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Sprawling across 2460 acres, Purdue University – West Lafayette is the main campus in the Purdue University system. Dedicated to the sciences, the school has been nicknamed the 'Cradle of Astronauts' because several graduates have gone on to become astronauts.

Key Facts


  • #43 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #17 in Top Public Schools
  • #21 in Business Programs
  • #8 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (#1 Biological/Agricultural, #2 Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, #3 Aerospace Engineering, #4 Civil)

Year founded

  • 1869 

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 37,101

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 12,538

Student-faculty ratio

  • 14:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 69%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1190 and 1430 / ACT 26-33

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.40 (LQ)

International student population

  • 11.3%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.12 – 4.0

Employment/ job placement rate

  • More than 90% of new graduates find jobs or continue their education within six months of graduation

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $60,000

Popular majors

  • Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Science, General Studies and Humanities; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields  

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $28,794 / $10,030


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Agriculture, College of Education, College of Engineering, College 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, Honors College, The Graduate School.

  • Many opportunities to become involved, in the 920 registered clubs and organizations, from Model UN to the Purdue Reamer Club
  • There are a plethora of performance groups to join, including the 'All American' Marching Band, six jazz bands and two symphony orchestras
  • More than 200 majors for undergraduates and 69 masters, doctoral, and professional degrees
  • Over 40 intramural sport offerings with approximately 18,000 other students who participate in intramurals each year
  • Famous alumni include Julie Wainwright, e-commerce entrepreneur, founder and CEO of TheRealReal, a company that sells authenticated luxury goods online, Fahmi Fadzil, Malaysian politician currently serving as a Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai (representing People's Justice Party, a component party of Pakatan Harapan coalition)
Kings alumni at Purdue University

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