Purdue University is the flagship university of the Purdue University System consisting of six campuses. It is based in West Lafayette, Indiana. It was founded on May 6, 1869 as a land-grant university through the acceptance of donated land and money from businessman John Purdue by the Indiana General Assembly under the Morrill Act. The intention was to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in the name of the principal benefactor.
Purdue University was designed to become an industrial college with the provision of a liberal or broad education with a special emphasis on science, technology, and agriculture. During World War II, all schools and departments in the university conducted some form of research. Up to now, the university remains actively involved in scientific research.
Purdue University expanded through time with the addition of schools and colleges. The College of Agriculture was the first to be established in 1869, followed by the College of Engineering in 1876, the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1877, the College of Pharmacy in 1884, the College of Health and Human Sciences in 1905, the College of Science in 1907, the College of Education in 1908, the College of Liberal Arts in 1953, the Krannert School of Management in 1962, and the College of Technology in 1964. Aside from its main campus, Purdue University has four regional campuses located at Indianapolis, Indiana; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Westville, Indiana; and Hammond, Indiana. The College of Technology also offers learning programs in several other locations in Indiana. These include Anderson, Columbus, Greenberg, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, New Albany, Richmond, South Bend/Elkhart, and Vincennes.
Purdue University has established the first college credit offered in flight training as well as the first 4-year bachelor’s degree in Aviation. It got the nickname Cradle of Astronauts due to its expansion of the aviation program to include advanced spaceflight technology. Neil Armstrong is one of its more famous graduates. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to grant associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Undergraduate majors include Agriculture, Athletics, Business/Management, Community Service, Computer Programming and Information Systems, Distribution and Dispatching, Engineering and Technologies, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Ecology, Finance and Investing, Healthcare Services, Human Resources and Training, Law, Manufacturing and Processing, Marketing and Advertising, Mathematics, Mechanical and Electrical Specialist, Mechanics and Construction, Medical Sciences and Technologies, Performing Arts, Politics and Public Speaking, Protective Services, Religion and Spirituality, Sales, Science and Research, Teaching and Education, Transportation Operations, Visual Arts and Design, Writing and Mass Communication.
Purdue University has different tuition rates for Indiana residents and non-residents. Estimated annual undergraduate tuition for residents is $9,478.00 while non-residents are charged a rate of $27,646.00. Other costs to consider include room and board allowance, transportation allowance, personal and miscellaneous allowance, and books and supplies allowance.
Financial assistance for Purdue University is provided through federal grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. Military students can avail of veterans’ educational entitlement under the Montgomery G.I. Bill, and other military tuition assistance programs. There are several Air Force, Navy, and Army ROTC programs available at Purdue University such as the NROTC Scholarship Program. Traditional students can avail of federal student aid, institutional scholarships or private alternative loans.
There are about 39,000 students currently enrolled in the main campus, of whom 58% are male and 42% are female. Faculty members including tenured and tenure-track number at about 2,563. The undergraduate student is predominantly of White ethnicity. The Purdue Boilmakers, as the athletic teams of the university are known, compete in football, basketball, cross country, tennis, wrestling, golf, and volleyball. The university is a member of the NCAA and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference.