Purdue University requires at least 120 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Purdue accepts transfer credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Purdue does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 83% of students who start college at Purdue finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Purdue offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Purdue may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Purdue has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Purdue directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Purdue students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Purdue.
Student Designed Majors
Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed.
Purdue does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Purdue
Purdue offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ Purdue does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Purdue has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
❌ Purdue does not offer credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken during high school.
✅ Purdue offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.
🟨 Purdue does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors.
The main library on campus is the Purdue University Libraries and there are 9 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Purdue offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering
•3-2 dual degree program in forestry
•3-2 dual degree program in business administration
•3-2 dual degree program in social work
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Purdue have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Purdue has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Purdue include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force branch unit on campus
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