Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907


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Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Since its founding as a land-grant institution in 1869, Purdue University has maintained a commitment to provide students with a superior, yet affordable, education. Almost 36,000 students at the West Lafaytte Campus are striving to meet the challenges of a Purdue education. It's not Ivy League or a private school - it's Purdue, a distinguished, state-assisted university in the Midwest with exceptional opportunities.

Among the 25 largest colleges and universities in the nation, Purdue is located in the northwest part of Indiana. Just two hours southeast of Chicago and one hour northwest of Indianapolis, Purdue offers small-town friendliness and big-city opportunities.

Well-known as an engineering, science, and agriculture school, Purdue also offers strong programs in such areas as English; psychology; pharmacy; nursing; restaurant, hotel, institution, and tourism management; veterinary medicine; accounting; computer science; flight; and education.

With ten academic schools and two professional schools, Purdue offers nearly 6,7000 courses in more than 200 areas. Graduate students can work toward a master's or doctoral degree in approximately 60 different departmental programs.

With students from all 50 states and almost 100 countries, students can encounter various dialects as well as religious, economic, social and cultural customs - one of the major advantages of a university as large as Purdue. Since Purdue is often the first opportunity for students to encounter individuals outside their geographical areas, the school continues to develop and emphasize programs that stimulate discussion and appreciation for beliefs, ideas, and cultures of all individuals.

Purdue provides a support network that addresses the concerns and needs of its diverse population with a personal touch through the Office of the Dean of Students. Its Multicultural Program is responsible for the concerns of Hispanic, African-American, Native American, and Asian American students.

Some 30 students organizations focus on social and cultural activities. These include Black Greek organizations, Los Hermanos Hispanos, Asian American Students, International Student Council, and the Native American Student Association.

At the Black Cultural Center, students gather to learn and share information. The center acts as a focal point for participation in the performing arts of theatre, modern dance, vocal music, and creative writing. The International Center, and Independent organization, provides similar opportunities for international students.

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