Purdue University Main Campus

Purdue University Main Campus

The main campus of Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is a public, land-grant university founded on May 6, 1869. The main campus is built on 150 acres of land and offers more than 200 minor and major areas of study. It is especially noted for its programs in agriculture, engineering, and business administration. These programs are considered to be among the best not only in the country, but around the world. Purdue's Professional Writing major is one of the longest running programs in the country.

The main campus in West Lafayette sponsors a number of sports teams that are known as the Purdue Boilermakers. The team colors are old gold and black. The teams play baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, wrestling, volleyball, soccer and softball.

Purdue University also offers degrees in aviation and flight training. In fact, the first and the last man to walk on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, are graduates of Purdue University.

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Contacting Purdue

Purdue University-Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette , IN 47907-2040
General Phone: (765) 494-4600

Purdue Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering1,608aerospace engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, ...
Business and Management1,366business management, operations management, accounting, management information systems
Engineering Technician899architectural engineering tech, electronics tech, robotics tech, industrial production tech, aerospace engineering tech, mechanical engineering related tech, surveying tech, mechanical drafting
Liberal Arts777African-American studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, English, humanities, social services, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching621education, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, industrial arts teaching, physical education teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Medicine498pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences, health professions
Science431biology, biochemistry, botany, entomology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering288computer and info science, computer support, computer engineering
Agricultural Science and Management270agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural business, agricultural mechanization, food science
Therapy and Counseling264psychology
Media225communication studies
Family and Social Work217family and consumer science, food and nutrition, family studies
Construction Trades205apparel and textiles
Medical Support and Technology181audiology and speech pathology, veterinary assistant, clinical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine173registered nursing, various nursing
Hospitality161hotel management, hospitality administration
Mathematics160mathematics, statistics
Transportation134aviation tech, aviation operations
Animal Science and Care120animal science
Art Studies94art studies
Landscaping and Horticulture78agronomy, horticultural science
Conservation and Resource Management74conservation, forestry, wildlife management
Design43design and visual communication
Religion and Philosophy33philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts23drama, stagecraft
Architecture and Planning23landscape architecture
Mechanics and Repair2avionics maintenance

Number of programs and degrees for Purdue in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree57513
Bachelor's degree6,03481
Master's degree1,32653
Doctor's degree60048
Post-master's certificate11
Postbaccalaureate certificate235
Award of less than 1 academic year1565
First-professional degree2402
First-professional certificate131

Purdue Student Body

In 2007-2008, Purdue had a total enrollment of 40,534 students (40,310 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 56%
Women 44%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 19%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 13%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 32%
22-24 19%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)6%
State unknown2%
New Jersey1%
New York1%

Purdue Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 48 %

Purdue Room and Board (2007)

Purdue offers campus housing for 11,564 of its 40,310 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of West Lafayette, Indiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Indiana Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Purdue Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490610
SAT Math540660
SAT Writing490600
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2430
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT80%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT46%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Purdue Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,750
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,224
Room and board $ 7,930
Room charge $ 3,410
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,520
Books and supplies $ 1,140
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Purdue participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 182500)

Purdue Faculty

Purdue has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track293184
Non-tenured and not on tenure track351234

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year184$126,73632$115,462
Associate professorcalendar year62$89,17837$90,147
Assistant professorcalendar year28$80,19036$75,252
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year6$42,0072*
No academic rankcalendar year196$38,78182$36,284
All faculty totalcalendar year477$81,738189$67,605

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year443$120,54984$101,076
Associate professoracademic year325$82,839144$74,507
Assistant professoracademic year314$74,204202$69,173
Instructoracademic year5$62,64111$39,655
Lectureracademic year35$53,73456$42,052
No academic rankacademic year23$35,3123$35,722
All faculty totalacademic year1,145$93,128500$72,181

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Purdue Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Ten Conference
Basketball Big Ten Conference
Baseball Big Ten Conference
Track Big Ten Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports64110174

Purdue Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, Other
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering

Engineering Technician
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other
Robotics Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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