Purdue University - Main Campus

Purdue University - Main Campus Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Purdue University - Main Campus Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Purdue University - Main Campus was awarded 820 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is plant genetics.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Purdue as #106 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Purdue also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Purdue?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Purdue University - Main Campus you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 57%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Purdue University - Main Campus, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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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Purdue University - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 34,596 undergraduates at Purdue with 32,606 being full-time and 1,990 being part-time.

How Much Does Purdue University - Main Campus Cost?

The overall average net price of Purdue is $13,986. 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 +
$5,483 $5,879 $9,654 $18,565 $21,304

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Purdue, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $7,894 a year. That adds up to $31,576 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purdue is 2.2%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Purdue with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $55,100 in their early years. 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 situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Purdue are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Hovde Hall Of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Phone: 765-494-4600
Website: https://www.purdue.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PurdueUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LifeAtPurdue

Purdue University - Main Campus Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 116 majors graduated from Purdue University - Main Campus. Of these students, 7,959 received undergraduate degrees and 3,103 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 469 $84,800
Mechanical Engineering 376 $69,200
Industrial Engineering 276 $68,900
Mechanical Engineering Technology 273 $59,300
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 252 $63,900
Finance & Financial Management 238 $40,000
Business Administration & Management 237 $53,700
Child Development & Psychology 219 $28,700
Computer Engineering 219 $71,600
Electrical Engineering 216 $65,900

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 10,129 students took at least one online class at Purdue University - Main Campus. This is an increase from the 9,238 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 10,129 2,731
2017-2018 9,238 2,597
2016-2017 7,841 2,494
2015-2016 7,085 2,108
2013-2014 5,371 1,448

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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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