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Purdue University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueC- University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeC+
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsA+
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Date: Jan 05 2008
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Your Purdue experience will largely be what you make it. You will be treated like a number if you do not actively seek to change that by getting involved or approaching your professors (trust me, many of them wish that more students cared to introduce themselves), although dealing with the administration can be difficult and there is not as much personal support as I would prefer (but that is to be expected at a school with nearly 40,000 students). There are many blow-off classes that you can sleep through and still get an A, but there are also many challenging classes that engage you. Depending on your program, you may or may not be able to tailor your classes to your wants and abilities.

People who enjoy stimulating cultural activities and a great night life might find themselves a little bored in the Lafayette area (I know I did after growing up near Ann Arbor and the U of M campus!). But the town isn't completely lacking things to do (especially once you turn 21) and you can generally find something to do. I particularly enjoy the Purdue theatre. The theatre department boasts pretty good talent and puts on some great productions, which you wouldn't expect from a big engineering school.

Politically, it is a pretty conservative climate. Don't expect to be welcomed with open arms if you are left-of-center, gay, or non-Christian. But don't let that deter you necessarily, because there are so many students and organizations that you can find an accepting group of peers if you try.

The bottom line is that, just like anywhere else, there are great things about Purdue, and there are not-so-great things about Purdue. You just have to figure out how to accentuate the positive and deal with (or change!) the negative. Purdue has a great reputation and alumni network. My high school guidance counselor thought Purdue was an Ivy League, so I like to joke that you can sometimes get away with an Ivy League reputation without having to actually get into one! Would I do it again if I could? Probably not, but enough good things came of my days at Purdue that I have no regrets.

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