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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$33,226 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Purdue is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Purdue.
  • In <nil>, 97% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Purdue makes roughly $68,414 a year. This is 68% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into Purdue?

You can apply to Purdue online at:

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Purdue?

69% Acceptance Rate
44% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
Purdue has an acceptance rate of 69%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 56% of accepted students are men and 44% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 62% 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 590 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 590 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 600 to 740 )
Purdue received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 33. Composite scores were between 26 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 25 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 26 to 33 )
ACT Composite Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 26 to 33 )

Can I Afford Purdue University - Main Campus?

$33,226 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
0.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Purdue is $33,226. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Purdue, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $8,989 a year. That adds up to $35,956 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purdue is 0.8%. 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

35,878 Full-Time Undergraduates
42% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 37,806 undergraduate students at Purdue, with 35,878 being full-time and 1,928 being part-time.


There are also 12,538 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 35,878 full-time undergraduates at Purdue, 58% are male and 42% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,207
Black or African American 888
Hispanic or Latino 2,236
White 22,424
International Students 4,007
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,116

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

4,423 Took All Classes Online
23,662 Took At Least One Class Online
58.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 23,662 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.


This school is the 27th most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Purdue

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Purdue University - Main Campus was 58.0%. This is the #609 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Purdue regardless of major.

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%.


*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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