Purdue University - Main Campus Reviews
Purdue is a place filled with wonderful opportunities. My education there prepared me for my career and gave me the skills necessary to enter law school. My only disappointment is the lax attitude toward diversity and diversity education. Often time minority students do not feel welcome or safe due to hate crimes. The administration says little to nothing about the incidents. Purdue is a wonderful place to get an education, but needs direction when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
I'm about 2/3 of the way finished with Purdue's online MS in Communication program. In all, I'd say I'm pretty pleased with it. The instructors are very smart and thoughtful -- although be mindful that it's not the same faculty that they have on-campus, as they've advertised in their marketing of the program. That said, I've been very happy with the quality of the instructors overall. The degree requires a good deal of work, but it's really fulfilling and, for the most, relevant to my current career in marketing/PR. One huge plus about the program is the structure. You only take one, 8-week, intensive class at a time. From a work/school balance standpoint, it's a great system. My only complaint would be that the technology they use for the degree isn't always great. They require students to use video presentation software that, frankly, doesn't even work. So expect hours of headaches every single time you need to present material to your classmates. Great program otherwise!
I am currently enrolled in Purdue’s distance learning vet tech program. First off let me say I have completed a DL BS from the State University of New York online and am well versed in how DL programs operate. Although the academic rigor of the Purdue program is strong their DL operation disappoints and seems to be an ‘evolving’ process. If you are considering the Purdue VTDL program I would suggest you CAREFULLY read the question “What do I get for the money I pay for classes?” located in the FAQ section on the Purdue VTDL site (http://www.vet.purdue.edu/vettech/DL/faq.php). The answer actually says little about student support and more of the prestige of Purdue. In one sentence they curiously proclaim “It is no wonder that we take in fewer students and have the fewest graduates of the DL programs.” By my calculations that drop rate is in the range of 90%. Studies have shown that DL students do as well if not better than their in-class counterparts so the source of this poor performance points to other deficiencies. DL students are already highly motivated and it is not the program that will make you “self-motivated, mature, (and) self-disciplined” as Purdue states. If you do intend to go to Purdue you will need to be in a good practice setting that offers learning potential as well as having a strong mentor to overcome the deficits of the DL support. Purdue also suggests San Juan Community College’s DL program or Cedar Valley Community College program as ‘cheaper’ alternatives. I think they have good reputations and may be worth considering. I’ve been in business for many years and in the end no one cares which school you come from but rather the motivation and intellectual curiosity that drives you. Schools sometimes get their heads lost in the academic clouds and Purdue is, after all, just a big frog in a small pond.
I am completing a dual degree through Purdue and Indiana University for a Masters in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. My engineering undergraduate degree led me into the world of manufacturing learning about lean and Six Sigma methodologies. The program I was accepted into was distance learning and was perfect for my busy work schedule having to travel on a moments notice. I was able to take the lectures with me and watch them from home, at lunch if in the office, or from my hotel room if I was travelling. Interacting with the professors was never a problem. They are all very responsive to email and are aware of their distance learning students and will accommodate them in however fairly they can. I highly recommend a distance learning degree program. It has enabled me to land my dream job working as a Business Process Improvement Managers, where I get to be a part of all the departments in my company and work as a consultant to each to try and develop and improve difficult or problematic processes.