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Purdue University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Feb 13 2008
Major: Business - Management and Administration (This Major's Salary over time)
Purdue University benefits greatly from not being an
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university and its name and reputation precedes it worldwide. In fact I was traveling to London this past summer and people often confuse it thinking it is a small, private school when they aren't really familiar with Purdue (in fact many people also mistakenly believe it is an Ivy League school).

Purdue's Krannert School of Management has prepared me greatly and on par with all other world-renowned institutions. I have no doubt in my mind that I have been prepared to compete with grads from UMich, UVA, Notre Dame, UChicago, Northwestern, Cornell and other ultra-prestigious universities. I ended up landing the perfect job in the consulting industry and am making far more money than anyone else I know graduating from any university.

Krannert's career services division is excellent and Erik Props does a great job ensuring that you are aware of companies coming to Purdue to recruit and if you sit down and talk to any professor they will bend over backwards to help you out. Purdue has the largest job fair in the country (Industrial Roundtable) and also has more job fairs than any other school in the country. Most majors are very career-focused so it is rare when students graduate without an internship; most have two or three by the time graduation rolls around (I had four). Companies recruit for locations all over the United States so if you are interested in moving far away after graduation it is certainly a possibility. Overall on the career side of things, if you can't get a job with all the opportunities presented to you odds are either you screwed up really bad or have absolutely no business-sense.

Purdue is a large school (as all the other posts say, duh) and as a result they aren't going to hold your hand through everything. It has a very competitive and has a "sink or swim" mentality. As a result your experience and future are in your own hands. Opportunities are endless in terms of campus involvement and Greek life so if you don't take advantage of them it is your own fault. During my time at Purdue I was on Purdue Student Government, Inter-Fraternity Council and a number of other organizations—All you have to do is capitalize on the opportunities presented to you.

Expect to work hard while you are here to get into the upper divisions of the Engineering, Management and Pharmacy programs, Purdue is notorious for have almost zero grade inflation over the past 30-40 years while private and Ivy League schools have been handing out A's like candy.

If you are Greek you won't have any complaints about the social life; the bar scene is a lot of fun but sometimes I wish we had 3-4 more bars close to campus (Neon Cactus/Nine Irish Brothers is too far to walk in the dead of winter). Between football tailgates, Breakfast Club and Grand Prix there are parties every weekend that are a blast—think

work hard, play hard
mantra. When I was a freshman back in 2004 campus was 60/40 guys to girls and now it is closer to 55/45 so it is becoming much more balanced. This is almost a mute point currently compared to my freshman year.

The weather here is comparable to the rest of the lower Midwest. Essentially it is cold so I was miserable during the winter months (I'm from Chicago but I hate winter). Short of transplanting the campus to Georgia or the Carolinas there really isn't too much to do. Snowfalls are pretty here and make Grand Prix and football seasons all that much better.

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