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Purdue Demographics & Diversity

West Lafayette, Indiana

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Purdue are primarily White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has medium racial diversity. 35% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Purdue University Main Campus students
Race Percent of Students
White 65%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 6%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 17%
Race Unknown 2%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 37% more male students than female students enrolled at Purdue University Main Campus with a gender ratio of 58% men to 42% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Purdue has a comparable gender diversity ratio to other US colleges and is inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Purdue University Main Campus students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 58%
Women 42%
Enrollment by gender for Purdue University Main Campus students
Gender Number of Students
Men 29,057
Women 21,287

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Purdue serves a low number of students outside of Indiana, with 45 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Purdue University Main Campus students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 45%
Out of State 45%
Foreign 8%
Unknown Location 2%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$68,624 per year

14% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 4.5%
Part time Undergrads 5.2%

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