West Lafayette, IN
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$28,702 ($9,900)
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Reviews 3172 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We are ranked as one of the top dining facilities for colleges in the country, and that is extremely true! There are many hours, many different options, and you could have almost anything any day.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have very good safety procedures and even if you are walking alone at night, there are ways to make sure you are safe.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life at Purdue University is awesome. It is a tight-knit community and they hold each other to very high standards academically, socially, and philanthropically. Almost all Greek fraternities and sororities have houses on or close to campus. They are very friendly people and will associate with anyone, no matter their affiliation.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are two main types of people at Purdue University: the extremely out going, most of which who are Greek and attractive, and the studious ones, who are less attractive/care less about their appearances. All of the students however are very intelligent.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing process at Purdue University is very easy. I lived in Harrison Hall and I absolutely loved it! I also loved the dining courts. There were so many options and they had good hours and locations.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love the Psychology program at Purdue University. I was in a Learning Community which helped me with my first semester at Purdue and getting used to the courses I needed to take.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet had an internship. However, I will be starting one in August.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. There's a strong police force and emergency button things all over campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Im have an internship in silicon valley at a tech company and am learning tons about coding and CS. Purdue offers lots of ways to help students get internships.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Mine was easy but I operated completely outside of purdue, just getting the internship on my own.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on the dorm your in it can vary from ok to very bad. Stay away from Cary South.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You've mostly just got the typical chains and some fast food places. A little further off campus, across the river you'll find some nicer restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Lots of people are on financial aid. The schools pretty good about it but the tuition is really high so I guess it just kinda evens itself out.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: West lafayette is a pretty small place and there really isn't all that much to do there.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The foods good but it being indiana its mostly pretty unhealthy and the times that the dining courts are open can be pretty restrictive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus hasn't been too strict with greek life but recently its been cracking down more. They do tend to be pretty strict about drinking in the dorms but nothing too bad happens until you get a couple of offenses under your belt.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: They aren't all that much to look at generally but theres still a solid possibility of finding hot girls.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty important to Purdue. Without being a part of it the campus can be pretty boring and if you are a guy you will likely have trouble partying if you are so inclined.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports are well funded and the facilities are nice but the teams aren't particularly amazing.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The campus is fantastic. It is very pretty and there are plenty of places to be active as well as to buckle down and study. The student life is also great with something happening almost every weekend and one of the largest greek communities in the nation.

I am part of the engineering program. Having first year engineering my freshman year was a great help because it was nice to have that year to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I have many friends, myself included, who thought they knew what discipline they wanted to go into but after the first semester of freshmen decided there was something more suitable for them. We have some very unique schools of engineering such as the school of multidisciplinary engineering which allows to students to connect engineering to other careers such as law or medicine or it allows students to create their own type of engineering by taking pieces from other engineering disciplines and creating something fit for them. The engineering schools vary greatly in size. Some schools, such as biomedical engineering, are very selective and small while others, such as mechanical engineering, are large and take almost anyone with a high enough GPA.

This brings me to the course work. Most of the course work is manageable as long time is planned out well enough to do it. The saying on campus is there are three things: sleep, social life, and studying. You can only pick two. This has proven very true in my time on campus so far. Most courses grade on a point scale and adjust the points as necessary but the math department does not. The math department will be the death of a student. The math department grades on a true bell curve meaning if most of the class did well on something and you were below that, you most likely failed or made a low score on whatever that assignment was. Just because most classes grade on a point scale does not mean that they are easy classes.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: There is a large Greek population but it doesn't really affect you if you are non-Greek/there is no pressure

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Dining: there isn't much on-campus dining at all

4 College Senior

Academics: Engineering is hard. The math and physics departments are the worst

3 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of international students from Asia, but other than that there is not much diversity

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: Our teams aren't very good but sports is a big part of life at Purdue


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All hail to the old gold and black! Students could not have been more glowing in their praise about their time at Purdue University. Boilermakers unanimously appreciate all the opportunities that are afforded to students at a Big Ten university. From the thriving social scene to the academics, to the prestige of a Purdue diploma to the lifelong friends, Purdue students are grateful for their time in the heartland of the Midwest, and none could dream of having attended school anywhere else. As with anything in life, there are positives and negatives to any situation, but it appears that the benefits of being a Boilermaker greatly outweigh everything else.

The sheer size of Purdue may intimidate those students who feel that they will never be more than a number at Purdue, but as students have pointed out, there’s a niche here for everyone. If the chance to be top dog is what you desire from a college, you won’t find that here. But if you’re looking for a world-class education, the chance to meet people from all different walks of life, and hundreds of ways to become involved in University life, Purdue is the school for you. It is fun and exciting. It’s an opportunity to spend four (or more) meaningful years with 30,000 other people your age. And if you’re willing to accept all the opportunities a Big Ten university can throw your way, it will be a great ride.

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