See what students say:


Purdue is a Big Ten school that provides “a world class education” with a name “that is known all over the world and not just the state of Indiana.” The university is especially “known for being a great engineering school,” but has a bevy of amazing programs including “a great nursing program,” “a great Pharmacy program” and a “speech pathology program [that] is one of the best.” “I knew that I would receive an unparalleled education here,” an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering major says. Purdue, “cradle of engineers and quarterbacks alike,” is known for its athletics as well as its academics. There is “great school spirit exhibited in student organizations and athletic events.” Yet despite the “big campus atmosphere,” the school still maintains “small-school feel within its individual colleges.” The “knowledgeable and helpful” professors are “very excited about their topic of teaching” and “the classes are excellent and stimulating.” “Many of my professors have at least ten years under their belts with PhD’s,” one student boasts. Students are not going to find easy classes here. Purdue has teachers that “expect the most out of you.” However, “the difficult and rigorous curriculum” is a bonding experience that “increases out of the classroom skills such as communication and collaboration.” Some students did worry that “many things (such as Industrial Roundtable) are focused almost exclusively on engineers, which leaves some other majors out in the cold.” “The dining services are immaculate” at Purdue, and students love how the school “promotes green technology.” One Biology major explains the Purdue appeal: “It has everything a college kid could want: sports, academics, clubs, and delicious food.” Purdue provides an educational experience that students will remember the rest of their lives. As one student puts it: “Once a Boilermaker, always a Boilermaker.”

Student Body

Located in Indiana, Purdue has a student body that is largely “white and from the Midwest” with “conservative political views.” That said, one student points out that “West Lafayette is a pretty progressive town and usually ends up going Democratic if you check election records.” A fair number of students say the school needs to work to bring “better diversity.” “Most students are really down to earth” and “students can all find their niche here and get along well.” Students tend to bond “within their majors” which “helps create a small-school feel within a huge university,” although “it is not unheard of for people involved in different things to be with different people.” There is a fair amount of animosity between majors since “science and engineering majors DO look down on other majors” and tend to think that non-technical majors “are a ‘joke’ to the point that people are arrogant, obnoxious, and rude.” Still, most students “fit in well,” and at the end of the day, “we take all kinds here and turn everyone into Boilermakers.”

Campus Life

Life at Purdue involves a lot of “time management” and “a typical student has a hard time completing all three S’s (sleep, study, socialize) but has fun trying.” As a Big Ten university, athletics make up a large part of campus life. “We have Ross-Ade Brigade and Paint Crew, student clubs for cheering on the athletic teams, and they’re fairly large,” one Biology major explains. “Partying and hard alcohol [are] common,” but seem to divide the student body. Some wish the administration put “more control on partying and drinking” while others wish it was “less strict on alcohol/drug policies.” “Sometimes there isn’t a lot to do in West Lafayette besides drink,” and “students typically spend their time partying hard on Thursday nights at the Cactus and cramming on Sunday nights.” “Greek life is huge at Purdue” although “not essential.” West Lafayette is “close to Chicago and Indy” for weekend trips, and “students stay on campus most of the time, so it’s not a huge deal that the town around us sucks.” There is “always something fun to do on campus” too, such as “a club meeting, a social event/ recreational event, or just plain studying.” “Most people unwind and have fun by joining a club or organization” and everyone seems to find a place to fit in. Even quiet students blossom at Purdue as “the atmosphere on campus coaxes most out of their shell sooner or later.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Megan Dorton
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall, Room 109
West Lafayette, IN 47907

765 494 1776


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pudue Memorial Union
Recreational Sports Center
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Marriott Hall (hospitality and tourism management program)
Pao Hall for Visual and Performing Arts
Big Ten sports venues

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wolf Park
Wabash Heritage Trail
Ft. Quiatenon
Various events in town

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays during fall and spring semesters
8am-5pm (weekdays); 9am-noon (Saturday)
765 494 1776

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available


Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttles to Indianapolis (one hour) and Chicago (2+ hours) airports from campus. Amtrak and Greyhound serve Greater Lafayette.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Refer to Admissions website for comprehensive driving directions

Local Accommodations
The inexpensive Union Club (765-494-8900) is conveniently located on campus. The University Inn (3001 Northwestern Ave.; 765-463-5511) is a mile and a half away. Rates are at the low end of the moderate range and there is an indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and exercise room.


Applicants: 48,912
Acceptance Rate: 57%
Average HS GPA: 3.75



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