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Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2022

Purdue University has great classes, as do many other colleges. One thing that is very memorable about Purdue is how much they like to f*** their students over. I love on campus and work full time. So during football games or any games of sorts it is impossible to get to your dorm. I spend an average of 40+ minutes trying to find a way home from work on nights of games, when it would usually be a 5-10 minute drive. If you enjoy being used, over charged, treated like a number and not a person, and degraded by your teacher assistants, then Purdue is the school for you. If youre sensable and dont want to waste 100,000+ dollars then I suggest going somewhere more reasonable.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2022

I can't even begin to express the image others painted of Purdue. When I was first applying, they painted Purdue out to be the most amazing place on this planet. They spoke of nothing but kindness, cooperation, assistance and wonderful experiences. It was all of that and the words employees spoke to me that made me choose Purdue. I was so excited to start because I'd be in a new environment *I'm out of state*, I'd be challenged and I would be able to experience success. Well... that isn't quiet what happened... I had planned on double majoring in Animal Science and Biology and was told for several months by the head of both the College of Agriculture and the College of Science that I would be able to do such a double major. When I finally got there to plan out my schedule, my counselor informed me I couldn't do it. I was a little heart broken, but I understood why and decided to try out classes from both colleges to figure out if I should go with Biology or Animal Sciences. Though for my very first semester I was only taking 12 credit hours because nearly half of the classes I selected and their secondary options were already full. I was beaten down by this too, because I was hardly a normal student at that rate. Still, I decided to be optimistic about everything and take it day by day. Then classes started. I quickly learned that Purdue cares very little about your personal semidetached success. They will spend quiet some time telling you of all the amazing resources they have available to aid you, well that's not entirely true. If you are struggling in a class, or even on a certain lesson, finding help is difficult. I was struggling in Biology at the beginning of the year mostly because a lot of what was taught in the class reflected against stuff taught in High School AP Bio. Sadly, I never had the opportunity to take AP Bio so I was already behind. My professor only had one, and I do mean one, office hour during the week for at least 200 students. During that time I have class so I am unable to attend the hours. I figured I e-mail him and ask to meet outside of class for an hour or two just to help me further understand some of the material. I ended up in a fight with him over it, to where he was telling me just to go to the Bio help room. I eventually managed to get a 30 minute work session with him, and the entire time instead of answering my questions he repeatedly told me "You should already know this". Well.... if I did I wouldn't be asking for clarity or for further understanding. At this point I was really starting to feel myself gain more stress... I was trying as hard as I could to get help so I could do well on the first exam, I ended up with a D because not one person at Purdue was willing to help me. Now that has been my experience sadly, I just feel it should be known. The next thing are some of the coreq classes. To be specific, some corecs for the core classes are the biggest waste of my time to date. They're supposed to be there to go over and further explain lessons taught in the core classes. Too bad they teach anything but! They go over nothing but basic knowledge about Purdue. I am paying roughly $13,000 a semester and they're forcing me to waste my time in a class that's telling me how to look up a class? Is that not our counselors job to teach? Or even worse, was that not one of the things taught during the Purdue is for me day?? I felt absolutely cheated, and what's worse is that some of them do nothing but speak to you about clubs and fairs involving that college. I understand for some this is a great opportunity, however the classroom is for learning not advertising. I've wasted so many hours on these classes I feel robbed. To speak a little about scheduling, know that it is very complex. For a few assignments I had to create a plan for my 4 years at Purdue and I quickly learned how painful looking up courses was. For starters, the catalog does not always work and may some times tell you a certain class just doesn't exist. It doesn't list prereques or coreques or whether or not it counts towards your degree. Several lower end classes don't count towards your major at all so you end up falling behind 3-ish credits. Classes fill up so painfully fast if you need a certain class for your major or concentration you better be ready for a back up plan or look towards a summer semester. Reading the requirements for each degree is a painful task as well. For some majors, you must take a series of courses otherwise you can't graduate. It's some what unclear about the classes you can take, when you can take them and how they contribute to your selected major. Lastly I would like to talk about the people. Most people at Purdue are actually really nice. They're very diverse and range with personality types. Greek life is not a huge thing on campus and when it is, a lot of them are actually kind. Nevertheless, those who are mean are easy to point out. Just today I had someone nearly throw a door in my face, then shove me aside when I tried to avoid getting hit. I've also found a lot of people hold grudges or tend to be clingy towards other people and it can create a very toxic environment fast. You quickly learn who is a friend and who is a foe. On the bright side, with such a large campus it is very unlikely you will run into these types of people... but believe me when I say if you do, run. Purdue is not an awful place for everyone, quiet frankly most people fall in love with it. I, however, have had the absolute worst experience. The stress and confusion has gotten so bad my physical health is being affected. If you are a student who experiences stress very easily, strives for perfection or holds yourself higher then you should (much like me) Purdue is not for you. They will shred you apart and there is nothing you can do about it. I too was told of how incredible the school was, but I fail to take myself as a student into consideration while committing. I plan on transferring next semester because I do not want to end up in the hospital again over the amount of hatred and anger I express towards the school. I would say Purdue is only for those who are the very top of their class. Just because you got in doesn't mean you are going to do well. On my Purdue is for me day, the head of the science department made it abundantly clear most students would fail at Purdue, and why I never took that as a warning sign is beyond me. I just hope this review helped to show you what it's like for students who may be at the bottom like I was. Please take every precaution when looking at Purdue because it can make or break you so easily. If you're a student who needs a lot of help in classes you struggle with, Purdue is not for you unless you want to pay $100+ an hour for a tutor. So whomever is reading this I hope you have the best of luck when applying to Purdue, I certainly hope your experience is far better then mine :)

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

This was not a good choice for an out of state student. The program is ok however Purdue is in the middle of NOWHERE> very hard to make friends unless if your in a sorority or fraternity. My opinion is that there are a lot of holy rollers in the middle of nowhere and some are even borderline creepy. It makes sense if your an Indiana resident because you are probably used to the weirdness already or creepy yourself. The professors are hit or miss - many are older and the classes are ridiculously large. The weather is awful and the football games not even worth going. I chose Purdue for the program and big ten aspect - This might be a big ten but it really is not. no comparison to other universities. Do your homework before choosing Purdue. lots of cornfields and nothing to do.

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Degree: Hospitality Management
Graduation Year: 2006

Purdue University is a spectacular school that is worthy of helping you become successful in your professional life. It provides you with an excellent academic system, extracurricular activities, and environment. Purdue is also part of the BigTEN which creates an even larger community that you are connected to. There are also student/alumni organizations located around the United States (and possibly world) that you can connect with. Within these organizations you are able to earn scholarships for school and network with other current students, alumni, and fans. Purdue is known for its engineering program. The schools mascot is based around this major. Purdue is also extremely highly rated in many other academic fields. Some of these fields include: Veterinary, Business, Computer Science, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and many more. I am an active member of the local Purdue alumni group and have a leadership position to help raise more money for incoming freshman students. I am also still in contact with professors and make sure to keep in touch with them via phone, email, and social media. The professors there are extremely warm, smart, and approachable. You will not make a mistake by visiting Purdue and experiencing an amazing school that has nearly endless possibilities. Keep your head high and you will love your end result.

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Degree: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019

We've had a lot of technical issues this year. The wifi has been terrible, Blackboard (the main interface where you can see all your classes and assignments) has had a lot of problems, and there was a power outage that caused all the main Purdue sites and the wifi to crash much longer than the power outage actually lasted. It's been very frustrating, and the professors might not even extend the deadlines when things like this happen. I wouldn't be even posting this if Blackboard wasn't down right now. More generally, the engineering classes are really hard here at Purdue, but they can be very rewarding.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

Purdue University provided me with an extremely informative nursing education and really prepared me for the real world. If it was not for my education at Purdue University, I do not think I would be where I am at today. I have grown to value this educational opportunity more than I thought I ever would.

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Degree: Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Graduation Year: 2014

Purdue University offered a great undergraduate experience in their engineering program. I began as an undecided engineering student, and by my 3rd semester had found a perfect program to study, Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE). EEE was a very robust and multidisciplinary program with broad research and focus opportunities tailored to student passions. Faculty were always available to students and very much cared about them. EEE at Purdue prepared me very well for starting my career. The on-campus resources of Purdue University as a whole are top-tier. Housing, recreation, dining, and extracurricular opportunities were provided and well cared for by the university. I would highly recommend the university to any and all students wishing to attend.

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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 1991

Purdue University's Law and society is an excellent major for those interested in a program that focuses on the law, legal structures and processes, and their effects on society. It is a sociology based study of concepts, theories, and research methods. The program encourages students to think outside of the box in order to ramifications of the law, its interpretations and implementations.

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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

Purdue University is a brilliant school for those pursuing careers in the STEM fields. The campus always feels safe, and there is plenty to do. The grading is stricter than other Universities of similar caliber. If you want to be successful, you have to make the most of your time at Purdue University. Whether you are pursuing a degree in business, history, or engineering---networking is paramount to success. Most professors will not coddle you throughout your studies, and if you do not network, you will likely be very lost upon graduation. The campus tends to focus on details. Each building is quite plain at first glance, but have more detail the more you look. In addition, the campus grounds seem quite ordinary at first, but over time you will notice different plants and flowers, all labelled with the name of the plant. The best times to be on campus are during the fall and spring. The weather during this time is beautiful. During the winter, everyone is trying to stay warm and rush to class, and there seems to be a looming pessimism in the air. I should also caution those coming from warmer climates to watch for the ice, as it is everywhere, and be prepared for delays in the bus route as well. The summer can be meditative if you decide to take a few summer courses to get ahead (which I recommend for just about everyone, as it saves time and money), but can be slightly depressing with very few people on the campus grounds. Over all, Purdue University is a fantastic school for any major, even for Liberal Arts majors. However, one must study diligently, network with sincerity, and remain optimistic during the bleak winters. The professors are there to help, so if you use your resources (which are bountiful at Purdue), then any student will succeed.

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Degree: Design and Visual Communications, General
Graduation Year: 2010

The Visual Communications Design program at Purdue University is more than a software degree. The Visual Communications Design program offers a curriculum centered around critical design thinking . I would strongly recommend this program to future students.

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