Diversity

Location
West Lafayette, IN
Undergrads
29,360
Tuition (in-state)
$28,702 ($9,900)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Dont notice many problems with this

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse and everyone seems to get along just fine. I have yet to see any cases of intolerance.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Because the school is so big, and the academic programs so strong, the school attracts many diverse students both from within the US, and from abroad.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Purdue is so diverse that every religion is accepted. There are a ton of churches both on and off campus that students can attend.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Purdue is known for its diversity. Apart from almost everyone being a Republican the crowd is diverse and accepting.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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The opinions about diversity at Purdue fall into two distinct camps: those who feel that Purdue is extremely diverse, and those who feel that it couldn't be more monochromatic. The percentages don't lie; most of Purdue's students are Caucasian. However, if you're looking for a pocket of diversity, you'll be able to find it. Six percent doesn't sound like much, but six percent of 30,000 students equals 1,800 students of foreign ethnicity. Students seem to feel that there is a place for everyone at Purdue.

Minority groups are not the most visible organizations on Purdue's campus, but Purdue does its best to raise awareness with Black History Month, Gaypril, and the like. While people from more polychromatic regions might feel Purdue to be lacking in the diversity department, a bit of searching will expose the plethora of ethnic organizations, clubs, and populations scattered through the campus. International students would do well to check out the International Center, and students of the Islamic faith should contact the Muslim Center. The Black Cultural Center and the Latino Cultural Center sponsor many events throughout the school year and are aimed at promoting awareness.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
3%
International
14%
Native American
0%
White
70%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
44%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 23%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
30%
Male Faculty
70%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 16%
Native American: 0%
White: 66%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The acceptance of gay students at Purdue is “improving because of the current administration,” according to the National Executive Director of Delta Lambda Phi. The LesBiGay network sponsors events on campus, such as “Gaypril,” in attempts to strengthen alternative lifestyle acceptance at Purdue.
Political Activity
Most students are conservative Republicans, but there are also a great number of liberals on campus. It is a common sight to see protesters marching on the Memorial Mall over political issues or staging hunger strikes to protest sweatshop conditions. Purdue students seem generally apathetic about their own student government, and most do not vote for campus government elections.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are the most popular religions on campus. There are many Christian associations on campus that hold demonstrations during the year. Those of the Islamic faith would do well to check out the Muslim Center, which is just a short walk away from inner campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Purdue’s minority clubs are rising in visibility. The international population is very well established. Minorities of all types will be able to find a club catering to them, but some have more visibility than others. The International Center, the Muslim Center, the Black Cultural Center, and the Latino Cultural Center are all hubs for Purdue’s minority demographics.
Did You Know?
Purdue had the largest international student enrollment for a state university in 2008, with students from over 146 countries.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 156 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 24% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 19% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 156 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 35% Not sure
  • 16% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 155 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 155 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 156 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 51% Very accepting.

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