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?
- 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.
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain 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
Purdue is ranked #135 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Purdue also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Purdue has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Purdue.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Purdue has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies||College Factual|
|#5||Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||College Factual|
|#6||Best Colleges for Education||College Factual|
|#13||Best Colleges for Health Professions||College Factual|
|#18||Best Colleges for Engineering||College Factual|
|#79||Best Business Schools||Business Degree Central|
Where Is Purdue University - Main Campus?
Contact details for Purdue are given below.
|Address:||Hovde Hall Of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040|
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
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
|TOEFL||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Purdue?
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.
Can I Afford Purdue University - Main Campus?
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
There are also 10,904 graduate students at the school.
Of the 32,606 full-time undergraduates at Purdue, 58% are male and 42% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Purdue University - Main Campus students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||899|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,815|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Purdue has changed over the last few years.
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|
|Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||1%|
|Architectural Engineering Technology||16%|
|Biological & Biomedical Sciences||1%|
|Computer & Information Sciences||18%|
|Computer Information Systems||21%|
|Engineering Technology (Other)||71%|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||20%|
|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.
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 Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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