The Ivy Scholars guide to Purdue University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Mascot: Boilermaker Special
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 49,600 (37,100 undergrads)
The largest university in Indiana, Purdue was founded as a land-grant school, and sought to differentiate itself from the liberal arts schools on the east coast through a strong focus on engineering and agriculture. With a history of aviation, Purdue has produced more astronauts than any other school. Purdue continues to have one of the largest and strongest engineering programs in the country, and is a top public school.
Year Founded: 1869
4 Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Gender Distribution: 58% male, 42% female
Acceptance Rate: 60%
Residency: 49% in state, 37% out of state, 14% international
Location Type: College Town
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Average Class Size: 31
Demographics: 63% Caucasian, 19% Other or unknown, 9% Asian, 6% Hispanic, 3% Black
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Average Applicant Pool: 55,600
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 33,000
Average Number Enrolled: 8,300
Application Systems: Common App
Average GPA: 3.69 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th% – 1190, 75th% – 1440
ACT Scores: 25th% – 25, 75th% – 32
*Test mandatory. Writing sections are not required.
Purdue does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:
While letters of recommendation are not required, one letter is accepted.
Purdue Essay Prompts:
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Residential Housing System:
There are 17 dorms on Purdue’s campus, offering both suite and apartment style options. There are three male-only dorms, and two female-only dorms; the rest are co-ed. Many students also live in fraternity or sorority houses. There is also cooperative housing, where students pay a reduced rent, and all work to do chores and cook for the household. Learning communities allow students with specific interests to live together. There is a separate dorm for honors housing.
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All students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for aid from the school. Students who apply by November 1st are automatically considered for Merit-based scholarships. There is a supplemental scholarship application due by December 15th, which some colleges within Purdue use to assess your eligibility for additional financial aid.
Additional Financial Aid & Student Loan Information
There are additional scholarships available for freshmen. These are awarded due to financial need or merit. Some of these are university wide, while others are administered by specific colleges. The Honors program provides additional funding opportunities.