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Purdue University, West Lafayette

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The Purdue University College of Engineering is one of eight major academic divisions, or colleges, of Purdue University. Established in 1874 with programs in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the college now offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in more than a dozen disciplines. Purdue's engineering program has also educated 22 of America's astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan who were the first and last astronauts to have walked on the moon, respectively. Many of Purdue's engineering disciplines are recognized as top-ten programs in the U.S. The college as a whole is currently ranked 6th in the U.S. of all doctorate-granting engineering schools by U.S. News & World Report.DepartmentsThe College of Engineering contains ten Schools, one Department, and three Divisions:Schools Aeronautics and Astronautics Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering Education Industrial Engineering Materials Engineering Mechanical Engineering Nuclear Engineering
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  • Visited for a few days on business. Many resources on this large campus. Get your walking shoes ready when you visit as many spaces such as the culture houses or the school of engineering is a nice wa...  more »
  • Lots of road construction now. Easy to get lost. Still looks the same some places and very different other places on campus.  more »
  • My daughter and I were here for a college visit. We loved it! The last time I set foot on the campus, I was a high school student and my sister was attending Purdue. This was a much more intensive vis...  more »
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  • The campus is beautiful and the students were friendly and readily available to offer help in terms of navigating the campus. Also, great food!
  • I'm a transfer student who has just received a reply email from the admissions office from an email I sent in JANUARY. I paid $60 application fee like anyone else. Plus my high school and college transcripts fees, $25 in total. It's fine if their requests are reasonable, but they just asked me for my high school diploma from my JUNIOR HIGH as if they don't read English at all (my junior high offers 7-9th grade education). I'm insanely pissed right now. As an ESL (teach English as second language) teacher, I'm deeply offended. This is the services I get for paying $60. When I don't even qualify for an international student visa, I'm still being discriminated against. (Permanent residency status)
  • Hoosier racism runs deep! The type of racism that exists here is very subtle and covert but it pervades all aspects of life on this campus. After a kind of 'southern hospitality' wears off, these people will show you their true, insidious nature. Rich white kids from other states and rich kids from Chicago dominate the social scene on this very elitist campus through Greek life. The Greek community(honestly resembles a gated community like a lot of people here are from anyway) is undeniably the center of social life on campus, especially this campus because of it's sheer size. If you are not in it, you will miss out on everything until you turn 21 since there is absolutely nothing to do in or around West Lala because this school is in the middle of a giant cornfield. This mostly upperclass and white Greek community has a strong racist/elitist undercurrent. If you are non-white, you will be watched carefully. If you are non-white and you say or do anything against the mainstream beliefs, you will be a target, these people do not want to see a non-white with any kind of social or political power. And if they do let a non-white reach that status, you can bet that that person is more or less a lap-dog for the whites, a kind of "house-ni**er". This can be seen in who they select to join frats and sororities. They need a token black guy and a token Indian or Asian guy just so they don't seem racist. They will let someone join who is not too smart or someone who is easily influenced and will follow their orders and they only let only one of each join. This way they can dominate campus life. One of my black friends that is in a frat is only there on paper so they don't seem racist; he is never invited to any of the events and when he used to be, he was given the duty of being either the doorman or the sober driver but if he got lucky, a bartender. He told me that to them he was just a "house-ni**er". If he was talking to some white chick or for that matter even an asian chick, some brother that liked her would barge in and redirect the conversation to himself, either to get the girl for himself or not allow my friend to have a chance. If you are a domestic minority in a frat you can expect to face occasional hostile attitudes and behaviors, and passive aggression such as ignoring whatever you say and talking over you for no reason whatsoever. Ironically, if you show any attitude, signs of protest or other frustration; they will not like that you took offense and label you a whiner. There is an epidemic of constantly harassing minority students inside and outside the classrooms by students an professors alike. Now this is really tricky and hard to prove so I will give you a hypothetical scenario. Imagine there is a single black male in a classroom of 30 students. Today you are reading part of a story about slavery in America. The professor will purposely ask the only black student to read the part of the black man/slave. As he reads you will hear people snickering and giggling in the back of the classroom yet the professor will not say anything about that. Everyone would know what is going on but no one would be brave enough to mention the elephant in the room. And even if the black guy complains, it will be dismissed and forgotten because the professor can simply deny responsibility by pleading ignorance. And if something is done, it will not be a serious consequence, probably just an email telling the professor not to do it again. Other examples might include professors asking minority students rhetorical questions to the point of gaslighting. This is actually well documented by someone who answered a Quora question All in all, Indiana is a cesspool of ultra-conservative beliefs, proudly Republican politics and all the bigotry, prejudice and racism that stems from that. Having been to other parts of the US, this place is only in it’s infancy when it comes to race-relations. The only university I can think of that is more racist than this one is the University of Alabama. Just google "purdue racism".
  • The environment here is wonderful! Love the poeple. It gets crazy for football and basketball games. Recommend it to anyone!
  • I earned my Bachelor's degree in 2016. Purdue Campus: Purdue's campus is very beautiful in the Spring as the tree and flowers are blossoming. During the fall and winter, the weather tends to stay at a chilled temperature or lower. The school's building theme is brick. Classes: Classes are academic rigorous for the most part. There are some classes that are GPA boosters, but don't expect an acceptable GPA with minimal work. Most classes you will feel like a number rather than an individual which is why I gave Purdue University WL 4 stars. Night Life: There is no lack of night life. Plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy. Purdue usually hosts an event every weekend ranging from comedy clubs to musical concerts.