Purdue University--West Lafayette

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Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050

Phone: (765) 494-4600
2013-2014 Tuition
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#68 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. National Universities

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Purdue University--West Lafayette is a public institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,147, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 2,468 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Purdue University--West Lafayette's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 68. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,992 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,794 (2013-14).

Purdue University's West Lafayette, Indiana, campus is the main campus in the Purdue University system, which encompasses four other campuses throughout the state. Nearly 20 percent of students are affiliated with Greek life, and Purdue offers a wide range of activities and organizations. Performance groups include the "All American" Marching Band, four jazz bands and two symphony orchestras. The Boilermakers, Purdue’s athletic teams, compete in the Division I Big Ten Conference and are well known for their dominant men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s official mascot, is a railroad locomotive cared for and maintained by the student-run Purdue Reamer Club. Although no students are required to live in university housing, about one-third of undergraduates live on campus.

Purdue is made up of 12 schools and colleges, many of which serve both undergraduate and graduate students. Professional and graduate programs include the well-ranked College of Engineering, Krannert School of Management, College of Education and College of Pharmacy. Purdue’s esteemed School of Aeronautics and Astronautics within the College of Engineering has acquired the nickname "Cradle of Astronauts." One popular university tradition: many students mark the beginning and end of their time at Purdue by running through either of the campus fountains. Notable alumni include legendary college basketball coach and player John Wooden, popcorn entrepreneur Orville Redenbacher and the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1869, Purdue is Indiana's land-grant university. It is one of the nation's premier institutions with more than 200 areas of undergraduate study and renowned research initiatives. Purdue's programs in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate disciplines consistently rank among the best in the country. Twenty-two of America's astronauts hold Purdue degrees. Students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, bring rich diversity to the main campus in West Lafayette. Although a large university, Purdue maintains an intimate atmosphere that highly values individual needs and achievements.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1869
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $1,861,079,242


When applying to Purdue University--West Lafayette, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Purdue University--West Lafayette is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Purdue University--West Lafayette is 14:1, and the school has 38.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Purdue University--West Lafayette include: Engineering; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 20%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 16%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 8%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Purdue University--West Lafayette has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,147, with a gender distribution of 57.4 percent male students and 42.6 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus. Purdue University--West Lafayette is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 39,256
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Purdue University--West Lafayette offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Purdue University--West Lafayette also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Purdue University--West Lafayette, 12 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Purdue University--West Lafayette.

Students who have cars on campus 12%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Purdue University--West Lafayette, 48.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,820.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,992 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $28,794 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,590 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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