#15 Best Public Universities in America

Purdue University Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana

 4 Reviews



Purdue University Main Campus overview
Location West Lafayette, Indiana
Online purdue.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
Purdue University Main Campus overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
Calculate your admission chances
Calculate your admission chances

Purdue University-Main Campus, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, offers a blend of suburban and rural atmospheres approximately an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Founded in 1869 as a land-grant institution, Purdue has risen to prominence with a strong emphasis on engineering, technology, and agriculture, bolstering its reputation for producing significant research outputs. It is particularly noted for its School of Aeronautics and Astronautics within the College of Engineering. With selective admissions, the university attracts a diverse student body to its extensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs. On-campus living is available, housing a considerable portion of the student population. The Purdue Boilermakers, the university's athletic teams, are part of the Big Ten Conference, with the school achieving particular recognition in basketball and football.

In the most recent statistical year 68,582 prospective students applied, and 36,146 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 9,447 enrolled in the school.  43,353 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 8,175 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,718 plus fees of $274. Purdue is ranked 101 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Purdue is rated within the top 21% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


Rankings for Purdue University Main Campus within the 2024 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

View the CollegeSimply ranking methodology.

Getting In

Admission Standards

Purdue University Main Campus overview
SAT 1200/1470
ACT 27/34
GPA 3.67

Applications Accepted

Purdue University Main Campus overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $60

Explore admissions requirements

Annual Cost to Attend

Indiana Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Purdue University Main Campus
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,050
Other Fees$274
Room and Board $10,030
Budget for Other Expenses$1,850
Total One Year Cost$22,922

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Purdue University Main Campus
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,050
Other Fees$274
Room and Board $10,030
Budget for Other Expenses$1,850
Total One Year Cost$41,724

Tuition and financial aid details


Average Salary After 10 Years

$61,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

68% within 6 years

Explore Post Graduation Outcomes

Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Purdue University Main Campus students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 18%
Business 18%
Engineering Technology 8%
Education 6%
Work and Family Studies 6%

View All 84 Majors

Other Colleges to Consider 

Students considering Purdue are frequently interested in these similar colleges.

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=243780 IPEDS survey data for Purdue University Main Campus.

Current students may use the Purdue University Main Campus GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.