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

Facilities: We are really traditional and enjoy going to games

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school has such an awesome campus life.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Students are involved in a variety of clubs. If you have an interest, their WILL be a club for it.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love that almost all the professors do their own research. It makes for an interesting and dynamic learning experience.

5 College Student

Facilities: The gym is probably one of the nicest gyms I have been too... I go like every day. I lied I go every day. It is huge and people at this school care what they look like and some don't. So people are always there, especially very attractive guys.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 114th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 279th
    Best Student Centers
  • 285th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 462nd
    Best Library
  • 916th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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Purdue's multi-billion dollar campaign has resulted in numerous renovations around the campus, including the Recreational Sports Center, the residence hall dining rooms, the computer labs, and the libraries. The athletic facilities are top-notch, with basketball courts, a new aquatics center, an enormous cardiovascular area, tracks, racquetball courts, and more. The libraries have undergone a tremendous overhaul, leaving them streamlined and organized. Purdue Memorial Union is one of the central points on campus, with bowling and billiards in the basement, as well as a large food court with areas to study and hang out with friends. The general consensus of the students is that the facilities, which were not so bad to begin with, have improved by leaps and bounds over the past several years and will continue to do so.

The campus itself is compact, charming, and clean. Although it is large enough to accommodate the over 30,000 attending students, the layout is so well organized that a student can walk from one end of campus to the other within 15 to 20 minutes. The campus is filled with foliage and is particularly lovely during spring. But, for sheer uniqueness, check out Purdue's famous fountains; they're designed to be aesthetically pleasing, but also are fun to run through with a group of friends on a sweltering day.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
1,900
Campus Size
2,468 acres
Student Centers
Purdue Memorial Union (PMU)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
15
Popular Places to Chill
  • Around the fountains
  • At the coffeehouses
  • The libraries
  • The Memorial Malls
  • PMU
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
The bowling lanes are located beneath Purdue Memorial Union
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Starbucks
  • The Oasis Café
  • Venture Café
Movie Theater on Campus
On Friday and Saturday nights, Fowler Hall turns into a discount movie theater, and students can see films that have only recently come off their run on the silver screen.
School Slang
  • B-dubs/BW3: Nickname for "Buffalo Wild Wings," a popular restaurant in the Levee that serves wings and has interactive trivia.
  • Boilermaker: 1) One who makes or repairs boilers. 2) A drink of whisky with a beer chaser. 3) A student who attends Purdue University.
  • Boilermaker Special: Purdue's official mascot, a train!
  • Breakfast clubs: Groups of people who dress up in funny costumes on days of football games, or during Grand Prix and go to the bars as early as 5 a.m. The sillier you look, the more accepted you are.
  • Cactus cup: The huge (24 ounce) cups used at the Neon Cactus on Thursday nights.
  • Chalk talks: Messages written in chalk on the sidewalks or on classroom blackboards.
  • Chauncey Hill: Just east of campus; an area with many fast food restaurants and bars.
  • Class Notes: A business that sells class notes! Students are hired to sit in on lectures and take notes, which are then sold to people too lazy to go to class. Sometimes it's worth it.
  • CODO: Change of Degree Objective; changing majors.
  • Co-Rec: Recreational Sports Center.
  • Dead Week: The week directly preceding exam week.
  • Den pop: The large sodas one can purchase at Discount Den in Chauncey Hill. 32 ounces for just 50 cents.
  • Grand Prix: The biggest Greek function of the semester.
  • Harry's Chocolate Shop: One of Purdue's most popular bars.
  • Hoosiers: 1) Residents of Indiana.2) The evil, evil students of Indiana University.3) A movie starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, surprisingly about basketball.
  • HSSE: Pronounced "hissy," this is the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library located in Stewart Center.
  • Ice polishers: The fleet of Bobcat-like sweepers that clear the snow off sidewalks in the winter. Labeled so because it seems they only aggravate the problem instead of removing it.
  • ITAP (PUCC): The computer system at Purdue. Will often be called PUCC ("puck") instead of ITAP ("I-tap"), because the name was changed.
  • LAEB: Beering Hall. This hall used to be named the Liberal Arts and Education Building, and students still call it by its old label.
  • The Levee: The mini strip mall at the bottom of the hill where you can find the Neon Cactus, BW3s, and a movie theater.
  • Memorial Mall: The big, grassy knoll in the center of campus.
  • Mortar Board: The Purdue-oriented student planners that are available for purchase at University bookstores for only five dollars. Be sure and get one! It will become your right arm at Purdue University.
  • Old Oaken Bucket, The: An old, oaken bucket that goes to the winner of the Indiana University/Purdue University football game every year.
  • PMU: Purdue Memorial Union.
  • Power hour: Classes that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a time block of 75 minutes, as opposed to the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes that only last 50 minutes.
  • PUID: Purdue University ID.
  • Purdue Pete: Purdue's unofficial mascot; a big boilermaker carrying a sledgehammer and wearing a hard hat.
  • The Quad: Cary Quad residence hall.
  • Ross Hills: A gorgeous 18-hole Frisbee golf course about 15 minutes south of campus.
  • Rowdy: Purdue Pete's awesome and huge pal who hangs out with him at football games.
  • SSINFO: Pronounced "ess-ess-info," this is an online site for you to check your grades, figure out exam times, find employment opportunities, and basically stay plugged in to all aspects of life at Purdue.
  • Tower Acres: The area where the fraternity/sorority houses reside.
  • WebCT: An online service where classes can upload lecture notes, course material, and quizzes.
Traditions
  • Breakfast Club : On days of home football games and during Grand Prix week, students of legal age dress up in costumes and head out to the bars as early as 5 a.m. The bars clean house, until it's about time for the game or race to begin, when the gaudily-dressed students wobble out onto the streets and make their way to Ross-Ade stadium to cheer their team on to victory.
  • Fountain Runs : Purdue's celebrated fountains have been under attack as of late because of irresponsible parents who hurl their children loose in them and then sue the University when their kid gets hurt. Nonetheless, the fountains remain, and Purdue students don swimsuits and run through the large fountains on the liberal arts campus and the engineering mall. They're especially fun on amazingly hot days with large groups of friends.
  • Grand Prix: The weekend before finals, the fraternities and sororities at Purdue join for a huge campus-wide party. A mini Indy 500 takes place on Cherry Lane (off of Northwestern) and spectators line the bleachers to watch go-carts zoom around and around to victory. Just make certain to be cautious about what you do because the police are especially vigilant during this time.
  • The Old Oaken Bucket: The Old Oaken Bucket is exactly what it sounds like-an old oaken bucket. The winner of the Indiana University/Purdue University football game gets to take home this ancient piece of rivalry history, along with bragging rights for the year. A "P" or an "I" is added to a chain at the end of the game to show who won. Purdue has added a lot of "Ps" to the bucket in recent years.
  • The PMO Christmas Show: On the weekend before fall finals, the Purdue Musical Organizations join to produce an "annual lyrical musical miracle" on Elliot Hall of Music's stage. Nearly 36,000 people travel to West Lafayette to watch this musical extravaganza, and every year nearly 100 PBS stations air the Christmas show to hundreds upon thousands of spectators.
  • Sledding Down Slayter Hill: On the first snowfall of the year, Slayter Hill is packed with students rolling, sledding, and jumping down the fresh-fallen powder. Students who are wily enough to sneak lunch trays out of the dining halls will use them as makeshift sleds.
  • Thursday Nights: Thursday nights are one of the bigger party nights at Purdue. Head down to the bars early if you want to get seats, or you don't want to stand outside in lines. The bars are packed so tightly that you can barely move, and this is the night that you can use the famous "Cactus Cups" to get more booze for your buck. The only problem is the next morning, when you have to drag yourself to your 7:30 a.m. class.
Urban Legends
  • It is said that John Purdue, upon donating money for the founding of Purdue University, stipulated that no building should be built higher than University Hall, the first building on campus. When the new chemistry building was erected, it was found to stand several feet taller than University Hall. Rather than tear down the building, Purdue granted that section of campus a different zip code to get around the founder's wishes.
  • John Purdue, who gave $150,000 for the founding of Purdue University, asked that he be buried on the campus after his death. Consenting to his wish, the University buried him just east of University Hall, beneath the memorial fountain. Legend has it that several mischievous students once dug up John Purdue's grave and took his body to an Indiana University/Purdue University football game.
  • Purdue's mascot became the `Boilermaker' because, in years gone by, our football team was one of the worst in the nation. The football coach at Purdue, in order to save face, recruited some workers from the railroad to play on the football team. After the new team trounced Wabash College, a Crawfordsville reporter described them as the `boilermakers.' The epithet was meant to be derogatory, but Lafayette newspapers soon picked up the name, and in October 1892, the Purdue Exponent gave it the stamp of approval. In the early days of Purdue football, the team was called other names as well, including "haymakers," "rail-splitters," "sluggers,"and "cornfield sailors."
Favorite Things To Do
Attend concerts and performances at Elliot Hall of Music through CONVOS, bowl at PMU, play wallyball at the Co-Rec, run through the fountains, play ultimate Frisbee on the Engineering and Memorial Malls, sled down Slayter Hill, attend open mic nights at the coffeehouse, or play billiards at PMU. Discount movies at Fowler Hall are a big hit, and so are the bowling alley and billiards room in the basement of PMU. The Purdue theater department puts on several shows during the year that are always high-caliber, and CONVOS sponsors touring shows, famous musicians, and celebrities at Elliot Hall of Music for discounted rates. The Crazy Monkeys, Purdue’s hilarious improvisational comedy group, perform for free at local coffeehouses—check out the chalk talks on the sidewalk, or on the blackboards in your classrooms.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.purdue.edu/odos/sao
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
With more than 630 student organizations, Purdue's student organization network is extensive. If for some reason your favorite sport or activity is not listed at the Student Activities and Organizations homepage, all you have to do is start your own club.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Books under course-reserve are not allowed to be taken out of the library, and they must be returned to the stacks in two hours. The best way to go about this is to get there just a little inside two hours before closing time. Then you can keep the course-reserve book overnight.
  • Purdue's All-American Marching Band may be best known for having the "World's Largest Drum," but it also claims several famous alumni, including a baritone player named Neil Armstrong, who went on to walk on the moon, and a tuba player named Orville Redenbacher, who went on to become the "Popcorn King."
  • The RSC has free saunas located in the locker rooms. They're great to use after exercise.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 135 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 20% Sledding Down Slayter Hill
  • 20% Fountain Runs
  • 20% Grand Prix
  • 12% Thursday Nights
  • 12% The Old Oaken Bucket
  • 8% The PMO Christmas Show
  • 4% RHA
  • 4% Big Man on Campus!
  • 0% Breakfast Club

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 26% Residence halls
  • 22% At the coffeehouses
  • 22% PMU
  • 17% The libraries
  • 4% Campus bars
  • 4% The Memorial Malls
  • 4% Around the fountains

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 31% Bdubs
  • 23% Flicks at Fowler
  • 23% Going to Von's Bookshop.
  • 15% Drink
  • 8% Sports

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 177 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 8% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 57% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 34% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 147 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 44% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 52% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% The Summer Internships offered by the DFA
  • 40% The best jobs are with RESNET
  • 20% Purdue Memorial Union

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% 5+ year graduation if you walk under Bell Tower
  • 9% The ghosts of Windsor Hall

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% McDonald's
  • 33% The worst jobs are with CPK

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