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Rank: 40

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, INwww.purdue.edu
Purdue is a public land grant university with roughly 45,000 students, including 31,105 undergraduates. The majority of its students come from Indiana, 31% hail from other states and 16% are from other countries. Nearly a third of Purdue undergraduates enroll in its well-regarded school of engineering; undergraduates have more than 200 different majors to choose from overall. Because of the school's size, some first-year students report being overwhelmed in classes with 600 hundred other students. But as they progress through their majors, their class sizes diminish. Boilermaker football is a school-wide obsession at this Big 10 school, and Greek life is a dominant social force on campus. But with nearly 1,000 student organizations to choose from, everyone is likely to find something to match their interests. When students want to venture off campus, West Lafayette boasts its share of student-friendly bars and restaurants. Purdue grads tend to do well in the job market, reporting average early career salaries to PayScale of $58,000, which is about 14% higher than other schools with similar demographics, according to MONEY's calculations.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$23,400
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$12,600
Average price for low-income students
$4,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
56%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1200/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
32,534
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
64%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit* grants
13%
Average merit grant
$5,959
student success
Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$58,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
32%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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