Purdue University

Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040

School Details

Purdue University was founded on May 6, 1869, and named in honor of its original benefactor, John Purdue. The first 39 students enrolled in 1874 with just six instructors. By 1891, Purdue athletics had already earned the nickname, Boilermakers, coined by a newspaper reporter when Purdue’s football team beat its competitor by a wide margin. Traditions have continued to grow in number through the years at Purdue, as students adopted the colors of gold and black in the late 1800s, and later accepted mascot Purdue Pete - a character quickly gaining popularity from an advertisement in the University Bookstore in the 1940s. Students continue to participate in the Fountain Run, Sledding on Slayter Hill, and Spring Fest.

Today, Purdue University is a four-year public institution enrolling more than 70,000 students. The main campus is located on about 2,600 acres in West Lafayette, Indiana. Four regional campuses include:

  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Purdue North Central in Westville, Indiana
  • Purdue Calumet in Hammond, Indiana

In addition, Purdue maintains 15,000 acres for research purposes and College of Technology programs are offered at ten added locations throughout Indiana.

Purdue University emphasizes the importance of its Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct stating the university’s dedication to “the advancement of learning, discovery, and engagement” at the University, in the state of Indiana, in the nation, and globally. This statement incorporates the values of “honesty,” “freedom of expression,” “truth and accuracy,” stewardship, and “uncompromised integrity.”

Purdue University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the Universities overall accreditation, a large number of independent programs at Purdue University have also received programmatic accreditation including, Pharmacy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Dietetics, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Theatre, and Teacher Education. Furthermore, Purdue University retains a number of published rankings, including Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges.

Purdue awards undergraduate associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to graduate programs, including master’s degrees, post-master certificate programs, and doctorate degrees. Students can choose from more than 200 undergraduate majors or complete one of the more than 70 master’s and doctorate programs. Purdue also supports professional programs in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Eleven colleges house degree programs, including:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Krannert School of Management
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science
  • College of Technology
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Graduate School

Distance learning programs at Purdue University are housed in the Purdue Extended Campus. Options include online programs and non-traditional campus coursework, including evening classes, for working professionals. Students can choose to earn graduate certificate programs, such as the Nuclear Pharmacy Certificate and Training Program or enroll in one of eight master’s degree programs, ranging from the online Engineering Professional Education MS degree to the online MS Education in Learning Design and Technology. Undergraduate distance education is also available via online coursework and students can pursue the online Veterinary Technology Associate Degree.

Typically, prospective undergraduate students will need to submit the application and fee, official transcripts, and SAT / ACT scores. International students may need to submit added documentation, including proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL scores). Purdue University admits students based on a number of criteria, some of which includes academic achievements, strength of completed coursework, class rank and grade point averages, assessment scores, personal achievements and experiences, among other factors. Criteria for graduate programs retains program-specific requirements and departmental application deadlines.

Students will find an abundance of extracurricular activities. There are over 850 student organizations recognized at Purdue University, some of which include:

  • Professional organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Religious clubs
  • Minority clubs
  • Special interest clubs
  • Cultural clubs

Student at Purdue University also have the option to participate in athletics. There are 18 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Purdue University supports an array of financial aid options for qualifying students, including scholarships, grants, loans, fee remissions and discounts, student employment, military benefits and federal tax credits. Purdue supports the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In addition, the state of Indiana provides multiple state aid programs, some of which include the Indiana Higher Education Award, the Minority Teacher / Special Education Scholarship, and the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship award. Purdue also sponsors institutional awards, including departmental and freshmen scholarships, among others. Loans may be accessed through federal dollars, the Purdue Loan, or external resources. Furthermore, veteran’s benefits are available to eligible students via the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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