Purdue University
#53 Overall Influence#1204 Desirability Rank

Purdue University

Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

53,722

Acceptance

58%

Graduation Rate

77%

Median SAT Score

1295

Median ACT Score

28

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$9,208

Fees (in-state)

$784

Net Cost for 60k Income

$11,898

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$62,200

Employed

92%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

40K

Under-Grads

32K

Graduates

9K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette IN 47907-2040

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

8k per 100k

Violent Crime

0k per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

10k per 100k

Violent Crime

1k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#11 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Engineering
#24 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Nursing
#31 World Rank #23 USA Rank
Computer Science
#37 World Rank #33 USA Rank
Communications
#41 World Rank #35 USA Rank
Business
#52 World Rank #20 USA Rank
Mathematics
#56 World Rank #25 USA Rank
Chemistry
#69 World Rank #24 USA Rank
Physics
#73 World Rank #39 USA Rank
Biology
#89 World Rank #44 USA Rank
Economics
#90 World Rank #61 USA Rank
Medical
#97 World Rank #58 USA Rank
Psychology
#106 World Rank #55 USA Rank
Sociology
#121 World Rank #76 USA Rank
History
#143 World Rank #49 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#151 World Rank #91 USA Rank
Political Science
#193 World Rank #122 USA Rank
Social Work
#239 World Rank #113 USA Rank
Anthropology
#461 World Rank #231 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#500 World Rank #200 USA Rank
Literature
#1341 World Rank #965 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#1985 World Rank #704 USA Rank
Philosophy

Influential People

Who are Purdue University's Most influential alumni?

Purdue University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Nursing, and Computer Science. Purdue University’s most academically influential people include Neil Armstrong, Martin Atalla, and David Starr Jordan.

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong

American astronaut and the first human to walk on the moon

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Martin Atalla
Martin Atalla

Electrical engineer

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David Starr Jordan
David Starr Jordan

American ichthyologist and educator

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Ben Roy Mottelson
Ben Roy Mottelson

Danish nuclear physicist

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James Samuel Coleman
James Samuel Coleman

American sociologist

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Gus Grissom
Gus Grissom

American astronaut

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Seymour Benzer
Seymour Benzer

American geneticist

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Akira Suzuki
Akira Suzuki

Japanese chemist

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Theodore Rappaport

American engineer

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Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman

American racecar driver

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Booth Tarkington
Booth Tarkington

American novelist

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George Mueller
George Mueller

NASA official

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About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

Purdue University was founded in 1869 with substantial financing provided by industrialist John Purdue. Its purpose was to train students in agriculture and engineering. The school officially opened for business in 1874 and grew quickly.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Purdue had been organized into five schools: agriculture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and pharmacy. Later, schools of education and home economics were added. An early attempt at creating a medical school was later abandoned.

In other respects, Purdue was spectacularly successful. By 1925 the university was home to the largest number of engineering students in the US. It remained the nation’s largest engineering school for the next half-century.

Today, Purdue operates four satellite campuses: in Hammond, Fort Wayne, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Overall, the Purdue system has a student body approaching 75,000 souls.

Purdue is associated with 13 Nobel Prize winners, including:

  • Physicists, Ben Roy Mottelson, Edward Mills Purcell, Julian Schwinger & Wolfgang Pauli
  • Chemists, Ei-ichi Negishi, Herbert C. Brown & Akira Suzuki
  • Economist, Vernon L. Smith

In addition, the Turing Award winning computer scientist, Alan J. Perlis, spent time here as a researcher.

Among other prominent Purdue-connected individuals, we may note the following:

  • Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Roger Chaffee & Eugene Cernan
  • Heroic airline pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
  • Mathematicians, Andrew Majda, Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar & Feydoon Shahidi
  • Computer scientists, Mikhail Atallah, Markus Kuhn & Jill Zimmerman
  • Computer software developer, Sanjiva Weerawarana
  • Physicist, Albert Overhauser
  • Chemist, C.N.R. Rao
  • Chemical engineer, Rakesh Agrawal
  • Molecular biologists, Seymour Benzer & Ronald Breaker
  • Microbiologist, Rita Colwell
  • Nanotechnology pioneers, Supriyo Datta & James Tour
  • Physiologist, Leslie Geddes
  • Economist, Hugo Sonnenschein
  • Anthropologist, Peter Peregrine
  • Novelist and playwright, Booth Tarkington
  • Actors, George Peppard & Kenneth Choi
  • Stand-up comic, Jim Gaffigan
  • Photographer, Margaret Bourke-White