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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?

8,235 Undergraduate Awards
$33,318 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#91 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Purdue.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best General Engineering Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Textile & Apparel Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Architectural Engineering Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Purdue has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#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?

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 )
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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 )
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36

Can I Afford Purdue University - Main Campus?

$33,318 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Purdue is $33,318. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

32,606 Full-Time Undergraduates
42% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 34,596 undergraduate students at Purdue, with 32,606 being full-time and 1,990 being part-time.

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

There are also 10,904 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 32,606 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 3,006
Black or African American 899
Hispanic or Latino 1,815
White 20,616
International Students 4,456
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,814

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 478 10 300 0 180 12 980
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 144 154 278 9 585
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 363 1 130 57 551
Computer Science 0 0 418 0 63 26 507
Electrical Engineering 0 0 229 0 82 63 374
General Education 43 0 13 12 268 33 369
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 155 0 186 0 341
Industrial Engineering 0 0 249 0 70 13 332
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 160 0 122 27 309
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 6 268 0 0 0 274
Civil Engineering 0 0 156 0 54 41 251
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 246 0 0 0 246
Statistics 0 0 176 6 36 15 233
Computer Information Systems 0 2 183 0 43 0 228
Chemical Engineering 0 0 173 0 33 20 226
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 43 0 4 166 213
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 187 0 8 12 207
Computer Engineering 0 0 206 0 0 0 206
Agricultural Economics & Business 1 0 151 0 40 8 200
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 170 0 21 0 191
Nursing 0 0 141 5 29 7 182
Other Engineering 0 0 51 3 116 9 179
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 0 149 0 21 0 170
Animal Science 0 0 152 0 9 7 168
Air Transportation 0 0 106 0 47 0 153
Hospitality Management 0 0 126 0 16 4 146
General Biology 0 0 102 0 13 24 139
Accounting 4 0 135 0 0 0 139
Chemistry 0 0 77 0 8 52 137
Communication Sciences 0 0 82 0 32 10 124
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 89 0 14 14 117
Economics 0 0 84 0 26 7 117
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 104 0 10 1 115
Industrial Production Technology 3 0 109 0 0 0 112
Marketing 0 0 111 0 0 0 111
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 81 0 13 8 102
Sociology 0 0 90 0 5 6 101
Materials Engineering 0 0 63 0 6 23 92
General Engineering Technology 0 0 23 0 66 0 89
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 88 0 0 0 88
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 86 2 0 0 88
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 88 88
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 86 0 0 0 86
Other Health Professions 0 0 63 0 15 6 84
Mathematics 0 0 65 0 5 14 84
Political Science & Government 10 0 63 1 6 3 83
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 73 0 2 4 79
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 67 0 8 0 75
General English Literature 0 0 38 2 11 22 73
Environmental Engineering 0 0 48 0 20 3 71
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 38 0 2 30 70
Physics 0 0 40 0 9 19 68
Health & Physical Education 0 0 65 0 0 0 65
Public Health 0 0 48 0 12 0 60
Liberal Arts General Studies 58 0 0 0 0 0 58
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 45 4 1 7 57
Food Science Technology 0 0 22 0 11 14 47
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 16 0 11 18 45
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 30 15 0 0 0 45
Forestry 0 0 16 0 18 11 45
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 44 0 0 0 44
Construction Engineering 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
Agricultural Production 0 0 39 0 0 0 39
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Writing Studies 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
History 0 0 27 0 1 4 32
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 31 0 31
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 18 0 3 10 31
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 20 0 7 3 30
Anthropology 0 0 24 0 4 0 28
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 21 0 6 0 27
Genetics 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Drama & Theater Arts 3 0 11 0 10 0 24
General Agriculture 13 0 10 0 0 0 23
Soil Sciences 0 0 3 0 7 13 23
Area Studies 0 0 12 0 1 10 23
Nutrition Science 0 0 12 0 2 9 23
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 10 0 5 7 22
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 13 0 8 0 21
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Natural Resources Conservation 3 0 17 1 0 0 21
Philosophy 0 0 11 0 4 3 18
Plant Sciences 0 0 9 0 5 3 17
Special Education 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Zoology 0 0 8 0 5 2 15
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Landscape Architecture 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Romance Languages 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
General Psychology 0 0 0 12 0 0 12
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Applied Mathematics 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Horticulture 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Information Science 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Ethnic Studies 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Systems Theory 2 0 4 0 0 0 6
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
East Asian Languages 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Biotechnology 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Religious Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 619 48 7,568 217 2,291 979 11,722

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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