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Rank: 55

Purdue University

West Lafayette, INwww.purdue.edu
Purdue was founded in 1874 with just 39 students and six teachers. Now it's a public land grant university with roughly 43,000 students, including more than 32,000 undergraduates. The majority of its students come from Indiana, 34% hail from other states, and 14% are from other countries. Nearly a third of Purdue undergraduates enroll in its well-regarded school of engineering, but students have more than 200 different majors to decide between (offerings include farm management, wildlife, and cybersecurity). Purdue's website has an intriguing feature where students can browse majors by personality type. Boilermaker football is a school-wide obsession at this Big Ten 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, whether that's volunteering at no-kill animal shelters or preparing for dental school. 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 $60,200, which is about 10% higher than other schools with similar demographics, according to MONEY's calculations.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$23,800
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$12,900
Average price for low-income students
$5,020
admissions
Acceptance rate
57%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1270/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
31,887
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
73%
% of need met
77%
% of students who get merit* grants
15%
Average merit grant
$5,344
student success
Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$20,430
Average salary within 3 years
$60,200
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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