Purdue University, Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Environmental Science
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Food Science
Food Technology and Processing
Forest Sciences and Biology
General Natural Resources Management and Policy
Horticultural Science
Natural Resources/Conservation
Soil Science and Agronomy
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

Arts & Humanities

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
Foreign Languages and Literatures
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Interior Design
Japanese Language and Literature
Jewish/ Judaic Studies
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Latin Language and Literature
Other Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
Other Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Product and Industrial Design
Professional, Technical, Business and Scientific Writing
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Language and Literature
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Fashion/Apparel Design
Financial Planning and Services
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Leadership and Team Building
Selling Skills and Sales Operations

Communication & Media

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Computer Graphics
Design & Visual Communications


Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education
Education / Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Education / Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Learning Sciences
Mathematics Teacher Education
Other Education
Other Special Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education


Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Technology
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Other Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Apparel and Textiles
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Nutrition

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Health & Medical Services

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Other Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy Technician (PharmD)
Public Health (MPH, DPH)
Public Health Education and Promotion
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Biological and Physical Sciences
Mathematics and Computer Science
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Life Science

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Microbiology and Immunology
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Plant Genetics

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Actuarial Science
Applied Mathematics
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Financial Mathematics
Mathematical Statistics and Probability

Natural Sciences

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Geology/Earth Science

Skilled Trades

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Avionics, Aviation Maintenance Technology / Technician
Building Property Management and Maintenance
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager

Social Sciences

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Italian Studies
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies

Technician Careers

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Other Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians
Quality Control Technology/Technician
Survey Technology/ Surveying


Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences
Information Technology
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

Transportation Careers

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

Veterinary Medicine

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Veterinary Science, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 5 Reviews

80% of students gave Purdue University, Main Campus 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Academics Rating

Purdue University has a wide variety of classes with nearly 200 different majors. It would be easy to say "there's a class for that". Purdue is most notable for our Engineering program, which Neil Armstrong, who was the first man on the moon, attended. Once a student is accepted, an advisor helps guide you with your interests and sets up your schedule while showing you how to do it so you are prepared when it is your turn. An average workload is around five classes a semester, but if you are wanting to take more, you can work with your advisor to see which classes will work best for your plan. What I personally enjoyed most about academics here is that I had a variety of lecture halls of 300 people and classes of about twenty students, which created a nice balance. The Professors are brilliant and want you to do well. I will say that it is nothing easy, but that is what made me more independent, work harder, and felt I achieved something throughout my classes. When you come to Purdue University, you aren't just learning to learn, you are learning for life. It's a wonderful feeling knowing I get to graduate from Purdue University and know how much I truly did learn, academically and socially.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

It's tough. You're expected to attend class, do your homework and contribute. The school lives up to it's reputation.

Purdue University, Main Campus Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.80
Retention Rate 90%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June, July, and August.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Weekend College
  • Certificate Programs

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technology
  • Vocational Arts

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry

Class Sizes at Purdue University, Main Campus

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 37%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 10%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 47%
  • 100+ Students: 7%
Fewer than 20 Students 37%
50 - 100 Students 10%
20 - 49 Students 47%
100+ Students 7%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 69
  • Asian: 13
  • Unknown and Other: 13
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 3
Caucasian 69
Asian 13
Unknown and Other 13
Latino 3
African American 3

Faculty at Purdue University, Main Campus

Total Faculty 2,613
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 14
Full-Time Professors 9,257
Male Faculty 1,744
Part-Time Professors 1,430
Women Faculty 869

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