Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 37,658
Graduate Enrollment: 12,538
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Small City (<100k)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, selective, lower transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 68.81%

Male/Female: 53% / 47% (2017)

First generation college students: 18.5% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 1.2% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.2% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,328
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1190 - 1430

2022 Median Admit ACT: 30
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 26 - 33

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 66.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 49.1% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 37.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 28.0% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 62.8%
Black: 2.5%
Hispanic: 6.3%
Asian: 11.6%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 4.3%
Non-resident alien: 11.1%
Unknown race: 1.4%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $22,590
In-State tuition: $9,992
Out-of-State tuition: $28,794

Estimated books and supplies: $1,010 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $10,030 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $1,780 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $10,030 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $1,780 (2022)

Average Family Income: $101,460 (2017)
Median Family Income: $81,834 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 15.0%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 26.5%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $19,500 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $207 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $3,709
$30k-48k $2,955
$48k-75k $4,645
$75k-110k $11,870
$110k+ $15,010

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 60%
6-year graduation rate: 83%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 96.0% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $19,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $8,250 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $14,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $13,845 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 82.2% (2015)
@3 year 85.8% (2017)
@5 year 90.3% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 67.2% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 68.3% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $56,360 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $65,798 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Food Science and Technology. 22 $57,718 ($4,810)
Doctoral Degree Plant Sciences. 3
Bachelor's Degree Soil Sciences. 3
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Agriculture, General. 13
Bachelor's Degree Agriculture, General. 10
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Agricultural Business and Management. 1
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 151 $17,500 $167 $49,130 ($4,094) $60,163 ($5,014)
Master's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 40 $118,297 ($9,858)
Doctoral Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 8
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Mechanization. 32 $20,270 $209 $53,129 ($4,427) $62,736 ($5,228)
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Production Operations. 39 $15,211 $140 $50,405 ($4,200)
Bachelor's Degree Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services. 7
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Public Services. 13
Master's Degree Agricultural Public Services. 8
Bachelor's Degree Animal Sciences. 152 $20,500 $207 $32,617 ($2,718) $49,742 ($4,145)
Master's Degree Animal Sciences. 9
Doctoral Degree Animal Sciences. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 4
Bachelor's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 16 $26,276 $276 $44,917 ($3,743)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 86 $18,646 $186 $41,857 ($3,488) $43,083 ($3,590)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 2
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 104 $19,500 $207 $41,582 ($3,465) $46,189 ($3,849)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 10
Doctoral Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 1
Bachelor's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 160 $21,500 $228 $68,739 ($5,728) $91,645 ($7,637)
Master's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 122 $375 $99,012 ($8,251)
Doctoral Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 27
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Engineering. 89 $20,000 $212 $64,770 ($5,398) $77,760 ($6,480)
Master's Degree Agricultural Engineering. 14
Doctoral Degree Agricultural Engineering. 14
Bachelor's Degree Nuclear Engineering. 20 $20,500 $215
Master's Degree Nuclear Engineering. 7
Doctoral Degree Nuclear Engineering. 3
Bachelor's Degree Construction Engineering. 40 $24,250 $219 $78,968 ($6,581)
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering. 249 $19,427 $195 $75,294 ($6,275) $92,621 ($7,718)
Master's Degree Industrial Engineering. 70
Doctoral Degree Industrial Engineering. 13
Bachelor's Degree Engineering, Other. 51 $20,000 $210 $71,239 ($5,937)
Master's Degree Engineering, Other. 116 $106,892 ($8,908) $122,647 ($10,221)
Doctoral Degree Engineering, Other. 9
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering, Other. 3
Bachelor's Degree Engineering Technology, General. 23 $67,004 ($5,584)
Master's Degree Engineering Technology, General. 66 $399 $91,570 ($7,631)
Bachelor's Degree Architectural Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 149 $19,270 $178 $74,695 ($6,225) $85,916 ($7,160)
Master's Degree Architectural Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 21
Bachelor's Degree Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 86 $23,250 $246 $68,846 ($5,737) $76,358 ($6,363)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians. 3
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians. 109 $21,345 $210 $64,446 ($5,371) $79,638 ($6,637)
Associate's Degree Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians. 6
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians. 268 $20,500 $207 $64,753 ($5,396) $75,842 ($6,320)
Bachelor's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 38 $16,625 $171 $67,145 ($5,595)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 13
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 24 $54,340 ($4,528)
Bachelor's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 45 $18,540 $188 $41,406 ($3,451)
Master's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 1
Doctoral Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 4
Bachelor's Degree Botany/Plant Biology. 10
Master's Degree Botany/Plant Biology. 5
Doctoral Degree Botany/Plant Biology. 7
Bachelor's Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 7
Bachelor's Degree Microbiological Sciences and Immunology. 5
Bachelor's Degree Zoology/Animal Biology. 8
Master's Degree Zoology/Animal Biology. 5
Doctoral Degree Zoology/Animal Biology. 2
Bachelor's Degree Genetics. 26 $15,000 $159
Graduate/Professional Certificate Biotechnology. 3
Bachelor's Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 10
Bachelor's Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 21 $21,177 $187 $25,562 ($2,130)
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 65 $18,820 $200 $45,068 ($3,756)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 5
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 14
Bachelor's Degree Applied Mathematics. 10
Bachelor's Degree Statistics. 176 $19,500 $204 $68,422 ($5,702) $90,328 ($7,527)
Master's Degree Statistics. 36
Doctoral Degree Statistics. 15
Graduate/Professional Certificate Statistics. 6
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General. 1
Bachelor's Degree Biological and Physical Sciences. 7
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Systems Science and Theory. 2
Bachelor's Degree Systems Science and Theory. 4
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics and Computer Science. 15
Bachelor's Degree Research and Experimental Psychology. 187 $19,500 $196 $29,147 ($2,429) $43,070 ($3,589)
Master's Degree Research and Experimental Psychology. 8
Doctoral Degree Research and Experimental Psychology. 12
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 24 $18,972 $185 $26,905 ($2,242)
Master's Degree Anthropology. 4
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 84 $24,700 $245 $52,045 ($4,337) $65,456 ($5,455)
Master's Degree Economics. 26
Doctoral Degree Economics. 7
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 63 $20,000 $207 $40,693 ($3,391) $59,857 ($4,988)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 6
Doctoral Degree Political Science and Government. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Political Science and Government. 1
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 90 $20,500 $207 $35,907 ($2,992) $44,808 ($3,734)
Master's Degree Sociology. 5
Doctoral Degree Sociology. 6
Bachelor's Degree Air Transportation. 106 $21,250 $207 $44,632 ($3,719) $71,373 ($5,948)
Master's Degree Air Transportation. 47 $79,671 ($6,639)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 3
Bachelor's Degree Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. 37 $20,254 $215 $45,493 ($3,791) $52,007 ($4,334)
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 141 $20,455 $207 $61,204 ($5,100) $67,061 ($5,588)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 29 $266 $97,781 ($8,148)
First Professional Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 5
Bachelor's Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 63 $23,538 $233 $35,594 ($2,966) $69,530 ($5,794)
Master's Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 15
Doctoral Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 6
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Business Administration, Management and Operations. 478 $19,500 $207 $67,938 ($5,662) $61,570 ($5,131)
Associate's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 10
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 300 $19,500 $207 $53,066 ($4,422) $71,553 ($5,963)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 180 $466 $95,132 ($7,928) $116,745 ($9,729)
Doctoral Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 12
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Accounting and Related Services. 4
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 135 $19,500 $207 $57,895 ($4,825) $74,894 ($6,241)
Associate's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 2
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 183 $19,985 $207 $68,730 ($5,728) $84,996 ($7,083)
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 43 $104,521 ($8,710)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Information Science/Studies. 7
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 418 $19,375 $203 $91,288 ($7,607) $116,601 ($9,717)
Master's Degree Computer Science. 63
Doctoral Degree Computer Science. 26
Bachelor's Degree Computer Software and Media Applications. 170 $21,250 $213 $39,067 ($3,256) $45,686 ($3,807)
Master's Degree Computer Software and Media Applications. 21
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Education, General. 43 $20,500 $217 $46,384 ($3,865)
Bachelor's Degree Education, General. 13
Master's Degree Education, General. 268 $325 $56,349 ($4,696) $70,422 ($5,869)
Doctoral Degree Education, General. 33 $77,175 ($6,431)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Education, General. 12
Bachelor's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 81 $19,500 $207 $63,803 ($5,317) $78,264 ($6,522)
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 13
Doctoral Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 8
Bachelor's Degree Chemical Engineering. 173 $21,500 $228 $77,988 ($6,499) $85,260 ($7,105)
Master's Degree Chemical Engineering. 33
Doctoral Degree Chemical Engineering. 20
Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering. 156 $19,500 $207 $69,235 ($5,770) $75,048 ($6,254)
Master's Degree Civil Engineering. 54 $70,111 ($5,843)
Doctoral Degree Civil Engineering. 41
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 206 $23,000 $243 $82,190 ($6,849) $103,645 ($8,637)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 229 $19,000 $188 $77,759 ($6,480) $89,141 ($7,428)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 82 $109,629 ($9,136)
Doctoral Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 63
Bachelor's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 48 $16,316 $173 $67,005 ($5,584)
Master's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 20
Doctoral Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 3
Bachelor's Degree Materials Engineering 63 $21,335 $234 $73,087 ($6,091)
Master's Degree Materials Engineering 6
Doctoral Degree Materials Engineering 23
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 363 $19,937 $207 $77,226 ($6,436) $85,429 ($7,119)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 130 $95,865 ($7,989) $112,491 ($9,374)
Doctoral Degree Mechanical Engineering. 57
Graduate/Professional Certificate Mechanical Engineering. 1
Doctoral Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 30
Master's Degree Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other. 31
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 16
Master's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 11
Doctoral Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 18
Bachelor's Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 5
Bachelor's Degree Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 13
Bachelor's Degree Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General. 3
Bachelor's Degree Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services. 44 $19,500 $207 $39,215 ($3,268) $53,617 ($4,468)
Bachelor's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 73 $15,304 $148 $29,848 ($2,487) $42,338 ($3,528)
Master's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 2
Doctoral Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 4
Master's Degree Apparel and Textiles. 2
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 38 $19,500 $200 $30,028 ($2,502) $34,082 ($2,840)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 11
Doctoral Degree English Language and Literature, General. 22 $61,367 ($5,114)
Graduate/Professional Certificate English Language and Literature, General. 2
Bachelor's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 36 $20,038 $200 $24,643 ($2,054) $37,400 ($3,117)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 58 $17,917 $189 $78,486 ($6,541)
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 102 $20,380 $207 $32,974 ($2,748) $56,985 ($4,749)
Doctoral Degree Gerontology. 2
Bachelor's Degree Nutrition Sciences. 12
Master's Degree Nutrition Sciences. 2
Doctoral Degree Nutrition Sciences. 9
Bachelor's Degree Classical and Ancient Studies. 6
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 5
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Political Science and Government. 10
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 65 $20,500 $217 $30,679 ($2,557) $53,337 ($4,445)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 11
Master's Degree Philosophy. 4
Doctoral Degree Philosophy. 3
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 3
Bachelor's Degree Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 5
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 77 $19,500 $207 $38,180 ($3,182) $48,715 ($4,060)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 8
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 52 $79,804 ($6,650) $97,479 ($8,123)
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 18 $16,000 $159 $43,350 ($3,613)
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 3
Doctoral Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 10
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 40 $21,948 $225
Master's Degree Physics. 9
Doctoral Degree Physics. 19
Graduate/Professional Certificate Psychology, General. 12
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 67 $20,250 $207 $42,047 ($3,504) $49,180 ($4,098)
Master's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 8
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 11
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 10
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 23 $17,034 $184 $38,059 ($3,172)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 21 $21,128
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 6
Bachelor's Degree Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General. 11
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 82 $19,500 $207 $23,918 ($1,993) $55,867 ($4,656)
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 32 $337 $59,850 ($4,988)
Doctoral Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 3
First Professional Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 7
Associate's Degree Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services. 30
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services. 15
Bachelor's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 8
Bachelor's Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 43 $19,046 $186 $47,592 ($3,966)
Master's Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 4
Doctoral Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 19
First Professional Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 147 $1,128 $86,296 ($7,191) $132,000 ($11,000)
Bachelor's Degree Public Health. 48 $21,500 $223 $38,303 ($3,192) $54,930 ($4,578)
Master's Degree Public Health. 12 $40,580 ($3,382)
First Professional Degree Veterinary Medicine. 88
Master's Degree Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences. 10
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 246 $22,335 $228 $56,047 ($4,671) $74,985 ($6,249)
Bachelor's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 126 $19,432 $201 $39,704 ($3,309) $48,973 ($4,081)
Master's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 16 $586
Doctoral Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 4
Bachelor's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 155 $18,284 $197 $71,218 ($5,935) $92,054 ($7,671)
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 186
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 111 $19,264 $194 $61,186 ($5,099)
Bachelor's Degree General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations. 88 $19,402 $206 $59,986 ($4,999) $79,965 ($6,664)
Bachelor's Degree History. 27 $22,980 $217 $31,373 ($2,614) $43,032 ($3,586)
Master's Degree History. 1
Doctoral Degree History. 4
Master's Degree Food Science and Technology. 11
Doctoral Degree Food Science and Technology. 14
Bachelor's Degree Plant Sciences. 9
Master's Degree Plant Sciences. 5
Master's Degree Soil Sciences. 7
Doctoral Degree Soil Sciences. 13
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 3
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 17 $19,500 $207 $41,656 ($3,471)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 1
Bachelor's Degree Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management. 35 $20,500 $205 $27,225 ($2,269) $32,241 ($2,687)
Bachelor's Degree Forestry. 16 $39,770 ($3,314)
Master's Degree Forestry. 18 $43,727 ($3,644)
Doctoral Degree Forestry. 11
Bachelor's Degree Landscape Architecture. 14 $51,817 ($4,318)
Bachelor's Degree Area Studies. 12
Master's Degree Area Studies. 1
Doctoral Degree Area Studies. 10
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 6
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 144 $18,500 $184 $38,539 ($3,212) $45,861 ($3,822)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 278 $390 $63,108 ($5,259) $71,370 ($5,948)
Doctoral Degree Communication and Media Studies. 9
Graduate/Professional Certificate Communication and Media Studies. 154 $253 $61,017 ($5,085) $68,336 ($5,695)
Master's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 2


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $116,199
Full time faculty: 97%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 14.0

School's endowment start of year: $2,497,824,765 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $3,596,142,678 (2022)