Purdue University is a public, state school in the suburban setting of West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue was founded in 1869 and the school enrolls around 49,639 students per year, including 37,101 undergraduates. Purdue ensures on-campus housing for up to 15,208 students. Most students live in off campus housing.
There are many ways for students to get involved at Purdue!
Interested in music or performing? At Purdue you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.
Interested in journalism or communications? Purdue students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.
Interested in Greek life? Purdue has both fraternities and sororities.
Planning to play sports? Purdue has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Purdue on the Student Life page.
|2022 Purdue Facts At-A-Glance|
|Overall Acceptance Rate||69%|
|Early Decision Acceptance Rate||ED not offered|
|Early Action Acceptance Rate||EA Offered but % not available|
|Applicants Submitting SAT scores||62%|
|Percent of Need Met||75.1%|
|Average First-Year Financial Aid Package||$12,396|
There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.
Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better idea of what Purdue offers and if it could be the right college for you.
Purdue is moderately difficult to get into. Around 69% of applicants get into Purdue each year. Last year, 59,173 students applied to Purdue and 40,759 were admitted.
Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.
Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Purdue, around 92% come back their sophomore year. Purdue's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 83%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.
Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 69% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.
Recent Purdue grads have an average starting salary of $62,452 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.
An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.
Purdue's endowment was valued at $3.6 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Purdue spends about $25,201,427 a year.
Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.
Purdue meets 75.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,396 a year.
Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $30,221 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022
Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.
Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Purdue.
Based on this information, how does Purdue sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Purdue a good school for you?
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Purdue is located in the suburban setting of West Lafayette, Indiana, in the suburbs of Indianapolis.
If you would like to see Purdue for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 65 to West Lafayette, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Indianapolis International.
You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Purdue and West Lafayette are like without leaving home.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Purdue is Continuous processing.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Purdue is Continuous processing.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Purdue is 29. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Purdue. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
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Wondering what life at Purdue is like? There are approximately 49,639 students enrolled at Purdue, including 37,101 undergraduate students and 12,538 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 55% percent are from IN and 45% percent of students are from other states.
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