West Lafayette, IN
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$28,702 ($9,900)
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams suck so it's not that fun to go to games. But still a lot of people do anyways.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Teams all are pretty bad. At least the Boys Varsity main sports

College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't pay much attention, a rating would be unfair

College Junior

Athletics: As a grad student, I don't participate much in the sports culture.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Intramurals are great, and Varsity sports would be bigger if the teams were more successful (specifically football and basketball).


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 556th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Nickname
Officially, the Boilermaker Special (a train); unofficially, Purdue Pete
Men Playing Varsity Sports
295 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 91
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 46
Other Sports: 174
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 42%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 17%
Cross Country/Track: 82%
Other Sports: 72%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Challenge Shotokan Karate
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Outing
  • Racquetball
  • Rifle and pistol
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Trap and skeet
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Horseshoes
  • Judo
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Wallyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec)
Most Popular Sports
All varsity-level sports are extremely popular, but if you're attending Purdue, the three sports to which we all hail are football, women's basketball, and men's basketball. On game days, the campus shuts down, as everyone either attends the game or watches it from home. Let's go Boilers!
Most Overlooked Teams
Rugby is one of the most interesting and misunderstood sports here in the United States. Barely any students are aware of the Purdue men's rugby club. Check out one of their games for an entertaining afternoon.
School Spirit
Purdue students bleed black and gold. Boilermakers are proud of their top-notch athletic teams and are fiercely loyal to the University. Look around you on an average day, and you'll find that most of the students are sporting some type of Purdue clothing, be it sweatshirts, T-shirts, or a hat. During football season, you will cheer for your school or be subjected to the wrath of devoted fans that will call you (gasp) a Hoosier supporter! The different schools within the University are extremely dedicated to their fields of study, and be prepared to face the ongoing ribbing between the engineering school and the school of liberal arts and sciences. If attending a university where school pride reigns supreme, Purdue is definitely the university for you.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be obtained through the athletic ticket office. Students, faculty, and staff get discounted rates on tickets. You can place orders online at, or by calling (800) 497-7678 for more information. To obtain tickets, you must fill out a ticket application at either the athletic ticket office or through the Web site listed above.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Anywhere on Purdue's campus. Check out the Tree Tour (a tree-by-tree brochure is available in the union), or just meander around the horticultural area during the spring months when the gardens have been planted.
Did You Know?
Purdue Pete, represents all Purdue students. He is present in every home game. Four students annually are chosen to be Purdue Pete. They have to maintain a 2.0 GPA and report to University Hall weekly to have their academic progress monitored.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 174 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 13% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 80% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 174 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 173 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 57% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 32% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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