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Purdue University Fort Wayne Data & Information Overview

166 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
83% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Purdue University Fort Wayne Ranked?

#1,258 Best Colleges in Nation
#30 Best Colleges in IN
General Business/Commerce Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Purdue University Fort Wayne was awarded 166 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business/commerce.

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Overall Quality

PFW is ranked #1,258 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

PFW also holds the #30 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into PFW?

83% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
63% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Purdue University Fort Wayne is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 83%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 63% of students accepted to PFW submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purdue University Fort Wayne  ( 500 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Purdue University Fort Wayne  ( 500 to 600 )
PFW received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Purdue University Fort Wayne  ( 20 to 26 )

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Purdue University Fort Wayne Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
96% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Purdue University Fort Wayne is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Purdue University Fort Wayne is 96%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  96 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Purdue University Fort Wayne

57% Freshmen Retention
17% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Purdue University Fort Wayne this rate is 57%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  57 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at PFW is 17%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  17 out of 100

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Purdue University Fort Wayne Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,161 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,584 undergraduates at PFW with 5,161 being full-time and 2,423 being part-time.

How Much Does Purdue University Fort Wayne Cost?

$11,629 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
$20,632 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of PFW is $11,629. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for PFW

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,414 $8,427 $13,015 $16,322 $16,381

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of PFW, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At PFW, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $5,158 a year. That adds up to $20,632 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PFW is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do PFW Graduates Make?

$42,566 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from PFW with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,566 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Purdue University Fort Wayne

Indiana State
5,161 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Purdue University Fort Wayne is a public institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for PFW are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Phone: 260-481-4739

Purdue University Fort Wayne Majors

58 Majors With Completions
1,118 Undergraduate Degrees
219 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne. Of these students, 1,118 received undergraduate degrees and 219 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 160 $41,756
Teacher Education Grade Specific 113 $34,779
Liberal Arts General Studies 84 $31,586
Business Administration & Management 53 $38,451
Fine & Studio Arts 52 $21,584
Nursing 48 $53,059
Child Development & Psychology 48 NA
Public Administration 44 $35,275
General Biology 44 $29,094
Computer Science 37 $59,540

Learn more about the majors offered at Purdue University Fort Wayne along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at PFW

43% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 3,560 students took at least one online class at Purdue University Fort Wayne. This is a decrease from the 5,214 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,560 652
2019-2020 5,214 854
2018-2019 3,267 482
2017-2018 3,588 513
2016-2017 3,388 566

Learn more about online learning at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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