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Purdue University - Main Campus Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Purdue University - Main Campus, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Purdue University - Main Campus Ranked?

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2021 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 - Main Campus was awarded 209 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is engineering technologies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Purdue as #84 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Purdue held the #100 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 44 colleges in Indiana, Purdue is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Purdue?

Acceptance Rate

Purdue University - Main Campus has an acceptance rate of 57%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Purdue.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to Purdue submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 570 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 580 to 710 )
Purdue received ACT scores from 59% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Purdue University - Main Campus  ( 25 to 31 )

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Purdue University - Main Campus Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Purdue University - Main Campus 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 - Main Campus 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 - Main Campus

Freshmen Retention Rate

Purdue University - Main Campus has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Purdue the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 47%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Purdue

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 32,132 undergraduates at Purdue with 30,277 being full-time and 1,855 being part-time.

Purdue Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 89.61 out of 100, Purdue is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.61 out of 100
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How Much Does Purdue University - Main Campus Cost?

The overall average net price of Purdue is $12,527. 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 Purdue

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,855 $4,923 $8,420 $16,012 $20,546

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 Purdue, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Purdue, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $8,188 a year. That adds up to $32,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purdue is 2.3%. 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 Purdue Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Purdue make about $55,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Purdue students since it is 38% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Purdue University - Main Campus

Purdue University - Main Campus is a public institution located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The city atmosphere of West Lafayette makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Purdue University - Main Campus

Contact details for Purdue are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Hovde Hall Of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Phone: 765-494-4600

Purdue University - Main Campus Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 130 majors graduated from Purdue University - Main Campus. Of these students, 7,616 received undergraduate degrees and 3,270 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
Computer Science 418 $84,800
Mechanical Engineering 363 $69,200
Business Administration & Management 300 $53,700
Mechanical Engineering Technology 268 $59,300
Industrial Engineering 249 $68,900
Finance & Financial Management 246 $40,000
Electrical Engineering 229 $65,900
Computer Engineering 206 $71,600
Child Development & Psychology 187 $28,700
Computer Information Systems 183 $65,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Purdue University - Main Campus along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Purdue

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 9,238 students took at least one online class at Purdue University - Main Campus. This is an increase from the 7,841 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,238 2,597
2016-2017 7,841 2,494
2015-2016 7,085 2,108
2014-2015 6,346 1,891
2013-2014 5,371 1,448

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