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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People at Purdue love to have a good time. This does not take away form their academic progress. Most students study a lot in order to keep high grades. On top of this, students are kind and friendly to one another.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The social life between guys and girls on our campus is great. There are many people in relationships but many are just friends. Many boys and girls dress very preppy. Boys wear khaki shorts with button down shirts and Sperry Topsiders very often. Girls can often be seen wearing skater skirts, sweaters, skinny jeans, or oversized statement necklaces. Also combat boots are very popular among girls.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It kind of depends. It seems that in general people are really open and friendly. Some people are really focused on school, but make time for friends. Some are just there to party.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a high population of non-US native students that sometimes have trouble adjusting to Purdue's scene - such as with driving laws and with comprehension during classes. These people can sometimes complicate classes, but typically are no harm and are fun to talk to if you take the initiative to make friends. Plenty of people will help you get around campus if you're lost as well.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone on Purdue's campus is there for dedication to school with some social life mixed in. No one is too focused on partying to do well in school. At Purdue, an education means something to people.


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  • 58th
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  • 158th
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  • 187th
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  • 286th
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  • 364th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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Ladies and gentlemen, the consensus is in: no matter who or what you're attracted to, you'll be able to find it at Purdue. The girls come out the definite winners; with about one-and-a-half men to each woman, the odds are in your favor, ladies. And it seems that the ratio is not the only thing going for you; according to Purdue's female population, the men aren't too hard on the eyes. Gentlemen, Purdue is not without its share of female beauties. After all, the former Miss Indiana and her first runner-up were both students of Purdue, and a jaunt past any sorority house will show you that, indeed, pretty women are everywhere. Don't think of the unfair girl-to-guy ratio as a deterrent; instead, think of it as a challenge.

While Purdue does not appear to host the sexiest population in the Big Ten, students will say that, overall, people are rather attractive. An underlying grumble about Abercrombie & Fitch wearers permeates this agreement (alongside the eternal complaint that anybody worth looking at is already taken), but it seems that there are plenty of down-to-earth, straight-shooting students to offset the preppy population. The author's final thought? On a campus of 30,000 people your own age, it is mathematically certain that you will find at least one of these other students attractive.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Through the Women's Clinic division of PUSH. They also provide contraceptive counseling and the morning-after pill. Call (765) 494-6504 to set up an appointment.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Aquatic Center
  2. RSC
  3. Sororities
  4. Bars
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Fraternity parties
  2. Residence hall rooms
Social Scene
Purdue students study hard, but they also like to party hard. Thanks to the core requirements that every student is required to take (history, math, science, and the like), just striking up a conversation with that cute coed sitting next to you will net you a friend, if not always a date. The campus activities (including, but not limited to, residence hall outings, club callouts, and performances) are abundant through the year. They are fun and easy ways to meet members of the opposite sex. Although students are fiercely loyal to their schools and majors, no social hierarchy dominates Purdue's social scene-if you're willing to take the plunge, you'll find it there for you.
Hookups or Relationships?
Whatever you want, you should be able to find. While many students have met their life's partner at Purdue and settled into deep, meaningful relationships, there are also many people willing to engage in casual, relationship-free hookups.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
The mating rituals of Purdue students revolve around that place where everybody knows your name-the bars. Students from all walks of life, majors, and sexual preferences come to the bars in scores to hang out with their friends, meet people, and maybe even eventually date. Because much of the social scene at Purdue revolves around the bars, you'll find that many people end up dating people outside of their major. However, if the bar scene isn't really your thing, it's as easy as pie for freshmen to meet attractive people in a rather unlikely place-the classroom. Since you'll be attending many large lectures that are required for a great amount of majors, you've got your pick of the best and the brightest. Strike up a conversation with that cute engineer sitting next to you in your history class, and ask if you can be study buddies.
Dress Code
Sometimes, you can't tell whether a student at Purdue is going to class or to a club. A great number of students look like they just walked out of the pages of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog, and plenty others dress to the nines even when they're going to their 7:30 a.m. math class. However, you'll also find a large percentage of the population that wears sweats, flannel shirts, baggy T-shirts, and sometimes even pajamas. The rest of the students sport gear that waver between these two extremes. It's anything and everything goes.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 136 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 135 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 19 responses

  • 20% Class
  • 18% Clubs
  • 16% Fraternities
  • 11% Bars
  • 9% Bible Studies
  • 7% Sororities
  • 5% Co-Rec (including Aquatic Center)
  • 4% The Aquatic Center
  • 4% Church
  • 4% Social media like Tinder
  • 2% RSC

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 146 responses

  • 20% Long-distance relationship
  • 18% None
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 13% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 23 responses

  • 43% Being open
  • 34% Joining clubs
  • 14% Greek Life
  • 9% On campus religious organizations

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 43% Diverse
  • 33% Focused
  • 17% Nice
  • 7% Judgemental

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 147 responses

  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 7% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 56% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 35% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.



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