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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The school is very diverse, especially with international students.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is very accepting of everyone here. I don't feel judged coming to Purdue.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity because it's a huge school but everyone is very friendly and welcoming to everyone else.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a large number of students that are international or are not instate residence which creates are very diverse campus.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: We have no problems on this since we focus on our studies more often

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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
3%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
4%
International
16%
Native American
0%
White
68%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 31 responses

  • 97% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 164 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 24% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 164 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 15% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 35% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 164 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 164 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 31 responses

  • 84% No
  • 3% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 31 responses

  • 29% Republican
  • 23% Democratic
  • 13% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 35% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 31 responses

  • 77% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 13% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 10% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 39% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 52% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 3% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 31 responses

  • 6% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 16% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 48% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 29% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 165 responses

  • 49% Very accepting.
  • 41% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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