Purdue University of West Lafayette, Indiana is a public institution of higher education and the flagship of the six-campus Purdue University System. Established in 1869 by the Indiana General Assembly following the Morrill Act, Purdue University was founded as a land-grant institution and named after founder and philanthropist, John Purdue. Home to the second largest student body in the state of Indiana, and the fourth largest international student population in the United States, Purdue has tied for #21 as the Best Public University in the United States. In addition, the school’s engineering program, which is known for its competitive curricula, has been ranked in the top 20 internationally.
Academic ProgramsPurdue University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers more than 200 undergraduate majors through its several colleges and schools. These include: the College of Agriculture; College of Education; College of Engineering; Exploratory Studies; College of Health and Human Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; Krannert School of Management; College of Pharmacy; Purdue Polytechnic Institute; College of Science; College of Veterinary Medicine; and the Honors College. Purdue’s Graduate school offers an estimated 80 graduate-level programs including masters, doctorate, and professional degrees at its West Lafeyette campus. At least thirty more graduate programs are also available at Purdue’s four additional regional campuses, which are located across the state of Indiana.
Students have the added benefit of being able to choose from more than 400 study abroad opportunities, if they so wish. Purdue’s international programs include short-term departmental programs which last from four days to four weeks; summer-long programs; student exchange programs; and international internships. Purdue also offers non-traditional students a variety of distance learning programs, including several fully online master’s degrees in areas such as Agricultural Economics (MS/MBA); Building Construction; Executive MBA; International Master in Management (IMM); Accounting; and more.
Student LifeApproximately 40,000 students are currently enrolled at Purdue University, including more than 30,000 undergraduates. With students hailing from all around the globe, Purdue’s campus is a diverse one and is filled with vibrant life and activity. More than 900 student-led organizations and groups exist on campus, offering a broad range of interest, passion, cultural-related groups and activities in which students may participate.
Purdue’s sports teams are nicknamed the Boilermakers – a moniker that is commonly used in reference for all things Purdue – and the school is a member of the Big Ten Conference. An NCAA Division I-A school, Purdue boasts nearly 20 different varsity sports.
A campus full of rich history and traditions, one event Purdue is especially known for is their Grand Prix, a 50-mile, 160-lap go-kart race that wraps up Gala week each year. Known as “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing”, each one of the 30+ participating karts are made from scratch by student teams; since its inception in 1958, the event has been used raised money for student scholarships.