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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. Purdue has many clubs, organizations, and activities for 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.

The Purdue community comes together each year for B-Involved Fair, Purdue Dance Marathon and Industrial Roundtable.

Does Purdue offer student 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 in campus housing. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Purdue offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Safety at Purdue

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. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

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 to 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

Purdue Students

43%

Women

57%

Men

95%

Full Time

5%

Part Time

54%

In State

46%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

63%

12%

11%

6%

4%

3%

1%

0.09%

0.06%

Undergraduate Students

34,920

Graduate Students

10,949

Non-Resident / International Students

4,246

Purdue Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

45,869

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

67%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,992

Out-of-State

$28,794

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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