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Career Preparation A
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A
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Excellent

Purdue University-Main Campus is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 40,472 students and offering 379 degrees in West Lafayette, IN.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Purdue University-Main Campus.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Engineering
3,146 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
164
107
24
Architectural Engineering Technology/technician
0
105
17
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
56
10
15
Biomedical Sciences
7
6
Chemical Engineering
158
19
0
23
Civil Engineering
124
88
37
Computer Engineering
89
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
202
140
1
73
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician
1
119
0
Engineering
25
90
3
16
Engineering/industrial Management
33
81
20
Engineering Technology
15
21
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
24
0
0
Environmental Science
1
Industrial and Product Design
18
Industrial Engineering
187
41
7
Industrial Production Technologies/technicians
20
Landscape Architecture
19
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician
0
14
Materials Engineering
60
7
0
20
Mechanical Engineering
414
121
10
52
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician
8
162
0
Natural Resources/conservation
29
Nuclear Engineering
23
14
5
Wood Science and Wood Products/pulp and Paper Technology
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Business
2,163 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
230
10
Business Administration and Management
585
378
327
3
Consumer Merchandising/retailing Management
71
Economics
167
23
6
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences
8
Financial Planning and Services
37
Organizational Leadership
21
176
12
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
109
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Mathematics and Science
1,095 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Actuarial Science
87
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace Science and Technology
136
19
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
17
Biochemistry
26
2
6
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
9
Biological and Physical Sciences
15
Biology
100
5
18
Botany
5
6
4
Cellular and Molecular Biology
9
Chemistry
74
12
55
Computational and Applied Mathematics
1
Entomology
5
8
6
Financial Mathematics
11
Genetics
16
Geology/earth Science
9
4
5
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
1
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
183
Mathematics
65
7
26
Mathematics and Computer Science
12
Microbiology and Immunology
8
Physics
45
8
22
Statistics
26
8
14
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Healthcare
1,069 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
98
29
10
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
7
Dietetics/dietitian
72
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
15
4
2
Gerontology
7
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
107
13
4
Human Nutrition
6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
96
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
6
0
8
Neurobiology and Anatomy
41
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
33
9
13
2
Pharmacy
4
165
Public Health
7
Public Health Education and Promotion
41
Registered Nurse
92
19
2
3
Veterinary/animal Health Technology/technician and Veterinary Assistant
36
20
Veterinary Medicine
83
Veterinary Sciences/veterinary Clinical Sciences
9
4
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Agriculture
806 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
6
3
Agricultural Business and Management
119
0
Agricultural Communication/journalism
6
Agricultural Economics
37
50
11
Agricultural Engineering
80
21
0
10
Agricultural Mechanization
32
Agriculture
0
7
11
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
25
Agronomy and Crop Science
18
Animal Sciences
139
7
6
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
6
Farm and Ranch Management
10
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
49
Food Science
43
10
9
Food Technology and Processing
2
Forest Sciences and Biology
10
5
Forestry
9
Horticultural Science
22
8
5
Plant Genetics
8
0
Soil Science and Agronomy
1
14
7
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Education and Liberal Arts
742 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult Development and Aging
5
Agricultural Teacher Education
17
0
0
Applied Mathematics
13
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
8
Art Teacher Education
10
0
Creative Writing
22
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
12
Education
5
158
11
38
Elementary Education and Teaching
85
0
English Language and Literature
32
20
4
23
English/language Arts Teacher Education
26
0
Foreign Languages and Literatures
14
11
French Language and Literature
6
German Language and Literature
3
Health and Physical Education/fitness
2
Health Teacher Education
3
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
23
Japanese Language and Literature
4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
63
10
0
2
Russian Language and Literature
3
Social Studies Teacher Education
17
0
0
Special Education and Teaching
24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
0
21
0
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education
47
0
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Human and Social Sciences
694 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
3
American/united States Studies/civilization
4
4
4
Ancient Studies/civilization
4
Anthropology
21
4
2
Asian Studies/civilization
10
Comparative Literature
0
0
5
Experimental Psychology
109
7
7
History
37
4
4
Human Development and Family Studies
57
4
0
Humanities/humanistic Studies
1
0
Italian Studies
1
Jewish/judaic Studies
1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
57
Linguistics
12
4
0
Philosophy
13
6
5
Political Science
66
5
2
Psychology
38
0
5
8
Religion/religious Studies
5
Sociology
165
5
0
0
Women's Studies
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Computer Technology
440 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences
22
Computer Graphics
1
80
12
Computer Science
144
32
9
Information Technology
0
107
31
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Communication and Media
261 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication
184
17
10
Design and Visual Communications
50
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Hospitality
173 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hotel/motel Administration/management
151
15
7
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Art and Design
123 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Acting
10
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
7
0
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft
15
Fashion/apparel Design
20
Film/cinema/video Studies
27
Fine Arts
11
0
Photography
8
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
23
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology
2
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Trades and Careers
34 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Apparel and Textiles
5
2
Avionics Maintenance Technology/technician
4
Construction Engineering
23
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
13
Legal and Law
0 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Private Loan Options
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Purdue University-Main Campus.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace Science and Technology
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
Agricultural Economics
Architectural Engineering Technology/technician
Building/property Maintenance
Business Administration and Management
Economics
Education
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics
Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (School of Veterinary Medicine)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 34 Reviews
Alumni
Bsee , Class of 1982
Meetings, training, education opportunities, alumni group.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
OLS , Class of 2007
Career services; job fair, on campus interviews
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Teaching , Class of 1992
They offer a variety of classes with prepare them for college and they can earn credit hours.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting , Class of 2005
Seminar course, great job fairs
Rated January 2016
Alumni
nursing , Class of 1992
Prepared us for nursing licensure
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS - Economics, Minor in Math , Class of 1995
At the time it was just a job board/job book.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science/ Agriculture , Class of 1980
Hands on pilot plant work was really important.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
MA in Comparative Literature , Class of 1981
I think they do a great job now, but I have no first hand experience as I graduated so long ago.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering , Class of 2005
Good education with access to internships, coops and job fairs.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Art History/Medieval History, Psychology Minor , Class of 1982
Hard to know what is available now. My info is out-of-date.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS , Class of 1984
Not sure at this point
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA , Class of 1984
I am not sure any longer. Have not been there since 1985.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting and Management , Class of 2011
I can't even begin to describe the widespread availability of networking opportunities and tools to prepare students for the real world. Krannert alone has a career opportunities center where you can do mock interviews and have your resume reviewed. They take placing students into positions very seriously. We have at least two career fairs per year and a lot of top companies come to select candidates for both internships and full-time positions. As a sophomore alone I had two internship offers from very well-known companies. I also joined the School of Management Council which had a professional development program to allows students to further develop themselves. And that's just Krannert alone. Purdue offers many other additional resources that students can use to their advantage.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Education & BS Management , Class of 1982
At the time I graduated, we had a placement center to research company's and schedule interviews
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Organizational Leadership and Supervision , Class of 1994
Cooperative Education Assignments; Alumni connections.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology , Class of 1996
At the time, they had very little for biology majors. A few companies would recruit directly on campus. I think that has been improved now.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science , Class of 2010
A career center. Multiple career fairs to help learn about real world opportunities and find jobs/internships. Classes related to long term group projects
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Liberal Arts , Class of 1991
Too numerous to accurately list: student organization leadership, cooperative learning progs, internships, Old Masters, Toastmasters, career placement office.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. Biology , Class of 2010
I'm sure many, but I did not take advantage of the services offered. I know specifically of mock interviews, internship search assistance, and job fairs.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
CE , Class of 2012
engineering, job fairs, training, guest speakers, forums
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication , Class of 2000
The fact is a good time with the new version is the most recent quarter and I don't think that I have a great way for a few weeks and I'm still not sure what I was a great way for the next few weeks and I'm not a fan since I got to see the new version is a good time with the same thing to say I don't think that I can get it right away with the same thing as the new update it is not the same time as the new version is a great way for a few weeks and I'm not a fan since I got to see you soon as possible and I don't think I'm a big fan of you
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Physics , Class of 1996
lots but I majored in a less practical major
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Engineering , Class of 1982
Corporate sponsored internships and research projects
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering Technology , Class of 1995
At the time there were internships and business visits. They also had job fairs.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Applied Statistics & Actuarial Science , Class of 2006
Job fairs, guidance cousloners, career center, etc
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Graphics Technology , Class of 2011
capstone course allows students interact with companies by working closely with them on a real project.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Building Construction Management , Class of 2001
Terrific curriculum and professors. Internships & Co-ops
Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 34 Reviews
Alumni
Teaching , Class of 1992
Rural Area, A mixture of cultures.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS - Economics, Minor in Math , Class of 1995
Active, smart, involved in community events. Big 10 university so very focused on sporting events.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science/ Agriculture , Class of 1980
Attitude was you have to work hard to make it here. Party to blow off steam on Saturday, then get right back to work again.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
MA in Comparative Literature , Class of 1981
Engineering agriculture but very diverse with a great English department
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering , Class of 2005
Mostly Indiana kids with a large percentage of internatinal asian students. So asian and american whites are the predominate cultures.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Art History/Medieval History, Psychology Minor , Class of 1982
Large university, so a good mix of backgrounds and goals. Down-to-earth in general, hard working backgrounds, not privileged.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA , Class of 1984
It was ok. There was a small population of African Americans there at that time.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting and Management , Class of 2011
Large campus with a very diverse student population. Very welcoming atmosphere and everyone is friendly. Loved my time there and love going back to visit. A large campus can be made smaller by the sheer number of activities that you can join.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology , Class of 1996
It depended on the individual. There were lots of parties but most people partied a little and studied a lot.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science , Class of 2010
Culturally diverse. Most seemed relaxed and laid back.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Liberal Arts , Class of 1991
Open and friendly. Because of its large size, students can find their own niche even if their interests are not mainstream.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. Biology , Class of 2010
Purdue is large - my friends and community (a small part of the whole) were generally career and success driven while still going out and partying a fair amount. In general, Purdue is collaborative environment with an emphasis on science and engineering. There is a less diverse cultural experience because of the location and city size.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication , Class of 2000
I'm at a time when you are not in my head hurts so bad I don't have the right way and it will take the bus driver just got home from work on a Friday afternoon with my family and friends of friends with a lot to say it was not immediately known whether or the same as I am so glad you are not the best way of saying it is the only way you want a good one to be in my room for a long day ahead with its new album of a good one for you guys should have the right way to go out with my family and friends of friends with a lot to say it was not immediately known
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering Technology , Class of 1995
Fun yet serious and proffesional
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Applied Statistics & Actuarial Science , Class of 2006
Diverse, well rounded, one of the best students in the world
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Synoptic meteorology , Class of 2010
It's a big university like any other
Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 34 Reviews
Alumni
OLS , Class of 2007
very clean and up to date
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Geosciences , Class of 1995
This is a large school, so all of the above.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Teaching , Class of 1992
computer labs, dining, gyms, swimming pools, tracks, libraries, liberal arts are offered
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS - Economics, Minor in Math , Class of 1995
At the time they were state of the art. Dorms were horrible. Classrooms were typical. Dining halls were awful.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science/ Agriculture , Class of 1980
In the 70's computer labs were limited, obviously. Most dorms were basic, notthing fancy. Mine was the budget dorm and it was very drafty in winter. Food was reliably good, nutritious, and plenty of choices. Labs wer great.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering , Class of 2005
In good condition with new equipment
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Art History/Medieval History, Psychology Minor , Class of 1982
Really excellent. There wasn't anything that I needed that wasn't available.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA , Class of 1984
I have heard they are excellent.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Interpersonal communication , Class of 2002
They were nice and convenient.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting and Management , Class of 2011
Several library facilities and locations to study. Many computer labs, even in the dorms. Some classrooms are older, some are newer, but all have character. The dining halls are FANTASTIC and serve a VARIETY of different types of cuisines so you won't get bored. There is also a beautiful new work out facility, completely redone.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Education & BS Management , Class of 1982
Dorms and dining hall were together. Computer labs were fine, for the time I was in school. They were open 27/7. Classrooms were also okay
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Organizational Leadership and Supervision , Class of 1994
Top Notch and State of the Art
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science , Class of 2010
Very very good. Brand new computer science building and labs.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Liberal Arts , Class of 1991
Outstanding and very well maintained.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. Biology , Class of 2010
Computer labs were critical to my success. They were great. They have an attendant to help with any problems, and are accessible. Some were more crowded than others, but you could always find an open computer somewhere on campus. Dining services are excellent. Dorms and classrooms vary - some are older and show their age, some are brand new and it also shows. No facility that I experienced was in any way unacceptable - at worst they might be slightly less than attractive.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
CE , Class of 2012
older, yet being updated. technologically advanced
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication , Class of 2000
I love you so much fun and addicting but it is a good day to be a good day to day basis of the day before the game and the other day and night and I'm not a fan of the day before the game and the other day and night and I'm not a fan of the day before the game and the other day and night and I'm not a fan of the day before the game and the other day and night and I'm not a fan of the day before the game and the other day and night and I'm just like that in my head hurts
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Engineering , Class of 1982
Top notch. Huge investment the past 10 yrs
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering Technology , Class of 1995
The facilities were very good at the time. Engineering had it better but it always will.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Applied Statistics & Actuarial Science , Class of 2006
diverse, up to date, historical, fun
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Graphics Technology , Class of 2011
They seemed like normal run of the mill facilities. Very nice and well kept.
Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 34 Reviews
Alumni
Teaching , Class of 1992
basketball, soccer, softball. football, spelling and math competetions
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting , Class of 2005
Diversity to meet different needs is more important than your poorly worded question
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology , Class of 2000
Wide variety of things to do
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science/ Agriculture , Class of 1980
Hanging out on the mall in good weather, "traying" (sledding on cafeteria trays) in winter. Football games and post game concerts on the hill. Friday night 50 cent movies at the student union. The annual international cartoon festival in the math lecture hall.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Art History/Medieval History, Psychology Minor , Class of 1982
Broad range of activities that reflect the diversity of the school. I was a history major, and there were many groups that followed fun themes, like Society for Creative Anachronism!
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS , Class of 1984
Block and Bridle Club/ Tractor Pull Club
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA , Class of 1984
When I was there, they had a hang gliding club.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting and Management , Class of 2011
We're a big ten school - we love sports. A lot of students also participate in volunteer organizations, like Big Brother Big Sister. There are over 800 clubs to join and counting.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Education & BS Management , Class of 1982
I did not participate in many activities, but there were a few that allowed students to blow off some steam during the year.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology , Class of 1996
Greek life, working out/playing sports at the co-rec gym,
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science , Class of 2010
Breakfast club. Zombie/nerf week.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA Liberal Arts , Class of 1991
Iron Key, Greek life, sports, PSUB
Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S. Biology , Class of 2010
First of all, you can't be "most unique". This is a pet peeve of mine. Unique means 'one of a kind' so you are either unique or you're not. There is no 'most'. Popular activities include the Greek community, club sports, dance clubs, student orientation, school spirit, and major-specific clubs.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
CE , Class of 2012
sporting events, community involvement, fundraisers
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication , Class of 2000
The fact they have been killed by an hour to be on that I don't have any more to do that I don't have any more of my friends to get to go out with me on Twitter but not as good as a result of a sudden it just makes me want you back to sleep now so I can get with me on Twitter but I can't even believe in love with you on a Saturday morning night with me to get ready to get to the point
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering Technology , Class of 1995
Some of the extracurricular activities that let the students utilize their engineering skills outside the classroom.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Applied Statistics & Actuarial Science , Class of 2006
grand prix, drum, Boiler speical
Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
Purdue University-Main Campus Engineering Program
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In the spring semester of 1875, Purdue University offered its first four-year degrees in engineering for students who wanted to study either mechanical or civil engineering. Since that time, the engineering program has grown exponentially: In the 2014-2015 school year alone, Purdue awarded over 2,500 graduate and undergraduate degrees in disciplines such as nuclear, electrical and computer, biomedical, agricultural, and chemical engineering. The engineering program currently has 11,083 students and 409 faculty members.

Outside of the classroom, Purdue University’s College of Engineering students have the opportunity to see how academic concepts are applied to research problems by contributing to studies conducted by the Office of Research. The school’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, or SURF, pays students to work on original research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. For example, students developed a model designed to study DNA sequences and a voice box for those who have undergone larynx surgery. Students who participate in the SURF program also attend an engineering symposium and celebrate their success at an end-of-summer banquet.

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Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Gus Grissom, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Edward Mills Purcell, mathematician Yitang Zhang, and biochemist Edwin T. Mertz all graduated from Purdue. In the business world, graduates include Bechtel Corporation owner Stephen Bechtel, Jr., popcorn brand creator Orville Redenbacher, and Gregory Wasson, the President and CEO of Walgreen Company. Other alumni are NFL quarterback Drew Brees, former Indiana Governor Harry G. Leslie, and Brian Lamb, the Founder and CEO of C-SPAN.

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What is the campus setting like?
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The main campus of Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, a small city close to the Wabash River. The 2,468 acre, urban campus is the home of over a dozen student residence halls, including Hillenbrand Hall’s Gender Inclusive Living Community that provides a comfortable environment for students of all gender identities. There is also a residence hall for STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture, Math) students who want to incorporate their studies into their living space. Students who reside at the Honors College and Residences facility have easy access to study and reading rooms, computer labs, and a hall where lectures, presentations, and movie screenings are held. But Purdue’s dedication to diversity does not end where students lay their heads at night. Communities can be found for those in several walks of life at the school’s student centers, such as the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Latino Culture Center, and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

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Are you working full-time and looking for a convenient way to earn a graduate degree to move your career to the next level? Purdue University Online offers flexible, asynchronous degree programs that give busy students the ability to juggle their education with other responsibilities by obtaining weekly assignments, lectures, discussions, and other course materials through the school’s virtual classroom interface. Degree options include master’s degrees in disciplines such as economics, leadership, information technology, computer science, education, and communication. No matter what degree program online students enroll in, they have the confidence that they’ll get the same quality education enjoyed by their on-campus counterparts because online courses are taught by the same faculty members.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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Purdue University’s Boilermaker football team competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and has won 12 conference championships. The Boilermakers basketball team, which is part of NCAA Division I and the Big Ten Conference, has seen 30 members dribble their way into the NBA after playing for Purdue. Sports fans at the school can also enjoy cross country, golf, soccer, wrestling, and tennis competitions.

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Purdue made huge contributions to the aviation industry as the first school to offer a bachelor’s degree in aviation, as well as college-level courses in flight training. The school is even the home of the first university-owned airport, located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. As a result, several Purdue graduates have been chosen for space flights, including Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and last men to walk on the moon. In fact, 37 percent of U.S. space flights have been flown by Purdue alumni. Aviation is not the only research area where Purdue is flying high. Researchers from the school led a study that identified the structure of the Zika virus, which is expected to pave the way for developing vaccinations and treatments. Earlier this year, the school received $8.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on how to decrease the amount of sodium teenagers consume. And even Purdue research that was conducted years ago still resonates today: During the 2012 presidential election, political science professor James McCann did research on the voting habits and political leanings of members of the Latino community—which has proven to be relevant to the 2016 race.

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