Purdue University: Narrative Description

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West Lafayette, IN 47907
Tel: (765)494-4600
Admissions: (765)494-1776
Fax: (765)494-0544
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.purdue.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Purdue University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1869. Setting: 1,579-acre suburban campus with easy access to Indianapolis. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $394.5 million. Total enrollment: 38,653. Faculty: 2,224 (1,911 full-time, 313 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 24,003 applied, 80% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 69 National Merit Scholars, 187 valedictorians. Full-time: 28,954 students, 40% women, 60% men. Part-time: 1,793 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 98 other countries, 26% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 6% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $6335 full-time, $227.10 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $19,822 full-time, $658 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and program. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $7406. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 601 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 17% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Alpha Phi Omega, Society of Women Engineers, ballroom dancing, Golden Key National Honor Society. Major annual events: Grand Prix, Spring Funfest, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 10,282 college housing spaces available; 10,220 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Hicks Undergraduate Library plus 13 others with 2.4 million books, 3.1 million microform titles, 19,957 serials, 11,905 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $17.4 million. 2,925 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lafayette is located 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 120 miles southeast of Chicago. It is located on the Wabash River, in a rich grain-growing county where livestock and dairying are principal agricultural industries. All forms of commercial transportation are available. The community facilities include libraries, churches that represent 34 denominations, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Civic Theatre, museums, hospitals, a TV station, and good shopping at downtown locations and 8 other shopping centers. Many hotel and motel accommodations are available for the conventions at Lafayette.

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