Bringing together the resources of cultural centers and diversity programs across campus, Purdue University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership in the building of a more diverse and inclusive campus community.
Students at Purdue participate in more than 900 student organizations that cover a variety of interests. Some of the notable clubs founded by Purdue students include the Purdue Reamer Club (a school spirit organization that cares for the Boilermaker Special mascot and raises funds for scholarships) and two clubs that eventually became nationwide organizations: the National Society of Black Engineers and the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.
Several campus-wide programs are planned by the Purdue Alumni Association, Student Union Board and Purdue Student Government. Annual campus events include Boiler Gold Rush (Purdue's new-student orientation program), Spring Fest, and Grand Prix.
About one-third of the single undergraduate students on the West Lafayette campus are housed in University Residences. The rest live in fraternities, sororities, cooperatives, or private off-campus housing. There are about 12,000 spaces available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and student families who choose to live on campus.
There are 12 cooperative houses at Purdue (5 men's houses and 7 women's houses). The members take an active role in sharing chores and cooking all meals themselves, as opposed to hiring out cleaning and cooking staff.
91% of students are employed, freelancing, or continuing their education six months after graduation in 2016. Among the companies that employ NU students are companies such as Shell, Chevron, General Electric, Ford, Pepsico, Phillips, Cisco.
Graduate employment: 91%
Purdue's campus is situated in the small city of West Lafayette, near the western bank of the Wabash River, across which sits the larger city of Lafayette. Academic buildings are mostly concentrated on the eastern and southern parts of campus, with residence halls and intramural fields to the west, and athletic facilities to the north. The Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (CityBus) operates eight campus loop bus routes on which students, faculty, and staff can ride free of charge with Purdue Identification.
The main campus in West Lafayette offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 900 student organizations.