Purdue University

4,013 reviews
  1. West Lafayette, IN
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Purdue University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Website

Purdue University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
SAT Range
1080-1330
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$13,081/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,153/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,073/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,391/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,638/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,144/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.264 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.267 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.263 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,419Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 152 responses
Report
  • Focused
    25%
  • Diverse
    24%
  • Friendly and focused
    21%
  • Indifferent-they do them and you do you
    12%
  • Nice
    8%
  • Easygoing
    5%
  • Driven
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.321 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.376 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 152 responses
Report
  • Boiler up
    30%
  • Driven
    19%
  • Diverse
    18%
  • Challenging
    10%
  • Community
    8%
  • "What are our school colors?" "Mostly red brick."
    5%
  • Degree
    3%

After Purdue University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.170 responses

Reviews

4,013 reviews
  • Excellent
    682
  • Very Good
    1645
  • Average
    1400
  • Poor
    208
  • Terrible
    78
Purdue isn't known for winning very many Big 10 games, but is still great athletically. That being said, Purdue students love going to every kind of NCAA sporting event. Purdue also has a really good club/intramural scene. Many students participate in a club or intramural sport simply because anyone can create a team (intramural) and they're really fun! Our sports center is also fantastic. The athletes have really good facilities, but the Cordova sports recreation center (co-rec) is fantastic and available to ALL students and faculty, for FREE! It is a fantastic facility, with almost everything you can imagine there. It even has two pools, and a rock wall!
  • College Sophomore
  • Apr 7 2015
Overall, my experience at this school has been great! The activities offered are all thought out and magnificent. The people here are so diverse, that I've met people from New Zealand, Iceland, China, Germany, Brazil, and England all without having to leave the state of Indiana. I wouldn't claim it to be the best only because of how some teachers go about teaching the students. All of the teachers are well-informed in their field, that is for sure. However, some of the teachers have no clue how to make sure the student learns the material effectively. I have been in a few classes here where the teacher just copies exactly off of the book. On the bright side, I've had more teachers who were grand teachers and I learned quite a bit from them.
  • College Junior
  • 4 months ago
Overall, I would say Purdue does a good job accomodating students and making them comfortable/safe. My biggest problems I've had with Purdue are that they make it very difficult to change your major - a key indicator that you are in the wrong major is often grades, and if you are truly struggling in your current major and want to change majors, you end up somewhat penalized because you cannot change majors while on any kind of academic warning. Purdue only allows you to change majors of you are in good academic standings, so if you're struggling in your current major, you might end up "stuck". Also, certain schools do not have good advisers, others have great advisers. For instance, of you are in the school of engineering, good luck making an appointment to see your adviser, let alone finding one who cares. There are too many students per adviser in that school to be helpful for you. On the other hand, the school of liberal arts has phenomenal advisers that will form a relationship with you and really tailor your classes to you.

As far as campus life goes, it really depends on the person and how involved they get. I have found that the more you get involved with something - a club, your classes, or even floor events in your dorm - the more friends you make, and the better your experience. The dorms really doffer on quality, so you just have to figure out which one works for you. Also, as much as tour guides will try to tell you otherwise, the food in the dining halls is not good. It is all very bready and cheesy and monotonous, and it tends to upset many people's digestive tracts. I have found that my Hilltop kitchen (and those in my friends' apartments) are my best friend when it comes to eating. Also, campus can be very beautiful at certain times of the year, but if you plan to attend I hope you don't mind red brick! Boiler up and hammer down!
  • College Junior
  • 11 months ago