Purdue University-Main Campus

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,208
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$12,684
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.25%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
59.8%
55,311 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
45,500
86.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
80.6%
5,178 Graduates

About

Purdue University-Main Campus is a higher education institution located in Tippecanoe County, IN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Purdue University-Main Campus were Computer Science (418 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (363 degrees), and Industrial Engineering (249 degrees).

In 2019, 11,722 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Purdue University-Main Campus. 44.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 55.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,830 degrees), 8.57 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (797 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Purdue University-Main Campus is $9,208, which is $−19,292 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Purdue University-Main Campus is $9,208, which is $−19,292 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,684.

In 2019, 50% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 29% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,208
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Purdue University-Main Campus was $9,208. The cost of tuition at Purdue University-Main Campus is $−19,292 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$12,684
2019 Value
6.61%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Purdue University-Main Campus had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,684. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Purdue University-Main Campus grew by 6.61%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,460
Room and Board
$1,160
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Purdue University-Main Campus was of $9,460 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,160. The cost of room and board increased by 0.318% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
29%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

50% of undergraduate students at Purdue University-Main Campus received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.96% with respect to 2018, when 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.25%
2017 Default Rate
106
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Purdue University-Main Campus was 2.25%, which represents 106 out of the 4703 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Purdue University-Main Campus received 55,311 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.96% annual growth. Out of those 55,311 applicants, 33,093 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 59.8% acceptance rate.

There were 45,500 students enrolled at Purdue University-Main Campus in 2019, and 81% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Purdue University-Main Campus has an overall enrollment yield of 24.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

59.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
33,093
Accepted Out of 55,311

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Purdue University-Main Campus was 59.8% (33,093 admissions from 55,311 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 58%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 2.96%, while admissions grew by 6.25%.

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SAT Scores

81%
Submission Percentage
6,678
Scores Submitted

81% of enrolled first-time students at Purdue University-Main Campus in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Purdue University-Main Campus has a total enrollment of 45,500 students. The full-time enrollment at Purdue University-Main Campus is 39,210 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,290. This means that 86.2% of students enrolled at Purdue University-Main Campus are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Purdue University-Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.4% White, 8.24% Asian, 5.26% Hispanic or Latino, 3.23% Two or More Races, 2.82% Black or African American, 0.123% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0571% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Purdue University-Main Campus in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (35%), followed by White Female (28.2%) and Asian Male (5.68%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (18%), followed by White Female (17.7%) and Asian Female (2.63%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Purdue University-Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45,500 students. The full-time enrollment at Purdue University-Main Campus is 39,210 and the part-time enrollment is 6,290. This means that 86.2% of students enrolled at Purdue University-Main Campus are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Purdue University-Main Campus was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Purdue University-Main Campus had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    26,585
  2. Asian
    3,747
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,393

The enrolled student population at Purdue University-Main Campus is 58.4% White, 8.24% Asian, 5.26% Hispanic or Latino, 3.23% Two or More Races, 2.82% Black or African American, 0.123% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0571% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 856 students (1.88%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1316 fewer women than men received degrees from Purdue University-Main Campus. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Purdue University-Main Campus is white (6,830 degrees awarded). There were 8.57 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (797 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Purdue University-Main Campus is Computer Science (418 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (363 degrees) and Industrial Engineering (249 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Purdue University-Main Campus, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (577 degrees awarded), Engineering (2,880 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (832 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Purdue University-Main Campus are Software developers (487,703 people), Other managers (352,895 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (345,334 people), Civil engineers (273,620 people), and Mechanical engineers (213,607 people).

The most specialized majors at Purdue University-Main Campus are Agriculture (577 degrees awarded), Engineering (2,880 degrees), Engineering Technologies (832 degrees), Math & Statistics (327 degrees), and Transportation (153 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Purdue University-Main Campus are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Chief executives & legislators, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Purdue University-Main Campus are Agriculture (577 degrees awarded), Engineering (2,880 degrees), Engineering Technologies (832 degrees), Math & Statistics (327 degrees), and Transportation (153 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Purdue University-Main Campus are Computer Systems Design (497,205 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (429,712 people), Construction (307,772 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (255,929 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (189,091 people).

The most specialized majors at Purdue University-Main Campus are Agriculture (577 degrees awarded), Engineering (2,880 degrees), Engineering Technologies (832 degrees), Math & Statistics (327 degrees), and Transportation (153 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Purdue University-Main Campus.
Most Common
  1. 418 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 363 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 249 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Purdue University-Main Campus was Computer Science with 418 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

6,519
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
5,203
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 6,519 degrees were awarded to men at Purdue University-Main Campus, which is 1.25 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,203).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 551 degrees were awarded to men at Purdue University-Main Campus in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.67 times more than the 330 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 331 degrees were awarded to women at Purdue University-Main Campus in General Communication, which is 3.31 times more than the 100 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

51%
100% Completion Time
78%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 51% of students graduating from Purdue University-Main Campus completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 78% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 80% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Purdue University-Main Campus is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.54% of graduates (80 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,830 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    797 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    487 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Purdue University-Main Campus is white (6,830 degrees awarded). There were 8.57 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (797 degrees).

2.51% of degree recipients (294 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    3,662 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    3,168 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    477 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Purdue University-Main Campus is white male (3,662 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (3,168 degrees).

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Operations

Purdue University-Main Campus has an endowment valued at nearly $2.54B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $172M (6.78%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Purdue University-Main Campus had a total salary expenditure of $1.96B. Purdue University-Main Campus employs 811 Professors, 540 Assistant professors, and 476 Associate professors. Most academics at Purdue University-Main Campus are Male Professors (640), Male Assistant professors(329), and Male Associate professors (303).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Purdue University-Main Campus are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1373 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1165 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1102 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.54B
2019 Endowment
8.66%
growth from 2018

Purdue University-Main Campus has an endowment valued at about $2.54B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Purdue University-Main Campus grew 8.66% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.23B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $252M - Federal
  2. $23.5M - State
  3. $86.3k - Local

As of 2019, Purdue University-Main Campus received $252M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $23.5M from state grants and contracts, and $86.3k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$922M
2019 Salaries
2.48%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Purdue University-Main Campus paid a median of $922M in salaries, which represents 47.1% of their overall expenditure ($1.96B) and a 2.48% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.87% growth from 2017 and a 7.13% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$240M
Instructional Salaries
2,044
Number of Employees

In 2019, Purdue University-Main Campus paid a total of $240M to 2,044 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
811 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1373 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Purdue University-Main Campus were Professor with 811 employees; Assistant professor with 540 employees; and Assistant professor with 476 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Purdue University-Main Campus were Office and Administrative Support with 1,373 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,165 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 1,102 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Purdue University-Main Campus was Male Professor with 640 employees, Male Assistant professor with 329 employees, and Male Associate professor with 303 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Purdue University-Main Campus.

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