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Purdue University

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2017–18) 105
  • THE World University Ranking (2017–18) 60

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • Many students are employed while attending Purdue. Options include employment through Housing and Food Services working in dining halls and residence halls, the Purdue Telefund, the Recreational Sports Center, iTap, the Purdue Memorial Union, libraries, and other options within academic departments.
  • Students may also choose to participate in a co-op program, working for a semester at a company related to their field of study and then returning to campus.
  • Most co-op programs take five years to complete. Some students work as part of a work-study programme, while other employers do not elect to participate in work-study. 

Disability support

  • The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is dedicated to ensuring the accessibility of campus buildings and events for all students.
  • Through the DRC, students can find assistance with exam accommodations, the use of a scribe and/or use of a reader, sign language interpreting, CART, TypeWell, note taking, alternative print materials and consulting with faculty and staff regarding the provision of accommodation.

Students' Union

  • The Purdue Memorial Union was ready for use in September 1924 and is a memorial for all Purdue veterans.
  • The Memorial Union is a great place to study or to eat, with a variety of restaurants in the basement. Over 800 student groups exist at Purdue, ranging from fencing to knitting. There are nearly 40 student groups for international students representing countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, and the Middle East.
  • These groups offer social and cultural activities. The complete list can be found here: http://www.iss.purdue.edu/current/univlife/studentorgs.cfm

History

  • Purdue University was established in 1869 when founding benefactor John Purdue donated land and money for the school to be built.
  • The University initially had only six buildings and 39 students, just a fraction of today’s 160+ buildings and approximately 40,000 students.
  • In 1887, Old Gold and Black became the official school colours before the nickname 'Boilermakers' was coined in 1891.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Purdue University is proud to have the largest alumni network in the country with many alums being internationally recognised.
  • Purdue is the alma mater of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and also Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon.
  • Other notable alumni include Orville Redenbacher, Chesley Sullenberger, Stephen Betchel, Elwood Mean, Susan Bulkeley Butler, Mary Weber and Brian Lamb.

Address

Purdue University Office of Admissions, 475 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA