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About Purdue University

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4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Purdue University is a public research university that was founded in the year 1869 and is named after the businessman John Purdue who donated land and money to establish the university with disciplines such as science, technology, agriculture, and other domains as well. It is also known that the first class at Purdue University was held on September 16, 1874, when Purdue University consisted of only six instructors and 39 students.

As of today, the main campus of Purdue University offers more than 200 disciplines for undergraduate students, more than 69 masters and doctoral programs including professional degrees in domains such as pharmacy and medicine.

Purdue University also has 18 intercollegiate sports teams due to which it is also a member of the Big Ten Conference and is also known to enrol the second largest student body of any university in Indiana.

Purdue University-Main Campus, which is located in West Lafayette, IN is a public university. Purdue University-Main Campus occupies a total area of about 2,602 acres. Purdue University-Main Campus was founded in 1869 by John Purdue. Notably, the official colors of the university are old gold and black. Out of total 43,411 (Fall 2018) students enrolled at PUMC, 34,596 belong to undergraduate courses while 10,904 are postgraduate students. To teach various courses to the students, the school has employed a total of 3,055 (Fall 2014) faculty. Around 97% of the students are 24 and under at Purdue University-Main Campus. At PUMC around 64% are white, 13% are Non-resident alien, and 9% are Asian. And, when it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 43% of the students are females and 57% are males. The college has produced several achievers in its 151 years of existence and some of the notable alumni are Herman Cain (Businessperson, Politician), Drew Brees (Athlete, American football player), Jim Gaffigan (Comedian, Television producer), and David Crosthwait (Inventor, Engineer). Purdue University-Main Campus's sporting teams are affiliated to NCAA Division I – Big Ten. Taking into account all the undergraduate and graduate degrees, including both residential and online, PUMC offers around 684 programs. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by AABI (Aviation Accreditation Board International), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.). Purdue University-Main Campus has around $2 billion (2019) in endowment.

Location & Contact


Hovde Hall of Administration


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Phone: 7654944600
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Forbes and US News provide rankings to the universities, which are trusted everywhere. But this is applicable only if the universities are located in the US. Considered one of the best publications when it comes to ranking universities, Forbes has placed Purdue University-Main Campus at the 118th position on the latest list of top colleges. However, it is to be noted that the rankings are decided based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

1st Mar

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1180 - 1410

ACT Range

25 - 32

Application Fee




High School GPA


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The admission to Purdue University-Main Campus is easy and the students can make the most out of it. Purdue University-Main Campus has 4 admission thresholds. Candidates are required to fill the form and submit a fee of $60, as part of the admission process at PUMC. The SAT score in the range of 1190-1440 would boost a student's chances of securing admission. Notably, students securing ACT score less than 25 might also given admission but the average ACT score at Purdue University-Main Campus is 28. As expected, the candidates can complete the process either online or by visiting the school's office at Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2040. To gather more information, they can call them at (765) 494-4600.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


Budget For Other Expenses


Total One Year Cost


Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to PUMC. The annual full-time cost of attendance comes out to be approximately $31,793. Students can also explore numerous financial aid options offered by the university.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Business Administration, Management...

1,222 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering

407 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering Related Tech...

240 Graduates

Industrial Engineering

235 Graduates

Computer Science

229 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

216 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

200 Graduates


199 Graduates

Agricultural Business and Managemen...

187 Graduates

Chemical Engineering

164 Graduates

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astrona...

162 Graduates

Animal Sciences

155 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

149 Graduates

Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

149 Graduates

Research and Experimental Psycholog...

136 Graduates

Architectural Engineering Technolog...

132 Graduates

Computer Software and Media Applica...

120 Graduates


118 Graduates

Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

118 Graduates

Civil Engineering

117 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

116 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

114 Graduates


110 Graduates

General Sales, Merchandising and Re...

109 Graduates

Computer Engineering

103 Graduates

Electrical Engineering Technologies...

102 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

101 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

99 Graduates

Biology, General

97 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

88 Graduates

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

81 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

81 Graduates

Health Professions and Related Clin...

78 Graduates

Air Transportation

75 Graduates

Communication Disorders Sciences an...

74 Graduates


67 Graduates

Human Development, Family Studies,...

67 Graduates

Agricultural Engineering

65 Graduates


65 Graduates

Political Science and Government

57 Graduates

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human...

54 Graduates

Allied Health and Medical Assisting...

51 Graduates

Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Se...

51 Graduates

Engineering-Related Fields

51 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

48 Graduates

Public Health

48 Graduates

Environmental/Environmental Health...

47 Graduates

Materials Engineering

47 Graduates

Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and...

46 Graduates


41 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

39 Graduates

Education, General

36 Graduates

Food Science and Technology

34 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

33 Graduates


33 Graduates

Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences,...

32 Graduates

Psychology, General

32 Graduates


31 Graduates

Industrial Production Technologies/...

31 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

29 Graduates

Agricultural Mechanization

27 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

27 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

27 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

27 Graduates


26 Graduates

Neurobiology and Neurosciences

26 Graduates

Engineering, Other

24 Graduates

Agriculture, General

23 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

23 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

22 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

22 Graduates

Nuclear Engineering

22 Graduates

Agricultural Production Operations

21 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

21 Graduates

Applied Mathematics

20 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

18 Graduates

Health Services/Allied Health/Healt...

16 Graduates

Botany/Plant Biology

15 Graduates


15 Graduates

Landscape Architecture

15 Graduates

Agricultural Public Services

14 Graduates

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

14 Graduates

Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, an...

14 Graduates

Engineering Technology, General

14 Graduates

Biological and Physical Sciences

13 Graduates

Mathematics and Computer Science

12 Graduates

Construction Engineering

11 Graduates

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorolog...

10 Graduates

Area Studies

9 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

9 Graduates

Plant Sciences

9 Graduates

Classical and Ancient Studies

8 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

7 Graduates


7 Graduates

Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomica...

6 Graduates

Nutrition Sciences

6 Graduates

East Asian Languages, Literatures,...

5 Graduates

Germanic Languages, Literatures, an...

5 Graduates

Zoology/Animal Biology

5 Graduates

Applied Horticulture and Horticultu...

4 Graduates

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human...

4 Graduates

Microbiological Sciences and Immuno...

4 Graduates

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

2 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

2 Graduates

Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languag...

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




64% White

2% Unknown

3% Black

5% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

14% Non Resident alien

9% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$68,625 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,398/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname

Boilermaker Special

School Colors

old gold and black

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Big Ten Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country



Swimming and Diving


Track and Field


Sports Team (Women)


Cheerleading-Dance Team



Swimming and Diving



Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


On-campus housing facilities are offered to the students who wish to remain nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $10,030 per year. Purdue University-Main Campus has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at PUMC costs around $5,398 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At PUMC, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 57% male and 43% female students.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$145 - 280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


In case the students at Purdue University-Main Campus face any financial issues concerning the fees and cost of living, and find the same to be high, they can seek help from the financial aid department of the varsity. It focuses on settling the issues that students face, and candidates can be assisted with scholarships, grants, and student loans. The average federal grant that comes from the university is around $4,862, whereas the financial aid is $6,773. The students at the university are provided with state aid and institutional aid. The state aid stands at $6,923, while the institutional aid is $6,773. The total need-based scholarships/grants offered at PUMC based on students' financial needs add up to $3,121,837 per year. Meanwhile, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants in a year come to around $47,947,436.

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