Purdue University – Main Campus

Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040

About Purdue University – Main Campus

Purdue University – Main Campus is classified as a doctoral-granting university with very high research activity. This very large four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 10,000 students or more. More than half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and 25-49% of undergrads reside on campus. This institution awards 60-79% of its bachelor’s degrees within professional fields. Graduate degrees are available in over half of the fields available to undergraduate majors, and the school awards research doctorate degrees in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and medical fields. Professional degree offerings may also be available within other health professions or in other professional fields. According to data for fall enrollment, at least 80% of undergraduates are enrolled full-time. Transfer students make up fewer than 20% of entering undergraduates. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution, with only 10-24% of students enrolled in the graduate program.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate32,500
Student Age% Under 2581%
 % 25 and Over19%
 % Age Unknown0%
Attendance Type% Full-time89%
 % Part-time11%
Race/Ethnicity% White73.8%
 % Black3.4%
 % Asian4.9%
 % Latino2.8%
 % Native American0.5%
 % Race Unknown0.0%
 % International student15%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareYes
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus setting
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Distance Learning AvailableYes
Calendar SystemSemester

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted65%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled33%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingRecommended
 College Prep CoursesRequired
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
 Admissions ExaminationRequired
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Required
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT49%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800610 / 800
 SAT Writing490 / 800610 / 800
 SAT Math540 / 800680 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite23 / 3629 / 36
 ACT English22 / 3629
 ACT Writing / 12 / 12
 ACT Math24 / 3631 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$50
 Graduate Application Fee$55
 In-State Tuition & Fees$9,070
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$26,622
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid70%
 % Undergraduates with Loans42%
 % Undergraduates with Grants47%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$1,270
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$9,120
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$9,120
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$2,360
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$2,360
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,540

Neighborhood Data for the West Lafayette Area

Median Age22.7
Median Household Income$29,014
Total Population29,543
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total55.2% 44.8%
 Age 0-949.8%50.2%
 Age 10-1752.7%47.3%
 Age 18-2460.5%39.5%
 Age 25-2965.3%34.7%
 Age 30-3947.8%52.2%
Race/Ethnicity% White76.7%
 % Black2.9%
 % Asian17.5%
 % Latino3.2%
 % Native American0.2%
 % Pacific Islander0.1%
 % Indian (South Asia)5.3%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedYes, number of meals per week can vary
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$9,120
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$9,120
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$701
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50022.5%13.0%4.0%
 $500 to $74949.3%62.5%0.0%
 $750 to $99919.2%14.7%43.7%
 Over $10009.1%9.8%19.5%
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