Purdue University Profile


Purdue University is a public, comprehensive institution. Founded in 1869, it adopted coeducation in 1874. It does not feel big to its students, even though it is one of America’s largest universities. Indeed, the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, was built around a master plan that keeps walking time between classes to a maximum of 12 minutes. Its 1,579-acre campus is located in West Lafayette, 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.


Entrance Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 61% of 30,903 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: Yes
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: March 1

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Important
Extracurricular: Considered

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.70
SAT Math: 550-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 510-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 510-620 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 24-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $23,298  Out-of-state: $42,100
Tuition and Fees: In-state: In-state: $9,900 Out-of-state: $28,702
Room and Board: $10,378
Average Percent of Need Met: 94%
Average Freshman Award: $11,411
Average Indebtedness of 2011 Graduates: $27,286


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 2,081
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-59 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

E-mail: (None)
Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline:  Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification: Not reported
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 001825: Free

University Web Site: www.purdue.edu/

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