school spotlight: purdue university

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

What’s a future engineer to do when she doesn’t know which field of engineering is right for her? Aeronautical…biomedical…environmental … multidisciplinary? Enter the first-year engineering program at Purdue University. All incoming students take a broad range of scientific coursework, including “Programming Applications for Engineers” and “Transforming Ideas to Innovation” before transitioning into one of 16 professional degree programs within the College of Engineering. Although this public school is world-renowned for its STEM disciplines, there’s more to Purdue than engineering. The University offers nearly 200 majors, from art history and athletic training to wildlife and women’s studies. Over 30,000 undergraduates study at Purdue, one-third of whom attend from out-of-state. All freshmen who are admitted to the University are automatically considered for academic scholarships, and for the highest achieving out-of-state applicants, the renewable Trustees Scholarship is worth up to $16,000 annually. This Big Ten school offers big time fun, with nearly 1,000 student clubs and organizations to choose from. Boilermaker athletics supports 16 varsity teams, 32 club sports, and more than 40 intramural sports. Fun fact: Neil Armstrong, Orville Redenbacher, and TV personality Ted Allen are all Purdue alumni.

Image credit: Top, courtesy of Purdue University

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.