - Main Campus?

$12,527 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Purdue is $12,527. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Purdue

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,855 $4,923 $8,420 $16,012 $20,546

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Purdue, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $7,894 a year. That adds up to $31,576 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purdue is 2.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Purdue University - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

30,277 Full-Time Undergraduates
42% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 32,132 undergraduate students at Purdue, with 30,277 being full-time and 1,855 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Purdue

There are also 10,567 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 30,277 full-time undergraduates at Purdue, 58% are male and 42% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Purdue

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Purdue University - Main Campus students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Purdue Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,235
Black or African American 903
Hispanic or Latino 1,509
White 19,252
International Students 4,757
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,621

Geographic Diversity

Indiana students aren't the only ones who study at Purdue University - Main Campus. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 135 countries are represented at Purdue. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Purdue University - Main Campus

2,597 Took All Classes Online
9,238 Took At Least One Class Online
16.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 9,238 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Purdue has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Purdue

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Purdue University - Main Campus was 16.1%. This is the #1,029 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Purdue regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Purdue majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Production 18%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 1%
Air Transportation 10%
Architectural Engineering Technology 16%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 18%
Computer Information Systems 21%
Computer Science 18%
Electrical Engineering 11%
Engineering 3%
Engineering Technologies 17%
Engineering Technology (Other) 71%
Engineering-Related Fields 27%
General Education 6%
Health Professions 5%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 20%
Nursing 22%
Other Engineering 3%
Psychology 18%
Systems Theory 83%
Transportation & Materials Moving 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Purdue ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Purdue.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Botany/Plant Biology #1
General Engineering Technology #2
Engineering Technology (Other) #3
Architectural Engineering Technology #3
Agricultural Economics & Business #5
Transportation & Materials Moving #5
Biomedical Engineering #5
Air Transportation #5
Economics #6
Other Engineering #7
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #8
Mathematics #9
Industrial Engineering #9
Mechanical Engineering #10
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #11
Electrical Engineering #16
Mathematics & Statistics #17
Engineering-Related Fields #19
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #24
Computer Science #25
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #27
Engineering #36
Communication & Media Studies #37
Engineering Technologies #42
General Education #50
Communication & Journalism #56
Computer Information Systems #61
Social Sciences #62
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #62
Computer & Information Sciences #132
Nursing #203
Education #253
Business Administration & Management #305
Health Professions #340
Business, Management & Marketing #385

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Purdue University - Main Campus Majors

In 2017-2018, Purdue University - Main Campus awarded 15,232 undergraduate degrees and 6,540 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 135 0 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 160 122 27
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 151 40 8
Agricultural Engineering 0 89 14 14
Agricultural Mechanization 0 32 0 0
Agricultural Production 0 39 0 0
Agricultural Public Services 0 13 8 0
Air Transportation 0 106 47 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 30 15 0 0
Animal Science 0 152 9 7
Anthropology 0 24 4 0
Applied Mathematics 0 10 0 0
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 149 21 0
Area Studies 0 12 1 10
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 5 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 45 1 7
Biological & Physical Science 0 7 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 81 13 8
Botany/Plant Biology 0 10 5 7
Business Administration & Management 10 300 180 12
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 7 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 173 33 20
Chemistry 0 77 8 52
Child Development & Psychology 0 187 8 12
Civil Engineering 0 156 54 41
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 6 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 8 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 144 278 9
Communication Sciences 0 82 32 10
Computer Engineering 0 206 0 0
Computer Information Systems 2 183 43 0
Computer Science 0 418 63 26
Computer Software & Applications 0 170 21 0
Construction Engineering 0 40 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 67 8 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 37 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 11 10 0
East Asian Languages 0 5 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 10 0 0
Economics 0 84 26 7
Electrical Engineering 0 229 82 63
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 86 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 31 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 38 2 30
Environmental Engineering 0 48 20 3
Ethnic Studies 0 6 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 23 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 246 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 21 6 0
Fisheries Sciences 0 35 0 0
Food Science Technology 0 22 11 14
Forestry 0 16 18 11
General Agriculture 0 10 0 0
General Biology 0 102 13 24
General Education 0 13 268 33
General Engineering Technology 0 23 66 0
General English Literature 0 38 11 22
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 3 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 88 0 0
Genetics 0 26 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 18 3 10
Gerontology 0 0 0 2
Health & Physical Education 0 65 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 11 0 0
History 0 27 1 4
Horticulture 0 7 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 126 16 4
Human Development & Family Studies 0 73 2 4
Human Sciences Business Services 0 44 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 249 70 13
Industrial Production Technology 0 109 0 0
Landscape Architecture 0 14 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 16 11 18
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 155 186 0
Marketing 0 111 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 63 6 23
Mathematics 0 65 5 14
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 15 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 363 130 57
Mechanical Engineering Technology 6 268 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 5 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 17 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 21 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 20 7 3
Nursing 0 141 29 7
Nutrition Science 0 12 2 9
Other Engineering 0 51 116 9
Other Health Professions 0 63 15 6
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 5 0 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 43 4 166
Philosophy 0 11 4 3
Physics 0 40 9 19
Plant Sciences 0 9 5 3
Political Science & Government 0 63 6 3
Public Health 0 48 12 0
Religious Studies 0 3 0 0
Romance Languages 0 13 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 2 0 0
Sociology 0 90 5 6
Soil Sciences 0 3 7 13
Special Education 0 16 0 0
Statistics 0 176 36 15
Systems Theory 0 4 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 86 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 104 10 1
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 2 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 10 0
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 88
Writing Studies 0 36 0 0
Zoology 0 8 5 2
Total 96 15,136 4,582 1,958

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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