Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University  -  Main Campus www.purdue.edu

Brief Description

Based on an immense 2,468-acre urban campus in West Lafayette near the western bank of the Wabash River as the primary flagship campus in the university system, Purdue University is Indiana's land-grant public institution with nationally renowned research initiatives. Home to more than 39,500 students, Purdue enrolls the second largest study body of any higher education institution in Indiana as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the entire nation. Expending around $472 million in support of research system-wide, Purdue University is designated as a research institution with very high research activity by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation.

Founded in 1869 when the Indiana General Assembly took advantage of the Morrill Act, Purdue University was created from a $150,000 gift from Lafayette businessman and philanthropist John Purdue. When classes began at Purdue in 1874, there were a total of just five campus buildings, six instructors, and 39 students. As the university began expanding, Purdue devoted its resources towards providing a liberal education with an emphasis on science, technology, and agriculture. By 1925, Purdue had the largest undergraduate engineering enrollment in the nation and kept this status for over half a century. In more recent years, Purdue has continued to support high-tech research and international programs to become a truly global institution.

Renowned for being an elite university, Purdue University is currently ranked as the 68th best college, 24th top public school, and 10th best up-and-coming university in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. According to the Academic Rankings of World Universities, Purdue is also recognized as the 61st best university on the globe. Accredited by the North Central Association (NCA), Purdue offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in over 211 major areas of study. Nicknamed the "Cradle of Astronauts," Purdue is best known for its influential spaceflight technology programs that have produced 23 famous astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan.

Along with hosting the nation's third largest Greek community of over 5,000 students in the 46 fraternities and 29 sororities, Purdue has more than 900 active student organizations that cover a variety of interests. Each year, Purdue University hosts the well-known Boiler Gold Rush, Spring Fest, Entomology Bug Bowl, and the 50-mile Purdue Grand Prix go-kart race. As a founding member of the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, the Purdue Boilermakers have 18 varsity teams in basketball, football, cross country, tennis, wrestling, golf, and more.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 32669

Total institution enrollment: 39667

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Purdue University - Main Campus
1076 Freehafer Hall
West Lafayette, IN 479071076


(765) 494-4600



Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 58%

Female undergraduate population: 42%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Accounting And Finance
Aeronautical And Aerospace Engineering Technician
Aerospace Aeronautical And Astronautica
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Mechanization General
Agricultural Teacher Education
Agriculture / Agricultural Sciences General
Agronomy And Crop Science
Animal Sciences General
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Arts And Design
Aviation And Airway Science
Aviation Management
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Botany General
Business Administration And Management
Business Information And Data Processing
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry General
Civil Engineering General
Clothing / Apparel And Textile Studies
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Engineering
Design And Visual Communications
Drama / Theater Arts General
Dramatic / Theater Arts And Stagecraft
Economics General
Education General
Electrical Electronic / Communications Engineer
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering Other
English Language And Literature General
Food Sciences And Technology
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
Forestry General
Health Professions And Related Sciences
History General
Home Economics General
Horticulture Science
Hospitality Services Management Other
Hotel / Motel And Restaurant Management
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Individual And Family Development Studie
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Landscape Architecture
Material Engineering
Mathematical Statistics
Mechanical Drafting
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies
Medical Technology
Natural Resources Conservation General
Nuclear Engineering
Nursing Rn Training
Operations Management And Supervision
Pharmacy B Pharm Pharm D
Pharmacy Other
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Sciences Other
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Robotics Technology / Technician
Social Sciences General
Speech Language Pathology And Audiology
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education
Veterinarian Assistant / Animal Health
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Ms Phd
Veterinary Medicine Dvm
Wildlife And Wildlands Management