Be prepared to bleed black and gold, prospective students! As a Big Ten university, Purdue (and its students) take great pride in its athletic teams. During football season, there is no other place to be other than tailgating before the games and cheering in the stadium stands. Boilermaker pride is rampant. Purdue’s football team consistently attends bowl games, including the Rose Bowl, and the women’s basketball team has participated in the NCAA National Tournament several times.
Thanks to the prolific club sports and intramural sports, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in the athletic life. But if you don’t see your favorite sport listed, you’re always welcome to start up your own club. The increasing international population at Purdue has added to the amount of athletic clubs as everyone brings a sport from their home country. Athletics is one of the big equalizers at Purdue University, and it is one of the best ways to make lifelong friends. Attending games is a distinctive Boilermaker tradition. If you don’t feel your heart swell with pride when the black and gold beat down their opponents, then be prepared to be placed in the minority.