Purdue University


Purdue University is a private research university, providing both undergraduate and graduate programs with a coverage of 210 majors. It enrolls 30,836 undergraduate students each year, and is famous for its competitive engineering curricula.

Founded in 1869, the university is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States.

The University offers degrees in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 87% and high graduation rate mainly concentrates on 6-year graduation.

The mission of Purdue University is:

The mission of Purdue University is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through discovery that expands the realm of knowledge, learning through dissemination and preservation of knowledge, and engagement through exchange of knowledge.


The university has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) since 1913.


Purdue University comprises nine colleges and two schools:

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

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  2. Engineering
  3. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  4. Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
  5. Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields

According to the U.S. News and World Reportin 2012, it is the 62th in national universities.

With 36.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a high rate in both full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree and classes taught by graduate assistants.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken either SAT or ACT tests, and ACT with writing test is required as well. Moreover, High school diploma is necessary and GED is accepted. Among academic factors considered rigor of secondary school record is very important.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 9,478 for students who are in state and for those who are out of state it is USD 27,646. Students spend USD 1,330 for books and USD 8,002 for room and board on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $8,923, 49.3 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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