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Purdue Student Life

Purdue is on a 2,468-acre campus in a suburban setting in West Lafayette, Indiana, not far from Indianapolis. There are many activities and organizations for Purdue students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Purdue also has fraternities and sororities.

Purdue has a thriving Purdue Dance Marathon. In fact, more students participate in Purdue Dance Marathon than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Purdue include Purdue Paint Crew, Purdue Student Union Board, Purdue Grand Prix Foundation and HTM Society.

Purdue students' favorite campus traditions are B-Involved Fair, Purdue Dance Marathon and Industrial Roundtable.

Purdue Housing

Purdue offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus.

Most Purdue students live off campus. In 2021, 36% of undergrads at Purdue lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 64% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Purdue. There are 13,600 spots available in on-campus housing for all 34,920 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 12,474 students chose to live on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Purdue offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Purdue Athletics

At Purdue there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Purdue:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Basketball Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Is Purdue Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Purdue University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Purdue campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Purdue offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Purdue

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Purdue, take Interstate 65 to West Lafayette, IN. If you need to fly, book your flight to Indianapolis International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Indiana you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Purdue's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Purdue Students

43%

Women

57%

Men

95%

Full Time

5%

Part Time

54%

In State

46%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

63%

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11%

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4%

3%

1%

0.09%

0.06%

Undergraduate Students

34,920

Graduate Students

10,949

Non-Resident / International Students

4,246

Purdue Campus Services

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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

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Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

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Tuition and Fees

In State

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Out-of-State

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