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Purdue University Main Campus - SAT Scores and Admissions Data

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Purdue University Description:

Purdue University in West Lafayette is the main campus of the Purdue University System in Indiana. As the home to over 41,000 students, the campus is a city unto itself that offers over 200 academic programs for undergraduates. West Lafayette is located about 125 miles southeast of Chicago and 65 miles north of Indianapolis. The Purdue Boilermakers compete in the Big Ten Conference, and the school fields nine men's and nine women's Division I NCAA teams. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Purdue was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Be sure to compare the Big Ten schools.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 40,393 (31,284 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 58% Male / 42% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Scholarships for Purdue (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,900 (in-state); $28,702 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,370 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,378
  • Other Expenses: $1,820
  • Total Cost: $23,468 (in-state); $42,270 (out-of-state)

Purdue Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 64%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 21%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,850
    • Loans: $6,707

Most Popular Majors:

Aeronautics, Apparel and Textiles, Architectural Engineering, Business, Communications Studies, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, Hotel Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Mission Statement for Purdue University Main Campus:

The mission of Purdue University is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through discovery that expands the realm of knowledge, learning through dissemination and preservation of knowledge, and engagement through exchange of knowledge.

Discovery: Grounded in the most advanced theoretical, empirical, and applied methods, the University’s programs of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor expand the realm of knowledge across a wide range of academic disciplines.

Learning through dissemination and preservation: The University promotes and champions learning by providing a variety of instructional settings where students and faculty can share and create new knowledge. It distributes knowledge to an audience of peers and citizens through a great diversity of academic literature and professional activities. In its libraries and other archives, the University serves as the repository and facilitator of access to a rich accumulation of human information, knowledge, and wisdom.

Engagement through exchange: Through its programs of knowledge exchange and application, the University helps put knowledge to work to create new opportunities that advance our society and solve a variety of technical and social problems.

from http://www.purdue.edu/strategic_plan/pages/westlafayette/wl_mission.html

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