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Study at Purdue University Main Campus

The main campus of Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is a public, land-grant university founded on May 6, 1869. The main campus is built on 150 acres of land and offers more than 200 minor and major Course Topics. It is especially noted for its programs in agriculture, engineering, and business administration. These programs are considered to be among the best not only in the country, but around the world.

The main campus in West Lafayette sponsors a number of sports teams that are known as the Purdue Boilermakers. The team colors are old gold and black. The teams play baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling, volleyball, soccer and softball.

Purdue University also offers degrees in aviation and flight training. In fact, the first and the last man to walk on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, are graduates of Purdue University.

Profile of Purdue University Main Campus

The main campus of Purdue is in West Lafayette, IN (a medium-sized suburb). The school is a public school. Purdue offers degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school students most commonly major in a field related to mathematics, engineering, engineering technician, and construction trades.

Purdue Selectivity

Purdue does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 490 to 610. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 530 or more.


Purdue offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at the school are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Purdue had 40, 534 enrolled students.

Student Life

The school makes available a lot of student housing. Meal plans are available. Student athletes at the school belong to the Big Ten Conference for major sports.

Purdue Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering1, 711mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, various engineering courses, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, . . .
Business and Management1, 273business management, operations management, accounting, management information systems
Engineering Technician943mechanical engineering related tech, electronics tech, architectural engineering tech, mechanical drafting, aerospace engineering tech, robotics tech, surveying tech, industrial production tech
Liberal Arts719sociology, English, political science, history, economics, foreign language and literature, social services, humanities, . . .
Education and Teaching596industrial arts teaching, elementary school teaching, education, physical education teaching, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Medicine468pharmacy, health professions, veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Science417biology, chemistry, physics, geology, entomology, biochemistry, botany, biological and physical sciences
Computer Science and Engineering298computer and info science, computer support, computer engineering
Therapy and Counselling259psychology
Agricultural Science and Management251agricultural economics, agriculture, food science, agricultural mechanization, agricultural business
Hospitality215hotel management, hospitality administration
Family and Social Work206family studies, food and nutrition, family and consumer science
Media204communication studies
Construction Trades189apparel and textiles
Mathematics178mathematics, statistics
Transportation170aviation tech, aviation operations
Nursing and Emergency Medicine137registered nursing, various nursing
Medical Support and Technology136audiology and speech pathology, veterinary assistant, clinical lab tech
Animal Science and Care113animal science
Art Studies93art studies
Conservation and Resource Management85wildlife management, forestry, conservation
Landscaping and Horticulture72horticultural science, agronomy
Design52design and visual communication
Architecture and Planning32landscape architecture
Drama and Performing Arts30stagecraft, drama
Religion and Philosophy28philosophy

Contact: Purdue

Purdue University Main Campus

Hovde Hall of Administration

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040

General Phone: (765) 494-4600


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