Purdue University - Main Campus

Overview


Acceptance Rate
57%
Acceptance Rate by Gender
Percent of Applicants
SAT Score Range
1070 - 1320
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 1600
ACT Score Range
25 - 31
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 36
Tuition & Fees
$28,794
Average Salary in 10 Years
$62,200

Note: 10 years after enrolling at Purdue University - Main Campus

Purdue University - Main Campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is a large public school part of the Purdue University system and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has 32,132 undergraduate students enrolled and admission is somewhat competitive as the acceptance rate is 57.5%.

Popular majors include Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Engineering, Health Professions and Related Programs, Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, and Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences. 78% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $49,000.

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About


🗺 Hovde Hall Of Administration
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
State Indiana
🌐www.purdue.edu

Test Score Range


What test scores do you need to get into Purdue University - Main Campus?
SAT Score Range
1070 - 1320
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 1600
ACT Score Range
25 - 31
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 36
Median SAT Score
1195
Out of 1600
Median ACT Score
28
Out of 36
SAT Score Breakdown
SAT Total Score Ranges
SAT Critical Reading Score Ranges
SAT Math Score Ranges
SAT Writing Score Ranges
ACT Score Breakdown
ACT Total Score Ranges
ACT English Score Ranges
ACT Math Score Ranges

SATs or the ACTs?


Should you take the SATs or the ACTs?
Students Submitting SATs
69%
Students Submitting ACTs
59%

More students take the SATs than the ACTs.

Admissions


Purdue University - Main Campus has around 49,354 applicants.

Of the students admitted, 27% decide to enroll at Purdue University - Main Campus. This is the admissions yield. A higher admisssions yield means students want to attend the school. A lower one means that they decided to attend another school.

Out of the 49,354 applicants 62% are men and 38% are women. This means that for every 100 male applicants, there are 63 women, or for every 100 female applicants, there are 160 men.

Purdue University - Main Campus's acceptance rate is 57.5%. The acceptance rate for men is 51.7% and the acceptance rate for women is 66.6%.

Applicants


Who applies to Purdue University - Main Campus?
Number of Applicants
49,354
Number of Applicants per Spot
6
per spot
Male Applicants
62%
Female Applicants
38%

Acceptance Rate


Getting into Purdue University - Main Campus
Purdue University - Main Campus Acceptance Rate
57.5%
Getting in
Somewhat Selective
Male Acceptance Rate
51.7%
Female Acceptance Rate
66.6%

School Popularity


Do Students Want to Go to Purdue University - Main Campus?
Purdue University - Main Campus Admissions Yield
27%
of accepted students choose to go to Purdue University - Main Campus
Male Admissions Yield
28%
Female Admissions Yield
27%

Application


Admission Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Record Required
Complete High School Required
Recommendations Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Graduation Rate


Graduation Rate
78%
within 6 years
Men Graduation Rate
76%
Women Graduation Rate
81%
Undergrad Graduation Rate
Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Cost


Can you afford to attend Purdue University - Main Campus?
Average Cost After Financial Aid
$13,545
for one year

Source: Dept. of Education
Published Tuition & Fees
$28,794
Excludes housing

Source: Dept. of Education
Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing
$38,824
per year
In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing
$20,022
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?
Median Student Debt
$20,428

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
How much will you pay each month?
$217
Median debt expressed in 10-year monthly payments

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the median monthly payment a graduate of Purdue University - Main Campus would expect to pay over 10 years.
Will you be able to pay off your debt?
78%
of students are able to pay down debt 3 years after graduation

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

Purdue University - Main Campus Financial Aid
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%
of students

Source: Dept. of Education
Students Receiving a Federal Student Loan
31%
of students

Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at Purdue University - Main Campus you can visit www.purdue.edu/dfa/.

Purdue University - Main Campus Tuition and Room & Board
Out-of-State Tuition
Total Cost: $38,824
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
In-State Tuition
Total Cost: $20,022
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Career & Salary


How much money will you make after graduating from Purdue University - Main Campus?

Purdue University - Main Campus students, on average, make $62,200 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 6 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 6% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from Purdue University - Main Campus
Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.
How much will your income increase each year?
6.1%
in early to mid-career

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at Purdue University - Main Campus.
Median Earnings of Students from Purdue University - Main Campus
Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus.
Male Students: Average Earnings from Purdue University - Main Campus
Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus.
Female Students: Average Earnings from Purdue University - Main Campus
Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus.
Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at Purdue University - Main Campus
Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus.

Return on Education


What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend Purdue University - Main Campus? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School
1.6x

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Purdue University - Main Campus. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.
10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School
1.4x

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Purdue University - Main Campus. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Purdue University - Main Campus. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.
Tuition vs. Earnings
Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.

Teaching


Student-Faculty Ratio
13
students per faculty
Average Professional Salary
$139,863
for full-time professors
Salary Group: Medium-High

Graduate School


Can you go to grad school at Purdue University - Main Campus?
Yes
Highest degree: Doctor's degree

Students


Undergraduate Focus
75%
Undergrads
32,132
Total Students
42,699
undergrads and grad students
Part-Time Students
5%
Students over 25
4%
Student Median Household Income
$68,625
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017)

Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau

Student Diversity


Who will be your classmates?
Women
42%
of undergraduates
Men
58%
of undergraduates
Are there more men or more women?
Slightly More Men

Purdue University - Main Campus has slightly more male students than female students.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 138 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 72 women.

International Students
15%
of undergraduates
Undergraduate Student Diversity at Purdue University - Main Campus
Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Student Age
Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Where are Students from?
Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
What do students at Purdue University - Main Campus study?
Purdue University - Main Campus Popular Majors
Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at Purdue University - Main Campus are:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Engineering
  3. Health Professions and Related Programs
  4. Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields
  5. Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Approximately 61% of students choose to study one of these majors.

Student Satisfaction


Will you be happy at Purdue University - Main Campus?
Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate
91%
Undergrad Part-Time Student Retention Rate
47%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

Purdue University - Main Campus has a retention rate of 91% for full-time undergrads, which is very high.

Transfers


Undergraduate Transfers
1,329
4% of undergraduates
Transfer In Rate
Low

Purdue University - Main Campus has around 1,329 students who transfer into the school each year. This is fairly low at approximately 4% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see Purdue University - Main Campus as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

Living in West Lafayette, Indiana


City Violent Crime Rate per 100,000
105
in 2017
Source: FBI
City Rape Rate per 100,000
17
in 2017
Source: FBI

Politics in Indiana


Presidential Election Results of 2016
Republican

Politically, Indiana tends to be More Republican. In the 2016 Presidential election, 38% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 57% voted for the Republican party, and 5% voted for neither.

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Return on Education
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