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5 College Freshman

Academics: Purdue is known mostly for its world class academics, especially in engineering, business, pre-med, agriculture, pharmacy, science, technology, and mathematics. Unfortunately classes are really hard. They really make sure you know the material in order for you to pass the class. There are many resources for extra help.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great classes, great profs, great experience.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in Speech Pathology. It is hard, but the amount of time you put into your classes is what you get out of it. Go to office hours, get involved with research, do what you can to get intro graduate school!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Rigorous courses, but you learn the material and the school's academics is well-respected.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Like most schools, your workload will depend on what major you decide on. Anything to do with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors is very challenging at purdue.

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Purdue’s Ivy League-sounding title belies its public standing, but aptly describes its challenging curriculum. Purdue’s engineering, management, and agricultural schools attract students from around the nation and the world because of their high academic reputation. It appears that most of the teachers are friendly and willing to help a student in need. However, in a lecture class of 600, some freshmen may feel like a grain of sand in a desert. The biggest complaint of Purdue students is the plethora of foreign teaching assistants whose accents are almost incomprehensible, and teachers who have an overestimated opinion of their personal importance. However, students are quick to note that, overall, the teachers at Purdue are excellent and have a firm knowledge of the subjects they teach. In the heart of right-wing conservative Indiana, there lies Purdue which seems to be a little town of wonders; with people all around the globe gathered in the middle of a corn-field. The feeling of being here is amazing.

As a Big Ten school, Purdue’s curriculum is top-notch. It can be challenging, but it is manageable, depending on your field of study and how you manage your time. The concept of easy and hard majors is very remote at Purdue. Especially with renowned professors from around the world, all majors are equally difficult in their own way. Just remember to keep an open mind, attend classes, and take notes. Your professors may seem unapproachable at first, especially in the lower-level large lecture classes, but remember that their office hours have been made for a reason. Purdue provides its students with dozens of opportunities. Your job is to take advantage of them.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
2,265
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
358
Total FT Faculty
2,290
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,102
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
44%
Transfer-Out Rate
21%
Graduation Rate
69%
Programs/Majors Offered
180
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 48%
  • 50 or More Students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Consumer and Family Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Management
  • School of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences
  • School of Science
  • School of Technology
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Civil Engineering: 2%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Campus coffeehouses
  • The Engineering Mall
  • The Liberal Arts fountain
  • The libraries
  • Purdue Memorial Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Always check WebCT several times a day if you have a class that uses it.
  • Go to class.
  • Go to professors' and TAs' office hours.
  • Listen to your academic advisors.
  • Organize your time wisely.
  • Take notes and listen in class.
  • Write everything, everything down in your Mortar Board.
Did You Know?
  • If you need a lab science requirement, and you don't want to take chemistry or physics, check out Fundamentals of Horticulture (HORT 101). Besides being worlds easier than anything having to do with pipettes or vectors, you get to play in the dirt, cut up plants, draw flowers, and go on fun field trips, and those are just the lab sessions! The lectures are easy to follow and the professors are nice and well informed.
  • The famous Muppet character, Kermit the Frog, was named after a professor of philosophy at
  • Purdue University. Theodore Kermit Scott grew up
  • in Leland, Mississippi, with Muppet creator Jim Henson, who borrowed Scott's middle name for his most famous creation.
  • Twenty-two astronauts hail Purdue as their alma mater, including Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, respectively the first and last men to set foot on the moon, and Jerry Ross, the man who has been on more space walks than any other astronaut. Purdue alumni have flown more than one-third of all U.S. manned flights into space, which has led to Purdue's epithet of "the Cradle of Astronauts."
  • Purdue has graduated more women engineers than any other university. For that matter, Purdue has probably graduated more engineers, period, than any other university, since one in 50 engineers in the U.S. is Purdue-trained.
  • Purdue civil engineering faculty member Charles Ellis conceived and drew up specifications for the Golden Gate Bridge, which was built in San Francisco, California, in 1937 as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World."
  • In 1962, Purdue became the first university in the nation to establish a department of computer science. Perhaps alongside the epithet "the Cradle of Astronauts," Purdue should also be hailed as "the Cradle of Hackers" or "the Cradle of the Most Socially Reclusive People on the Planet" or "the Cradle of Increasingly Poor Eyesight."
  • Amelia Earhart served as a women's career consultant to Purdue from 1935 to 1937, and the Lockheed Electra aircraft used on her ill-fated world flight was made possible with gift funds from the Purdue Research Foundation. Incidentally, that flight is not listed as one of Purdue's greatest successes.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 138 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 48 responses

  • 32% Neil Armstrong - first man on the moon
  • 20% Amelia Earhart
  • 20% Drew Brees
  • 14% Orville Redenbacher - businessman, popcorn entrepreneur
  • 7% Eugene A. Cernan - last man on the moon
  • 3% John T. McCutcheon - editorial cartoonist
  • 2% David Ross - inventor, manufacturer
  • 2% Booth Tarkington - novelist
  • 1% R. Games Slayter - inventor of fiberglass
  • 0% Kallie Khouri - Oscar-winning screenwriter
  • 0% George Ade - humorist

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 137 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 30 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 30 responses

  • 37% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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