Founded in 1869, Purdue is a public university that offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and certificates to students. At its beginning, Purdue only had six professors and 39 students. Today, after much expansion and growth, the university serves over 35,000 students total with over 15,000 faculty and staff members. It is ranked No. 62 among national colleges and No. 23 among public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university is also considered one of the top 150 best value schools, according to a Princeton Review study featured in U.S. News & World Report.
There are 10 colleges and schools at Purdue University, which provide over 200 undergraduate majors and concentrations for enrolled students. All undergraduate students take general education classes, regardless of their majors, to get a strong, well-rounded foundation. After those components are fulfilled, students move on to take course work in their specializations. Major fields include, but are not limited to, agriculture, education, engineering, health, liberal arts, science, and technology. Graduate students have over 70 programs from which to choose. The graduate department awards master’s degrees, doctorate degrees, and post-graduate certificates. Possible concentrations include agronomy, biochemistry, chemical engineering, English, history, nursing, and technology. Some classes for these programs are offered over the Internet. In addition to academic programs, Purdue offers a wide range of extracurricular programs to its students, such as athletics, student organizations, and volunteer opportunities.
Purdue University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913 and has continued to uphold strong educational values. Various programs at Purdue are also individually accredited. A full list of program-specific accreditations can be found on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator.
First-time freshman applicants have a March deadline at Purdue University, and transfer student deadlines occur three times a year. Before admitting undergraduate students into the university, Purdue examines a variety of factors. These include high school grades, class rank, standardized test scores, personal backgrounds, and availability of space in the program of choice.
Graduate admissions are handled differently; candidates apply directly to the individual academic department, rather than to the admissions office. Applicants are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree prior to applying, and should have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average during their undergraduate studies. The specific, department-regulated requirements vary based on the field. Prospective students can learn about those requirements by visiting Purdue’s website, where a list of department and degrees are provided.