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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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  • We visited while looking for colleges for my daughter. That have some very nice options to tour the university in a formal setting.  more »
  • Loved walking around the campus. Well thought out and easy to get around! The Union is a wonderful facility with nice places to eat and rooms to study and relax.  more »
  • My 17 year old son and I visited Purdue and took an official tour. We also attended the Engineering question and answer session. Found it all very helpful! Can't believe how affordable it is for in st...  more »
  • I have been at Purdue for 2 years so far and I absolutely regret getting into it. For both Americans and international students; this institution is really a very bad choice. The main reason is that Purdue pretends and calls itself as diverse and international university; but it is shockingly MISLEADING!! More than 50% of its students are Chinese, and almost 80% of the total of so-called international are Chinese + Indians + South Koreans. Very very small portion from other nations!!! When you hear that Purdue is an international university, you expect to seat in a classroom surrounded by people from many countries ( Chile, Brazil, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, France, Thailand, Morocco, Germany.......). But Unfortunately you look around you and you see an unbelievable number of Chinese students! And almost everywhere you go!!!! The worst is that in many many cases, you seat in a classroom and you find more than 50% of the total students are Chinese and the Professor is also Chinese!! I took a Statistics Class. The professor is Chinese and all (almost 6) teacher assistants are Chinese. In the exam, they don't even speak English! It feels like you are in China!! Also, you may get very disappointed by the level of many professors!!! Especially those coming from East Europe such as Romania!! For all students thinking about getting into Purdue, including the Chinese students, think twice!! Choose a university that has a real diversity, so that you can have the chance to meet people from around the world. Thank you and good Luck!
  • I receive excellent PhD education at Purdue University. Professors are kind and wise. They do not only give me advice on research and course work, but also give me wisdom on life and social. Staffs are kind and helpful. I still enjoy good time at Purdue now. It is never wrong to pursue high-level education. I like Purdue very much. All Hail Purdue!!!
  • Been going to Purdue. Very great for Pharmacy, it's rated high for pharmacy, highly recommend
  • If you are in engineering, agriculture, or applied sciences, this is a great school. Talented professors, nice campus, modern buildings with all of the amenities, a nice place for you. If you are in liberal arts or the humanities, avoid it. Those in liberal arts disciplines will be shoved in the oldest buildings on campus and crammed into intro courses with professors whose intellectual resources are consumed by research and faculty politics over teaching. These courses will be filled with hundreds of other students, many of whom are from outside of your respective departments and who will not care about the subject at hand beyond getting the grade and the credential. At other schools, this diversity would create an interesting and collaborative learning environment; at Purdue, the liberal arts exist and continue to be funded mostly as lip service. The current President of the university is a political hack who was revealed years back to be at the head of an effort to suppress the teaching of a historian, Howard Zinn, whose work is recognized as important by most actual historians. He undertook this effort while serving as the Governor of Indiana. This outlook has continued during his stewardship of Purdue, as he has diverted resources away from the humanities and focused it on the construction of new, lavish facilities for other disciplines he and his toadies in administration care more about. This is a broad problem in American higher education today which transcends Purdue, but Mitch Daniels is currently trying to stand at the forefront of that movement. Its result will be nothing less than the destruction of American higher ed. The less said about how they exploit international admissions and the English as a Second Language test required to attend the school, the better.
  • I got a good education at Purdue and have been successfully employed since I graduated. I'm a little stunned by some of the other comments I read. Some people complain that there is "racism" against foreign students. I can guarantee there is no institutional discrimination; Purdue has the highest percentage of foreign students than any other US university. If you meet some people who you think are arrogant or unfriendly--guess what--that's life. There are different types of people at Purdue; Indiana farm types, Chicagoans, pre-Vet majors from the Northeast,etc. You are sure to find a group of people you click with. I just wish the football team was better. Draft Drew Brees!