Purdue University is an academic institution rich in history. Established in 1869, as a land-grant university it first started operations in 1874 with 39 students. Today, Purdue University has the second largest student body of any university in Indiana with a total of 39,726 enrollees in 2010-2011 enrolled at the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. In addition to the main campus, Purdue also has four regional campuses offering graduate studies. These regional campuses are located in Hammond (Purdue Calumet), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), Indianapolis (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), and Westville (Purdue North Central).
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Purdue University is known for its solid academic programs, and is in fact ranked 23rd among the nation’s public universities and 62nd among all universities by U.S. News & World Report. Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management MBA program has been ranked 12th among U.S. public colleges and universities by Financial Times. In addition to this is Agricultural and Biological Engineering program was also declared by the U.S. News & World Report to be the best in the United States.
Aside from its strong academic programs, Purdue is also proud of its athletics, being home to 18 Division I/I-A NCAA teams. The university’s athletic teams are called the Purdue Boilermakers with the Boilermaker Special its official mascot, but the unofficial mascot Purdue Pete being more popular. Currently Men’s sports in Purdue include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming &diving, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
Purdue University currently offers about 200 undergraduate majors in various fields of studies. They also offer an undergraduate studies program, which is specifically designed to meet the core needs of students who are still undecided as to the major they want to pursue. All academic programs offered by the university are administered by the following school and colleges: College of Agriculture, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Pharmacy, College of Science, College of Technology, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Krannert School of Management.
Purdue also has a very good variety of graduate program offerings with more than 100 graduate programs at the main campus, including more than 10 interdisciplinary programs, and about 30 programs in the regional campuses.
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Purdue also offers distance learning programs. Currently, distance learning programs available at the university include AS in Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program, MS/MBA in Agricultural Economics, MS in Building Construction Management, Krannert EMBA Program, International Master in Management (IMM), MS in Education in Learning Design and Technology, Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), Dual Master of Science in Engineering-Master of Business Administration (MSE-MBA) or Master of Science-Master of Business Administration (MS-MBA), MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAAE) , MS in Electrical Computer Engineering (MSECE), MS in Industrial Engineering (MSIE), MS in Mechanical Engineering (MSME), MS Regulatory and Quality Compliance Concentration, MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management, MS in Information Technology Project Management, MS in Leadership, MS in Technology, Dual Degree Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Anderson University/Master of Science (MS) – Purdue University Technology, and a nice slew of graduate certificate programs.
Estimated per year (2 semesters) tuition for full-time undergraduate students at Purdue University is $9,478 (Indiana residents) and $27,646 (non-residents). Financial aid is available at Purdue University in the form of Federal Aid (grant and loans), private loans, scholarships, and Military Tuition Assistance and VA Benefits.